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Coming Home to New OrleansNeighborhood Rebuilding After Katrina$
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Karl F. Seidman

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199945511

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199945511.001.0001

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Whither New Orleans?

Whither New Orleans?

(p.18) CHAPTER 2 Whither New Orleans?
Coming Home to New Orleans

Karl F. Seidman

Oxford University Press

Chapter Two summarizes the multiple attempts to create a city rebuilding plan and the federal rebuilding policies and programs that influenced how New Orleans and its neighborhoods would rebuild. It discusses key problems in both the design and delivery of federal recovery aid and the challenges faced by the Louisiana and New Orleans governments in developing the capacity to implement rebuilding projects and programs. It concludes that, although New Orleans secured significant federal recovery funding and increased its capacity to deploy these funds, major flaws existed in how federal funds could be used and accessed, and in the city’s ability to manage recovery projects and programs. Without an actionable recovery plan and long delays in deploying rebuilding assistance, residents, businesses and other property owners faced considerable uncertainty about the city’s future. Under these circumstances, grassroots neighborhood initiatives took on greater importance in rebuilding New Orleans.

Keywords:   recovery planning, urban planning, reconstruction, federal recovery aid, Bring New Orleans Back Commission, UNOP, FEMA, Community Development Block Grants, Road Home Program, Stafford Act

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