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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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Broadmoor Lives

Broadmoor Lives

(p.60) CHAPTER 3 Broadmoor Lives
Coming Home to New Orleans

Karl F. Seidman

Oxford University Press

Chapter Three details resident-led efforts to rebuild the heavily flooded Broadmoor neighborhood. An existing neighborhood association worked with emerging leaders to complete a neighborhood plan, implement a community repopulation campaign and build capacity to implement key rebuilding projects and programs. The chapter documents Broadmoor’s extensive work to help homeowners return and rebuild, get its elementary school and library rebuilt and the challenges it faced implementing a housing development strategy. It highlights two cornerstones of Broadmoor’s implementation strategy: building extensive partnerships with other organizations and creating its own community development corporation. After five years, Broadmoor had improved its neighborhood cohesion and civic capacity and achieved a higher repopulation rate than the entire city and a similar nearby neighborhood. However, recovery progress was uneven, with a much higher repopulation and housing occupancy for white residents and in the higher income sections of the neighborhood.

Keywords:   neighborhood planning, community organizing, community development corporation, housing development, urban repopulation, neighborhood recovery, civic capacity, neighborhood association, charter schools

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