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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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A Tale of Four Neighborhoods

A Tale of Four Neighborhoods

(p.158) CHAPTER 5 A Tale of Four Neighborhoods
Coming Home to New Orleans

Karl F. Seidman

Oxford University Press

Chapter Five contrasts recovery in four neighborhoods adjacent to Broad Street near downtown New Orleans. The varied experiences across these neighborhoods are more representative of New Orleans’ neighborhoods after Katrina than the highly organized communitywide rebuilding that occurred in Broadmoor and Village de L’Est . They demonstrate how conditions before the storm, neighborhood geography, community civic capacity and large-scale rebuilding projects combined to shape neighborhood recovery. Neighborhoods with a sizable base of homeowners and who mobilized around shared neighborhood goals realized more extensive neighborhood recovery. Three of the four neighborhoods were targets of new development interest after Katrina, including large government redevelopment projects. Consequently, the nature of this development and ability of each neighborhood to negotiate and shape these development plans was a major factor in how their rebuilding unfolded.

Keywords:   neighborhood planning, neighbourhood recovery, treme, public housing, Housing Authority of New Orleans, neighborhood associations, urban renewal, Lafitte housing project, Mid-City New Orleans

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