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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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Neighborhoods and City Rebuilding

Neighborhoods and City Rebuilding

(p.254) CHAPTER 6 Neighborhoods and City Rebuilding
Coming Home to New Orleans

Karl F. Seidman

Oxford University Press

The concluding chapter presents findings and learning from the rebuilding experience across the six New Orleans neighborhoods. It argues that grassroots organizations had a fourfold contribution to rebuilding New Orleans: repopulation, creating more complete neighborhoods, economic development and building civic capacity. It critically examines the strengths and gaps in recovery efforts for each of these four areas. A second discussion presents a framework for undertaking grassroots rebuilding in cities like New Orleans, in which capacity is largely based on volunteer organizations rather than on staff-based community organizations. A third section considers the connections between individual, neighborhood- and city-scale rebuilding, emphasizing the collective nature of rebuilding, the potential to leverage grassroots initiatives and using complete neighborhoods as a principle to guide rebuilding decisions. Finally, several proposals are made to address shortcomings in federal disaster recovery policies.

Keywords:   city rebuilding, neighborhood recovery, grassroots initiatives, urban repopulation, complete neighborhoods, federal disaster policy, FEMA, capacity building, community development, housing recovery

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