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Rebuilding New Orleans

February 3, 2006 • Volume 16, Issue 5
Should flood-prone areas be redeveloped?
By Peter Katel

Introduction

Homeowner Calvin Alexander Jr. addresses the Bring New Orleans Back Commission on Jan. 11, 2006.  Many African-American residents fear their devastated neighborhoods won't be rebuilt.  (Getty Images/Chris Graythen)
Homeowner Calvin Alexander Jr. addresses the Bring New Orleans Back Commission on Jan. 11, 2006. Many African-American residents fear their devastated neighborhoods won't be rebuilt. (Getty Images/Chris Graythen)

Five months after Hurricane Katrina flooded most of New Orleans, some 80 percent of the “Crescent City” remains unrepaired. Damage is estimated at $35 billion. Most schools and businesses are still closed, and two-thirds of the 460,000 residents have moved out. How many will return remains troublingly uncertain. Municipal leaders only this month began setting up a process to decide which of the city's 73 neighborhoods can be resettled and which would be left uninhabited to soak up future floodwaters. Questions about who will help the city's poorer residents — many of them African-American — hang over the city, along with concern about how much of New Orleans' storied popular culture will survive. Meanwhile, as a new hurricane season approaches, efforts to repair and strengthen the protective system of levees, canals and pumps lag behind schedule.

ISSUE TRACKER for Related Reports
Disasters and Preparedness
Aug. 02, 2013  Preparing for Disaster
Jun. 25, 2010  Offshore Drilling
Feb. 03, 2006  Rebuilding New Orleans
Nov. 18, 2005  Disaster PreparednessUpdated
Dec. 16, 1994  Earthquake Research
Oct. 15, 1993  Disaster Response
Jul. 15, 1988  Slow Progress in Earthquake Prediction
Apr. 12, 1985  Tornadoes
Jul. 16, 1976  Earthquake Forecasting
Mar. 19, 1969  Earthquakes: Causes and Consequences
Aug. 22, 1962  Government Stockpiling
Jan. 18, 1956  Disaster Insurance
Mar. 06, 1952  Mobilization for a Prolonged Emergency
Jul. 01, 1950  Stand-By Laws for War
Jan. 09, 1928  Economic Effects of the Mississippi Flood
May 19, 1927  Mississippi River Flood Relief and Control
BROWSE RELATED TOPICS:
Emergency Preparedness
Insurance Industry
Natural Disasters
Regional Planning and Urbanization
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