Clear as Mud: Planning for the Rebuilding of New Orleans

Clear as Mud: Planning for the Rebuilding of New Orleans

by Robert B. Olshansky, Laurie Johnson

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Overview

Planning the rebuilding of New Orleans has been among the greatest urban planning challenges of our time. As witnesses and participants, Olshansky and Johnson bring unparalleled detail and insight to the seemingly incomprehensible.

New Orleans had to rebuild its structures and institutions, but it also had to create an equitable and effective community planning structure while addressing the concerns of state, federal, nonprofit, and private-sector stakeholders. In documenting this unprecedented process, the authors spent years in New Orleans, interviewing leaders and citizens and abetting the design and execution of the Unified New Orleans Plan. Their insights will help cities worldwide face the challenges of rebuilding and recovering after disaster strikes.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781932364804
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 06/16/2010
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Robert Olshansky is professor and associate head of the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Illinois.

Laurie A. Johnson is principal of Laurie Johnson Consulting and Research.

Table of Contents

List of Figures vii

List of Tables ix

Preface xi

Chapter 1 The Hurricane Katrina Catastrophe 3

How Katrina Became a Catastrophe 8

Foreshadowing the Katrina Catastrophe 15

The Challenges Ahead 20

Chapter 2 Order from Chaos: Planning at the State and Federal Levels 23

Money, Politics, Mistrust 23

State and Federal Planning Initiatives 26

Getting Professional Help: The Role of the Private Sector 32

"Louisiana Speaks": Merging State, Federal, and Private-Sector Planning 35

Chapter 3 Planning for New Orleans: October 2005-March 2006 39

The Bring New Orleans Back Commission 42

Making the Case for Federal Funds 49

Public Unveiling of the BNOB Planning Strategy 51

Moving Forward: Organizing for Neighborhood Planning 60

The Federal Funding Battle, Act 2 62

Whither the Neighborhood Planning Initiative? 67

Final Chapter in the BNOBC Process 70

Chapter 4 Return to Chaos: Spring 2006 73

The Election 75

Neighborhood Planning from the Bottom Up 77

The City Council Takes Action 79

Rockefeller to the Rescue 81

A New Planning Process Begins to Emerge 83

Request for Qualifications 87

A Week in June 90

Selection of the Consultants 97

The Unified New Orleans Plan (UNOP) 98

Chapter 5 The New Orleans Neighborhoods Rebuilding Plan 115

Chapter 6 The Unified New Orleans Plan 127

Citywide Team Orientation 131

Other City Events 134

CSO Orientation 135

District Planning Team Orientation 136

UNOP Goes Public 141

ACORN Housing Fired 142

Community Congress I 143

Beginning Phase Two: Recovery Scenarios 146

Community Congress II 151

The Holiday Season 157

Second Meeting of the UNOP Resource Team 164

Final District Planning Meetings 175

The Last Stretch 175

Community Congress III 177

Final CSO Meeting 180

Official Handoff 182

The Plan 184

Chapter 7 Passing the Planning Baton 189

Ed Blakely Comes to New Orleans 189

The Target Areas Plan 193

Planning Commission Hearings for UNOP 196

Interlude: Continuing Federal Funding Issues 201

Interlude: Louisiana Speaks 205

City Planning Commission Approval of UNOP 207

City Council Approval 209

LRA Approval 212

Chapter 8 Conclusions 217

Planning Tensions: Speed versus Deliberation 217

The Opportunity to Correct Past Wrongs 219

Planning While in the Fog of War 222

Planning for the Wrong Battle 223

Time Compression 225

Coordinating and Improvising 226

Money 227

Planning and Plans after Disasters 230

Into the Void: Lack of Leadership and Communication 231

Public Perceptions of Planning 234

Public Involvement in Planning 235

Value of Prior Planning 236

Did the Plans Make a Difference? 237

The Future 238

Acknowledgments 243

Notes 245

Index 285

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