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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

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

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199945511.003.0006

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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