Plans versus Politics: New Orleans after Katrina Harvard Case Solution & Analysis

Tuesday, 29 August 2005, Hurricane Katrina battered New Orleans, leaving enough to collapse the dam and flood the city, which was widely seen as a man-made disaster. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) estimates that of the 105 000 188 000 city housing units were severely damaged or destroyed. It was the worst urban disaster in the national memory. However, city leaders were not prepared to die in New Orleans. September 29, 2005, Mayor C. Ray Nagin appointed a blue-ribbon panel, known as the Bring New Orleans Back (BNOB) commission for restructuring plan by the end of the year. Its members are volunteers were business leaders and non-profit worlds. BNOB sought the advice of Urban Land Institute (ULI), Washington, DC, research and educational organization that seeks to promote responsible development. Uli panel experts strongly what he saw as a pragmatic approach. The city does not have the resources to restore service faster than anyone in New Orleans. It would have to choose the most promising areas to restore first. The hope was that the bright center of the revival will stimulate growth in other places. Meanwhile, the reconstruction of the underlying, the poorest of the city most affected by Katrina have to wait. In fact, this is not possible, it makes sense to restore the area likely to experience severe flooding in the future hurricane. Two-thirds of pre-Katrina residents of the city were African Americans, are disproportionately poor people, the underlying, in the worst affected areas. Some saw the ULI plan as a plot to get rid of them and make New Orleans whiter. Even many of the middle class, white and black, who did not share the conspiracy theory opposed proposals ULI because it seemed to attribute their homes and neighborhoods into oblivion. Meanwhile, the city councilors are lower areas fear that the ULI to plan his political base of existence. HKS Case Number 1862.0 "Hide
by Jonathan Schlefer, Jose Gomez-Ibanez 22 pages. Publication Date: May 31, 2007. Prod. #: HKS100-PDF-ENG

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