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Clear as Mud : Planning for the Rebuilding of New Orleans - Robert B. Olshansky

Clear as Mud

Planning for the Rebuilding of New Orleans

Paperback Published: 16th June 2010
ISBN: 9781932364804
Number Of Pages: 304

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"Olshansky and Johnson gamely dive into the muddy waters of post-Katrina planning to bring us the real story of New Orleans's patched-together recovery. They are unlquely qualified to untangle the puzzling web of competing plans generated through massive neighborhood and a frantic quest for federal funds."---David R. Godschalk, faicp, professor emeritus, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

"Clear As Mud is a masterful work that gives an insider's pespective into the complications and intricacies of planning in a postdisaster context. The book holds lessons planners policy makers, and citizens concerned with redevelopment, regeneration, and renewal anywhere in the world. The authors'understanding and grasp of macro planning issues and micro community issues gives this book power and authenticity that is often missing from academic publication."---Darren Walker, Vice President, Foundation Initiatives, the Rockefeller Foundation

"This invaluable book deftly clarifies the complexity of the multiple planning processes in post-Katrina New Orleans. Sorting out the chronology of contested planning is itself a significant achievement, but Olshansky and Johnson have also produced an account of the design politics that is reflective rather than scolding. This book is an affirmation of the need and possibility for deliberative planning in highly contentious settings. For practicing planners and scholars alike, this is the best account yet available on post-Katrina planning, and it is a significant addition to the literature on disaster resilience--- Lawrence J. Vale, Ford Professor of Urban Design and Planning, MIT; coeditor, The Resilient City

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.

This invaluable book belies its title because Clear as Mud deftly clarifies the complexity of the multiple planning processes in post-Katrina New Orleans. Sorting out the chronology of contested planning is itself a significant achievement, but Olshansky and Johnson have also managed to produce an account of the design politics that is reflective rather than scolding. Ultimately, this book is an affirmation of the need and possibility for deliberative planning in highly contentious settings. For practicing planners and scholars alike, this is the best account yet available on post-Katrina planning, and it is a significant addition to the literature on disaster resilience more generally. -Lawrence J. Vale, Ford Professor of Urban Design and Planning, MIT; co-editor, The Resilient City: How Modern Cities Recover from Disaster Clear As Mud is a masterful work that gives an insider's perspective into the complications and intricacies of planning in a postdisaster context. The book holds lessons for planners, policy makers, and citizens concerned with redevelopment, regeneration, and renewal anywhere in the world. The authors' understanding and grasp of macro planning issues and micro community issues gives this book power and authenticity that is often missing from academic publications. -Darren Walker, Vice President, Foundation Initiatives, the Rockefeller Foundation Olshansky and Johnson gamely dive into the muddy waters of post-Katrina planning to bring us the real story of New Orleans's patched-together recovery. As participant-observers they are uniquely qualified to untangle the puzzling web of competing plans-each with its own patron-generated through massive neighborhood participation, Big Easy politics, and a frantic quest for federal funds. -David R. Godschalk, FAICP, professor emeritus, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

List of Figuresp. vii
List of Tablesp. ix
Prefacep. xi
The Hurricane Katrina Catastrophep. 3
How Katrina Became a Catastrophep. 8
Foreshadowing the Katrina Catastrophep. 15
The Challenges Aheadp. 20
Order from Chaos: Planning at the State and Federal Levelsp. 23
Money, Politics, Mistrustp. 23
State and Federal Planning Initiativesp. 26
Getting Professional Help: The Role of the Private Sectorp. 32
"Louisiana Speaks": Merging State, Federal, and Private-Sector Planningp. 35
Planning for New Orleans: October 2005-March 2006p. 39
The Bring New Orleans Back Commissionp. 42
Making the Case for Federal Fundsp. 49
Public Unveiling of the BNOB Planning Strategyp. 51
Moving Forward: Organizing for Neighborhood Planningp. 60
The Federal Funding Battle, Act 2p. 62
Whither the Neighborhood Planning Initiative?p. 67
Final Chapter in the BNOBC Processp. 70
Return to Chaos: Spring 2006p. 73
The Electionp. 75
Neighborhood Planning from the Bottom Upp. 77
The City Council Takes Actionp. 79
Rockefeller to the Rescuep. 81
A New Planning Process Begins to Emergep. 83
Request for Qualificationsp. 87
A Week in Junep. 90
Selection of the Consultantsp. 97
The Unified New Orleans Plan (UNOP)p. 98
The New Orleans Neighborhoods Rebuilding Planp. 115
The Unified New Orleans Planp. 127
Citywide Team Orientationp. 131
Other City Eventsp. 134
CSO Orientationp. 135
District Planning Team Orientationp. 136
UNOP Goes Publicp. 141
ACORN Housing Firedp. 142
Community Congress Ip. 143
Beginning Phase Two: Recovery Scenariosp. 146
Community Congress IIp. 151
The Holiday Seasonp. 157
Second Meeting of the UNOP Resource Teamp. 164
Final District Planning Meetingsp. 175
The Last Stretchp. 175
Community Congress IIIp. 177
Final CSO Meetingp. 180
Official Handoffp. 182
The Planp. 184
Passing the Planning Batonp. 189
Ed Blakely Comes to New Orleansp. 189
The Target Areas Planp. 193
Planning Commission Hearings for UNOPp. 196
Interlude: Continuing Federal Funding Issuesp. 201
Interlude: Louisiana Speaksp. 205
City Planning Commission Approval of UNOPp. 207
City Council Approvalp. 209
LRA Approvalp. 212
Conclusionsp. 217
Planning Tensions: Speed versus Deliberationp. 217
The Opportunity to Correct Past Wrongsp. 219
Planning While in the Fog of Warp. 222
Planning for the Wrong Battlep. 223
Time Compressionp. 225
Coordinating and Improvisingp. 226
Moneyp. 227
Planning and Plans after Disastersp. 230
Into the Void: Lack of Leadership and Communicationp. 231
Public Perceptions of Planningp. 234
Public Involvement in Planningp. 235
Value of Prior Planningp. 236
Did the Plans Make a Difference?p. 237
The Futurep. 238
Acknowledgmentsp. 243
Notesp. 245
Indexp. 285
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ISBN: 9781932364804
ISBN-10: 1932364803
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 16th June 2010
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 25.4 x 17.8  x 1.78
Weight (kg): 0.52
Edition Number: 1