Proposal to Restore the Lower 9th Ward

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This is the Slideshow that was presented to the New Orleans City Council on December 15, 2005. The information gave an overview of recommendations for rebuilding the Lower 9th Ward.

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Proposal to Restore the Lower 9th Ward

  1. 1. Lower Ninth Ward Restoration ProposalAn alternate approach to rebuilding a significant part of the largest ward (“9 th Ward”) in the City of New Orleans Presented to the New Orleans City Council on December 15, 2005
  2. 2. Lower Ninth Ward Restoration Proposal •We cannot forget that the lives of Lower Ninth Ward residents have been turned upside-down. •If we don’ t explore every option to bring this area back, we have failed to adequately represent them. .A National Guard Majortries to comfort children •They’ re counting on us!whose parents are missing.
  3. 3. What Happened before in the 9th Ward? •The Lower Ninth Ward recovered from the ravages of Hurricane Betsy (1965) in less than five (5) years. c •This recovery, albeit basic in scope, was effected due to the efforts of individuals and families whose resolve andLooking west toward the determination made itSt. Claude bridge in the happen ON THEIR OWN!Lower Ninth Ward (1965)
  4. 4. What was significant about that recovery? •President Lyndon Johnson surveyed the devastation, especially that across the Lower 9th Ward (Sep 1965). •Federal assistance for home owners was meager (at best). Also, small businesses did notPresident Johnson’s find much assistance.view of the Lower NinthWard after HurricaneBetsy (left-side window •Despite this, the residentsaboard Air Force One) found a way to rebuild.
  5. 5. The Lower Ninth Ward did it before! •Despite receiving relatively little outside assistance, the very determined residents of the Lower 9th Ward found a way to bring their community back from Betsy’ s devastation. • The citizens came together asAn old military helo “ neighbors helping otherflies over receding neighbors,” and brought theirLower 9th Ward watersas a citizen takes refuge part of New Orleans back toin a rowboat. (Betsy, ‘65) life! So… why is today different?
  6. 6. Katrina hit the Lower 9th Ward Hard! •The Lower Ninth Ward had the most economically blighted situation of all areas of New Orleans (pre-Katrina) •Many have called Katrina a “ blessing in disguise” for 9th Ward residents who were evacuated and found jobsPhoto of flooding acrossIndustrial Canal (Aug 30th) elsewhere. But that doesn’ tCourtesy: National Geographic tell the whole story…
  7. 7. What did Lower 9 th Ward residentslose after hurricaneKatrina? Ss s s s s s
  8. 8. They Lost Their Loved Ones •The Lower Ninth Ward is believed to have had the largest concentration of New Orleanians who relied upon public transit. •Those who had the means (via privately owned vehicles: POV) evacuated via contra-flowThe body of an unknown man highways. But to those who hadis found floating and entangledin a downed tree. Rescue meager financial means, stayingworkers do not retrieve thebody because of frantic rescue home seemed to be a better optionoperations (deemed a higher than evacuating. For some, thatpriority) immediately followinghurricane Katrina. was a fatal decision.
  9. 9. They Lost Their Livelihood •As mentioned earlier in this presentation, the Lower Ninth Ward was rebuilt after the utter devastation of hurricane Betsy. •More than half of the residents were homeowners (59%) before Katrina.A man and woman •Because most were not in a goodlook in disbelief as enough position to have stocks,flood waters at their other property or bank accounts,doorstep make themprisoners in their own Katrina wiped-out nearlyhome (post-Katrina). everything they owned.
  10. 10. They Lost Their Dignity •Living in the open, having to survive on the street because no evacuation shelter was available (or, they couldn’ t make it there). •They had no privacy, were subject to inhumane and hygienically-poor conditions.Scene of chaos outside of the •Some were abused, raped andNew Orleans ConventionCenter (post-Katrina). terrorized by thugs.
  11. 11. They Lost Their Identity •Some displaced families report that their children are teased and persecuted by their peers in other schools because of their plight. • Many lifelong residents of the Lower 9th Ward, whileDisplaced residents have toendure crowded conditions with grateful for the generosity of their new community, findrelatives & friends, uncertaintyof temporary shelters, constantmoving as vagabond transients.Their feeling of community and genuine acceptance andbelonging have been assaulted. acclimation to be difficult.
  12. 12. They Lost Their Hope • Seemingly overlooked by their government, knowing that their possessions were destroyed, and uncertain of how they would be able to face tomorrow, Lower Ninth Ward residents feel isolated and abandoned. • Residents of the Lower Ninth Ward are largely educated, literate, and follow the news. The Urban LandA man cradles his young Institute recommendation (to re buildinfant child as he maneuversthrough flood waters in the the 9 th Ward last) accentuates theirwake of hurricane Katrina. feelings of hopelessness.
  13. 13. Katrina: Initial Forecasts Were AdjustedAs Katrina approached the Florida Straits, forecasters predicted that the storm wouldturn north-northwestward to the Florida panhandle. But contrary to the majority offorecast models, the storm continued westward, then recurved northward as itapproached the Yucatan peninsula. This forecast error delayed a decisive evacuationby the Mississippi & Louisiana Gulf coast by nearly two days.
  14. 14. How Can The Lower 9th Ward Recover? •Education •Infrastructure •Professional Training •Community networking •Life skills development •Cultural and Historic centers •Recreation parks and centers •Meteorology research institute •Commerce and Entrepreneurship •Safety and Lifestyle enhancements
  15. 15. Education Make all K-12 schools a model for the city by establishing curriculum for their qualifying as “Magnet Schools.” -M.L. King as Elementary (K-5) -Joseph A. Hardin renovated as Middle school (6-8)In November 2005, BenFranklin Elementary -Rename Alfred Lawless Highbecame the first New as (Rosa) “Parks High” (9-12)Orleans public school toreopen after HurricaneKatrina.
  16. 16. How Can The Lower 9th Ward Recover? •Education •Infrastructure •Professional Training •Community networking •Life skills development •Cultural and Historic centers •Recreation parks and centers •Meteorology research institute •Commerce and Entrepreneurship •Safety and Lifestyle enhancements
  17. 17. Infrastructure • Recapture all property, then rezone with key subdivisions, centers of commerce, as well as cultural, government and public properties. • Use forward-thinking design for underground utilities. • Upgrade levee and drainageAn Entergy™ technicianworks to restore electrical systems.service to areas withoutpower. Underground • Widen and pave all streets;utility lines would proveto be more reliable than extend I-510 westward tooutdated lines on poles. pass through Lower 9th Ward.
  18. 18. How Can The Lower 9th Ward Recover? •Education •Infrastructure •Professional Training •Community networking •Life skills development •Cultural and Historic centers •Recreation parks and centers •Meteorology research institute •Commerce and Entrepreneurship •Safety and Lifestyle enhancements
  19. 19. Professional Training •The Andrew P. Sanchez Community Center can serve as a central location for providing professional training for Lower Ninth Ward residents: •Construction •Computer trainingThe technical setting of atraditional university, •Science & medicinetechnical college or trade •Law and civic supportschool is an excellentenvironment in which to helpcitizens gain a competitiveedge in good-paying careers. •Entrepreneur development
  20. 20. How Can The Lower 9th Ward Recover? •Education •Infrastructure •Professional Training •Community networking •Life skills development •Cultural and Historic centers •Recreation parks and centers •Meteorology research institute •Commerce and Entrepreneurship •Safety and Lifestyle enhancements
  21. 21. Community Networking The renaissance of “taking back the neighborhood” is a phenomena that transforms a community: • Neighborhood watches • Clean & Green activities • “Crimestopper” police tips • Zero vagrancy & drug toleranceA group of concernedcitizens gather to discuss • “Big Brother/Sister” programsproblems, strategies andrecommendations relating • School board & PTA involvementto their community watch • Community & block celebrationsprogram.
  22. 22. How Can The Lower 9th Ward Recover? •Education •Infrastructure •Professional Training •Community networking •Life skills development •Cultural and Historic centers •Recreation parks and centers •Meteorology research institute •Commerce and Entrepreneurship •Safety and Lifestyle enhancements
  23. 23. Life Skills Development The adult literacy problem wasn’t pandemic in the Lower 9th Ward. However, it DOES need attention. In addition to literacy and basic education, enhancing life skills also relate to:The above book examines •Etiquetteimproving the quality ofadult basic learning and •Parental responsibilityliteracy by focusing on thetraining of adult educatorsand grassroots workers. •Social interaction
  24. 24. How Can The Lower 9th Ward Recover? •Education •Infrastructure •Professional Training •Community networking •Life skills development •Cultural and Historic centers •Recreation parks and centers •Meteorology research institute •Commerce and Entrepreneurship •Safety and Lifestyle enhancements
  25. 25. Cultural and Historic Centers •New Orleans has been called “The World’s Most Interesting City.” The Lower Ninth Ward, with its diverse and varied community history, could be a “refreshing discovery:” •Native American heritage •Early American landmarksThe New Orleans Children’sMuseum is an oft-visited •Creole and African artifactscultural attraction. Thereare many possibilities fornew and interesting cultural •Successful Americans whoseand historic attractions that roots trace back to the Lower Ninth Wardcould be established in theLower Ninth Ward.
  26. 26. How Can The Lower 9th Ward Recover? •Education •Infrastructure •Professional Training •Community networking •Life skills development •Cultural and Historic centers •Recreation parks and centers •Meteorology research institute •Commerce and Entrepreneurship •Safety and Lifestyle enhancements
  27. 27. Recreational Parks and Centers Successful communities across the United States place a premium on their parks and recreation centers: • Picnic areas & fitness trails • Sports center (indoor/outdoor)Skateboarders take • State-of-the-Art theater (moviesadvantage of facilitiesthat provide fun and & live entertainment).excellent exercise forall ages. All sessions • Artificial reservoir & fishing dockare supervised. Otherfacilities also provide • Other attractions based on inputa safe outlet for kids. from citizens.
  28. 28. How Can The Lower 9th Ward Recover? •Education •Infrastructure •Professional Training •Community networking •Life skills development •Cultural and Historic centers •Recreation parks and centers •Meteorology research institute •Commerce and Entrepreneurship •Safety and Lifestyle enhancements
  29. 29. Meteorology Research Institute Meteorology is “…the science of the atmosphere and its phenomena.” The impact of Hurricane Katrina was exacerbated by the initial forecast track (as it entered the Gulf of Mexico).The skill of forecasting theweather is becoming a “lost Inquisitive young minds in theart” because of weatherforecasters’ increased Lower Ninth Ward are likely toreliance upon computer find exploration of this realmproducts. A meteorologicalinstitute could help nurture of science to be “intriguing.”and recover these skills.
  30. 30. How Can The Lower 9th Ward Recover? •Education •Infrastructure •Professional Training •Community networking •Life skills development •Cultural and Historic centers •Recreation parks and centers •Meteorology research institute •Commerce and Entrepreneurship •Safety and Lifestyle enhancements
  31. 31. Commerce and Entrepreneurship There have been too many generations who have grown accustomed to reliance upon federal government handouts for their sustenance. Wage earners maintain their self-dignity and respect. Entrepreneural opportunities must be developed and sustained within Lower 9thA construction worker takestime to ensure that his mark Ward neighborhoods, andis set as he drills in a wall in other communities in Orleansthe basement of a newly builthome. Parish.
  32. 32. How Can The Lower 9th Ward Recover? •Education •Infrastructure •Professional Training •Community networking •Life skills development •Cultural and Historic centers •Recreation parks and centers •Meteorology research institute •Commerce and Entrepreneurship •Safety and Lifestyle enhancements
  33. 33. Safety and Lifestyle Enhancements Significant changes must be made if the Lower Ninth Ward is to be better than it was before hurricane Katrina: Law enforcement interaction with the community needs to be cooperative. Community service info about health (diet, substance abuse prevention & lifestyle) needs to beTwo police officers issued regularly(on bike patrol) stopto discuss a matter Domestic violence prevention andwith a senior citizen rehabilitation is needful.in the community. Strategically-placed cameras.
  34. 34. Rezoning the Lower Ninth Ward
  35. 35. What are the 9th Ward possibilities?Before… After…nearly all hope was gone! If we imagine it, we do it!
  36. 36. Thank you f or your timeand attention.

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