Category: Federal funding

NNO: start your economic engines: Part 1

31 July, 2006 (09:51) | Disaster recovery, Federal funding, Homeownership, Mortgages, New New Orleans |

History’s biggest-ever experiment in urban reconstruction is about to begin. Ladies and gentlemen, start your economic engines. No, not the finger-pointing re-examination of our flaky-ceiling Big Dig, but the Gulf Coast rebuilding, which will now kick into high gear, plans or no plans, as billions will flow directly to property owners and thence into the […]

Radical deconcentration

8 November, 2005 (14:24) | Federal funding, Housing, New Orleans, Slums, US News |

Even as Paris suffers through the hideous consequences of malignant income over-­concentration, back home Hurricane Katrina has done what three decades of well-meaning urban social policy could not: it has decisively and permanently deconcentrated poverty from Old New Orleans.   < ?xml:namespace prefix ="" o />   < ?xml:namespace prefix ="" st1 />New Orleans public housing, […]

Prescribing New New Orleans, Part 2

27 October, 2005 (14:14) | Federal funding, Government, New Orleans, Theory |

[Continued from Part 1]   5.         Build in urban mass transit from inception   A healthy city has not only skeleton (streets and major structures), it also has a nervous system (rapid daily people movement): urban mass transit.  Moving people quickly and cheaply between home and work encourages labor mobility and hence a strong and […]

Prescribing New New Orleans, Part 1

26 October, 2005 (09:47) | Federal funding, Government, New Orleans, Theory |

How can we fix New Orleans? [Previous posts on New Orleans here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and here.] “There’s no need to fear, blogging man is here!” Perhaps the Federal government’s embarrassing dither about New New Orleans is due to lack of a […]

Income levels: nomenclature

18 May, 2005 (10:15) | Federal funding, Income verification |

Federal policy currently recognizes five levels of income, typically adjusted for family size, as follows:   ·         Extremely Low Income (ELI).  Households below 30% of area median income (AMI), adjusted for family size.  (For reference, a family of four, one worker with a full-time job at the minimum wage, yields about 22% of AMI.)  ELI […]