Category: New Orleans

Relief precludes recovery

28 December, 2012 (10:00) | Cities, Disasters, New Orleans, Redevelopment, Relief, Slums, US News |

By:David A. Smith   Relief is a noble endeavor.  Recovery is a slow and difficult process.  So at any given moment, relief seems the kinder thing to do – and yet, by its well-intended support, relief precludes recovery and in that preclusion extends the economic depression.  That’s my takeaway, anyhow, from this AP story reprinted […]

New New Orleans is as we predicted it would be: Part 2, economics and politics

16 March, 2011 (11:01) | Cities, Demographics, Homeownership, Housing, New New Orleans, New Orleans, Speculation, US News |

[Continued from yesterday's Part 1.]   By: David A. Smith   Yesterday’s post summing up New New Orleans, by comparing the predictions I made at the time with the actual New York Times-reported results, focused on the demographics – a loss of 148,000 people, about 30% of the pre-Katrina population – but that demographic shift […]

New New Orleans is as we predicted it would be: Part 1, demographics

15 March, 2011 (17:40) | Cities, Demographics, Homeownership, Housing, New New Orleans, New Orleans, Speculation, US News | 1 comment

By: David A. Smith    Five years after Hurricane Katrina, New New Orleans has long since taken shape; despite nostalgists denying reality, the city that s now s the city that will be.  How must of New New Orleans was predictable in the early aftermath of Katrina?    As predictable as the blues   Remarkably, […]

New New Orleans is here: Part 2, the physical city

16 January, 2009 (08:39) | Cities, Katrina, New Orleans |

[Continued from yesterday's part 1.]   [Click here for an archive of my 2005 New New Orleans posts.]   As we saw yesterday, three years after Hurricane Katrina, I was in New New Orleans at an AHIC conference that included a lunchtime speaker from the Greater New Orleans Community Data Center, followed by a bus […]

New New Orleans is here: Part 1, the people

15 January, 2009 (09:04) | Cities, Katrina, New Orleans |

[Click here for an archive of my 2005 New New Orleans posts.]   Three years in, what has New New Orleans become?  A month ago I was back in the Big Easy for the first time since Katrina.  Did the city bear more resemblance to my optimistic view (Venice on the bayou) or my pessimistic […]