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Present-day New Orleans

Present-day New Orleans

(p.47) 3 Present-day New Orleans
Affordable Housing in US Shrinking Cities
Robert Mark SilvermanKelly L. PattersonLi YinMolly RanahanLaiyun Wu
Policy Press

This chapter examines core city revitalization strategies in New Orleans, Louisiana. It begins with a discussion of the structural causes of the city’s population decline, highlighting how changes in the shipping, energy, and petroleum industries formed the preconditions sustained shrinking. Despite efforts to develop the cities tourism and convention industries, shrinking continued in the city. It then accelerated in the aftermath of hurricane Katrina. After describing regional population and housing characteristics, the chapter examines conditions in areas of New Orleans where eds and meds revitalization strategies have been adopted. The neighborhood characteristics where anchor-based strategies have been adopted are contrasted with the rest of the city. This analysis includes an examination of the composition of HUD subsidised housing in areas slated for revitalization. This analysis provides insights into the degree to which the preservation and expansion of affordable housing was factored into anchor-based revitalization strategies. In the chapter’s final section, the degree to which these strategies are equitable and scalability is explored.

Keywords:   new orleans, hurricane katrina, tourism

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