2008 Student Research Conference:
21st Annual Student Research Conference

Giving New Orleans' Working Class a New Start: Building Mixed-Income Communities Post-Hurricane Katrina
Rachel A. Breland
Dr. Linda Seidel, Faculty Mentor

Prior to Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans had a huge tourist economy that was sustained by many low-wage workers. The city thrived while many workers lived in very poor and destitute communities. My paper proposes creating more mixed-income housing developments in the city as a way to incorporate low-income families in the redevelopment of the city and broaden their access to better resources. I address the proposed benefits of the developments, key components needed to create the mixed communities, and ways individuals can encourage a push for more developments. The most important part of creating the mixed-income communities is strengthening the voices of the displaced evacuees to ensure that they will not be forgotten and will return home to the new developments.

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Topic(s):Interdisciplinary

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 19-2
Location: OP 2115
Time: 10:00

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