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Planning After Katrina: What Have We Learned so Far?

Planning After Katrina: What Have We Learned so Far?

This video was recorded at MIT World: One Host Fits All. An air of frustration and anger pervades this panel, which examines the progress of recovery efforts in New Orleans a little more than a year after Hurricane Katrina. Stephen Villavaso returned to his home 20 days after the disaster to fetch his abandoned cat. "I don't think New Orleans was a city at that point…There was no communication system, no infrastructure, no potable water, no drainage, no government, nowhere to get food. It was a military state." He is rebuilding his house now, and is deeply involved in broader planning projects. Problem is, Villavaso says, there are many, many layers to "this planning cake." There are state agencies, a mayoral commission, city council efforts – "top down planning, bottom up planning, a... Show More

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