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Rebuilding New Orleans: An Opportunity to Re-Energize the Planning Profession?

Rebuilding New Orleans: An Opportunity to Re-Energize the Planning Profession?

This video was recorded at MIT World Series: City Design and Development Forum (Fall, 2005). There's no love lost between Kristina Ford and New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin; he made it clear that she was not welcome as the city's main planner when he assumed office. The bone Ford has to pick is not merely with the current mayor and his notion of a casino- and hotel-dominated New Orleans, but with a wrongheaded planning process in her hometown, and elsewhere in U.S. cities. One big issue for Ford: how cities often treat the comprehensive land use plans they generate every few years as if they are realistic blueprints. "People look backwards when creating a vision of the future, and it's often a nostalgic vision of what used to be—better in memory than in fact." Ford notes, "I don't know many... Show More
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