Rock Creek Yes, I still read Katrina books, even as we are fast approaching the beginning of the 9th year since the storm on August 29, 2005. Having written one myself, I respect the small fraternity of writers who have tried with varying success to put their arms around the disaster and somehow wrestle lessons [...]
New Orleans Seven and a half years have ticked off the calendar since Katrina devastated New Orleans and much of the Mississippi Gulf Coast. At this point it is widely conceded, common knowledge, and general consensus that the heart of the destruction of New Orleans came from the “catastrophic structural failure due to pressure bursts” in [...]
Robert Moses, seated at left in 1959, used his position as head of the Mayor's Committee on Slum Clearance to mass-produce thousands of units of public housing, often near the shoreline.
Quito One of the ironic outcomes of recent disasters, whether New Orleans or now New York, is that the public, policy makers, and politicians [...]
New Orleans Hurricane Sandy was tragic in every way that one can imagine, but it was also tragic in the same way that all “acts of god” reduce the scale of mankind’s hand in the environment as inconsequential in the face of nature. In the wake of even larger devastation from Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans and [...]
As we are gearing up on the 7th Anniversary of hurricane Katrina, here is a look back on ACORN’s role in saving the Ninth Ward and lessons learned on disaster recovery and campaigns. These video’s are from Wade Rathke’s discussion of his book, Battle for the Ninth, at Odyssey Bookstore in Springfield, Massachusetts on June [...]
Round table discussion at Pioneer Valley AFL-CIO on rebuilding
Springfield One year ago a tornado cut a 6 mile swatch of destruction through Springfield, Massachusetts, and I was meeting with labor leaders and other activists at the Pioneer Valley AFL-CIO offices to discuss the comparisons between New Orleans and Springfield in the rebuilding. It was depressing [...]