Editors’ review roundtable: Is New Orleans a resilient city?

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Book Review


We convened this JAPA roundtable at the American Collegiate Schools of Planning annual conference in October, 2005, less than two months after hurricane Katrina. It addressed the challenges of rebuilding New Orleans in the wake of that storm, and used the book The Resilient City: How Modern Cities Recover from Disaster, an edited reader that contains a dozen examples of how other cities recovered from disaster, as the basis for the discussion. We assembled a distinguished panel of academics, all of whom have either backgrounds in disaster planning or have spent time in New Orleans, to consider whether New Orleans is a resilient city. The roundtable was recorded. The edited transcript appears below, following this short description of the context and a synopsis of the main points raised in the discussion.


Emergency management; Hurricane Katrina; 2005; Louisiana – New Orleans; Urban renewal


Infrastructure | Other Public Affairs, Public Policy and Public Administration | Public Affairs


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