Louisiana

October 28, 2008, 12pm PDT
New Orleans residents this Election Day will decide whether to grant the "force of law" to the city's master plan, making it more difficult for officials to make amendments and exceptions for specific projects. The master plan has yet to be written.
New Orleans Times-Picayune
October 25, 2008, 1pm PDT
Following the Ikea model, home builder John Sawyer is bringing a new -- and cheaper -- process to affordable housing in New Orleans.
The Christian Science Monitor
October 16, 2008, 12pm PDT
New Orleans homeowners have begun receiving letters from the Army Corps of Engineers demanding that they remove objects that obstruct nearby levees' rights of way, including fences and trees. If history repeats itself, this may get messy.
The Times-Picayune
October 13, 2008, 10am PDT
The wetlands and barrier islands of Louisiana -- nature's way of absorbing tidal surges during tropical storms -- are almost gone. We may not be able to restore them.
AlterNet
October 12, 2008, 11am PDT
As land continues to disappear along the Gulf Coast and hurricane damages increase, many are beginning to reconsider whether to rebuild or retreat.
USA Today
October 9, 2008, 8am PDT
The economic crisis is the latest hindrance to stall rebuilding efforts in New Orleans. From issues of boosting homeownership to restoring tourism, the Big Easy's road to recovery is looking bumpier than ever.
USA Today
October 7, 2008, 2pm PDT
In post-Katrina New Orleans, a fine line exists between razing potentially deadly structures, and harnessing a zeal for wholesale redevelopment.
New Orleans City Business
October 5, 2008, 7am PDT
Since the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, public transit in New Orleans has struggled to rebound. With few riders, service expansions can't be justified. But with diminished service, fewer view transit as a viable option.
Next American City
October 2, 2008, 1pm PDT
Two years after the program's authorization, 500 cottages intended for residents displaces after Katrina have still not been built. Meanwhile, they have cropped up in Mississippi, which faced less damage overall.
The Times-Picayune
September 16, 2008, 8am PDT
This article from <em>The New York Times</em> contrasts the rapid development of cities like Beijing and Dubai, while New Orleans continues to struggle in its Hurricane Katrina recovery effort.
The New York Times
September 8, 2008, 7am PDT
Housing -- or the lack of it -- remains a major issue in post-Katrina New Orleans.
Mother Jones
September 4, 2008, 6am PDT
Steven Bingler of Concordia Planning and Architecture discusses the process and thinking behind the Unified New Orleans Plan, which engaged large numbers of citizens to plan the recovery of their neighborhoods in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.
The Planning Report
September 3, 2008, 9am PDT
People of color are finding it more and more difficult to secure housing in New Orleans, as new and old forms of housing discrimination -- and overt racism -- are conspiring to keep them out.
The Nation
September 1, 2008, 11am PDT
With Hurricane Gustav reaching land Monday, nearly 2 million people have been evacuated from coastal Louisiana. The evacuation is being hailed as a vast improvement from the effort three years ago during Hurricane Katrina, but some residents remain.
New Orleans Times Picayune
August 30, 2008, 5am PDT
Three years later, Hurricane Katrina has had lasting effects on New Orleans. It's also taught America some lessons about how to react to natural disasters -- and how not to.
Governing
August 1, 2008, 9am PDT
<p>As the downtown master plan of Baton Rouge turns ten years old, planners are looking at the next stages of development. They say eight factors play into making this and other downtowns successful.</p>
Baton Rouge Business Report
July 16, 2008, 7am PDT
<p>New Orleans officials say they have enough grants and private funds to move forward on a "Great Lawn" park for the city, functioning as a gathering place and a link to other attractions.</p>
New Orleans Times-Picayune
June 23, 2008, 1pm PDT
<p>This story from <em>NPR</em> looks at a new bike lane in New Orleans, and other efforts the city is taking to update its street infrastructure.</p>
NPR
June 21, 2008, 11am PDT
<p>The streetcar returns to New Orleans' St. Charles Ave., a step forward in the long struggle to get the city's transit back on it's feet after Katrina.</p>
The Associated Press
June 16, 2008, 2pm PDT
<p>Chevron is moving its New Orleans offices from downtown to a brand new, "eco-friendly" campus- opening up the discussion of whether new construction is ever greener than staying put.</p>
New Orleans Business News