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Lower 9th Ward Sustainability Plans

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Creating a blueprint for recovery, new visions for the Lower Ninth Ward. In the initial months and years following the failure of the federal levee system after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, members of the community worked with local, state and national experts to rebuild the Lower 9. Brainstorming sessions (charrettes), interviews, tours and studies then led to a series of ideas based on concepts of sustainability and resilience. In turn, these plans addressed both near-term needs and long-term goals – all intended to be actionable while moving the community toward survivability and vibrancy in an era of climate change.

Fundamentally, many of these ideas and concepts then led to the formation of CSED as an organization and our focus on improving Food Security and the Natural and Built Environment for the Lower 9.

Sustainable Restoration: Holy Cross Historic District & Lower 9th Ward
June 2006

Groundbreaking plan created only months after the hurricanes by the B-Team (Berkebile, Browning, Becker) and specialists from the Tulane/Xavier Center for Bioenvironmental Research and Louisiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR) with residents of Holy Cross and the Lower 9th Ward in two on-site planning exercises.

As a preliminary planning document for disaster recovery in the Lower 9th Ward, this report contains recommendations from residents of the Lower 9th Ward on the reconstruction, repair and restoration of their neighborhood. Included are recommendations on Urban Design and the Built Environment, followed by three categories traditionally associated with sustainable development: Economy, Environment and Quality of Life.

A Framework for Sustainable Resilience in the Lower Ninth Ward: The Unified New Orleans Plan: District 8
January 2007

Developed by H3 Studio, Inc. in collaboration with Williams Architects, Facilitative Leadership Institute and a Lower Ninth Ward Stakeholders Advisory Committee, this report is designed to illustrate the overall recovery vision for the Lower 9 while and enabling the City, property owners and residents to make informed decisions about their post-Katrina community. This document capitalizes on the existing assets of the area while providing a strategic recovery framework inside of which the residents and their civic/business leaders will begin to renew and rebuild their lives.

Contents include:

  • Introduction To The District
  • Planning Process
  • Recovery Assessment Overview
  • Vision & Goals
  • Vision
  • Goals & Principles
  • Best Practices, Case Studies, & References
  • Recovery Scenario
  • Recovery Projects
  • Implementation Strategy
  • Appendices