Why Katrina couldn't 'wipe the slate clean' in New Orleans | NOLA.com

It was a metaphor invoked repeatedly ten years ago this autumn, by well-meaning citizen-activists as well as professional planners: while the Katrina flood destroyed so much of what was good, it also "wiped the slate clean" of entrenched problems and offered a valuable opportunity to get things right. Now we could finally rebuild sustainably, diversify the economy and rectify old social wrongs.

Mostly, that did not happen. The grandest recovery plans all flopped, and the boldest visions never got past the envisioning stage. The region's pre-storm shape, form, and infrastructure largely returned, and we've generally resettled into the same geographies, albeit in varying densities...

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