Race, Place, and Environmental Justice After Hurricane Katrina: Struggles to Reclaim, Rebuild, and Revitalize New Orleans and the Gulf Coast (Large Print 16pt)

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ReadHowYouWant.com, Jun 29, 2010 - 417 pages
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On August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina made landfall near New Orleans leaving death and destruction across the Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama Gulf Coast counties. The lethargic and inept emergency response that followed exposed institutional flaws, poor planning, and false assumptions that are built into the emergency response and homeland security plans and programs. Questions linger: What went wrong? Can it happen again? Is our government equipped to plan for, mitigate, respond to, and recover from natural and manmade disasters? Can the public trust government response to be fair? Does race matter? Racial disparities exist in disaster response, cleanup, rebuilding, reconstruction, and recovery. Race plays out in natural disaster survivors' ability to rebuild, replace infrastructure, obtain loans, and locate temporary and permanent housing. Generally, low-income and people of color disaster victims spend more time in temporary housing, shelters, trailers, mobile homes, and hotels - and are more vulnerable to permanent displacement. Some ''temporary'' homes have not proved to be that temporary. In exploring the geography of vulnerability, this book asks why some communities get left behind economically, spatially, and physically before and after disasters strike.
  

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Contents

TABLES AND FIGURES i TABLES AND FIGURES
iii
PREFACE
xv
INTRODUCTION
xxiii
RACE PLACE AND THE ENVIRONMENT
3
THE OVERLOOKED SIGNIFICANCE OF PLACE
69
TRANSPORTATION MATTERS
100
KATRINA AND THE CONDITION OF BLACK
153
HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENT POSTKATRINA
211
POSTKATRINA PROFITEERING
329
REBUILDING LIVES POSTKATRINA
362
THE COLOR OF OPPORTUNITY AND THE FUTURE
410
HOUSING RECOVERY IN THE NINTH WARD
461
UNNATURAL DISASTER
497
Looking Back to Move Forward
529
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
550
BACK COVER MATERIAL
556

REBUILDING IN THE AFTERMATH OF HURRICANE KATRINA
265
LABORATORIES
293

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