On this day, we wish to share some encouraging news.
Working in partnership with residents from the neighborhood of Gentilly, Levees.org will soon unveil the first ever Open-air Levee Exhibit and Garden in New Orleans.
The exhibit and garden will be installed on a now-empty lot at the site of the London Avenue Canal where flood walls–designed and built by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers–cracked open in a moderate amount of surge during Hurricane Katrina.
The Open-air Levee Exhibit and Garden will be a memorial to the trauma of the levee breaches, a commemoration of a pivotal moment in American history, and a symbol of the residents’ determination to return.
At a minimum, it will transform an illegal dump into a thing of beauty for the neighbors nearby.
Today, in partnership with the neighborhood residents of Gentilly in New Orleans, Levees.org unveiled two possible scenarios for a Levee Exhibition and Garden.
The exhibit and garden will be built at the site of one of the most catastrophic breaches on August 29, 2005, the east breach of the London Avenue Canal in the Filmore Gardens neighborhood.
During Katrina, when moderate storm surge was still four feet from the tops of the canal walls, the levees failed and exposed negligent civil engineering on the part of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Here is the Associated Press story:
Sandy Rosenthal unveils historic plaque at breach site of 17th Street Canal on August 26, 2010.
This coming semester, Tulane University will offer a mini-course featuring Sandy Rosenthal and how she started and built the influential grassroots group, Levees.org.
The mini-course will be offered as part of a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) developed by Dr. Charles Figley, Director of the Tulane Traumatology Institute.
MOOCs are a surging new trend in higher education because they allow virtually unlimited enrollment worldwide.
Traditional online courses charge tuition and limit the enrollment to a few dozen students to ensure interaction with instructors. MOOCs, on the other hand, are free and anyone with an Internet connection can enroll.