NORA includes Levee Exhibit Hall as part of American Planning Association conference

Participants with the American Planning Association view the Levee Exhibit Hall & Garden

Right now, the American Planning Association is holding a 4-day National Planning Conference in New Orleans.

Part of the experience was a tour of the Gentilly area of New Orleans traditionally diverse, largely post-war neighborhood that suffered extensive flood damage from the London Avenue Canal levee failures.

The group of fifty explored the post-Flood redevelopment of Gentilly, which provides a model for disaster recovery and community development driven by local government support of housing development, commercial revitalization, and vacant land stewardship.

Seth Knudsen with the New Orleans Redevelopment Authority (NORA) included the Levee Exhibit Hall and Garden as one of the “vacant land stewardship” projects.

Despite the forecast for rain, founder Sandy Rosenthal was able to give a presentation under sunny skies.

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We have power!

We have power at 4918 Warrington Drive. Photo/Heather Ruoss

We now have electric power at the proposed Flooded House Relic at the London Avenue Canal breach site.

The neighborhood and the city of New Orleans have been very supported of this unique project, possibly the only one like it in the country.

The house at 4918 Warrington Drive in Gentilly is probably the very last house within a stone’s throw from a breach site that has not been torn down or been refurbished as a residence.

The proposed flood exhibit inside the house will depict a flooded living room 8 weeks after the floodwalls broke during Katrina. Just like a theatre set, it will look real.

The accompanying signage will explain why New Orleans flooded during the hurricane, namely, due to the Army Corps of Engineers’ levee building mistakes., working with the neighborhood and the city of New Orleans, will not allow this opportunity to pass us by.

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