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Author Wooten, Tom, 1986-
Title We shall not be moved : rebuilding home in the wake of Katrina / Tom Wooten.
Published Boston : Beacon Press, c2012.
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 Floor3  HN80.N45 W66 2012    IN LIBRARY
Description xvi, 228 p. ; 24 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references.
Contents A city and a storm. "Very much at home" ; A vulnerable city ; "Somebody else's couch" -- The year after. "The whole world was gray" ; Village de l'Est : "Back on the map" ; Hollygrove : "To re-create a neighborhood" ; Lakeview : "Don't get in our way" ; Broadmoor : "This is no ordinary plan" ; The Lower Ninth Ward : "Always a question, and then a dead silence" ; Neighborhoods and citywide planning : "Promises are made, and they are not kept" -- A ringing bell. Broadmoor : "Bring life back" ; Village de l'Est : "Everybody's connected" ; Hollygrove : "Slowly but surely" ; Lakeview : "A whole different ballgame" ; The Lower Ninth Ward : "I feel so good when I'm home" ; Laurels.
Summary As floodwaters drained in the weeks following Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans residents came to a difficult realization. Their city was about to undertake the largest disaster recovery in American history, yet they faced a profound leadership vacuum: members of every tier of government, from the municipal to the federal level, had fallen down on the job. We Shall Not Be Moved tells the absorbing story of the community leaders who stepped into this void to rebuild the city they loved. From a Vietnamese Catholic priest who immediately knows when two of his six thousand parishioners go missing to a single mother from the Lower Ninth Ward who instructs the likes of Jimmy Carter and Brad Pitt, these intrepid local organizers show that a city{8217}s fate rests on the backs of its citizens. On their watch, New Orleans neighborhoods become small governments. These leaders organize their neighbors to ward off demolition threats, write comprehensive recovery plans, found community schools, open volunteer centers, raise funds to rebuild fire stations and libraries, and convince tens of thousands of skeptical residents to return home. Focusing on recovery efforts in five New Orleans neighborhoods{8212}Broadmoor, Hollygrove, Lakeview, the Lower Ninth Ward, and Village de l{8217}Est{8212}Tom Wooten presents vivid narratives through the eyes and voices of residents rebuilding their homes, telling a story of resilience as entertaining as it is instructive. The unprecedented community mobilization underway in New Orleans is a silver lining of Hurricane Katrina{8217}s legacy. By shedding light on this rebirth, We Shall Not Be Moved shows how residents, remarkably, turned a profound national failure into a story of hope.
Subject Community development -- Louisiana -- New Orleans.
Urban renewal -- Louisiana -- New Orleans -- Citizen participation.
Neighborhood government -- Louisiana -- New Orleans.
Hurricane Katrina, 2005 -- Social aspects.
New Orleans (La.) -- Social conditions -- 21st century.
New Orleans (La.) -- Economic conditions -- 21st century.
ISBN 0807044636 (alk. paper)
9780807044636 (alk. paper)
Standard # 7607667
OCLC number 761847178