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Clear As Mud

Planning for the Rebuilding of New Orleans

By Robert B. Olshansky, Laurie A. Johnson

As both observers of and participants in the creation of the Unified New Orleans Plan, Olshansky and Johnson bring unparalleled detail and insight to this complex story.

Published by APA Planners Press, 2010

Format: Paperback, 290 pp.

ISBN: 978-1-932364-80-4

Quick order code: A64804

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Planning the rebuilding of New Orleans after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita has been among the greatest urban planning challenges of our time. Since 2005, Robert B. Olshansky and Laurie A. Johnson, urban planners who specialize in disaster planning and recovery, have been working to understand, in real time, the difficult planning decisions in this unusual situation. As both observers of and participants in the challenging process of creating the Unified New Orleans Plan (UNOP), Olshansky and Johnson bring unparalleled detail and insight to this complex story.

New Orleans has had to rebuild its buildings and institutions, but it has also had to create a community planning structure that is seen as both equitable and effective, while addressing the concerns and demands of state, federal, nonprofit, and private-sector stakeholders. In documenting how this unprecedented process occurred, Olshansky and Johnson spent years in New Orleans, interviewing leaders and citizens and abetting the design and execution of the UNOP. Their insights will help cities around the globe recognize the challenges of rebuilding and recovering after disaster strikes.

About the Authors

Robert B. Olshansky, AICPRobert B. Olshansky, AICP is professor and associate head of the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Illinois. He has published on postdisaster recovery planning, planning and policy for earthquake risks and environmental impact assessment.

Laurie A. Johnson, AICPLaurie A. Johnson, AICP is principal of Laurie Johnson Consulting and Research. She has more than 20 years of experience in urban planning, risk management, and disaster recovery research and consulting. She has written about the economics of catastrophes, land use and risk, and urban disaster recovery and reconstruction.

New Orleans Resources

American Planning Association Hurricane Katrina Work

Louisiana Recovery Authority

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