Katrina Retrospective: An Exhibition of CRP Student and Faculty Work in the Gulf Coast

Katrina aftermath

Within days of Hurricane Katrina striking New Orleans and the Mississippi Gulf Coast, students and faculty members from the Department of City and Regional Planning were mobilizing to assist in the region. Over the course of the next four years, students and faculty responded as volunteer relief workers and provided critical technical support to the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) in its advocacy on behalf of residents in the 9th Ward and the Vietnamese community of New Orleans East, as well as other community groups — with the assistance of the New Orleans Planning Initiative field workshop courses and student internships. Students also worked to save the historic St. Roch Market, a rare surviving 19th-century city market that gave its name to the surrounding neighborhood.

Ten years after Katrina, this exhibit invites pause and contemplation of the destruction wrought by the storm, and some of the experiences and contributions of CRP students and faculty in its wake.

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