Race, Place, and Environmental Justice After Hurricane Katrina: Struggles to Reclaim, Rebuild, and Revitalize New Orleans and the Gulf Coast

Race, Place, and Environmental Justice After Hurricane Katrina: Struggles to Reclaim, Rebuild, and Revitalize New Orleans and the Gulf Coast

by Robert D. Bullard
     
 

ISBN-10: 0813344247

ISBN-13: 9780813344249

Pub. Date: 02/10/2009

Publisher: Westview Press

On August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina made landfall near New Orleans leaving death and destruction across the Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama Gulf Coast counties. The lethargic and inept emergency response that followed exposed institutional flaws, poor planning, and false assumptions that are built into the emergency response and homeland security

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Overview

On August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina made landfall near New Orleans leaving death and destruction across the Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama Gulf Coast counties. The lethargic and inept emergency response that followed exposed institutional flaws, poor planning, and false assumptions that are built into the emergency response and homeland security plans and programs. Questions linger: What went wrong? Can it happen again? Is our government equipped to plan for, mitigate, respond to, and recover from natural and manmade disasters? Can the public trust government response to be fair? Does race matter?
 
Racial disparities exist in disaster response, cleanup, rebuilding, reconstruction, and recovery. Race plays out in natural disaster survivors’ ability to rebuild, replace infrastructure, obtain loans, and locate temporary and permanent housing. Generally, low-income and people of color disaster victims spend more time in temporary housing, shelters, trailers, mobile homes, and hotels—and are more vulnerable to permanent displacement. Some “temporary” homes have not proved to be that temporary. In exploring the geography of vulnerability, this book asks why some communities get left behind economically, spatially, and physically before and after disasters strike.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813344249
Publisher:
Westview Press
Publication date:
02/10/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
312
Sales rank:
743,123
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Tables and Figures

Foreword Marc H. Morial Morial, Marc H.

Introduction Robert D. Bullard Bullard, Robert D. Beverly Wright Wright, Beverly 1

Pt. I Challenges of Racialized Place

1 Race, Place, and the Environment in Post-Katrina New Orleans Robert D. Bullard Bullard, Robert D. Beverly Wright Wright, Beverly 19

2 The Overlooked Significance of Place in Law and Policy: Lessons from Hurricane Katrina Debra Lyn Bassett Bassett, Debra Lyn 49

3 Transportation Matters: Stranded on the Side of the Road Before and After Disasters Strike Robert D. Bullard Bullard, Robert D. Glenn S. Johnson Johnson, Glenn S. Angel O. Torres Torres, Angel O. 63

4 Katrina and the Condition of Black New Orleans: The Struggle for Justice, Equity, and Democracy Mtangulizi Sanyika Sanyika, Mtangulizi 87

Pt. II Health and Environment Post-Katrina

5 Contaminants in the Air and Soil in New Orleans After the Flood: Opportunities and Limitations for Community Empowerment Rachel Godsil Godsil, Rachel Albert Huang Huang, Albert Gina Solomon Solomon, Gina 115

6 Investing in Human Capital and Healthy Rebuilding in the Aftermath of Hurricane Katrina Sheila J. Webb Webb, Sheila J. 139

7 Making the Case for Community-Based Laboratories: A New Strategy for Environmental Justice Earthea Nance Nance, Earthea 153

Pt. III Equitable Rebuilding and Recovery

8 Post-Katrina Profiteering: The New Big Easy Rita J. King King, Rita J. 169

9 Rebuilding Lives Post-Katrina: Choices and Challenges in New Orleans's Economic Development Robert K. Whelan Whelan, Robert K. Denise Strong Strong, Denise 183

10 The Color of Opportunity and the Future of New Orleans: Planning, Rebuilding, andSocial Inclusion After Hurricane Katrina Mafruza Khan Khan, Mafruza 205

11 Housing Recovery in the Ninth Ward: Disparities in Policy, Process, and Prospects Lisa K. Bates Bates, Lisa K. Rebekah A. Green Green, Rebekah A. 229

Pt. IV Policy Choices for Social Change

12 Unnatural Disaster: Social Impacts and Policy Choices After Katrina John R. Logan Logan, John R. 249

Afterword: Looking Back to Move Forward Beverly Wright Wright, Beverly Robert D. Bullard Bullard, Robert D. 265

About the Authors 275

Index 279

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