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
     
 

View All Available Formats & Editions

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

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813344249
Publisher:
Westview Press
Publication date:
02/10/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
312
Sales rank:
1,075,986
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Tables and Figures vii

Acronyms and Abbreviations ix

Acknowledgments xiii

Foreword Marc H. Morial xv

Preface xix

Introduction Robert D. Bullard Beverly Wright 1

Part I Challenges of Racialized Place

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

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

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

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

Part II Health and Environment Post-Katrina

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

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

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

Part III Equitable Rebuilding and Recovery

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

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

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

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

Part IV Policy Choices for SocialChange

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

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

About the Authors 275

Index 279

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >