Martin Flaherty on In the News
In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina the rebuilding of New Orleans seems
to be the primary story that captures the country's imagination. But take a
just to the east of the crescent city to Mississippi and you'll see one of
the most daring discussions taking place. Beginning tomorrow, and running over
next seven days, Governor Haley Barbour is gathering a commission for the rebuilding,
recovery and renewal of the Gulf Coast of his state. Lead by Mississippi native
and renowned financier Jim Clark, the commission is gathering politicos, architects
and urban planners both local and from across the country in a charrette to
consider all aspects of "place". Density, neighborhood design, environmental
considerations, mix-use development and the integration of business and community
(among a host of other issues) will be discussed. A gathering like this has
never taken place before, this quickly, to consider an area so large.
This is only a first step that will look at nine communities affected by
the storm and will later include the entire region.
Most interestingly, the session will be blogged. Check it out at www.mississippirenewal.com/