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Home > Blog > Mississippi Learning
Out of Our Minds
Tuesday, October 11, 2005 8:24 AM
Mississippi Learning
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
look
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
the
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/



3 comments

Gigahertz Inc. - 10/18/2005 3:12:54 AM
http://www.CrisisSearch.com is a disaster related portal I created after the Katrina hurricane (in hopes to help). Find links for information on natural disaster to terrorism or submit helpful crisis websites ;)
martin - 10/11/2005 8:02:28 PM
jkelly - Woops and thanks. I got my Jim's mixed up. (Clark is the older guy.)

Yeah, it is exhilerating. Think about this, the next phase will be to include the public in the discussion. That's going to be even more facinating to watch.

m
jkelly - 10/11/2005 1:38:32 PM
Hi Martin: Just wanted to quickly point out that the guy running the recovery effort is actually Jim Barksdale, who was the CEO of Netscape and before that the COO of FedEx. Clark was a founder of Netscape.
I've been to the area a number of times since Katrina and it's overwhelming to think about how much they have to do, and exhilerating to imagine the possibilities of (re)building something from scratch.

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