Geographer: Hurricane Katrina built momentum to redevelop black neighborhoods

07/22/2014 | London School of Economics

Certain officials along the Gulf Coast saw Hurricane Katrina as a chance to bring their development vision to poor, predominately black neighborhoods, writes Kate Derickson, assistant professor of geography, environment and society at the University of Minnesota. "[T]he highly racialized and impoverished nature of these neighborhoods worked to justify and enable the narrative that the storm had rendered them blank slates, and in so doing, created new opportunities for intensifying and further accomplishing the vision of the city promoted by regional boosters," she writes.

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