Building a Better New Orleans: A Review of and Plan for Progress One Year after Hurricane Katrina

One year since the onslaught of Hurricane Katrina, recovery in New Orleans continues to be uneven. Many ascribe the little visible progress in the region to the slow pace of federal spending and decisionmaking. However, quality of spending matters. This paper reviews the federal, state, and local post-hurricane recovery effort, highlights areas of progress, and offers a plan for ensuring that future actions create a more inclusive, sustainable, and prosperous New Orleans region.