From Green Dots to Greenways: Planning in the Age of Climate Change in Post-Katrina New Orleans
ABSTRACT This paper examines the role of density and open space as sustainable design
strategies in the age of climate change. These issues are addressed through a case study of the
Laﬁtte Greenway, a post-Katrina recovery project in NewOrleans. Applying sustainability
concepts within the contentious post-disaster environment has underscored tensions
around the issues of green space and density. While the New Orleans case is currently an
outlier, waterfront communities around the globe will begin to face similar issues as sea
levels rise and climate change management becomes an increasingly important issue.