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From Green Dots to Greenways: Planning in the Age of Climate Change in Post-Katrina New Orleans

WithBilly Fields

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.