MOSAIC NOLA:The Gentilly Project

Friday, December 30, 2005

On the sixth day...

The early months of 2006, we'll likely focus on Gentilly area of New Orleans, home to Dillard University. Particularly zip code 70122. It's in a general area that has a mix of damaged and undamaged areas. Level of devastation not so complete, such that cleanup progress and gaps can be measured effectively. And it includes a significant middle-class population and is racially diverse.

During the holidays, returning residents and others have made progress cleaning up there already. Some are remaining behind in FEMA trailers to keep watch over their blocks, in areas that are most desolate.

The goal is to develop a system that follows the area's environmental and clean-up progress and communicates this information to local and distant residents. Perhaps such a system would have broader applicablility, as a kind of mobilization infrastructure.


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