What if, in addition to the record floods of 2009 and 2013 and 2014
apparently caused by local lack of planning in our watersheds,
what if we got 15 inches of rain in one 24 hour period like
Pensacola did a few weeks ago?
Local governments might get sued by insurers for lack of planning,
like 200 communities in the Chicago area already got sued.
Maybe we should plan ahead for greater weather variability
caused by climate change.
The St. Thomas Housing Project in New Orleans used to be known best
as a high-crime area, until Hurricane Katrina swept it it all away.
But seven years after the fact, St. Thomas has been reborn as the
mixed-income River Garden Apartments, which has once again gained
notoriety, but this time as the “largest solar neighborhood in the
The River Garden Apartments encompass eight blocks that cover about
one square mile of New Orleans. The brightly colored homes are
topped with solar panels and according to Clean Technica, the
development is Louisiana’s largest solar project to date.
Child of the ghetto grows up to raise a park out of trash
and to invite the rich and famous to join her to make
sustainable development that works for all three of
developers, community, and government sexy and profitable.
A stray dog one day led her down a forgotten street to the river.
She got a seed grant, leveraged it 300 times, and turned
that street into a park.
She’s talking about the south Bronx in New York City,
and the Ninth Ward in New Orleans, but I think in her
problems and solutions you will see some similarities to
the south side of Valdosta.
If the Chamber was helping with this kind of thing,
that would make a far more positive difference to education
and real estate values for the whole community,
both inside and outside Valdosta, than pushing destructive school “unification”.