Rebuilding the Crescent City

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For Immediate Release:
April 1, 2009
Contact: Steven Woolfolk
816.701.3698
Rebuilding the Crescent City

Dr. Jacob Wagner, an assistant professor of Urban Planning and Design at the University of Missouri – Kansas City, presents a talk titled Rebuilding the Crescent City: Disaster, Demolition, and Preservation since Hurricane Katrina on Monday, April 13, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

Wagner will discuss the progress of disaster recovery and the role of historic preservation in the battle to rebuild New Orleans, with a special emphasis on the current struggle to preserve the historic Mid-City neighborhood.

Since December 2005, Wagner has worked on several recovery projects with his colleagues at UMKC. The partnership has involved The Urban Conservancy, a New Orleans nonprofit organization focused on the stewardship of the city’s urban environment and local economy. Wagner’s work also includes advocacy planning for the 3-mile Lafitte Greenway, a former rail corridor now serving as a trail connecting various New Orleans neighborhoods.

Wagner’s work has been funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. He is the author of several articles on New Orleans, including “Understanding New Orleans: Creole Urbanism” published in the book What Is a City? Rethinking the Urban after Hurricane Katrina.

This event is co-sponsored by the Historic Kansas City Foundation, of which Wagner is a member.

Admission is free. Call 816.701.3407 to indicate your interest in attending or you may RSVP online. Free parking is available in the Library District Parking Garage located at 10th and Baltimore.