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Delta Urbanism: New Orleans

By: Richard Campanella

213 pages, illus

American Planning Association

Paperback | Jun 2010 | #188016 | ISBN-13: 9781932364859
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This volume traces the development of New Orleans from precolonial times to post-Katrina realities, in the context of the deltaic plain on which it lies. The book describes the underlying physical terrain and covers the various transformations humans have made to it including site selection, settlement, urbanization, population, expansion, drainage, protection, exploitation, devastation and recovery. What New Orleans has experienced foretells what similar cities will be tackling in years to come.


1 Delta Formation 2 Delta Topography 3 Settling the Delta 4 Urbanizing the Delta 5 Why There? 6 Colonial-Era Flood Control 7 A Radical Change of Destiny 8 Unwritten Rules of Urban Expansion 9 The Unplanned Street Plan 10 Antebellum Flood Control 11 Populating the Antebellum City 12 Populating the Postbellum City 13 Draining the Deltaic City 14 Turn-of-the-Century Flood Control 15 Buffering the Deltaic City 16 Twentieth-Century Delta Urbanism 17 Perceiving the Delta City 18 Environmental Consequences of Delta Urbanism 19 Devastating the Deltaic City 20 i? Plandemoniumi? 21 Repopulating the Deltaic City 22 Delta Urbanism: Lessons from New Orleans

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New Orleans, LA: Tulane University geographer Richard Campanella maps and analyzes the physical and human geography of New Orleans and coastal Louisiana.

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