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Main Title The repopulation of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina /
Author McCarthy, Kevin.
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Author Title of a Work
McCarthy, Kevin F.,
Publisher RAND Gulf States Policy Institute,
Year Published 2006
Report Number RAND/TR-369-RC
OCLC Number 65340923
ISBN 0833039407; 9780833039408
Subjects New Orleans (La.)--Population. ; Hurricane Katrina, 2005. ; City planning--Louisiana--New Orleans. ; Population forecasting
Additional Subjects Hurricane Katrina (2005)
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EJBM  HC107.L8M33 2006 Headquarters Library/Washington,DC 03/17/2006
Collation xvii, 41 pages : illustrations, color maps ; 28 cm.
Includes bibliographical references (pages 37-41).
Contents Notes
Introduction -- Approach to the problem -- Estimates of the future population of New Orleans -- Conclusions and next steps. In November 2005, New Orleans city leaders asked RAND to estimate the repopulation of the city in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. The Bring New Orleans Back Commission needed estimates of the cityb2ss population in the immediate future (the next three to six months) and the near-term future (the next one to three years) to guide the redevelopment planning process. The study was completed in early January 2006. A conceptual framework based on the costs and benefits of migration and on the role of social networks and physical constraints guided the estimates. Housing habitability was determined to be the key driver of the future population of New Orleans. RAND developed an approach to estimating future population for four points in time based on estimates of housing habitability, which were, in turn, determined by floodwater depth and the pace of housing reconstruction, as well as an estimate of the pre-Katrina population by the condition of its housing after Katrina. An important role for policymakers in shaping the repopulation process in New Orleans will be to minimize the uncertainty faced by residents and businesses by speeding up the reconstruction process.