Monday, November 28, 2011

Resiliency Plan for Jean Lafitte, Louisiana

The Dover-Kohl team led a charrette in Jean Lafitte, Louisiana November 10-17 to develop a plan for physical, economic and cultural resilience. During the War of 1812, the Bayou Barataria islands of Jean Lafitte were home to the pirates who became American heroes in the Battle of New Orleans. The town hosts a fishing and shrimping fleet and construction operations for Gulf oil platforms. Many residents have lived in the bayou town for generations. The unique culture and history of Jean Lafitte, its industry, and the safety of its people are threatened by climate instability, global economic shifts, sea level rise, and disappearing delta wetlands. The plan explores the town’s potential, making an economic and cultural case for long-term preservation of the settlement. The centerpiece of the plan is a vision for a more complete, more walkable heart of town, built upon its historic assets.

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