The aftermath of Hurricane Katrina is one of the darkest chapters is American history. A toxic combination of government neglect and socioeconomic inequality turned a crisis into a tragedy. The storm completely transformed one of the most beloved cities in America, leaving nearly 80 percent of New Orleans flooded and damaging 134,000 housing units, causing unprecedented destruction. The response to Katrina is a topic of unending debate and anger. But out of the rubble, there is hope. Watching coverage of the hurricane on television in 2005, noted urbanist and veteran journalist Roberta Brandes Gratz knew that the best chance for the city's recovery came from the people who would return to New Orleans. She also knew that she wanted to see for herself how the city would respond. Two years later, after having made several trips to the area and written several articles, Gratz bought a house in the Bywater neighborhood of New Orleans and immersed herself in the life of the city. We’re Still Here Ya Bastards presents an unprecedented panoramic look at New Orleans’ recovery in the years following the hurricane. From the Lower Ninth Ward to the storied French Quarter, Gratz shares the stories of people who returned to their homes and have taken the rebuilding of their city into their own hands. An internationally renowned urban critic, Gratz shows how the city is recovering despite erroneous governmental policies that serve private interests rather than the public good. By telling stories that are often ignored by the mainstream media,We’re Still Here Ya Bastards shows the strength and resilience of a community that continues to work to rebuild New Orleans.
The aftermath of Hurricane Katrina is one of the darkest chapters in American history. The storm caused unprecedented destruction, and a toxic combination of government neglect and socioeconomic inequality turned a crisis into a tragedy. But among the rubble, there is hope. We're Still Here Ya Bastards presents an extraordinary panoramic look at New Orleans's revival in the years following the hurricane. Award-winning journalist Roberta Brandes Gratz shares the stories of people who returned to their homes and have taken the rebuilding of their city into their own hands. She shows how the city -- from the Lower Ninth Ward to the storied French Quarter to Bayou Bienvenue -- is recovering despite flawed governmental policies that promote disaster capitalism rather than the public good. While tracing positive trends, Gratz also investigates the most fiercely debated issues and challenges facing the city: a violent and corrupt prison system, the tragic closing of Charity Hospital, the future of public education, and the rise of gentrification. By telling stories that are often ignored by the mainstream media, We're Still Here Ya Bastards shows the strength and resilience of a community that continues to work to rebuild New Orleans, and reveals what Katrina couldn't destroy: the vibrant culture, epic history, and unwavering pride of one of the greatest cities in America.
Biography & Autobiography by Roberta Brandes Gratz
A history of the J.M. Kaplan Fund and its role in shaping New York City, from World War II to the present. The J.M. Kaplan Fund was established in 1945 by Jacob M. Kaplan, and would go on to play a critical role in New York City's cultural and urban life. Kaplan's long leadership of the Fund (1945-1977) was marked by determined advocacy, including the effort to save Carnegie Hall from destruction, support for institutions like The New School for Social Research and the South Street Seaport Museum, as well as to bolster the cause of union democracy, the arts, and the co-operative movement. Since the 1970s, the Fund has been led by Kaplan's daughter, Joan K. Davidson, who has led the Fund to its current place as a forceful presence in New York City's civic life, supporting the Westbeth Artists Housing, Greenmarkets, and more.
Live Like You Give a Damn! declares the very good news that God is raising up a new generation, largely outside the church, to bring impressive change to the lives of our neighbors locally and globally by creating innovative forms of social enterprise and community empowerment. The even better news is that those of us within the church can join this changemaking celebration and discover creative new ways God can use our mustard seeds to make a more remarkable difference than we ever imagined possible. In this book Tom Sine offers practical ways you can join those who are creating their best communities, their best world, and in the process their best lives. Sine shows that in a world changing at warp speed, following Jesus is a "design opportunity." It is not only an opportunity to design innovative ways to make a difference but also an opportunity to create lives with a difference, in the way of Jesus, that are simpler and more sustainable--and to throw better parties along the way. Why would anyone want to settle for less and miss the best?
Ever feel swept up in a sea of novelty? When did the new become more important than the true? Andrew Gilchrist found a remedy to today's nausea of novelty in the most familiar elements of narrative and music. He has composed a new arrangement from the ideas of Marshall McLuhan, Northrop Frye, Bernard Lonergan, and Jordan Peterson, weaving together a promising relationship between what we believe and how we live. This book starts a conversation at the crossroads of art, literature, religion, and psychology. And it begins with the oldest of stories. A boy fell in love with a girl and sung her a song. Each chapter in this book charts a series of helpful symbols and sounds, drawing attention to the melodies, rhythms and tempos that make up our most common experiences. The scientific revolution gave birth to a new understanding of the relationship between observer and observed, lover and beloved. That birth has changed the song. However, we have not welcomed this new daughter into the family with a proper name or fully recognized her part in our spiritual development. With her wisdom, we too might find hope and delight in the back and forth journey between tradition and innovation. Could her compelling voice and playful character help us prepare for the greatest roles of our lives?
America is in the midst of a rental housing affordability crisis. More than a quarter of those that rent their homes spend more than half of their income for housing, even as city leaders across the United States have been busily dismantling the nation's urban public housing projects. In After the Projects, Lawrence Vale investigates the deeply-rooted spatial politics of public housing development and redevelopment at a time when lower-income Americans face a desperate struggle to find affordable rental housing in many cities. Drawing on more than 200 interviews with public housing residents, real estate developers, and community leaders, Vale analyzes the different ways in which four major American cities implemented the federal government's HOPE VI program for public housing transformation, while also providing a national picture of this program. Some cities attempted to minimize the presence of the poorest residents in their new mixed-income communities, but other cities tried to serve as many low-income households as possible. Through examining the social, political, and economic forces that underlie housing displacement, Vale develops the novel concept of governance constellations. He shows how the stars align differently in each city, depending on community pressures that have evolved in response to each city's past struggles with urban renewal. This allows disparate key players to gain prominence when implementing HOPE VI redevelopment. A much-needed comparative approach to the existing research on public housing, After the Projects shines a light on the broad variety of attitudes towards public housing redevelopment in American cities and identifies ways to achieve more equitable processes and outcomes for low-income Americans.
Disasters and Economic Recovery provides perspectives on the economic issues that emerge before, during, and after natural disasters in an international context, by assessing the economic development patterns that emerge before and after disaster. This book will provide a historical overview of emergency management policy and previous responses to disasters in each country, as well as the policy learning that occurred in each case leading up to the disasters under analysis. The book highlights four cases: New Orleans; Christchurch, New Zealand; the Japan earthquake and tsunami; and Hurricane Sandy in the Northeastern United States. The book places important focus on the specific collaborative developments unique to the rebuilding of each place’s economy post-disaster. Using time-series data, the book shows the emergence of new industries and job hiring patterns in the immediate aftermath, as well as provides a picture of the economic performance of each country in the years following each event. Looking at the economic development policies pre- and post-disaster, readers will glean important lessons on how to build resilient economies within the disaster framework, highlighting the differences in approaches to rebuilding local economies in places with varying levels of governmental capacity post-disaster to inform policymakers, scholars, and the disaster relief community as they plan their response to future disasters.
Uncover the Magick Hidden Between the Sidewalk Cracks Engage with the urban landscape around you and harness its boundless possibilities for a thriving magickal practice. Urban Magick shows you how to connect with your city's diverse spiritual ecosystem and channel the powerful energy running through it. Diana Rajchel invites you on an in-depth exploration of what it means to work with urban energies, providing a variety of spells for city life, techniques for working with spirits and elements, and exercises for boosting your creativity and energy. You'll also learn the purpose behind both ancient and modern cities, how architecture and population affect your magick, and how nature figures into city life. This remarkable book is your guide to not only the energetic and sacred pathways within your city, but also to your full magickal potential.
The steep rise in neighborhood associations in post-Katrina New Orleans is commonly presented in starkly positive or negative terms – either romanticized narratives of community influence or dismissals of false consciousness and powerlessness to elite interests. In A Neighborhood Politics of Last Resort Stephen Danley offers a messier and ultimately more complete picture of these groups as simultaneously crucial but tenuous social actors. Through a comparative case study based on extensive fieldwork in post-Katrina New Orleans, Danley follows activists in their efforts to rebuild their communities, while also examining the dark underbelly of NIMBYism ("not in my backyard"), characterized by racism and classism. He elucidates how neighborhood activists were tremendously inspired in their defense of their communities, at times outwitting developers or other perceived threats to neighborhood life, but they could be equally creative in discriminating against potential neighbors and fighting to keep others out of their communities. Considering the plight of grassroots activism in the context of national and global urban challenges, A Neighborhood Politics of Last Resort immerses the reader in the daily minutiae of post-Katrina life to reveal how multiple groups responded to the same crisis with inconsistent and often ad-hoc approaches, visions, and results.
These ethnographically-based studies of diverse urban experiences across the world present cutting edge research and stimulate an empirically-grounded theoretical reconceptualization. The essays identify ethnography as a powerful tool for making sense of life in our rapidly changing, complex cities. They stress the point that while there is no need to fetishize fieldwork—or to view it as an end in itself —its unique value cannot be overstated. These active, engaged researchers have produced essays that avoid abstractions and generalities while engaging with the analytical complexities of ethnographic evidence. Together, they prove the great value of knowledge produced by long-term fieldwork to mainstream academic debates and, more broadly, to society.
Jinx Ballou is every fugitive's nightmare In the sun-scorched urban sprawl of Phoenix, Arizona, bounty hunter Jinx Ballou is a singular female figure in a sea of macho men. She'll take on anyone, no matter how big, how well-armed, or how well-connected. From murderers and drug gangs to Chechen gangsters and domestic terrorists. At the same time, Jinx has a nerdy side. She's crazy into comic books and cosplays as Wonder Woman in her spare time. She also happens to be transgender. Each book in this three-volume boxset is a balls-to-the-wall, white-knuckle action thriller that will keep you turning the pages until the very last. Chaser: Book 1 A teenage murder suspect has vanished. Is Holly Schwartz a desperate killer fleeing prosecution? Or has something more sinister happened? Jinx is determined to learn the truth and return Holly to custody. But the pursuit takes a deadly turn, forcing her to push her skills, her body, and her luck to the limit to capture the fugitive teen and get out alive. Extreme Prejudice: Book 2 Hot on the heels of an accused murderer, Jinx discovers her fugitive is involved with White Nation, a militant organization stoking the fires of prejudice and violence in Phoenix, Arizona. To apprehend her suspect, she infiltrates White Nation, only to come face-to-face with Barclay “The Beast” Dietz, the man who nearly killed her years earlier. Her efforts to bring both men to justice backfire, putting those she loves most in harm’s way. As the city erupts in bigotry and bloodshed, Jinx’s world unravels, pushing her to the breaking point and forcing her to choose between seeking justice and saving lives. A Broken Woman: Book 3 Bounty hunter Jinx Ballou is struggling to rebuild her life after a terrorist attack shattered her world. When a new job offer comes her way, she is forced to choose between returning an innocent transgender woman to custody or taking on a legal system that provides justice only to those society deems worthy. Fans of Karin Slaughter, Lisa Gardner, and Sara Paretsky won’t want to skip this high-octane, blood-pumping boxset of gritty thrillers with a feminist kick.
Not quite human, not quite beast. Not quite female, not quite male. Sometimes hunter, sometimes prey. Always alone. Until them. Fiend hunter Sam “Sabertooth” Forest is used to being on the outskirts. A cur with a mix of shifter and human blood, Sam can’t fully shift to beast but can’t fully pass as human. Through sheer determination, and a desire to protect the broken shifter woman who raised them, Sam has managed to eek out a place of their own in a world devastated by the rift that allowed monsters to spill into the earth plane. Sam hunts monsters, sometimes curs and mongrels just like Sam. The work might be dangerous, and the humans might want to put the mixed breed hunter on their hitlist, but it’s a job. It’s freedom. Sam works alone and trusts no one. The next hunt should bring in a big bounty—big enough to pay the pack extortion fee and keep Sam’s adoptive mother safe through winter. But when a Leprechaun horns in on the unicorn hunt and tricks Sam into forming a hunter’s guild, Sam is suddenly burdened by an overabundance of people. Setting off to hunt one-horned murder beasts with an annoying leprechaun and a nerdy half-ogre is bad enough. But when you add in a betrayal by the seductive siren Sam has loved since childhood, and the machinations of a rich human politician, well…Sam’s simple, lonely little life just got a whole lot more complicated. Author’s Note: I love reverse harem, but I got sick of reading the same old tropes. In my books you will find atypical characters and varied sexuality. In general, you probably won’t find many alpha males or fainting females. The Not Quite series is a harem/reverse harem urban fantasy series of novellas (between 35,000-45,000 words) and contains the following: *adult language, and lots of it *moderate levels of violence/gore/action *graphic sexual situations *polyamory/ multiple lovers *LBGTQ and straight themes (the main character is intersex and will have both male and female lovers, and this is a harem, so expect M/F, M/M, F/F, MMMFF etc.) *as usual, my characters all have their own emotional scars. This means the book MAY contain mentions of abuse, unpleasant situations, etc. Please do not read if you are triggered by things like this. **This is a series, so while there will always be a complete plot cycle of some kind, there may be a lead in to the next book. The book does not end on a "Cliffhanger" where the action stops right in the middle with no resolution, like some books tend to these days. The main plot arc is brought to a FOR NOW conclusion, and there is a set up for the next book. If you aren't in to that, please pass on by.
When the body of a man in eighteenth-century Highland dress is discovered on the site of the Battle of Culloden, journalist Rebecca Connolly takes up the story for the Chronicle. Meanwhile, a film being made about the 45 Rebellion has enraged the right-wing group Spirit of the Gael which isconnected to a shadowy group called Black Dawn linked to death threats and fake anthrax deliveries to Downing Streetand Holyrood. When a second body this time in the Redcoat uniform of the government army is found in Inverness,Rebecca finds herself drawn ever deeper into the mystery. Are the murders connected to politics, a local gang war orsomething else entirely?
OVER THIRTY YEARS AFTER its publication, Fort Apache: New York’s Most Violent Precinct remains the definitive account of the vicious cycle of violence that has griped urban America over the past century. A swollen head floating down the Bronx River, a junkie murdered for stealing a woman’s wig, a French Connection-style chase through blind alleys, police barricaded inside their precinct as a wild mob lays siege to the station — and, above all, mindless violence that seemed to erupt in profusion for no apparent reason against the cops who faithfully served and cared deeply about the neighborhood that was rapidly imploding.
Montgomery and Ashton St. John are a money-making machine. And, except for the persistent interference of the government, enjoy the spoils of wealth instead of the pursuits of the working class from which they come. But, when "Monty" pursues his own peculiar brand of acquisition, life gets complicated for both of them. Half-way around the world, is a man unlike any they've ever seen. Slaughter Youngblood is a gentleman, a product of isolation and aristocratic upbringing, a throwback to a time when honor and discipline defined a man, who has the misfortune of owning the St. John Islands---land that Monty covets like a starving dog covets red meat. What begins as just another business deal, sets off a chain reaction of violence, revenge, and redemption.
Wang Yunjie accidentally knew the director's secrets while he was revengeed by the director. However, he got blessed by misfortune and got a magic bracelet unexpectedly. This bracelet helped him to be the best doctor and any incurable diseases could be easily cured by him. His status rose so rapidly that those who used to underestimate him now had to start humble. His life was totally changed.☆About the Author☆Xiao Ya, an online novelist. She is good at writing urban novels especially about doctor. Her work Romantic Medical Saint in the City is developed in the profession of doctors, with her fluent writing telling the story of an intern doctor changing his life.