30 Dec '11, 12pm

How Green Building Can Bring New Orleans Back

How Green Building Can Bring New Orleans Back

I recently visited New Orleans for the first time, with the question no doubt asked by most of the Crescent City's visitors: More than six years post-Katrina, is New Orleans back? The answer is complex, and the story is one of resilience, devastation, rebuilding and sustainability. The French Quarter is booming, and Bourbon Street is a 24-7 party. Jazz flows on Frenchmen Street in the Faubourg Marigny district . Tourists pack Jackson Square and restaurants and attractions are crowded. In the districts that cater to visitors, you'll likely be told -- as I was -- that New Orleans is "85 to 90 percent back." I predict that you'll have ample reason to agree if you visit New Orleans' most storied spots. (And you should visit, as I'll explain below.) Enter the east side of town , though, and large swaths of post-Katrina residential and commercial abandonment remain apparent, wit...

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