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Keep the Pressure On


By Robert Ivy, FAIA

We cannot design ourselves out ofKatrina. No matter how well intentioned we architects may be, no matter how many plans and volunteer hours we commit, the scale and complexity of this disaster exceeds the grasp of design alone, despite the fact that many of us are trying hard.

Currently, the front line rests with government action. Think about the immense implications of the storm, the largest natural disaster ever to strike the United States. The Red Cross now estimates that over 275,000 homes were destroyed, as many as 200,000 in Louisiana alone. The storm cut a swath across three states, affecting each differently. In Mississippi, the entire coastline lies wounded, with whole communities ground into powder. Greater New Orleans stews in political, economic, and social gumbo, its people forming a diaspora scattered throughout the 50 states. Nothing alters the fact that FEMA maps due out in April will demonstrate that scores of houses and plots of land remain in harm's way. Until the U.S. Corps of Engineers stabilizes the levee systems that have historically ringed the city, vast tracts are subject to further flooding, and hurricane season is galloping toward us again.

Local citizens have been outraged at our lack of a national response. Put yourself in the residents' place for a moment. If you, a New Orleans citizen, found your house irreparably damaged, and you faced a monthly mortgage, what would you do? Shouldn't the federal government offer relief? The Baker Bill, sponsored by U.S. Representative Richard Baker from Louisiana, proposes establishing the Louisiana Recovery Corporation— an agency to purchase back damaged property from residents. While the bill,

=5 an admirable proposal, has found advocates in Congress, and support from o

H the AIA, the Bush administration is withholding its favor; congressional

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