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#citychat: What is Next for New Orleans?

On Thursday, September 3rd at 4:00pm Eastern Time (3:00pm Central Time, 1:00 pm Pacific Time) MIT CoLab (@MITCoLab) and Advancement Project (@Adv_project) will co-host a Twitter chat on New Orleans, 10 years after the storm.

K38 Mr. Petries home Mr. Petries, a New Orleans resident paddling away from his flooded home. Photo Credit: Flickr/Shawn Alladio.

This past weekend New Orleans commemorated 10 years since Hurricane Katrina hit. Throughout the city, events— from official City-sponsored gatherings to community-led conversations— were held to mark the anniversary and consider how far the city of New Orleans and its residents have come.

As remarks in these events reflected and as articles from the past few weeks show, there are many competing narratives. Some focus on ‘progress,’ touting the city’s resilience, and declaring that New Orleans is “American’s best comeback story.” Others argue that these narratives obscure the truth: that racialized disparities persist, and progress without equity is injustice.

What do you make of the competing narratives around New Orleans 10 years after Katrina and their contradictions and tensions? What can other cities around the world learn from New Orleans’ journey over the past 10 years? And, what needs to happen in New Orleans over the next 10 years for a resounding success story to emerge?

During this twitter chat we will have an open conversation where anyone can participate and respond to these and other questions.

We’ll have a panel comprised of a mix of advocates and individuals from New Orleans based organizations. They’ll share their perspectives — as urban planners, lawyers, directors of community-based organizations, and residents— on the above questions and others. Everyone is invited to participate.

Come to the chat with your thoughts on the above questions, your experiences, questions, and challenges for the interviewees and your fellow chat participants.

It’s easy to join the Twitter chat. Just follow #citychat on Twitter from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. EST on Thursday, September 3rd, 2015 . Even if you don’t have a Twitter account, you can watch the conversation unfold here.

Update: The #citychat transcript can be found here.

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