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A Mini-Mississippi River May Help Save Louisiana’s Vanishing Coast
There’s Something in The Water
This essay is a collage of images and writing from an ongoing project “Reading the River: Yemayá and Oshun.” I am approaching it as is an experimental documentary that looks at the relationship between Blackness and the Mississippi River as a collision of ideas, cultural practices, political geographies, and intimacies…
New Orleans Was Once Above Sea Level
Early one September morning in 1975, in a quiet Metairie subdivision west of Transcontinental Drive, a ranch house suddenly exploded in a fireball so powerful it damaged 20 neighboring buildings and broke windows a mile away. The house plus four adjacent homes were reduced to rubble, and 11 people were seriously injured.
States of Emergence/y: Coastal Restoration and the Future of Louisiana’s Vietnamese/American Commercial Fisherfolk
While all coastal entrepreneurs feel the strain of the decisions and projects Colten outlines above, their consequences are borne more heavily by first-generation, 1.5-generation, and second-generation Vietnamese/American fisherfolk. While all fisherfolk are concerned about environmental change and forced adaptation, language barriers, a lack of political representation, and cultural differences make Vietnamese/Americans…
Fortified But Still in Peril, New Orleans Braces for its Future
Free-Flowing Waters: A Vision for a Lower Mississippi River Wilderness
Wilderness is a feeling. It is more than that, of course—wilderness is the wind and the water, the turtles and coyotes, all that exists beyond and around and within our human selves. But when we speak of wilderness, we’re so often speaking about a feeling: that feeling of smallness, strangely comforting, or of connection, or of wonder at how much there is in the world.
LSU unveils massive Mississippi River model as tool in coastal restoration projects
Industrial Ornament, Modern Symbol: New Orleans’ First Waterworks on the Mississippi River
The second city in U.S. history to debut a modern industrial urban waterworks system was New Orleans Designed and built between 1811 and 1820, the New Orleans Waterworks displayed the most advanced innovations of its day, both in hydraulic engineering technology and in aesthetic architectural design…
Katrina Helped Usher In An Acceptance And Use of Green Infrastructure
New Orleans is moving from plans to action in a large-scale rethinking of the city’s relationship with water. The city has begun to embrace “green infrastructure” as a water management strategy, rather than just relying on pumping out rainwater.