~ Right of Return ~

Can the New Orleans City Council justify demolishing 4,500 units of public housing during the city’s largest affordable housing crisis? With a homeless population of over 12,000 people and residents being forced to evacuate FEMA trailers, shouldn’t bulldozing housing be last on the council’s agenda? For my photojournalism capstone project, I chose to report on this complex issue. The article takes an in-depth look at the B.W. Cooper public housing development. Cooper was home to 1400 households before Katrina and since only 260 families have returned home. After reading the article, you will understand the politics of the New Orleans public housing crisis and the lives of the people caught in the middle. Feedback and any leads on possible publication outlets would be greatly appreciated. Cheers.

Click below to download a pdf. (2.8 MB) of the article:
Right of Return

“Everybody wants to see new homes. But if they demolish, where do we go and for how long? The council has no answers.” — Sam “Action” Jackson, electrician, housing activist and Cooper resident.

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~ by kainazamaria on April 1, 2008.

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