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Fast Cities: New Orleans

The Broadmoor Improvement Association

The recovery of post-Katrina New Orleans has unleashed a new generation of social entrepreneurs. A sterling example: the Broadmoor Improvement Association and its dynamic president, LaToya Cantrell. Broadmoor is a racially mixed, middle-class historic district dating to the 1920s. During Katrina, it saw 7 feet of flooding. The venerable association found a new mission after the storm, when much of the area was in danger of demolition and rezoning as green space. Neighbors collaborated with researchers from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government and students from Bard College on a comprehensive development plan. More than 70% of the area's homes have been restored. The group successfully lobbied for better police presence and emergency services, reopened their local school as a charter, and built a new playground. Besides fostering exceptional cohesion — broadmoor lives! signs are on every lawn — they've become a model: Cantrell has spoken around the country about the power of community.

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  • Bill Covert

    Before Katrina, there was 6 of us guys that used to go to N.O. twice a year as a get-away. Then in July 2005 I got married and haven't returned since :-(

    Fast forward to today, we have two amazing boys (2 & 4) that I want to travel to N.O. and see again as a family - although I'll miss being single there!!!

    The first time I was there was 2001 - and while there I invented the Dream Bar Cafe - which is a system for Entrepreneurs to gain Clarity, Confidence & Focus. I will always Thank the N.O. inspiration!!! You've got a Blessed City!

    Bill Covert