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We Shall Not Be Moved: Rebuilding Home in the Wake of Katrina

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“It was heartbreaking, but we couldn’t give up. I just said, ‘Well, I’ve got to get in and do it.’”—Phil Harris, eight-decade-long resident of Hollygrove
As floodwaters drained in the weeks following Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans residents came to a difficult realization. Their city was about to undertake the largest disaster recovery in American history, yet they faced
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published August 7th 2012 by Beacon Press (first published January 1st 2012)
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Linda Lipko
This is a tribute to New Orleans, to the tenacity, to the unique spirit and steadfast love that it takes to rebuild a city destroyed in August of 2005 by the power of Hurricane Katrina!

Using the hurricane as a back drop, the author moves forward from the description and devastation of Katrina and then page after page outlines the remarkable grass roots movements in each parish to ensure that their neighborhoods would rebuild despite all incredible odds.

Minyoung Lee
Oct 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
Much like the jazz music that sprung from its soul, New Orleans is a city of chaos and charm. Despite the blatant flaws so difficult to ignore, I absolutely adore and love this city. My heart is pained by how much Katrina had affected people's lives but at the same time amazed at how New Orleans was able to restructure and reinvent itself after experiencing nature's wrath.

This book is a tribute to New Orleans and her resilience. I can only love her even more as I learn more about her.

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Tim Hoiland
Sep 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
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Some of the most encouraging stories to emerge in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005 had to do with the way Christians from across the country poured into Louisiana and Mississippi by the busload, seeking to serve. This continued, against all odds, for months and even years following the disaster.

Also well known are the stories of the failures of political bureaucracies, which prompted one rapper to accuse the nation’s president of apathy towards the suffering of African-Americans in New
Sep 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This was an excellent book. It follows up on what happened in the aftermath of Katrina-in the various wards as well as individual lives of those from various areas affected by Katrina. Its amazing how these people went above and beyond in order to rebuild not just their lives and homes, but thier communities as well. They didn't just sit back and let the government make decisions for them, but when aid and progress was slow to come, they not only went looking and insisted on what they were due, ...more
I enjoyed this book as a chronicle of how various neighborhoods were renewed after the hurricane and how the neighborhoods, while seeming very diverse, seemed to have some similar approaches to the problems that they faced. I had never been to New Orleans and was surprised at how diverse and interwoven it was. I hope that Hurricane Sandy refugees have an easier time recovering with this book showing how effective this style of recovery can be.

I did win this book as part of the Goodreads First Re
Jul 15, 2015 rated it liked it
Chosen at random from the "urban planning" section of my local library. I knew little about the reconstruction after Katrina and even less about New Orleans, so found the subject and style informative. The structure of using several neighbourhoods and key personalities in the rebuilding of each worked well, though by the end I found the information getting repetitive.

#11 square for 2015 Bingo: A random book from a shelf (close your eyes!)
Sep 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Really understand the people who went through and lived Hurricane Katrina. The struggles people faced on trying to come back to Louisiana and trying to rebuild their lives and their homes. A really good book.
Oct 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
I am from Louisiana and I watched this unfold. It was so heartbreaking and a tragedy. This book is great.
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