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Lewis, J. A., W. C. Zipperer, H. Ernstson, B. Bernik, R. Hazen, T. Elmqvist, and M. J. Blum. 2017.Socioecological disparities in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina. Ecosphere 8(9):e01922. 10.1002/ecs2.1922.
2017 - Journal / article
Despite growing interest in urban resilience, remarkably little is known about vegetation dynamics in the aftermath of disasters. In this study, we examined the composition and structure of plant communities across New Orleans (Louisiana, USA) following catastrophic flooding triggered by levee failures during Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Focusing on eight neighborhoods that span a range of demographic and topographical condition...
Gotham, K.F., J.A. Lewis. 2015. Green tourism and the ambiguities of sustainability discourse: The case of New Orleans’s Lower Ninth Ward. International Journal of Social Ecology and Sustainable Development 6: 57–73
2015 - Journal / article
This paper uses a case study of the Lower Ninth Ward neighborhood in New Orleans to examine the relationships between green tourism and sustainability discourse in shaping the post-Katrina rebuilding process. Specially, we draw on long-term ethnographic field observations to highlight the tensions between abstract and idealized conceptions of sustainability and the complicated realities of uneven rebuilding and neighborhood ...
Lewis, J., Meffert, D. 2012. Metropolitan Planning Challenges in New Orleans: Sea Level Rise, Flooding, and Hurricanes. In: Blakely, E.J., Carbonell, A. (eds.) Resilient Coastal City Regions, Lincoln Institute of Land Policy
2012 - Book chapter
The importance of dealing with potentially severe climate impacts is becoming increasingly clear. In recent years, we have seen a number of extreme temperature and precipitation events, with climate records set in countries around the globe, but notably in the United States and Australia.The Lincoln Institute initially became involved in the issue of climate change through our work with planning directors in the 30 largest cit...