SPUR Lunchtime Forum: New Orleans: rebuilding in an era of climate change

"New Orleans is a natural case study for examining the consequences of global climate change up close and personal. Edward Blakely, former recovery chief for the City of New Orleans, focuses on the inter-relationships of ecological, social, economic and environmental re-planning in one of America’s most important regions."


New Orleans Activist Embarks on 1600-Mile Bike Ride for the Gulf

Malik Rahim says Americans need to change their lifestyles and move away from fossil fuel dependence. The BP oil gusher in the Gulf of Mexico provides a fitting backdrop for the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina on August 29. Who better to connect the two disasters than longtime New Orleans community organizer Malik Rahim, who […]

This Week in Livable Streets Events

The BART strike was averted, and what better way to celebrate than with an exciting week of livable streets events. Here’s a taste of what’s in store. Monday: CCSF Bike Repair Class. CCSF is offering a full-semester class involving repair, maintenance, customizing bikes for hilly San Francisco riding, building bike stands and truing stands and […]

SPUR Evening Forum: URBANbuild Local Global: An innovative model for rebuilding and good design in New Orleans

"URBANbuild Local Global documents the work of URBANbuild, a comprehensive two-year program at Tulane University School of Architecture initiated to actively support the rehabilitation of New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. URBANbuild Local Global, literally a double-sided book, reconnects local research, analysis and design for New Orleans with a broader framework that embraces […]

SPUR Lunchtime Forum: How U.S. cities are preparing for climate change

"Local governments are the "first responders" to social, environmental and economic disruptions resulting from natural disasters and must anticipate, prepare for and adapt to the impacts of climate change while minimizing greenhouse gas emissions. The Center for Clean Air Policy’s Urban Leaders Initiative has documented U.S. cities’ preparations for climate change, including New York, Miami, […]

Why Transit Agencies Expand Even When They Struggle to Provide Service

New Orleans transit is in bad shape, as we reported recently. The New Orleans Regional Transit Authority has never recovered from Hurricane Katrina and service is at about 36 percent of pre-storm levels despite the region’s population rebound. New Orleans’ frequent service lines have been slashed dramatically. Even newly built streetcar lines are running infrequently. […]