Successful Broadmoor Project Becomes Model for Disaster Recovery
The Broadmoor Project: New Orleans Recovery was initiated in 2006 to work with residents of New Orleans' Broadmoor neighborhood in designing and implementing a strategy for post-Katrina neighborhood recovery. The successful project became a model for disaster recovery around the world. More ›
March 3, 2016
On January 22, 2016, academics and practitioners from across the world traveled to Harvard University for a conference on disaster recovery. Entitled “Accelerating Disaster Recovery: Strategies, Tensions, and Obstacles,” the event provided a singular opportunity for participants to discuss the complex challenges underlying recovery efforts and to explore ways to more effectively rebound from future disasters.
The Broadmoor Project: New Orleans Recovery was an effort initiated in 2006 to work with residents of New Orleans' hard-hit Broadmoor neighborhood in designing and implementing a strategy for post-Katrina neighborhood recovery. Conceptualized and led by then Center senior fellow Doug Ahlers, and hosted by the Belfer Center's Environment and Natural Resources Program, the project enabled Harvard Kennedy School and other Harvard students to put their governance skills into action to help rebuild one of America's great cities. It also provided an opportunity for New Orleans' neighborhood leaders to build on their leadership skills through intensive Kennedy School courses.
With its success, the Broadmoor Project officially ended in 2011. It has lived on, however, as a best practices model for disaster recovery throughout the world
Friday, January 25, 2013
Tom Wooten ’08, author of "We Shall Not Be Moved: Rebuilding Home in the Wake of Katrina," discussed his book during a Wintersession lecture in Sever Hall.
Belfer Center Newsletter
By Sharon Wilke, Associate Director of Communications
Five years after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, one stand-out recovery success story is the neighborhood of Broadmoor and its unique collaboration with Harvard Kennedy School through the Belfer Center's Broadmoor Project.
The Broadmoor Project at the Belfer Center sponsored the development of a three-part teaching case on the recovery planning effort of the Broadmoor neighborhood in New Orleans. Taken together, the cases provide a snapshot of a disaster-stricken community organizing itself and building the capacity to engineer and manage its own recovery.
Belfer Center Newsletter
By Traci Farrell, Former Communications Assistant
Belfer Center Broadmoor Project has developed a strategy in which to effectively deal with natural disaster recovery. Developed while working with the New Orleans neighborhood, Broadmoor, the recently published Broadmoor community recovery guide has been used in other U.S. cities to help communities recover post-disaster.
A guidebook to community-driven planning in disaster recovery.
October 29, 2007
Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government is launching a series of Neighborhood Leadership Forums this week in New Orleans to support leaders in recovering neighborhoods.
September 6, 2007
Aspen Institute President and Broadmoor native, Walter Isaacson, praises the private organizations that have funded alternative education opportunities for New Orleans communities. Isaacson writes that the Broadmoor Improvement Association leadership, with support from these organizations, is achieving what the government has not.
June 19, 2007
Carnegie Corporation of New York announced today a $2 million grant to the Broadmoor Improvement Association for the reconstruction, restocking and refurnishing of the Rosa F. Keller Library and Community Center, a building that serves as the historic Broadmoor neighborhood’s social and cultural hub. The reconstructed building, located in the heart of the historic Broadmoor neighborhood, will house a state-of-the-art library and a vibrant community center. The Keller Library was destroyed both as a physical structure and as a library repository during hurricane Katrina.
Film & Discussion
News anchor Karen Swenson discusses her documentary "Katrina: Flood of Tears" at the Kennedy School Forum. Swenson won a Peabody Award for her coverage of Hurricane Katrina.
In June and July of 2006 the Broadmoor community took on a mapping and surveying project. Bard College compiled information collected by Harvard University and Bard College students with the help from PlanReady, Inc. This is a step-by-step guidebook on community-wide surveying and mapping projects for other neighborhood associations and CDCs.