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By The Associated Press
on June 02, 2016 at 3:46 PM

 

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — In a metamorphosis, New Orleans — once overwhelmed by failed levees and Hurricane Katrina's floodwaters — is moving to become a national model of how an urban center can embrace green tactics to tame water.

The city is recalibrating its century-old system of drainage canals and massive pumps by installing green infrastructure projects, potentially on an unprecedented scale for an American city.

"Our success and our potential demise are all tied up in whether or not we learn to handle water," said Z Smith, an architect with firm Eskew+Dumez+Ripple and a champion of the new water-management approach.

Erika Bolstad, E&E reporter

ClimateWire: Monday, May 23, 2016

 

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A view of the downtown Miami coastline. The city is one of a growing number of coastal urban areas hiring chief resilience officers to help plan for the impacts of climate change. Photo courtesy of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

MIAMI -- On the job just six months as the chief resilience officer in Florida's largest county, Jim Murley has gotten pretty good at his climate change 101 speech. It's out of necessity.

As the Earth's temperature rises, the oceans warm, he told a crowd at a Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce event this spring. When water gets warmer, it expands, and the seas rise. And if glacial melt accelerates as predicted in Greenland and Antarctica, Florida is in even more trouble, he warned.

"We're on a peninsula surrounded by water," Murley said. "That defines the very issue that we have to deal with as we think about sea-level rise and climate change."

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25th April 2016

By Charmaine Jackson
Contributing Writer

 

The grand opening of the Dryades Community Public Market marks yet another wave of revitalization for Central City's Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard.

Formerly named Jack and Jake's Public Market, under the leadership of CEO John Burns, the market debuted to the public with its new name, new leader, CEO Daniel Esses, along with Mayor Mitch Landrieu, members of the New Orleans City Council, and key leaders and contributors to the market project, during the pasta ribbon-cutting ceremony on April 14.

Posted: May 23, 2016

BATON ROUGE, La. (Office of the Governor) - On Monday, Governor John Bel Edwards announced his appointments to several Louisiana boards and commissions.

Gov. Edwards announced the following appointments:

Central City is far from the pandemonium of Bourbon Street. An area sandwiched between the French Quarter and the Uptown residential neighborhood, its main thoroughfare, Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard, was a thriving shopping and cultural district in the late 19th century and a hub of civil rights activism in the 1960s. But the area eventually became rundown. Now, thanks largely to investments from the New Orleans Redevelopment Authority and resolute entrepreneurs, Central City is re-emerging as a cultural and commercial destination.

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