Latest Lower Ninth Ward Stories

2010-04-15 10:34:00

COLUMBIA, Md., April 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Chase and Enterprise Community Partners, Inc. (Enterprise) today announced the opening of the 2010 Chase Community Development Competition, offering college students and local nonprofit organizations an opportunity to collaboratively design a real estate development in New Orleans. Students from universities across the country will get real-world experience by helping to revitalize low- to moderate-income neighborhoods in New Orleans through the...

2009-11-19 13:35:00

A federal judge in New Orleans has ruled that negligence by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers led to massive floods in parts of New Orleans as Hurricane Katrina struck in 2005, BBC News reported. Six complaints by residents and a business were upheld in court against the Corps over its maintenance of a navigational channel, which led to awarded damages totaling $720,000, and the ruling could lead to thousands more claims. Hurricane Katrina flooded around 80 percent of New Orleans causing more...

2009-10-06 10:49:00

NEW ORLEANS, Oct. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Morphosis Architects, under the direction of renowned architect and UCLA Professor Thom Mayne, has completed the first floating house permitted in the United States for Brad Pitt's Make It Right Foundation. The FLOAT House is a new model for flood-safe, affordable and sustainable housing designed to float securely with rising water levels and the latest design to be built for Make It Right, which has just been named the largest, greenest neighborhood...

2009-09-25 14:00:00

U.S. Green Building Council President Rick Fedrizzi Lauds Brad Pitt-Led Katrina-Rebuilding Effort NEW YORK, Sept. 25 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- U.S. Green Building Council President, CEO & Founding Chair Rick Fedrizzi today declared that the neighborhood being built by Make It Right New Orleans, the post-Katrina housing initiative launched by actor Brad Pitt, is the "largest and greenest community of single-family homes in the world" at the annual Clinton Global Initiative meeting in...

2009-08-29 08:00:00

NEW ORLEANS, Aug. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Make It Right is keeping Brad Pitt's promise to New Orleans. Almost two years ago, the actor pledged to build 150 affordable, green homes in the Lower 9th Ward, the neighborhood hardest hit by Hurricane Katrina and the flooding it caused. Today, on the fourth anniversary of the storm, 14 families are living in homes built by Pitt's Make It Right Foundation. Nineteen homes are currently under construction on the site and 49 families are in the process...

2009-08-13 16:10:32

Actor Brad Pitt has been called Oscar nominee, Golden Globe winner, celebrity and dad, but he says don't call him a New Orleans mayoral candidate. Pitt, who owns a house in the city's French Quarter and started a foundation to help rebuild the Lower 9th Ward, dismissed the possibility of his running for mayor of his sometimes hometown next year, The (New Orleans) Times-Picayune reported Thursday. I don't have a chance, Pitt said during an interview on NBC's Today show. It's not what I do....

2009-07-01 13:02:00

NEW ORLEANS, July 1 /PRNewswire/ -- The green, affordable multi-family home designs of fourteen acclaimed local, national and international architects were released today by Make It Right, the foundation founded by actor Brad Pitt to help rebuild the Lower 9th Ward after Hurricane Katrina. The choice of duplexes as the focus of this design round represents Make It Right's first step beyond building single family houses toward constructing different types of homes. "Before the storm,...

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