The temptation to keep updating my new book, “The Fight for Home: How (Parts of) New Orleans Came Back,” is overwhelming. But since it’s due to come out August 6th from Bloomsbury, I’ll have to be content to send addendums your way.
Here’s one. Seven years after Katrina, the city is still three-quarters its former size with many former residents unable to return. Homelessness remains epidemic with the number of public housing units below what there was before the floods.
Yet here’s a story about 5100 abandoned building lots, some with buildings, that the city is paying some $86 million to hold onto while they decay:
“The Fight for Home” weighs in at 342 pages. It tells the story of how this came to be. I could keep adding to it but ….