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April 12, 2007
Contact: Kevin Sottak
(410) 516-4186
Heather Egan Stalfort
(410) 516-0341

New Orleans Recovery Czar to Speak at
Johns Hopkins' Evergreen House

The Johns Hopkins Institute for Policy Studies and The Johns Hopkins University's Evergreen House present the second part of their Rebuilding America's Cities lecture series at 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 10, in the Evergreen Carriage House, 4545 N. Charles St., in Baltimore. Edward J. Blakely, executive director for Recovery Management for the City of New Orleans, will examine New Orleans' symbolically important and politically charged urban rebuilding efforts in a talk entitled, "New Orleans: The Challenge of Rebuilding." The lecture is free and open to the public, but seating is limited and an RSVP is required. To respond, or for more information, the public may contact Evergreen at (410) 516-0341 or e-mail urbanlecture@jhu.edu.

A year and a half after Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, the city's future remains shrouded in uncertainty. Less than half of the pre-storm population of 480,000 has returned home, many businesses remain shuttered and the fate of entire neighborhoods has yet to be determined. In March, city officials unveiled the Unified New Orleans Plan, a comprehensive blueprint for recovery that targets 17 redevelopment zones as the anchors of a $1.1 billion effort to stabilize city neighborhoods and spark an economic resurgence.

Blakely, appointed by Mayor Ray Nagin to lead the recovery effort, will provide insights into the enormous challenges and opportunities that the rebuilding process entails. A distinguished educator and researcher on urban issues and the chair of urban and regional planning at the University of Sydney in Australia, Blakely is nationally and internationally recognized for his extensive experience in the design of recovery strategies for cities across the United States. He played roles of varying prominence in at least four other reconstruction projects, including San Francisco after the 1989 earthquake and Oakland after the 1991 wildfires. He is the author of four books and more than 100 scholarly articles, and he was co-recipient of the Paul Davidoff Award in 1993 and a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1994.

The Rebuilding America's Cities lecture series is part of Evergreen's annual Garrett Lecture on Urban Issues, which commemorates the interest of the philanthropic Garrett family in recreation and urban planning issues. The series is made possible through the generous support of the Evergreen House Foundation, the Johns Hopkins Provost's Office and media sponsor WYPR 88.1 FM.

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