Big Easy Rebuild
Since hurricane Katrina a new architectural style has emerged in New Orleans that can only be described as Defensive (houses on pillars), Defiant (pristine homes surrounded by devastation), and Do Good (affordable housing built by non-profits) as opposed to Greek Revival, Italianate, and Creole.
Many are concerned that the lack of urban planning in New Orleans since the “storm” has resulted in a haphazard form of housing that will have a long-term detrimental effect on the city. Unfortunately the fact that it has been difficult to get any construction project started leads to homeowners building with abandon once a project is financed and green-lighted.
Rebuilding New Orleans, Post-Katrina Style [New York Times]