BNOBBring New Orleans Back
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Chamlee-Wright illustrates that the top-down approach taken by government agencies such as BNOB and ULI, no matter how well meaning, will be less successful than local community action.
The task before the BNOB Commission was simply to figure out what and how to plan and what powers had to be extended to the CCRC.
This relatively low-profile event did not attract many residents, but in January 2006, when the ULI presented these recommendations as part of the BNOB Commission redevelopment plan, the ballroom was packed.
In May 2006, Nagin announced that the basic blueprint adopted by the BNOB Commission would set the agenda for his second term.
The BNOB Commission's recommendations set out rough guidelines for the planning process and took aim at individual initiatives that contradicted the commission's redevelopment vision.
Combined with the noise generated by federal management of flood protection and risk assessment, the BNOB Commission's model of neighborhood planning--a sort of grassroots planning under threat of elimination--was destined to fail as a redevelopment tool.
The Harvard MBA team is expected to be in the city for several weeks during the month of January, reviewing best practices in business- government innovations and reporting their findings and recommendations to the Economic Development Committee of the BNOB Commission.