When Mayor Nagin created the BNOB, he also established a Washington-based think tank, the Urban Land Institute (ULI), as the commission's source for urban-planning expertise.
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.