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Inhabitation: A Look At The Make It Right Foundation

1873 words - 7 pages

The make it right foundation is a not for profit organization initiated by Brad Pitt, in the aftermath of hurricane Katrina. This disaster swept across the lower continental United States bringing tremendous amounts of rain water and oceanic water carried by the strong winds, to further the crisis the main levee gates that were meant to prevent New Orleans from flooding failed. It was these levee failures that compounded the issues and gave raise to days of flooded neighborhoods, inoperative utilities, and a stoppage of transportation. The days that followed were filled with intense heat, high humidity and a lack of aid to bring food and shelter. A Death toll of over 1500 people stands as the cost to this disaster’s New Orleans price tag. (Hurricane Katrina) This article will look at the process and motives of the Make It Right foundation in its quest to bring back the dispersed inhabitants to the Lower 9th Ward. Further I hope to bring to you this research an architecture student’s perceptions of the viability of the structures that are being produced.

What Exactly is Make It Right?
The Make It Right foundation was founded in December 2006 nearly a year and a half after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. (Make It Right) This vibrant city, whose home to so much culture and music was ruined, still had not come far in its road to recovery and redevelopment. The Lower 9th Ward was one of the hardest hit areas, as well as one of the districts that had the highest home ownership rates in New Orleans at over 90% making it a choice pick for the site of Pitt’s grassroots initiative to rebuild and revitalize. (Clinton) When Pitt arrived on the scene many of the local citizens were apprehensive and in fear for losing their homes and perhaps worse what little they had left, their property.( Feireiss, 13-17) As is the case in many redevelopment projects the disruption of life and property are threats that must be contended with, but it was not the goal of the foundation to displace people nor evoke gentrification onto the area, rather the initial goal was to bring back the inhabitants - a similar goal of the “Road Home Project” a federal program whose goal was to fund returning home owners for storm damages; this project however has failed so far due to a lack of discrimination and regulations, a further problem to the numerous other problems plaguing victims from federal aid. (Shearer) People with insurance were not immune to the cataclysmic devastation either, of the many people who did have flood insurance to protect their investments; many agencies denied the release of funds under the pretense of this being a manmade disaster via a levee failure. The benefits of the Make It Right foundation here is that it is funded by donations obviously from the private sector, these private funds allow for Make It Right to disperse money as it sees fit, as well as pass along donations directly to the receiver. Other not for profit...

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