Citizen Engagement in Post-Hurricane Katrina Planning in Harrison County, Mississippi
Jennifer S. Evans-Cowley
Ohio State University (OSU)
Meghan Zimmerman Gough
Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU)
Cityscape, Vol. 10, No. 3, 2008
This article describes an empowerment planning process that brought residents, public officials, and university students together in Harrison County, Mississippi, following the devastation that Hurricane Katrina brought to this community in August 2005. The participants in this process worked to develop solutions to several critical problems involved in rebuilding efforts. The article addresses methods of engaging community members in a participatory planning process, structures for supporting student learning for future efforts, and the challenges of overcoming local residents' perceptions of outsiders' participation in their process. The article concludes by proposing measures for evaluating the merit of a planning process.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 18
Keywords: Cityscape, HUD, Huduserworking papers series
Date posted: February 26, 2009
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