GIS

Understanding New Orleans Qualified Opportunity Zones

mural in a New Orleans Qualified Opportunity Zone

On May 8, 2019 the University of New Orleans MURP 4005/5005 Introduction to Neighborhood Planning course provided a service learning project report on New Orleans Qualified Opportunity Zones for HousingNOLA. Executive Director Andreanecia Morris stated that “HousingNOLA aims to end New Orleans’ affordable housing crisis by using data to educate community members and facilitate policy discussions with decision makers at every level of government and the private housing industry.

Harvey Flood Data

Map of Hurricane Harvey flood extent

We are keenly aware from TV news, social media and conversations with friends and family that Hurricane Harvey brought "old testament" style flooding to Texas and southwest Louisina. Lynn Dupont, who serves as the principal planner and GIS coordinator at the New Orleans Regional Planning Commission, has shared several links to online GIS web maps and data portals which provide documentation of the damage. This may be of use to public sector planners in the Lake Charles region and to private-sector practicioners who find themselves involved in disaster recovery work.

NOAA Imagery of Flooded Areas

Louisiana Swipe Map of August 2016 flooded areas by ESRI

Lynn Dupont has forwarded a link to a mapping application prepared by ESRI's Disaster Response Program utilizing recent imagery provided by NOAA's Remote Sensing Division. This is available for all users. Find the mapping application at this URL:

http://arcg.is/2br512n

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