Green will become the favorite color for thousands of New Orleans property owners when the new FEMA flood maps finally become official at the end of the month. That’s because it codes areas that will move out of flood zones and into areas with no insurance requirements – and the new map shows it washing over large sections of the city.
A religious order was holding on to a 25-acre piece of prime real estate in Gentilly, waiting for divine indications. Then along came an architect associated with the Greater New Orleans Urban Water Plan. Instead of being sold to developers for tens of millions, the land is now leased to the city for $1 a year.