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Making groceries : food, neighborhood markets, and neighborhood recovery in post-Katrina New Orleans

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dc.contributor.advisor Lawrence J. Vale. en_US Schwartz, Jeffrey E. (Jeffrey Evan) en_US
dc.contributor.other Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Urban Studies and Planning. en_US
dc.coverage.spatial n-us-la en_US 2009-01-26T22:01:15Z 2009-01-26T22:01:15Z 2008 en_US 2008 en_US
dc.description Thesis (M.C.P.)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dept. of Urban Studies and Planning, 2008. en_US
dc.description This electronic version was submitted by the student author. The certified thesis is available in the Institute Archives and Special Collections. en_US
dc.description Page 145 blank. en_US
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (p. 135-144). en_US
dc.description.abstract In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, several neighborhoods in New Orleans created neighborhood markets. Given the fact that only one such market existed prior to the storm, this was surprising. This thesis hypothesizes that neighborhood markets are responding in part to the changing and uneven development of the food geography of New Orleans before the storm, and the lack of access to fresh food in many of the most deeply impacted communities after Katrina flooded the city. In order to understand why these neighborhood markets were established, this thesis places neighborhood markets in the larger context of the changing history of the food system in the US, as well as within the broader patterns of urban development and urban vulnerability, resilience, and risk. New Orleans' neighborhood markets are further contextualized by looking at the particular history of urban development in New Orleans and the unique food system that the city enjoyed -- particularly the robustness of the public market system in that city -- until much later into the twentieth century than any other US city. Interviews with market shoppers, vendors and market organizations for each of the eight extant neighborhood markets are used to explore claims about the roles of neighborhood markets in neighborhoods after the storm. Further interviews with city planners and recovery officials, as well as with non-profit and other community stakeholders, suggest three broad lessons from the experience of the neighborhood markets: one, that disaster has recapitulated and deepened the uneven geography of food access after the storm; two, that the continuing inability of markets to meet food access needs speaks to the fragile and tenuous nature of recovery; and three, that the city government has failed to effectively respond to the storm. en_US
dc.description.abstract (cont) The thesis concludes with general recommendations about the importance of the food system and neighborhood resilience for planners and policymakers,as well specific proposals for the New Orleans food system. en_US
dc.description.statementofresponsibility by Jeffrey E. Schwartz. en_US
dc.format.extent 144 p. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Massachusetts Institute of Technology en_US
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dc.subject Urban Studies and Planning. en_US
dc.title Making groceries : food, neighborhood markets, and neighborhood recovery in post-Katrina New Orleans en_US
dc.title.alternative Food, neighborhood markets, and neighborhood recovery in post-Katrina New Orlean en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US M.C.P. en_US
dc.contributor.department Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Urban Studies and Planning. en_US
dc.identifier.oclc 276870599 en_US

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