New Orleans has experienced a resurgence rarely seen in this country. More than a decade after Hurricane Katrina, the city has become a hub of tech innovation, and young professionals flock to downtown. Yet the Crescent City still faces many challenges. New Orleans’s rising cost of living is changing historic neighborhoods and communities, and some worry that its recent growth has benefited the few and not the many.
New Orleans, many say, is emblematic of the urban revitalization that is taking place across our country. And the obstacles that local and civic leaders face in creating opportunity for all who call their cities home.
The Atlantic traveled to the Crescent City during its tricentennial for this year’s Renewal Summit, where we examined the lessons we can learn from New Orleans’ comeback, and met the winners of the third annual Renewal Awards.