Looking Back: DUSP and New Orleans, 10 Years After Katrina

By the time Katrina was through with New Orleans in August 2005, 80% of the city was flooded, 1800 people had died and more than 217,000 homes had been damaged or destroyed, displacing 30,000 senior residents and 17,000 low-income families. Three-quarters of the population had been evacuated, thousands of buildings were unsafe to occupy and thousands more lay condemned.

Displacement and Return in New Orleans

Starting in 2003—before the hurricane occurred—1,019 low-income parents from New Orleans enrolled in a study of community college students and answered questions about their economic status, social ties, and mental and physical health. Hurricane Katrina disrupted the study in August of 2005, and provided an extremely rare opportunity to study the consequences of a disaster for the lives of vulnerable individuals and their families.

In the News: Digital Matatus in WIRED

Wired Magazine recently profiled MIT's Digital Matatus, a project of DUSP Professor Sarah Williams and the MIT Civic Data Design Lab.  To read the story, see http://www.wired.com/2015/08/nairobi-got-ad-hoc-bus-system-google-maps/ ; to learn more about the project, see http://dusp.mit.edu/cdd/project/digital-matatus and the MIT News.

Student Research: Mapping Impact in Boston's Dudley Street Neighborhood

In his MCP thesis, "Mapping Impact: An Analysis of the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative Land Trust," Lee A. Dwyer (MCP 2015) worked in our own backyard -- in Boston's Dudley neighborhood -- to explore and analyze the role of land trusts in affordable housing and community development.

This thesis examines the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative (DSNI) community land trust, which provides long-term affordable housing to low-income families using a resale-restricted model and promotes community control over development.

Spring in Madrid

"Lecturer James Buckley spent the Spring 2015 semester in Madrid on a Fulbright fellowship.  He co-taught a planning studio on Lavapies, a vulnerable mixed-income neighborhood in the city center, and researched the development of Vitoria-Gastiez, a community in the Basque district with a very advanced sustainability agenda."