Well Worth the Fight

The fight for Grass Lawn is symbolic of the challenge of building back the rich diversity of the Coast – not just the diversity of housing mentioned in this recent Sun Herald editorial.

Hurricane Katrina was an indiscriminate destroyer of homes and housing units. Its winds and surge took away mansions as well as cottages, bungalows along with condos, apartment complexes as well as duplexes.

The storm not only left us thousands of housing units shy of our needs, but it also left us with the challenge of bringing back communities and neighborhoods rich in their diversity of incomes.

With a picture worth a thousand words, Grass Lawn tells the rest of the story.

3 thoughts on “Well Worth the Fight”

  1. Grasslawn and other such facilities need to be viewed for what they are—economic development tools. My own sister had to hold her post-katrina nuptials in Natchez due to the lack of wedding facilities on the Coast. That’s about 200,000 dollars of economic activity that was not spend on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. People in FEMA trailors do have programs to get free, subsidized housing. What they don’t have is JOBS. The hotel, catering, wedding planning etc services need a place to hold events. Grass lawn is superior to all others on the Coast. It is not a drain on the local economy, its part of the economic engine which keeps the people of the Mississippi Gulf Coast employed. Its as simple as this—no job=no home.

  2. Good points – mine is more that when you let Katrina blow away your past, you change the cultural context of a community. The idea was to “build back better than ever” – that means saving all you can of the best you had. So many communities on the Coast are doing that and moving along in this slow recovery – needless to say, leaving Gulfport behind.

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