Threatened by massive solar storms, terrorists, and climate change, how safe is the U.S. electrical grid, really?
A brief history of close calls
Katrina was a mess nobody wanted to take, or to assign, responsibility for.
FEMA Director Craig Fugate on why the Katrina response failed, why it’s important to talk about “survivors” instead of “victims,” and why citizens can’t just wait for the government to save them in a huge disaster
Massive hurricanes striking Miami or Houston. Earthquakes leveling Los Angeles or Seattle. Deadly epidemics. Meet the “maximums of maximums” that keep emergency planners up at night.
Mental illness flooded into New Orleans as the storm waters receded.
The aftermath of Hurricane Katrina serves as a reminder that resilience is a function of the strength of a community.
New Orleans' force, once a national symbol of corruption and dysfunction, has become a model for change.
Manmade embankments are an ancient technology, modeled from nature.
In the anarchy that followed Hurricane Katrina, two women found themselves running unofficial shelters for thousands of displaced people.
During the massive rebuilding, the state imposed a moratorium on all new subsidized units. The city is still paying the price.
"We have a bunch of kids on this team where the community told them they'd probably never amount to anything."
A decade ago, Hurricane Katrina triggered floods that inundated New Orleans and killed more than 1,800 people as storm waters overwhelmed levees and broke through floodwalls on August 29, 2005.
Improvements have been made, but without serious investment in infrastructure, the city and its residents will remain vulnerable.
A decade after the storm, Mayor Mitch Landrieu reflects on the work that’s been done, and the work that lies ahead.
In the 10 years since Katrina, entrepreneurship has grown in the city. But not everyone is reaping the benefits.
Following the destruction of Katrina, the city has—in many ways—become a site of experimentation.
Ten years after Katrina, many New Orleans residents struggle to find an affordable place to live even though the city is full of vacant properties.
Four years after the levee failures, New Orleans is seeing an unexpected boom in architectural experimentation. Small, independent developers are succeeding in getting houses built where the government has failed. And the city's unique challenges—among them environmental impediments, an entrenched culture of leisure, and a casual acquaintance with regulation—are spurring design innovations that may redefine American architecture for a generation.
Hurricane Katrina destroyed one of America’s worst school systems and made New Orleans the nation’s laboratory for educational reform. But can determined educators and entrepreneurs transcend the damage of the flood—and of history?
A year after Katrina, as a visitor drives block by block through St. Bernard Parish, a reality sinks in for which there is no preparing. Even knowing better, the visitor cannot help expecting to turn a corner and come upon an undamaged part of the parish. But every turn reveals more of the same—more destruction, more debris, more rebuilding still undone.
Why has an administration that talks so much about homeland security been so unable to secure the homeland?
Katrina is causing the budget deficit to explode while also inflicting a supply-side shock on the economy. This is an especially toxic combination.
The question is not whether the failure to improve New Orleans's flood protection was a mistake in hindsight, but whether it was a reasonable choice in foresight.
The incompetence—the sustained, systemic, outrageous incompetence—that marked the government's response to Hurricane Katrina is genuinely hard to believe.
Katrina let news people step into the classic roles journalists have been playing since time began.
A portrait of a city that is fast losing its feeling of immunity from the discontents of urban life
For many who love New Orleans, the changes that accompany commercial growth inspire fear—but in the meantime the city's economy stagnates and its population declines