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Attached is the following seminar paper: \"Analysis of the Louisiana Rebuilding Plan: Hazards and Policies in a Landscape that Breeds Disaster.\" This is my modest attempt to formulate some of the recent analysis concerning the incentive structure and policy thinking behind the Road Home program.\r\n\r\nThe Louisiana Rebuilding plan is a work in progress. The social, political, and physical landscapes of Southeast Louisiana are in a state of turmoil. Amidst this flux, homeowners are making personal decisions about where, when, and how to rebuild. This paper serves to unravel the\r\npolicies underlying the Road Home program, and identify points of hazard in their implementation—in terms of incentives, resettlement, and decision-making. \r\n\r\nThis paper analyses the fundamental issue of rebuilding in a landscape that breeds disaster, but it does not address some of the harder questions at play amidst a variety of competing interests: Should the moral hazard and incentives to rebuild issues alter what we promote for the city? Would it be discriminatory, racist, or gentrifying to actually try to close some of the city? Should FEMA be more demanding\r\nthan the 3-foot rule? Will these policy questions be relevant in the face of global warming? \r\n\r\nThese pending questions are some of the most pressing policy and legal questions to face the United States since the 1960s. At this important historical moment, it is important to keep the residents of the region at the forefront of our attention—they/we live in this state of\r\nuncertainty.\r\n\r\nMorgan\r\n

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Morgan Williams, “[Untitled],” Hurricane Digital Memory Bank, accessed December 15, 2018, http://hurricanearchive.org/items/show/14614.