Last Saturday I walked around the Lower 9th Ward marveling at the six "Make It Right" houses nearing completion on the formerly barren blocks of Tennessee and Deslonde Streets near the site of the devastating Industrial Canal floodwall failure in August 2005. The houses are bright, fresh, and optimistic, chosen by the owners from thirteen designs offered by U.S. and international architectural firms through a program conceived by actor Brad Pitt. Eventually 150 owners of the land in this area will have houses built through this program, which offers financing and support to ensure that even in today's unsettled market, the houses will remain in the family to be passed along as family homes had been before Katrina.
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