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The City of Biloxi has posted its General Market Analysis to its web site.  The report includes a host of economic and demographic information, showing pre- and post-Katrina figures.

Some links to old postcards of Biloxi and the Gulf Coast on Flickr:

Seawall at Gulfport

Another one
Beach Blvd, Biloxi

Benachi Street, Biloxi


Bridge to Ocean Springs

Downtown Biloxi

Beach Boulevard

Another one

Downtown Biloxi beachfront and light house.

CNN is airing an episode tonight that is part of a series on Hurricane Katrina recovery in the Gulf Coast. Tonight at 10 Eastern/9 Central.

Update:  it looks like the story will be aired tonight (Friday) instead of last night.

The toxic FEMA trailers saga continues

The City of Biloxi put up a site today with aerial photos taken on February 6, 2008.

FEMA has an online course addressing mitigation through flood plain management.  Also, the Institute for Hazards Mitigation Planning & Research at University of Washington’s College of Architecture & Urban Planning has a pretty extensive links page.

A federal court today ruled the Army Corps of Engineers is not liable for flooding due to levee failure in New Orleans.  “The judge, Stanwood R. Duval Jr. of the Federal District Court here, a son of South Louisiana, heartily seconded that notion on Wednesday, suggesting that the corps was guilty of “gross incompetence.” But Judge Duval said he was powerless to rule favorably on the lawsuit because the Flood Control Act of 1928 granted legal immunity to the government in the event of failure of flood control projects like levees.”  More at the New York Times.

Per our discussion today, here’s a story on NPR about the Dutch response to climate change concerns.  Technology Review (free registration required) also covered this topic last year, specifically addressing Hurricane Katrina in their story.

Here is a schedule for this week, annotated with contact information for each of the speakers we have been meeting with.