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    I am beginning my senior thesis on the trailer park communities that FEMA and HUD are building right now in and around Baker, Slidell, and Patterson, Louisiana. FEMA is going to own the land and the trailers, and the evacuees will be tenants. I have just begun so I have many many unanswered questions about the permanence of the communities, their interactions with existing towns, infrastructure, sustainability, whether the residents will ever have to pay rent or get jobs...

    I am not looking for opinions as much as I am looking for factual information and leads or sources to organizations or individuals involved in building, maintaining, or living in these instant cities.
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    Not sure how much info is out there, the scope an dscale of this is unprecedented.

    A few leads you might want to look into

    1) New Brunswick - the trailer park capital of canada
    2) Settlements in the Gaza Strip and how they were constructed
    3) Historic Company/Purpose built communities (northern especially - capital of nunavut comes to mind)

    Need more info to be able to provide more suggestions.

    What are you hoping to prove/examine and other than the media hype what is your interest in this subject?(No judgement intended, just want to understand better)
    Too lazy to beat myself up for being to lazy to beat myself up for being too lazy to... well you get the point....

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    Don't forget the housing impact after Hurricane Andrew.
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    What are you specifically interested in about these cities? I'm sure you will need to narrow your topic on this in order to make a manageable workload for quality research.

    Sustainability of these cities might be a good start, but are they really intended to be sustainable or are they simply temporary and don't have regard for that component? Are they sustainable by accident due to the need for efficient infrastructure & design given the sudden relocation of a massive population?

    You could look at their form and function based on the people living in them having limited means of transportation.

    The role of eminent domain in the relocation of evacuees might be another topic if you are looking for something with more applied research.

    Those are just a few of my thoughts. I doubt you will be able to make much contact with FEMA or HUD over the coming months because they are too busy with the emergency to devote much time in assisting with academic research. It might help if you know someone personally within the agencies or if they have a written plan for this (doubtful). I would be more inclined to contact local building representatives and development offices to see what information they have. Again, you may run into the same problem.

    "Oh, that is all well and good, but, voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country."

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    Also Look at examples in South Florida

    Between the ones in Charlotte County left from Charley and the ones in the Homestead Area that grew out of Andrew, you wil have some comparison to work with.



    Quote Originally posted by uelsam
    I am beginning my senior thesis on the trailer park communities that FEMA and HUD are building right now in and around Baker, Slidell, and Patterson, Louisiana. FEMA is going to own the land and the trailers, and the evacuees will be tenants. I have just begun so I have many many unanswered questions about the permanence of the communities, their interactions with existing towns, infrastructure, sustainability, whether the residents will ever have to pay rent or get jobs...

    I am not looking for opinions as much as I am looking for factual information and leads or sources to organizations or individuals involved in building, maintaining, or living in these instant cities.

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