My name is Tara.

I live in New Orleans.

I believe that rather than planning cities, we should let cities plan us.

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16th October 2012

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On Saturday, volunteers from UNO-CHART went out to St. John the Baptist Parish to help residents with their recovery by giving out floodproofing tips, which were created by the LSU AgCenter. More information on floodproofing can be found on the LSU AgCenter’s website.


9th October 2012

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UNO-CHART: 2013 Water Challenge →


Final week to submit applications!

Innovations Wanted! The 2013 Water Challenge is looking to discover and develop entrepreneurial ideas that help us live with water.

The 2013 Water Challenge is accepting well-developed or early-stage ideas/solutions. Eligible applicants will take…

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2nd October 2012


UNO-CHART Tumblr →

Here’s a link to the tumblr blog of The University of New Orleans Center for Hazards Assessment, Response and Technology (where I am a research assistant). Check it out!

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19th February 2012

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Sunset on the way to Mardi Gras

Sunset on the way to Mardi Gras

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19th February 2012

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3 for 1 - Bourbon Street

3 for 1 - Bourbon Street

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15th February 2012

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New Orleans Valentines

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8th February 2012

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GPOYW - Louis Armstrong Park

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2nd February 2012

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New Orleans Stomp - Louis Armstrong

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27th January 2012

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High Resolution Image of Earth

The image, actually a composite of a number of satellite photos stitched together, captures the earth’s surface on January 4, 2012.

The finished product, a massive 64 megapixels, is so detailed it captures clear images of Mississippi River mud falling off the outer-continental shelf.

Although the river ran unusually high three weeks ago, it was far from flood stage.

The brown areas seen in the picture represent some of the millions of cubic feet of sand and mud that, trapped in the Mississippi levee system, flow into the Gulf of Mexico.

Coastal advocates have argued the government should capture more of that silt to rebuild islands and marsh in the delta.

f funding were made available, the Corps estimates up to 17 million cubic yards annually could be used to “enhance coastal wetlands through marsh creation, wetland nourishment, barrier island restoration, ridge restoration, and other techniques.”

via the Environmental Defense Fund’s twitter

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26th January 2012

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There’s a great sense of openness and community here. It’s complex and accepting of complexity. It’s still alive.
— John Otte, The Pearl


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26th January 2012

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Natural Defense Instead of Military Defense

More than six years after Hurricane Katrina plowed into New Orleans and the Mississippi River delta, a plan has finally emerged to protect the area from future storms. It relies heavily on the restoration of wetlands to cut down high surges of ocean water like those that flooded the city in 2005—somewhat of a surprise, considering past efforts focused on levees and seawalls.

One of the recommendations of my thesis was to restore wetlands and rebuild barrier islands, and I’m going to a reception on wetlands restoration tonight. So excited!

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25th January 2012

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New Orleans has become a hot place to come and build a career. It’s a welcome change after decades of seeing our young people move on after college because of few opportunities here. But members of this new group are making their own opportunities: opening businesses, bringing new skills to startups, making New Orleans a hip place to live and work. →

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24th January 2012

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Louisiana’s Comprehensive Master Plan for a Sustainable Coast

"Most of the $50 billion goes to getting the Mississippi River back into the wetlands and rebuilding marshes, which has always been the only way we could fashion a future here. The projects chosen south of New Orleans put 50 percent of the river’s flow into the starving deltas so critical to fish, wildlife and flood protection. Only $12.7 billion goes to levees statewide.

The agency said its decisions were made using a planning tool based on two uncompromising drivers: Flood protection and land-building.

Under current forecasts of subsidence and sea-level rise because of global warming, the $50 billion could build 859 square miles in 50 years. But with $100 billion, the plan could expand and build between 900 and 1,400 square miles in 50 years.”


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21st January 2012

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New Orleans streetcar. Amazing.

New Orleans streetcar. Amazing.

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17th January 2012

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Some images from my move from Brooklyn to New Orleans. I made it, and it’s going to be 75 today!