Five months after Hurricane Katrina, the City of New Orleans released a map peppered with green dots over certain neighborhoods. These dots represented areas that urban planners deemed suitable to return to green space- meaning the homes would be leveled and residents would not be able to return to their neighborhoods to rebuild. (Learn more about the “green dots” here:green dot areas five years later). One neighborhood that lay under a green dot was Broadmoor located in the Uptown/Carrolton areas of New Orleans. More than 7 thousand residents of this community were faced with the possibility of having their neighborhood taken from them. With this dark cloud hovering after such a devastating storm, LaToya Cantrell fought to help bring Broadmoor back.
As President of the Broadmoor Improvement Association, LaToya helped Broadmoor not only return to it’s pre-K glory but become better than ever. Now a member of the New Orleans City Council, LaToya continues her efforts to improve Broadmoor for the many residents who have come home. Hear her story, as interviewed by David Winkler-Schmit of the Broadmoor Improvement Association, in this Neighborworks America, StoryCorps, and LRW Photography collaboration.