34 Fordham Urb. L.J. 689 (2007)
The Houses that Eminent Domain and Housing Tax Credits Built: Imagining a Better New Orleans

handle is hein.journals/frdurb34 and id is 701 raw text is: THE HOUSES THAT EMINENT DOMAIN AND
HOUSING TAX CREDITS BUILT:
IMAGINING A BETTER
NEW ORLEANS
Carol Necole Brown* and Serena M. Williams**
Throughout its history, New Orleans has been largely immune to bril-
liant and innovative ideas. Indeed, this is one of its principal charms. If
you are not a native New Orleanian, ask yourself why you decided to live
here and chances are it has something to do with what Ignatius J. Reilly
described as New    Orleans' stagnation and apathy     which  I find
inoffensive. '
Still, she longs
for the Quarter-lights, riverboats churning,
the tinkle of ice in a slim bar glass.
Each night a refrain, its plain blue notes
carrying her, slightly swaying, home.2
TABLE OF CONTENTS
I.  Introduction  ...........................................  690
II. A History of the New Orleans Rental Housing
M arket .................................................  692
III. Eminent Domain as Part of a Rebuilding Strategy .... 697
IV. The Low Income Housing Tax Credit Program           ....... 706
A. How the Program Works .......................... 707
* Associate Professor of Law, The University of Alabama School of Law. A.B.,
Duke, 1991; J.D., Duke, 1995; LL.M., Duke, 1995. I would like to thank Florence
Wagman Roisman, Judith Welch Wegner, and the Working Group on Property, Citi-
zenship, and Social Entrepreneurism (PCSE) for their helpful comments. Thank
you to Penny Gibson and Creighton Miller with the University of Alabama School of
Law library for their excellent research support and other assistance. I also owe spe-
cial thanks to Patty Lovelady Nelson for her valuable time and editorial support. I
especially thank my parents, Allen S. Brown, Jr. and Valerie J. Brown for their
support.
** Professor of Law and Assistant Dean of Student Affairs, Widener University
School of Law, Delaware Campus. B.A., Smith College, J.D., Georgetown University
Law Center, LL.M., George Washington University School of Law. I would also like
to thank the PCSE Working Group for its helpful comments.
1. R. Judson Mitchell, The Wild Gas: Rebuilding New Orleans, SOCIAL POLICY
(2005-2006), available at http://www.socialpolicy.org/index.php?id=1640.
2. NATASHA TRETHEWEY, Expectant, in DOMESTIC WORK: POEMS BY NATASHA
TRETHEWEY 17 (2000).

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