VIDEO: New Orleans’ Bayou District 10 Years After Katrina

The Purpose Built Communities model grew out of the revitalization of the East Lake neighborhood, which began 20 years ago with the founding of the East Lake Foundation. Ten years later, three business leaders from New Orleans came to Atlanta after their city was devastated by Hurricane Katrina. Upon seeing East Lake’s successful revitalization, they were moved to replicate what they saw in their own city as a part New Orleans’ rebirth. The East Lake Foundation allocated staff and resources to help the New Orleans team find a path forward. This experience led directly to the creation of Purpose Built Communities. Today, the Bayou District Foundation is not only one of New Orleans’ greatest post-Katrina success stories, it helped inspire a national movement that now spans neighborhoods in 11 states across the country.