A Conversation with Jacob Peters, Director of Operations, Bayou District Foundation

Hear how thoughtful, historic investments in children, affordable housing and all aspects of the social determinants of health are setting up the Bayou District of New Orleans for meaningful recovery. Listen


Our Take: “Detailed New National Maps Show How Neighborhoods Shape Children for Life”

This tenet of our work was brought into sharp focus in a recent article in The New York Times, “Detailed New National Maps Show How Neighborhoods Shape Children for Life,” by Emily Badger and Quoctrung Bui. The article highlights data from the Census Bureau and researchers at Harvard and Brown universities that offer a long … Continue Reading →


What does victory look like?

A look back in history on lessons learned, successes and challenges still to conquer from the East Lake Foundation, celebrating its 20th anniversary, the Bayou District Foundation, celebrating its 10th and CONNECT, celebrating its first.
Moderator: Carol Naughton, President, Purpose Built Communities. Panelists: Daniel “Danny” Shoy, Jr., President, East Lake Foundation, Purpose Built Communities Network Member, Atlanta, Gerard “Gerry” Barousse, Jr., Chairman, Bayou District Foundation, Purpose Built Communities Network Member, New Orleans, Anne Whitlock, Founding Director, CONNECT, Purpose Built Communities Network Member, Houston Watch


How the Miracle at East Lake spread to New Orleans

Jimmy Roberts of NBC Sports and the Golf Channel tells the story of a group of business leaders from New Orleans who came to East Lake in Atlanta after Hurricane Katrina and then replicated one of the most successful urban revitalization initiatives in the country, creating Columbia Parc at the Bayou District. The Bayou District Foundation's initiative led to the formation of Purpose Built Communities and the replication of what is now known as the "Purpose Built Communities Model" in cities across the country. Jimmy Roberts interviews Gerry Barousse, the chairman of the Bayou District Foundation at the 2015 Tour Championship by Coca-Cola at the East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta. Watch


10 Years After Katrina, a New Kind of Leadership Emerges in New Orleans

By Shirley Franklin, Former Mayor of Atlanta, Former Executive Board Chair of Purpose Built Communities Originally published in the Huffington Post In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, three New Orleans businessmen and civic leaders, Gerry Barousse, Mike Rodrigue and Gary Solomon, teamed up to play an inspirational role in the rebirth of their beloved city. Their effort … Continue Reading →