Make It Right

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Real Estate Agent with Realty Pro Albuquerque

Most of us remember the scenes of devastation from New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina. Those of us who went to New Orleans for the 2006 NAR Conference saw how much the city was still a scene of devastation. Unfortunatly, most of the Lower Ninth Ward remains devasted. I will be doanting 1% from every commission earned in 2009 to MAKE IT RIGHT.

Those of you who know me can imagine that I am not a huge reader of ARCHITECTURAL DIGEST since I love good architecture but prefer simple and small applications of it. However, there was a cover story about an effort to build sustainable, affordable homes in the Lower Ninth Ward-the place most recognized as the epicenter of Katrina's destruction and displacement. MAKE IT RIGHT has a clear and simple goal: to be a catalyst for redevelopment of the Lower 9th Ward, by building a neighborhood comprised of safe and healthy homes that are inspired by Cradle to Cradle thinking, with an emphasis on a high quality of design, while preserving the spirit of the community's culture.

The Lower Ninth Ward had the highest rate of home ownership in New Orleans prior to Katrina. We all saw what happened during the storm. What we are not seeing is the continued neglect in restoration. Some people think that New Orleans should not be rebuilt, at least not the Lower Ninth Ward because the land it sits on is below sea level. The founder of MAKE IT RIGHT, Brad Pitt, points out other parts of New Orleans which are white and middle class actually lie lower than the Lower Ninth Ward but nobody is talking about abandoning them. Make It Right is about fairness as much as anything else. While the Lower Ninth Ward struggles for funding to rebuild, the nearby Jackson Barracks which houses the Louisiana National Guard has received over 250 million dollars for rebuilding.

What is most impressive about MAKE IT RIGHT is that the home designs were subject to several constraints, not the least of which was that none could cost more than $150,000 to build in order to keep them affordable. The result is attractive, affordable homes constructed using Cradle to Cradle principles for sustainable building. Every home is equipped with solar and geothermal technology to provide 75% or more of the homes energy needs. The houses are designed designed to fit on existing long narrow lots, set off the ground to help withstand damage and injury in the event of future flooding. All MIR homes also feature a rooftop escape hatch to avoid the tragedy that occurred during Katrina when people were trapped in their attics and drowned there. 

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Regina P. Brown
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Deb, your 1% donation can add up to quite a bit over time.  That is wonderful that you are so willing to give generously to our fellow Americans.  God bless you!!!

Join my NEW group for professionals who work from their home office at http://activerain.com/groups/virtualoffice

Regina P. Brown

December 27, 2008 12:34 AM
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Deb Hurt
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Realty Pro Albuquerque

I need to write a blog about Cradle to Cradle sometime soon too. I agree that it is a great approach.

Regina - I do the same thing with my local public radio station. You are right it does add up over time and it is never enough for me to really miss it in any one transaction. I am always surprised and pleased at the amount contributed at the end of the year. 

December 27, 2008 12:56 AM
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Linda Bourgault
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Deb—This is very important work and work that needs additional support. Thank you for reminding us about the Cradle to Cradle and Make It Right... both of which contribute to quality housing design and help preserve the spirit of the community.

You have a generous spirit and are a positive role model for giving.

January 14, 2009 04:44 AM
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Deb Hurt
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Realty Pro Albuquerque

Linda, Thank you for the kind words. I think sometimes that if each of us realized what a huge difference it makes if we each do just a little we could make a lot of difference.

 

January 14, 2009 06:12 PM
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Mary Bigelow
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Hi Deb - There are some very innovative design ideas for these homes!

"All MIR homes also feature a rooftop escape hatch to avoid the tragedy that occurred during Katrina when people were trapped in their attics and drowned there." One almost wants to knock themselves upside the head and say, "so simple. Why didn't I think of that!"

I wish you a great '09 so your 1% donations add up!!! Bless you!

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My blog is as much about a philosophy of life and living as it is about real estate as a business. E.F. Shumacher subtitled his book SMALL IS BEAUTIFUL "Economics as if People Mattered" In the real estate industry we realize that people matter and that where they live matters. We now also have a larger responsiblity, I believe, to get them to consider HOW they live. Everyone in the developed world using less energy and resources makes it possible for those who have access to neither to experience a better life and to make the difference between their being able to having a roof overhead or not or for their children to eat or not.