Thursday, October 16, 2008


Tree Hugger - Brad Pitt's "Make It Right" campaign [plans] to rebuild 150 homes in New Orleans' Ninth Ward with energy-efficiency and alternative energy features. Now, the first six of the planned homes are finished, and Pitt has raised enough money to make 90 the green homes fully funded for the neighborhood hard hit by hurricane Katrina three years ago. Make It Right and Habitat for Humanity seem to be doing better than the government and rebuilding this part of town.

The new homes don't look much like the houses they replaced or even all that much like splashy design drawings. But that may be good - they are built to withstand 130 Mph winds and flooding and include permeable concrete for storm water management. Hit the jump for more houses.

Average home costs $150K with solar panels, permeable concrete It's not just a handout for neighbors who lost their property. Only those who own the land their houses formerly sat on and can pay insurance and taxes will be able to get a new home. Their mortgage payments will be paid to Make It Right and based on applicants incomes, with subsidies from the foundation.

As one writer noted, the solar panels probably won't survive gale force winds, but the house should: it has drywall without paper (to dry faster), and windows that shouldn't need boarding in the face of a storm. Geothermal pumps help some of the houses with temperature regulation.


At October 17, 2008 9:58 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good on Yiz for this effort, Brad! Paul Newman version 2.0, perhaps?

At October 18, 2008 2:10 AM, Blogger irishchannel said...

I thank Mr. Pitt for helping to save New Orleans and for being a good American. It goes without saying that he and Ms. Jolie are good hearted people. We hope they and their family always make New Orleans their home. We've enjoyed them being here.

At October 22, 2008 9:47 PM, Blogger Ellen said...

I was fortunate enough to have been invited inside one of them (maybe eenn the one pictured here. It is great that he is assisting those who have lived there so long and who lost virtually everything.
Rosemary if you read this, thank you for inviting us in and showing us your new home - your joy and pride were evident. Much Luck to you and yours. If you send me the street address I will send you the photos I took

At October 25, 2008 11:33 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

$100K and up doesn't sound to me like these houses are gonna be of much help to those who were--and continue--to be hardest hit by Katrina's miserable aftermath, i.e. the poor. I think some readers need to rub the Brangelina stardust from their eyes and stop to consider just how much good this project is actually going to do--and for whom.


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