The next of the America 2050 megaregion forums is now open for registration. Co-hosted with Houston Tomorrow, the forum is called Megaregions and MetroProsperity: Sustainable Economics for the Texas Triangle. It will be held September 24-25 at the Crystal Ballroom at the Rice Hotel in Houston, Texas.
Gulf CoastDespite its strong cultural traditions, the Gulf Coast as a continuous megaregion lacks the political cohesion of the nearby Texas Triangle. However, the recent devastation from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita and the resulting displacement of hurricane victims along the I-10 corridor highlighted the environmental, transportation, and economic links of the Gulf Coast. Despite the recent devastation, the region is expected to grow due to the continued in-migration of retirees from the Midwest.
Location: The Gulf Coast - Including parts of Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi, and the Florida Panhandle
Principal Cities: Houston, New Orleans, Baton Rouge
Population 2010: 13,414,934
Population 2025: 16,334,987
Percent of US GDP: 4%
By Angela Glover Blackwell and Dominique Duval-Diop, PolicyLink.
Hurricane Katrina dramatically swept away the veil obscuring severe poverty and inequities located in the Gulf Coast and echoed in regions across America. Unfortunately, the subsequent national discussion has been disappointing, in that it failed to address the myriad causes and potential strategies for addressing the causes of these inequities.
The National Consortium to Map Gulf Coast Environmental Constraints released today "Taking a Longer View," a mapping project detailing the hazards facing the Gulf Coast Megaregion. With less than three weeks before the start of the 2006 Hurricane season this analysis demonstrates the long term environmental risks facing the Gulf Coast, a megaregion defined by its shared vulnerability to natural hazards. This project was completed under the direction of Regional Plan Association, University of Texas at Austin and EDAW and is intended to serve as a resource to ongoing planning and rebuilding efforts in the Gulf Coast.
Read the Report (PDF 3MB).