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Rebuilding after hurricanes

Planning under way even as recovery continues

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SAN FRANCISCO -- As a passenger on an airplane flying toward the hurricane-devastated Gulf Coast region, David Goldberg saw all the specks of bright blue in the communities far below and at first believed they were backyard swimming pools. Goldberg, communications for Smart Growth America, later learned that those blue patches were actually tarps laid on top of storm-damaged roofs to prevent more water from pouring in. The tarps have been dubbed "FEMA roofs" for the federal emergency agency responsible for providing assistance after such disasters. The Mississippi project is one of several planning efforts in the Gulf region that seek to shape the future of redevelopment and community rebirth. Goldberg spoke Friday as a member of a panel, "The Devastated Gulf Region: How Do We Build It Better," at the National Association of Realtors conference in San Francisco. The Realtor trade group's annual conference is expected to draw about 26,000 attendees. During his visit to communities har...