Scott Cowen’s “The Inevitable City: The Resurgence of New Orleans and the Future of Urban America” will be released today in paperback form at all area bookstores.
Cowen, who was the subject of an exclusive CCJN interview in 2014, served as the 14th president of Tulane University from 1998 until his retirement last summer. He is the recipient of numerous national awards and was appointed by President Barack Obama to the White House Council for Community Solutions.
In his book Cowen describes the process by which the university and the City of New Orleans planned and recovered from the devastation of flooding and loss of infrastructure following the landfall of Hurricane Katrina.
Cowen details how he helped form a coalition of city, business and non-profit leaders to engage Washington and state leaders into bringing New Orleans back from the brink of destruction. Cowen’s tale speaks to the larger issue of how to transform other urban landscapes using the formula he and others employed following the crisis that affected Tulane and the city.
Retail cost for the book is suggested at $17.00.