Thank God NOLA has Brad, and he's got some good ideas. In fact, I think Pitt's project to help the 9th Ward in New Orleans by sponsoring competitive, ecological, culturally-sensitive, and flood-proof architectural designs is a competition that impoverished areas all over the United States could use. Not all financed by Pitt, of course.
But, this is the kind of real estate that should be built for the poor: affordable, environmentally efficient and culturally vibrant. With just a bit of foresight and funding, a person like Brad Pitt can really make a difference in the long term welfare of historically, finance-deprived communities. Read the full article in the New York Times. Here's one image of a competitive design: