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The mission of Make It Right is clear. It is to be a catalyst for the redevelopment of the Lower 9th Ward, by building a neighborhood with safe and healthy homes inspired by Cradle to Cradle thinking with an emphasis on a high quality of design, while preserving the spirit of the community's culture. The goal is to accomplish this quickly, so that residents can return to their homes as soon as possible.
Make It Right kicked off in December, 2007 with the Pink Project--an installation of pink geometric shapes scattered over the 14-square-block site where the real houses would be built. As donations came in, the pieces of the symbolic houses were "righted" on their lots. The Pink Project raised 12 million dollars and brought global attention to the challenges and possibilities of rebuilding the Lower 9th Ward.
Since then, 21 local, national and international architects have donated designs for single family and duplexes to Make It Right. By December 2009, there were 50 homes on the site; by December 2013, there will be 150. Because all of the homes built to date have been certified as LEED platinum for their energy efficiency and sustainability, the Make It Right community is now the "largest, greenest neighborhood of single family homes in America," according to the U.S. Green Building Council.
Make It Right builds safe, sustainable and affordable homes for working families. We aim to be a catalyst for change in the building industry in New Orleans and beyond.
In addition to helping 150 families come home, Make It Right is helping to rebuild the community - complete with native landscaping, micro-farms, rain gardens and even building new streets. Make it Right gardens are going up right now at the Martin Luther King school, at the Tekrema Community Center and the Village.
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