By Dan Shapley
Planners unveiled a plan yesterday for redeveloping Louisiana as a series of populated hubs, separated by untouched open spaces, and connected with high-speed public transportation. The concepts of "smart growth" are preached and sometimes practiced around the country, but Hurricane Katrina left the United States a larger area to redevelop than it had previously seen. Along the Gulf Coast, the need to preserve open space is felt keenly, as coastal wetlands absorb the shock of rising waters during storms. But this plan, like any top-down directive, will face concerns from landowners and developers who don't want to see any private property rights taken away in service to the state's vision.