The chair of Barnes & Noble and his wife are donating $20 million to New Orleans in what may be the biggest Katrina relief project yet, the AP reports. Leonard Riggio said today that the funds will build 20 new houses in a racially mixed neighborhood for lower-income families. Those who win a lottery can trade in a storm-damaged home for a new one.
Riggio broke ground today in a ceremonial kick-off for “Project New Home" in the city's Gentilly neighborhood. Building of the elevated, candy-colored homes will begin in spring and is expected to wrap in about a year. “There’s a sense of urgency to this project,” he said.