A destroyed house and car are seen in the Lower Ninth Ward August 27, 2007 in New Orleans. Hurricane Katrina made landfall south of New Orleans at 6:10 a.m. Aug. 29, 2005, as a strong Category 3 hurricane that flooded 80 percent of the city and killed more than 1,600 people in Louisiana and Mississippi. (Getty Images/Mario Tama)
Detroit Mayor Dave Bing is meeting with New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu to discuss that city's recovery more than five years after Hurricane Katrina devastated the 9th Ward and other parts of the Gulf Coast.
Bing spokeswoman Karen Dumas says that both mayors were preparing to take a walking tour of parts of New Orleans on Monday, and that the city bears "a lot of similarities to Detroit."
Bing is working to strengthen Detroit's most viable neighborhoods while formulating plans to deal with huge swaths of vacant land. He has said incentives will be used to encourage people to move into certain areas of Detroit, which has lost more than half its population since peaking at nearly 2 million in the 1950s.
He plans to present a study April 1.