Picture Not So Rosy in the Ninth Ward

Martin C. Pedersen says New Orleans' recovery is far from over in the Ninth Ward, even with the efforts of groups like Brad Pitt's Make it Right Foundation.
September 5, 2011, 11am PDT | Tim Halbur
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Pedersen says that there are "pockets of hope in the Lower Ninth", explains that the population is still decimated, down to roughly 3,200 from pre-hurricane numbers near 18,000:

"Prior to Katrina, there were eighty businesses on St. Claude Avenue, a main drag running through the neighborhood; there are now five. There were once 72 churches; about 20 survived. There is one school, but it largely serves students from outside the neighborhood."

Pedersen looks at efforts to bring a school to the community, and the success of the Make it Right homes.

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Published on Thursday, August 18, 2011 in Metropolis Magazine
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