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.