Picture Not So Rosy in the Ninth Ward
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.