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Updated 9:55 am, Monday, April 10, 2017

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Judging by the empty lots, it's hard to imagine the Lower 9th Ward before Hurricane Katrina — a bustling neighborhood where African-American residents knew their neighbors, built their homes with their own hands, and shopped at black-owned stores along St. Claude Ave.

Katrina largely put an end to all that, nearly wiping the community from the map in 2005. Nearly 12 years later, even as other neighborhoods in the city have bounced back, the hurricane's destruction here is still evident. Overgrown lots where houses used to be serve as dumping grounds for tires and abandoned furniture. Raccoons and possums have been spotted in the tall grass and bushes.


The neighborhood is "the only area (in the city) where you can still see Katrina," said Burnell Cotlon, owner of the Lower 9th Ward Market, one of the few post-Katrina commercial additions to the neighborhood. "It breaks my heart. We need to make the Lower 9th Ward catch up with the rest of the city."


The New Orleans Redevelopment Authority has launched an effort to do just that.

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A view of Dryades Street across Thalia, looking toward downtown New Orleans in 1951, set beside a photo of the same scene taken on Tuesday, April 4, 2017. City officials and community leaders on Tuesday celebrated the completion of a $1.8 million streetscape project to help revitalize the historic corridor. (he Charles L. Franck Studio Collection at The Historic New Orleans Collection and Beau Evans, Nola.com | The Times-Picayune)
By Beau Evans, NOLA.com │The Times-Picayune
on April 04, 2017 at 4:31 PM, updated April 04, 2017 at 4:33 PM
Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard, one of the city's most historic corridors, over the past several months has undergone a facelift to help beautify the revitalizing street. On Tuesday (April 4), city officials and community leaders celebrated the completion of a $1.8 million streetscape project spanning half a mile along the Central City corridor.

Updated March 03, 2017 
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New Orleans Redevelopment Authority to Auction 100± Properties

In Citywide Online-Only Auction

The auction is open to the public. Anyone can register to bid on the properties.

NEW ORLEANS, LA - The New Orleans Redevelopment Authority (NORA) is conducting another ONLINE-ONLY auction of 100± structures and vacant lots located citywide. Bidding for this auction will begin on Monday, April 3, 2017 at 8:00 AM and end between 12:00 NOON and 5:00 PM on Tuesday, April 4, 2017.

By Katherine Sayre, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune 

on February 15, 2017 at 4:00 PM, updated February 16, 2017 at 9:26 AM

A city effort to bring hundreds of new and returning residents to the Lower 9th Ward began Wednesday (Feb. 15) with construction on the first of what could be 250 new housing units built on vacant lots over the next five years.



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