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Review of Lower 9th Ward

Lower 9th Ward
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Reviewed 12 July 2014

The aftermath of the devastation of Katrina is still visible throughout the lover 9th ward in New Orleans. Nonetheless, it is definitely worth taking the time to visit some very important sites. McDonogh 19 Elementary School, one of the first two sites integrated on November 14, 1960. Aycock Barn, Jackson Barracks, and the Twin Doullut steamboat houses on Egania Street at numbers 400 and 503. You'll see more signs of recovery near the Arabi Food Market 650 Friscoville Avenue which was the hub of this area during the days immediately following the disaster when water hit the 20' mark and completely submerged the market. You'll see many shotgun houses lining the streets nearby, some restored and many still completely destroyed.

If you want to venture to the Upper 9th Ward you'll find a park with the history of Katrina and the subsequent recovery depicted on displays near the new neighborhood re-built by Brad Pitt's Make it Right foundation. You can even stand next to the repaired levy where the breech began so many years ago.

Plan on a few hours and be sure to catch a meal at the Arabi Food Market. It's small and can get busy so you may decide to carry out and eat at the Aycock Barn nearby. Restrooms are available there and some tourist info.

17  Thank dsrtgrl
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Reviewed 6 July 2014

The 9th ward was not worth visiting before Katrina. Now, it is worse (if that was possible). No tour company should be capitalizing on other people's pain. The residents of the 9th ward do not get anything out of the money spent on these tours.

The destruction of New Orleans was great during Katrina. But, New Orleans is being rebuilt. Give your tourist dollars to those parts of the city that have been rebuilt. There are many beautiful areas to be enjoyed. This is not one of them.

17  Thank Mike D
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Reviewed 21 June 2014

Worth taking a tour/drive through the area. The contrast even so many years later is striking. Some homes completely rebuilt, others boarded up, while others are merely foundations. Image 15 feet of water when you are driving thorough these neighbourhoods.

3  Thank HappyCanadian13
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Reviewed 5 May 2014

It is impossible to think of New Orleans without also thinking about the devastation of Katrina.

We took a half day tour in a mini-bus that drives through some of New Orleans' highlights as well as viewing the destruction caused by hurricane Katrina in the Lower 9th Ward. There are great signs of hope and optimism in the area, with restoration of existing homes - many of which have been elevated to protect against future storms and construction of new 'storm-proof' homes, including unique designs by Brad Pitt's Make It Right group. Unfortunately news coverage says those Pitt-supported projects are already deteriorating.

Perhaps what is equally striking is the number of abandoned homes, seemingly untouched since the storm waters subsided. Some are overgrown with trees, and most still have the markings left behind by rescue workers indicating that no people (or bodies) are left inside.

This is a must see for every visitor to New Orleans. It is a reminder that New Orleans still has devastating poverty and that not everyone here is enjoying the fun, games and fine dining in the French Quarter.

10  Thank davidrA3168AF
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Reviewed 14 April 2014

My nephew who lives in NOLA took us on a tour of this area one afternoon. Yes, it is disturbing to see first-hand the devastation from such a powerful storm such as Katrina. What bothers me most is that organized tour companies are capitalizing on these victims' misfortunes!

How can anyone PAY to see this area knowing they are lining the pockets of opportunists? This is not an attraction, but a natural disaster area that changed lives. History unfortunately will repeat itself. Perhaps in the best thing that could have been be done was to move those remaining to higher ground and let this piece of land return to it's natural state. What I did observe is this area remains a mess and tour buses are not helping. Please stay away and help though proper channels with appropiate donations.

15  Thank Condocat
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