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Hopes, concerns spurred by post-hurricane development plan

4 months 1 week 1 day ago Sunday, April 09 2017 Apr 9, 2017 April 09, 2017 11:51 AM April 09, 2017 in News
Source: Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS - A major rebuilding effort is underway in a New Orleans neighborhood decimated by 2005's Hurricane Katrina.

The New Orleans Redevelopment Authority is working to develop about 175 properties in the city's Lower 9th Ward.

The neighborhood of low-to-moderate-income residents was hit hard by Katrina and has struggled to recover. More than a decade after the hurricane, it still hasn't recovered 50 percent of its population.

Officials and some residents hope the houses will bring new residents and spur economic development. But some residents have concerns.

They fear rentals aren't the best fit for an area that was once a bastion of African-American homeownership. They also worry about the quality of the new housing and say not enough effort has been made to bring back residents forced out by the storm.

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