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Lower 9th Ward

Ninth Ward
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Address: New Orleans, LA 70117
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Devastated by Katrina

New Orleans is divided into 17 wards. This ninth ward is geographically the largest. It is the easternmost downriver portion. Because of its location it has been flooded numerous... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 weeks ago
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Abingdon, Maryland
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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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441 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 349 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Plan a tour of the Lower Ninth Ward with lowernine.org. Laura Paul can take your around the district to describe the devastation, the topography, community response, politics, the rebuilding effort, developments, history since the disaster, and the current population - as a current resident of this resilient part of the city. In contrast to other parts of New Orleans, the... More 

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Abingdon, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 248 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

New Orleans is divided into 17 wards. This ninth ward is geographically the largest. It is the easternmost downriver portion. Because of its location it has been flooded numerous times by hurricanes throughout the history of this city. In 2005, catastrophic flooding occurred due to the storm surge. Several severe levee breaks happened at the Industrial Canal. Our tour guide... More 

1 Thank Sharon M
London, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2016 via mobile

While this isn't a five star tourist attraction, it make for some interesting sightseeing if you have the time. I was initially concerned by all the harbingers of doom declaring the area to be "overrun by savages" and other derogatory statements and actually found nothing could be further from the truth. Everyone I passed on my little bike acknowledged my... More 

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New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016

This is THE way to tour the Lower 9th Ward and learn the history. It's an amazing organization that's helping people displaced by Katrina rebuild and return to their homes. The Director of the organization is as passionate as can be. She took our family out for an almost 2 hour tour, showed us the devastation, the government screw-ups, and... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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44 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

We headed to Cafe Dauphine, I believe the only restaurant in this still blighted area for lunch and it was great. Its also a 10 minute walk from the 9th ward's river access. Its shocking to see how it remains still such a work in progress. The streets are as if they were mortar bombed yesterday, even in front of... More 

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New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 139 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016 via mobile

About 10 minutes drive from the French Quarter. It's been a long time from Katrina but we wanted to see what it looked like and stopped at NPS Ranger Station in French Quarter and they directed us to proper location where Brad Pitt helped in the recovery. There isn't anything to see as far as the break in the levees... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016

Went for a drive through the Ninth Ward just to see what it looked like 11 years on. Not much to say about it really, it's just a sad place to visit. There are still some houses that are boarded up with overgrown yards. Just like other reviewers, I can confirm that the roads are terrible there...but most of New... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 June 2016

. Area very rough . do not go after dark. Take a tour bus and stay on bus.Area has had little to no repairs after Katrina. Even the police avoid the area.

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Rijswijk, The Netherlands
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 June 2016

Nine years after our first visit (and complete destruction after Katrina), we returned to see what has changed in these years. We used our own car, but there are also organized tours (probably a good idea when you don't know the neighbourhood). The neighbourhood is slowly being rebuilt, though some parts are going back to nature probably because the original... More 

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 May 2016

So, while in New Orleans, I decided to go for myself to see what the famous lower 9th ward is all about today. I have to tell you that it was extremely emotional to me to visit here. In all honesty and not without making any socio political comment, I was really surprised the state in which this area finds... More 

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Ninth Ward
People focus too much on the hardships so closely associated with this well known working class neighborhood when what’s really most remarkable about the tightknit community is its indefatigable spirit of rebirth and ability to stay true to its roots. Perhaps not an ideal destination for those visitors who tend to keep well within their comfort zones when traveling or those with bucket lists filled to the brim with top tourist attractions, the Ninth Ward is nonetheless there for those who are most keen to discover the places they encounter. But it’s not all about learning lessons when going to the Ninth Ward. With its “Living Museum” and “steamboat houses” and a long enduring dedication to preserving local culture, there’s more than enough to see and do during a daytime tour of the area.
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