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Lower 9th Ward, New Orleans

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Lower Ninth Ward is a neighborhood of the city of New Orleans, Louisiana, United States. As the name implies, it is part of the Ninth Ward of New Orleans. The Lower Ninth Ward is often thought of as the entire area within New Orleans downriver of the Industrial Canal; however, the City Planning Commission divides this area into the Lower Ninth Ward and Holy Cross neighborhoods.The term "Lower" refers to its location farther towards the mouth of the Mississippi River, "down" or "below" the rest of the city. The 9th Ward, like all wards of New Orleans, is a voting district. The 9th Ward was added as a voting district in 1852. The Lower 9th Ward is composed of Ward 9 Districts 1, 2, 4, and 7 which make up the Holy Cross Area and Ward 9 Districts 3, 5, 6, and 8. Higher voting district numbers in the 9th Ward (8-27) are on the upriver side of the Industrial Canal. The area came to international attention for its devastation in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005.GeographyExcluding the industrial and swamp areas north of the Florida Canal, the neighborhood of the Lower 9th Ward is about 1.25mi from east to west and 2mi from north to south. Three major avenues cross the developed portion of the neighborhood, each with bridges over the Industrial Canal. Closest to the River is St. Claude Avenue; about midway through the neighborhood is Claiborne Avenue; Florida Avenue crosses at the northern edge of the historically populated portion of the Lower 9th. Most major businesses serving the neighborhood are located on St. Claude or Claiborne, although a smattering of additional neighborhood business is located throughout the area. While the first two of these three avenues continue into St. Bernard Parish; a continuation of Florida Avenue through and beyond the parish line has been repeatedly proposed but at present does not exist.
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  • We were able to see the 9th ward on our tour of NOLA with Cajun Encounters. It’s both moving to see how many the community worked together to rebuild but also devastating. It’s sad to see the homes th...  more »
  • All of the culture and charm was forever changed with Katrina. Many structures remain abandoned. Some have been repaired but the culture of the place has been replace with poverty and despair. So depr...  more »
  • Do visit for a bit, as area is outside of the normal tourism with quaint local spots. I enjoy visiting the thrift stores, it's like treasure hunting.  more »

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