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6 years later, Lower 9th Ward still bleak
6 years after Katrina, prospect of new investment gives bittersweet hope to Lower 9th Ward
By The Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS (AP) ' Six years after Hurricane Katrina slammed into the Gulf Coast, the New Orleans neighborhood that was hardest hit still looks like a ghost town.

Redevelopment has been slow in coming to the Lower 9th Ward. The neighborhood has just 5,500 residents ' one-third of its pre-Katrina population.

But politicians, investors and celebrities continue to promise a better future. City leaders recently announced plans to rebuild a high school and pave the neighborhood's roads. And actor Wendell Pierce, who stars in an HBO series about New Orleans, is backing a new supermarket for an area that hasn't had one in 20 years.

While residents welcome the news, they remain skeptical because empty houses continue to line the streets.

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