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Lower 9th Ward

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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

Reviewed 19 December 2016
Sharon M
Abingdon, Maryland
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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57 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

When I planned 8 days in NOLA friends said it was crazy. "You only need a few days in the French Quarter" they said. Turns out they were right. One day on Bourbon Street was plenty. But it's the REAL New Orleans you'll miss if you think you've visited because you went to Vieux Carré and got drunk on Bourbon... More 

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Plattsville, Ont
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105 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 March 2017

I wanted to see where Katrina had devastated the lower 9th ward and see the homes Brad Pitt had built. They look very out of place with the other homes there. There are still some homes that have been left untouched, which was very sad. So glad to see the levies that have been built, so hopefully this will never... More 

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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60 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 February 2017 via mobile

We rented bikes from "A Bicycle Named Desire" which I highly recommend if you are looking for a cheap way to see the ninth ward. $20/4 hours. It's a little nerve wracking crossing the bridge over the canal but otherwise easy ride. It is rather depressing. Development has been very slow. I didn't find anything great about the Brad Pitt... More 

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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455 reviews
185 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 359 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 December 2016

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 271 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 December 2016

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 

2 Thank Sharon M
London, United Kingdom
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24 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
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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Reviewed 17 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
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
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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478 reviews
154 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 142 helpful votes
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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31 reviews
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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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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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