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Lower 9th Ward - north
Photographs from December 27th, 2006

As we travelled these battered, forlorn streets, inhabited soley by city workers and other gawking travellers like ourselves, I couldn't help thinking of the comparison to the decimated portions of St. Louis.

There, too, astonishing numbers of houses stand vacant, left to rot. There, too, a seemingly natural disaster is in fact entirely man-made, engineered by folly and oversight and perhaps more than a touch of predjudice. There, too, entire neighborhoods are denied the resources they need to resuccitate themselves.

But because St. Louis's disaster happened over decades instead of days, no one comes to film and photograph.

Neighbor of the two houses above, with another tool shed knocked askew.

Louis Armstrong Elementary School, which had recently re-opened in the former Joseph A. Hardin Elementary School. Today the 1950s-style school is vacant, its fences in disarray.

A view looking northwards, near the northwest corner of the neighborhood. A canal and levee forms the horizon and marks the end of developed land, though power lines run onwards into the swamps.

The Church of the Living God:

And God spake all these words saying, I am the LORD thy GOD which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. Thou shalt have no other gods before me.

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