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When I drove across the country a few months ago, I visited my aunt and uncle who took me on a drive through ward 9 in New Orleans.  Five years later and the area is still looking pretty bad.  But there are crews building new houses in place of where others once stood.  The experience of driving through there was jawdropping.  I had never seen anything like it.  The X’s were still on most of the houses, signifying the time when search crews came through looking for survivors.  Some occupied houses with renovations and those just trying to get by still exhibited the X’s, which I can only imagine to be a memorial of what happened at that time.And like all forms of media, these photos don’t even come close to actually showing or describing this area.

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