A Public Housing Project Reborn in New Orleans

The St. Bernard Development, a housing project, was a collection of low-rise brick homes in New Orleans’ Gentilly neighborhood.

Around 900 families lived there before the flooding from Hurricane Katrina. Some former residents remember St. Bernard as a community where people worked hard and looked out for each other. Others, including many New Orleans residents who did not live in the project, say St. Bernard was violent and impoverished.

The New Orleans City Council voted in 2007 to demolish St. Bernard. The question was: What would replace it?

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