TAKING 500 HOUSES WAS A CRIME
Ramming the Claiborne Expressway through the middle of the Treme and 7th Ward neighborhoods resulted in the demolition of over 500 homes. Those houses were home to the working-class, African-American families of New Orleans.
Fast-forward to Hurricane Katrina. The devastation left many struggling residents searching for affordable housing. Both situations created opportunities for external forces to further marginalize the working class and make way for gentrification. Black families and indigenous culture bearers are now further away from a reality of home ownership in their own communities.
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Photo: Amy Stelly