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Old 02-20-2011, 12:51 PM
 
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hey could some one tell me b4 Katrina what was the worst parts of new orleans for crime,drugs and murders, and now 5 years after Katrina what are the worst parts of n.o . o ya and b4 Katrina what was the worst 3 housing projects and are they worst then any part of n.o right now.
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Old 02-20-2011, 06:28 PM
 
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Projects for the most part, after the storm, have been phased out and turned into mixed income communities. Before Katrina there was no shortage of dangerous projects. In the Uptown area there were 3 projects fairly close together, called the Magnolia, the Melpomene and the Calliope, and they were all really bad. The Melpomene had a high-rise all for old people and was a little tamer, but the Calliope was the heroin spot for the city and the Magnolia was probably the most dangerous. Across town you had the Florida and Desire projects in the 9th Ward, which were cut off by railroad tracks and canals and other things, and things were pretty thick up in there. Well picture a few years before Katrina they started tearing down the Magnolia and the Florida/Desire as well as another bad one called the St. Thomas. A lot of people got section 8 and crime become dispersed in various parts of the city. The St. Bernard Development was where a lot of people moved from other projects, and by 2003 it was THE murder zone; all of these rival drug sets from different spots in the city were thrown into an already hostile drug spot, and bullets flew not only based on turf but pride. You see gangs don't really apply here, people tend to act either solo or in small numbers which makes them more ruthless and they tend to represent their project or little neighborhood (called a "ward") even if it means killing or dying.

After the storm, the area known as Central City, which is Uptown and includes the former Magnolia/Calliope/Melpomene projects remains really rough but now a lot of the inhabitants have moved into private residences but still stick around the former project areas. Across the Mississippi River, known as the Westbank, has become much more dangerous since the storm. A lot of the neighborhoods which have gotten worse are actually in suburban Jefferson Parish. Harvey, Marrero, Terrytown and Algiers have all taken a nosedive in certain areas. Crime is up there no doubt.

The demographics have changed in these areas though. Now you see white people walking around Central City too..not yuppies or hipsters though, drug addicts and drifters and the like. But before Katrina those areas were thoroughly "blacked out". Mexicans and Honduran laborers have also moved into some of the worst neighborhoods, presumably the ones in the slums are probably without their papers. There is a better off Hispanic community in Mid-City and in the suburbs.
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