New Orleans homeless hole up in Hurricane Katrina's abandoned buildings

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Image from a quicklink New Orleans-area homeless population is nearly two and a half times bigger than it was seven years ago, before the region's mismanaged levees failed, flooding the city in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. The majority of the homeless sleep in the abandoned buildings that remain as a legacy of the storm. A quarter of the residential housing in the city remains vacant, even as much of New Orleans has enjoyed a remarkable recovery from the flooding. This is an aspect that most of the tourists don't see, the other side of the coin from the celebrated cuisine and music.

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