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Black-White Views of Katrina Recovery Differ Sharply, Poll Finds

this-is-the-price-i-paid-by-staying-in-ne(Trice Edney Wire) – Despite declarations of a “new” New Orleans and a reinvented, world-class city that has moved beyond race, a new poll conducted by the Public Policy Research Lab at Louisiana State University shows that when it comes to how residents view post-Katrina recovery the racial divide remains.

The poll’s results, released during the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, found that nearly four out of five white residents believe that the Crescent City has mostly recovered while nearly three out of five Black New Orleanians say it has not, a divide that reflects different views of economic opportunities for residents, privatization of the city’s public schools, ongoing efforts to reform the city’s police department, a lack of affordable housing and overall quality of life.

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