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July 30, 2012 12:00 AM

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

The New Orleans-area homeless population is estimated at 4,900 – twice as big as before the levees failed in 2005 after Hurricane Katrina – and the majority sleeps in the some 40,000 abandoned buildings that remain after the storm. This is an aspect of the city that most tourists don’t see, the other side of the coin from its celebrated cuisine and music.

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