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A virtual gallery: Ninth Ward snapshots Part I

The Lower 9th Ward was arguably the epicenter of the massive flooding that followed the failure of the levees after Hurricane Katrina on Aug 29, 2005. While the neighborhood will forever be marked by that epic event, it's not all that identifies this  historic and intrinsic part of New Orleans. This week, in the first of a new "Voices" feature, NolaVie speaks with some of the residents of the Lower Nine, about their lives there, the people there, the community there. Today we share Part I of a slideshow highlighting the architecture and material culture of the Lower Nine.

A place is defined as much by its physical presence as it is by the stories of the people that inhabit it. Throughout this week NolaVie has delved into the stories of just a few of the incredible individuals living and working in the Lower Ninth Ward; today we begin a visual exploration of a few of the physical landmarks that give the neighborhood life.

Future Voices series will look at other New Orleans neighborhoods. Email comments and suggestions about this and other areas and people to cover to editor@ nolavie.com.

Hanna Rasanen is a photography intern at NolaVie. Contact her at [email protected]