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8 Years After Katrina, New Orleans On The Rebound

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A wreath sits in the Industrial Canal near the 9th Ward levee after locals commemorated the 5th Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina on August 29, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

A wreath sits in the Industrial Canal near the 9th Ward levee after locals commemorated the 5th Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina on August 29, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

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NEW ORLEANS (AP/WAOK) – Eight years after Hurricane Katrina, the Ferris wheel at the abandoned former Six Flags amusement park sits idle. The roller-coaster humps are familiar sights to passing motorists, and the weed-choked lot is a thorn in the side of officials who have overseen one of the most extensive city-rebuilding projects in U.S. history.

New Orleans officials have yet to seal a deal for redeveloping the Six Flags lot. But such eyesores aside, city leaders say they’re turning a corner since the day the levees broke under Katrina’s fury on Aug. 29, 2005.

City figures show about 80 percent of the pre-storm population has returned. Investment in a massive medical corridor and an influx of technology companies offer new hope. And many blighted neighborhoods have been restored, vacant lots aside.

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