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Ninth Ward or 9th Ward

by ellen_escarcega
August 7, 2014
Category:   Neighborhood

9th Ward/St Claude

A distinctive region of New Orleans, Louisiana that is located in the easternmost downriver portion of the city. It is geographically the largest of the seventeen Wards of New Orleans

On the south the Ninth Ward is bounded by the Mississippi River. On the western or “up river” side, the Ninth Ward is bounded by (going from the Mississippi River north to Lake Pontchartrain) Franklin Avenue, then Almonaster Avenue, then People’s Avenue. From the north end of People’s Avenue the boundary continues on a straight line north to Lake Pontchartrain; this line is the boundary between the Ninth and the city’s Eighth Ward. Lake Pontchartrain forms the north and northeastern end of the ward. Saint Bernard Parish is the boundary to the southeast, Lake Borgne further southeast and east, and the end of Orleans Parish to the east at The Rigolets.

Notable landmarks in this region include the Lakefront Airport, the Industrial Canal, and the Doullut Steamboat Houses. Some of these landmarks and the region containing them were given a great deal of exposure by films and cinema. Since then, it has become commonplace for many artists to mention the Ninth Ward in their songs.

While there is substantial overlap, the 9th Ward should not be confused with city planning designation of the ninth planning district of New Orleans. The 9th Ward includes land in planning districts 7, 8, 10, and 11 (not to be confused with the 7th, 8th, 10th, and 11th wards .)

Among the famous natives and residents of the 9th Ward are music legend Fats Domino, rappers Brian “Baby” Williams and Magic, NBA basketball player Eldridge Recasner, NFL Player Marshall Faulk, authors Kalamu ya Salaam and Poppy Z. Brite, actor John Larroquette, trumpeter Kermit Ruffins, and the prominent Batiste musical family

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