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The only list of NORD properties the city agency could supply was compiled by the Federal Emergency Management Agency after Hurricane Katrina. Gambit visited 25 of the 134 properties on FEMA's list — across five neighborhoods: Uptown/Central City; Mid-City/Broadmoor; 9th Ward; eastern New Orleans; and Gentilly. We did not visit playgrounds in Algiers because that portion of town did not flood in Katrina, and Algiers sustained far less damage in the storm than most portions of the East Bank.

Here is a link to a Google Map assembled by Gambit, showing the location of all 134 NORD sites on the FEMA list.

  We visited the 25 sample sites between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 27, checking how many people were in each park, whether each park had signage, whether its grass was cut, and whether the park was "safe" under a broad definition of the term: Would a responsible adult allow a child to play there? (Although a site may qualify as "safe" under this definition, its conditions may be far from ideal. Many playgrounds were missing equipment such as swings and basketball goals, for example.)

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