In the Lower Ninth Ward, an infrastructure project has reopened old wounds.
For more than 50 years, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has tried to expand the Inner Harbor Navigational Canal. The shipping canal connects the Mississippi River to Lake Pontchartrain.
The agency wants to dig it up and build a new lock to let more tugboats and barges through.
But to the people of the Lower Ninth, the project is emblematic of a long history of mistrust.
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