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New Orleans City Council Votes To Demolish 4,500 Public Housing Units Amid Violent Protest

First Posted: 03/28/08 03:45 AM ET Updated: 05/25/11 01:20 PM ET

New Orleans Housing Protest

AP:

Despite protests that at times erupted in violence, the City Council voted unanimously Thursday in favor of demolishing some 4,500 public housing units as the city rebuilds from Hurricane Katrina.

The vote to permit the federal government to tear down four public housing developments -- a critical moment in a protracted fight between the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and residents, activists and preservationists -- followed hours of debate and clashes in the street outside.

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