NEW ORLEANS - Six years after Hurricane Katrina slammed into the Gulf Coast, the New Orleans neighborhood that was hardest hit still looks like a ghost town, The Associated Press has reported.

Redevelopment has been slow in coming to the Lower 9th Ward. The neighborhood has just 5,500 residents - one-third of its pre-Katrina population.

But politicians, investors and celebrities continue to promise a better future. City leaders recently announced plans to rebuild a high school and pave the neighborhood’s roads.

While residents welcome the news, they remain skeptical because empty houses continue to line the streets six years to the day.