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Crescent City Hosting First SB Since Katrina

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - New Orleans

has celebrated plenty of milestones on its slow road to recovery from Hurricane

Katrina, but arguably none is bigger than hosting its first Super Bowl since

the 2005 storm left the city in shambles.

To see the remnants of Katrina's

destruction, fans coming arriving for Sunday's game will have to stray from the

French Quarter and the downtown corridor where the Superdome is located. Even

in neighborhoods that bore the brunt of the storm, many of the most glaring

scars have faded over time.

Billions

of dollars in federal money has paid for repairing and replacing tens of

thousands of homes wrecked by flooding. The city's lifeblood tourism trade has

thrived despite the double-barrel blow of Katrina and BP's massive 2010 oil

spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

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