‘Treme’ actor Wendell Pierce works to put new life into New Orleans


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Nearly six years after Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans’ flood-damaged Lower 9th Ward remains a work in progress, pocked with weedy lots and naked slabs where homes once stood.

Now, however, in a small but significant step toward normalcy, residents may soon have a place to shop for what’s known locally as the Holy Trinity of Creole cooking: onions, bell pepper and celery.


Actor Wendell Pierce, the New Orleans native and star of HBO dramas ‘The Wire’ and ‘Treme,’ is proposing a full-service grocery store in the Lower 9th Ward, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

Pierce is part of a development group that hopes to build the store on the former site of Holy Cross High School, a local institution that relocated to the neighborhood of Gentilly after its 19th century campus suffered significant flood damage. The school is reportedly asking $2.1 million for the site.

Pierce has been part of an effort to rebuild homes in another flood-ravaged neighborhood, Pontchartrain Park. Actor Brad Pitt has spearheaded an effort to build 150 new homes in the Lower 9th Ward, where more than 4,000 homes were destroyed by flooding.


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