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8:00 am
Tue June 4, 2013

City Community Centers The Heartbeat Of Neighborhood Life

Murals on the side of the Tremé Community Center in 2011.
Credit Derek Bridges / Flickr

The term NORD is thrown around a lot in conversations about crime and public safety. It is actually NORDC now, which stands for the New Orleans Recreation Development Commission — the agency that oversees the playgrounds, ballparks, pools and sports teams that many see as the key to teaching kids community values.

NORDC community centers are often the heartbeat of neighborhood life, especially in the summer. However, when they’re closed — as many still are after Hurricane Katrina— the beat is gone.

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