A Great Neighborhood
Commercial District Comes Alive

Many years of planning and steady reinvestment in the Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard corridor by private, public, and community stakeholders has resulted in a neighborhood that is more lively every day.  Central City's Main Street offers opportunities for working, shopping, business and social services, visual & performing arts and other cultural activities, dining, seeing historic preservation in action, worshipping, hearing live music, gardening, sports activities and residential living.  Welcome to the Boulevard!

What's new in the neighborhood?

It's been a busy few years on the Boulevard! The New Orleans Jazz Market, restaurant Primitivo, Dryades Public Market, Roux Carre' food court, Toups South (in the Southern Food & Beverage Museum), and Brady's Wine Warehouse all opened on the boulevard (and more). Ashe Cultural Arts Center expanded their campus into the newly restored historic Power House on Baronne St., and Nolavore opened at the corner of Baronne and Jackson. Concordia relocated their offices to the boulevard--as did Leading Educators, Kids Rethink New Orleans Schools, Stay Local, Bike Easy, Ride New Orleans, Bright Moments and more. Within our Cultural District, YaYa Arts Center opened their new facility nearby on LaSalle. These new enterprises joined a sustaining group on the boulevard and in the neighborhood, creating a great mix. We also partnered with Stay Local to produce the Central City Guide, prominently featuring the assets of the Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard area. First Fridays on the Boulevard is a monthly afternoon/evening of activities at restaurants, galleries, music venues, and shops featuring discounts, live music and more. The annual Central City Festival in November has been bringing, families, neighbors, and tourists to the boulevard for 10 years. It features live music and dance, kids' performances and activities, a health fair, and artists selling their wares.

 

Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard is a designated Louisiana Main Street.

Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard is a designated Louisiana Main Street.

Oretha Castle Haley Blvd. is a nationally accredited Main Street Program for the third year in a row.

Oretha Castle Haley Blvd. is a nationally accredited Main Street Program for the third year in a row.

Oretha Castle Haley Blvd. and the surrounding neighborhood is a designated Cultural District.

Oretha Castle Haley Blvd. and the surrounding neighborhood is a designated Cultural District.