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, winner of a Great American Main Street award in 2017!
What's new in the neighborhood?
It's been a busy few years on the Boulevard! Most recently joining the neighborhood in 2017 are: Orleans Coffee House, the Central City Visitor Center, the Youth Empowerment Project Thrift Shop, Central City BBQ, Artist & Craftsmen Supply, International Vintage Guitars, Diva Dawg, and Toups South (in the Southern Food & Beverage Museum). Within the last couple of years the New Orleans Jazz Market, Dryades Public Market, Brady's Wine Warehouse, and Charlie Boy 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. In the spring of 2017 the boulevard received a streetscape makeover ten years in the planning. A widened neutral ground, new trees, paving and a bike lane are new features. 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. The annual Jane Jacobs Walk is a free walking tour that covers the history and revitalization of the neighborhood.