Central City - New Orleans LA Neighborhood Rapid revitalization and new businesses

Central City Neighborhood

Originally designed by Barthelemy Lafon in 1809, Central City became a historic district in 1982 based on the significance of the Italianate, Greek Revival and Queen Anne architecture in the neighborhood.

Central City was home to the Civil Rights movement in New Orleans in the 1960s, but fell into poverty and blight in the late 1970s and into the 1980s and 90s. Historic properties were demolished and businesses abandoned the area in droves.

When Cafe Reconcile and Ashe Cultural Arts Center located their homes in Central City in the late 90s, it heralded the slow revival of this once bustling area. As more and more new residents flock to New Orleans, Central City is undergoing rapid revitalization – evidenced by the number of new businesses, offices, restaurants and non-profits calling it home again.

The residential real estate market is following right behind the commercial developments, with investors snapping up neglected properties to rehab and resell. Home buyers that have been priced out of the Lower Garden District are finding Central City may fit their budget, but average home prices continue to rise in the area, particularly those closer to St. Charles Avenue.

Oretha Castle Haley Blvd. is the main drag in Central City and has an active merchants and business association, founded in the late 1990s, that sponsors an annual festival.

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Boundaries of Central City: Pontchartrain Expressway, Louisiana Avenue, St. Charles Avenue and Claiborne Avenue.