Holy Cross :: New Orleans LA Ongoing recovery and revitalization

About Holy Cross

Years from now, new residents will wonder how the Holy Cross neighborhood got it’s name, since the school that gave rise to the moniker has relocated to Gentilly. But this subsection of the Lower 9th Ward, between St. Claude and the river, will always be remembered as Holy Cross.

Measuring less than 1 square mile, Holy Cross took a hard hit during Hurricane Katrina. This is evidenced by the number of empty lots and homes still in need of rebuilding.

But the neighborhood is definitely experiencing a comeback in popularity, as home buyers find the prices more affordable than in the nearby Bywater and Marigny neighborhoods.

Pros of living in Holy Cross

  • More affordable home prices
  • Great selection of architecture, from ranch style homes to traditional New Orleans cottages and doubles with a few new contemporary designs thrown in for good measure
  • Most properties have yards and green space
  • Parking is not a problem
  • Quick commute to downtown

Cons of living in Holy Cross

  • Walkability factor is low, with few neighborhood services off of St. Claude
  • Some blocks have not been restored, so there’s a jack o’lantern effect with renovated homes next to empty lots or blighted properties
  • Nearest supermarket is in St. Bernard Parish