Hollygrove, New Orleans

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New Orleans Neighborhood
Repairing damaged houses after Hurricane Katrina
Country United States
State Louisiana
City New Orleans
Planning District District 3, Uptown/Carrollton
Elevation 0 ft (0.0 m)
Coordinates 29°57′57″N 90°07′16″W / 29.96583°N 90.12111°W / 29.96583; -90.12111Coordinates: 29°57′57″N 90°07′16″W / 29.96583°N 90.12111°W / 29.96583; -90.12111
Area 0.62 sq mi (1.6 km2)
 - land 0.62 sq mi (2 km2)
 - water 0.00 sq mi (0 km2), 0%
Population 1,995 (2010)
Density 3,218/sq mi (1,242/km2)
Timezone CST (UTC-6)
 - summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
Area code 504

Hollygrove is a neighborhood of the city of New Orleans, Louisiana, located in the city's 17th Ward. A subdistrict of the Uptown/Carrollton area, its boundaries as defined by the City Planning Commission are: Palmetto Street to the north, Cambronne, Edinburgh, Forshey, Fig and Leonidas Streets to the east, South Claiborne Avenue to the south and the Jefferson Parish boundary to the west.

Conrad playground, the Cuccia-Byrnes playground and Larry Gilbert baseball stadium are located in Hollygrove. The Hollygrove Market and Farm is also located in Hollygrove.


Hollygrove is located at 29°57′57″N 90°07′16″W / 29.96583°N 90.12111°W / 29.96583; -90.12111 [1] and has an elevation of 0 feet (0.0 m).[2] According to the United States Census Bureau, the district has a total area of 0.62 square miles (1.6 km2), 0.62 square miles (1.6 km2) of which is land and 0.00 square miles (0.0 km2) (0.0%) of which is water.

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The Greater New Orleans Community Data Center defines the boundaries of Hollygrove as Palmetto Street to the north, Cambronne, Edinburgh, Joliet, and Leonidas Streets to the east, South Claiborne Avenue to the south, and Monticello Avenue to the west.[3] The City Planning Commission defines the boundaries of Hollygrove as these streets: Palmetto Street, Cambronne Street, Edinburgh Street, Forshey Street, Fig Street Leonidas Street, South Claiborne Avenue and the Monticello Canal. The Neighborhood defines its boundaries as S. Carrolltonn, S. Claiborne, Monticello (@the canal, Orleans/Jefferson Parish line) and Airline Highway. [4][5][6] Earhart Blvd. runs through the neighborhood.


The overall crime rate in Hollygrove is 136% higher than the national average. For every 100,000 people, there are 19.15 daily crimes that occur in Hollygrove. You have a 1 in 15 chance of becoming a victim of any crime. The number of total year over year crimes in New Orleans has increased by 12%.[7]


As of the census of 2000, there were 6,919 people, 2,655 households, and 1,803 families residing in the neighborhood.[8] The population density was 11,160 /mi² (4,323 /km²). As of the census of 2010, there were 4,377 people, 1,761 households, and 1,118 families residing in the neighborhood.[8]


This low, flood-prone area within the city limits was little developed until the 1920s with improved drainage (see Drainage in New Orleans), however problems with inadequate drainage remained despite additional improvement projects in the 1960s. Hollygrove grew into a predominantly African-American neighborhood of single- and double-house homes (a slight majority owner-occupied) and small neighborhood businesses. Hollygrove, along with most of the city, flooded in the catastrophic failure of the Federal levee system during Hurricane Katrina in 2005.Young Money rappers Lil Wayne and Mack Maine grew up in Hollygrove and mention it in many of their songs, notables including "Mr. Carter", "New Orleans Maniac", "Zoo", "Dark Shades", "Only" and "Hollyweezy".

Notable people[edit]


New Orleans Public Schools (NOPS) and the Recovery School District (RSD) operate public schools and handle charter schools.

Mary McLeod Bethune Elementary School, a school under the NOPS, is located in Hollygrove. In 2005 there was a proposal to close the school. At the time the school had a performance score of 101 on a scale of 250 and the state gave it a two star rating, which was considered positive.[10] In 2008, of the fourth grade students, about 4% of the fourth-grade students failed the LEAP tests. In the English test, 44% scored basic, 37% scored mastery, and 4% scored advanced. In 2009, no students failed the LEAP test. For that year, 7% scored basic, 79% scored mastery, and 14% scored advanced. In 2009 many art, drama, and music programs incorporate mathematics and reading lessons. During that year, according to principal Mary Haynes-Smith, most teachers at the school had at least 15 years of experience.[11] Jarvis DeBerry of The Times-Picayune said in 2010 that the school had a "status as one of the best schools in New Orleans and the metropolitan area."[12] In June 2010 NOPS gave the school an award for being a "High Performing/High Poverty School".[13]

As of 2011 the Benjamin Banneker School was scheduled to move into the former Dunbar Elementary School site in Hollygrove. There are plans for a $22.3 million school building there.[14]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ Greater New Orleans Community Data Center. "Hollygrove Neighborhood". Retrieved 2011-01-31. 
  4. ^ "Hollygrove | Rebuilding Together New Orleans". www.rtno.org. Retrieved 2016-05-22. 
  5. ^ "<GNOCDC> Hollygrove Maps". www.datacenterresearch.org. Retrieved 2016-05-22. 
  6. ^ "Holly Grove, New Orleans, Louisiana Zip Code Boundary Map (LA)". www.zipmap.net. Retrieved 2016-05-22. 
  7. ^ http://www.areavibes.com/new+orleans-la/holly+grove/crime/
  8. ^ a b "Hollygrove Neighborhood". Greater New Orleans Community Data Center. Retrieved 6 January 2012. 
  9. ^ Montoya, Maria C. and Keith Spera (music writer). "Lil Wayne goes back to school (story and video)." New Orleans Times Picayune. Saturday February 23, 2008. Retrieved on March 16, 2013.
  10. ^ Schleifstein, Mark. "Reaction cool to planned school shuffle." The Times-Picayune. Monday May 2, 2005. Retrieved on March 30, 2013. "A prime example is the proposed closure of Mary M. Bethune Elementary in Hollygrove, which received a positive two-star rating from the state, with a school performance score of 101 on a scale of 250. When the accountability system was introduced in 1999, the goal was to get all schools to score 100 by the year 2009."
  11. ^ Broach, Drew. "Mary McCleod Bethune Elementary." The Times-Picayune. April 30, 2009. Retrieved on March 30, 2013.
  12. ^ DeBerry, Jarvis. "In a word, New Orleans' Bethune Elementary students are invincible: Jarvis DeBerry." The Times-Picayune. April 25, 2010. Retrieved on March 30, 2013.
  13. ^ TEG. "NOPS Celebrates Bethune Elementary and Principal Mary Haynes-Smith." The Times-Picayune. Tuesday June 8, 2010. Retrieved on March 30, 2013.
  14. ^ "KIPP on South Carrollton headed to Gentilly, Banneker to Hollygrove, RSD says." Uptown Messenger. November 15, 2011. Retrieved on April 1, 2013. "Likewise, the Banneker school is slated to move to the old Dunbar elementary site on Forshey Street just off Airline Highway in Hollygrove, where a $22.3 million building is planned, leaving its current site on Burdette as an opportunity campus as well."

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