Iberville Projects

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Iberville Projects
New Orleans Neighborhood
Iberville Projects on Basin Street
Country United States
State Louisiana
City New Orleans
Planning District District 4, Mid-City District
Elevation 0 ft (0.0 m)
Coordinates 29°57′34″N 90°04′25″W / 29.95944°N 90.07361°W / 29.95944; -90.07361Coordinates: 29°57′34″N 90°04′25″W / 29.95944°N 90.07361°W / 29.95944; -90.07361
Area 0.06 sq mi (0.2 km2)
 - land 0.06 sq mi (0 km2)
 - water 0.00 sq mi (0 km2), 0%
Population 1,238 (2010)
Density 20,633/sq mi (7,966/km2)
Timezone CST (UTC-6)
 - summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
Area code 504

Iberville Projects was a neighborhood in the city of New Orleans and one of the low-income Housing Projects of New Orleans. Its boundaries were St. Louis Street to the north, Basin Street to the east, Iberville Street to the south and North Claiborne Avenue to the west. It is located in the 6th ward of downtown New Orleans, on the former site of the Storyville district. The area is currently being redeveloped into a modernized apartment complex.


The Iberville Projects were located at 29°57′34″N 90°04′25″W / 29.95944°N 90.07361°W / 29.95944; -90.07361 [1] and has an elevation of 0 feet (0 m)[2] (mean sea level). According to the United States Census Bureau, the district has a total area of 0.06 square miles (0.2 km2), all of which is land.

The City Planning Commission defines the boundaries of Iberville Projects as these streets: St. Louis Street, Basin Street to the east, Iberville Street a South and North Claiborne Avenue.[3]


The Iberville Projects was known for its brutal crime. The neighborhood was plagued by guns, drugs, and violence. In April 2015, trial was finally underway for a duo charged in the Iberville killing of Terrence Lewis. Alfred "Al" Dixon and Demonte "D-man" Carmouche are facing charges of second degree murder for the killing of Terrence Lewis. On July 8, 2012, Terrence Lewis was found shot to death in the 1400 block of Bienville Street. Lewis was targeted because of an ongoing conflict with the two men and the fact his cousin had been jailed for the murder of Alfred Dixon's brother. In November 2011, Alford Dixon was found shot to death. He was said to be a member of the 4th ward Goonies, a gang that operated throughout the Iberville Projects.[4]Retaliation was a common thing in New Orleans On the night of the shooting, Lewis went to his grandmother's house to search for an identification card he had lost. He was leaving to go to a club, but never made it past the porch. Dixon and Carmouche were waiting and were armed with semi automatic handguns. Once the men opened fire, Lewis turned his back to run back into the house but a bullet tugged through his back. The shooters fled the scene while Lewis's grandmother ran outside to find her grandson slumped on the ground. He succumbed to his injuries at the hospital.

There were no eye witnesses to the slaying, but Dixon and Carmouche were identified from grainy surveillance footage. A couple of weeks later, police arrested Dixon and Carmouche in the murder after a stolen gun thought to have been used in the shooting was linked to one of the teens.[5] Their defense attorney says "If you evaluate all of the evidence that they present... it doesn't really line up with the theory that the state is presenting to you". A couple days later, The jury was eventually unable to reach a verdict in the case after deliberating for more than five hours. The men are still charged in Lewis's death and will now have to be retried. The district attorney intends on trying both attorney's again.


20th century[edit]

The Iberville development was built on a ten block site in the early 1940s as part of the Wagner Bill. The land was previously Storyville, the city's official red light district. In 1940, the city declared 95% of the structures in Storyville substandard, clearing the way for construction of the project. There are 858 units in the Iberville.

The call for public housing was met in by the federal government with the U.S. Housing Act of 1937 while the Great Depression took a toll on the poor and unemployed in America. The government officials in New Orleans were the quickest act and immediately received the funding's to being the building of the initial six housing complexes in the city. Once the complexes were complete they were divided amoungst the whites and blacks in the city unequally with the blacks having four of the complexes in the less developed areas of the city. The in the two housing complexes the whites were given one was the Iberville Projects in honor of Pierre Le Moyne, sieur, d’Iberville, one of the founders of Louisiana.[6]

During segregation, the Iberville was occupied by whites, while the nearby Lafitte Projects served the black tenants.[citation needed]

21st century[edit]

While the Iberville was closed following Hurricane Katrina, the project was one of the first to reopen. There was no significant damage.

New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin expressed a desire to redevelop the Iberville Projects as early as 2003.[7] In May 2009, Nagin announced a HANO proposal to raze part of it for redevelopment into mixed-income housing. In 2011, HANO[8] and the city of New Orleans was granted $30.5 million as part of the U.S Department of Housing. The grant will improve the neighborhood's sustainability and increase access to high quality services.[9] Politicians and Bureaucrats in New Orleans are not expected to enact good-sense policies, such as equivalent elimination, that was part of the 1937 Housing Act. This act makes it possible for them to demolish five thousand units of public housing in the midst of a staggering post- disaster housing crisis.[10]

Demolition of the Iberville Housing projects commenced in September 2013. Mixed income housing will be built on the site will be incorporated into the street grid of the surrounding neighborhoods. Human remains from the adjacent cemetery were found on a significant portion of the site, delaying redevelopment plans for months. These areas will be made into green space.

The remaining buildings from the original project were added to the National Register of Historic Places on January 5, 2015.[11]


As of the census of 2000, there were 2,540 people, 830 households, and 689 families residing in the neighborhood.[12] The population density was 42,333 /mi² (12,700 /km²).

As of the census of 2010, there were 1,238 people, 482 households, and 295 families residing in the neighborhood.[12]

The median age in this area is 31.3 and the area population is 3,655 [13]

Some of the Schools that are nearby the area that was once called the Iberville projects are Clark high school, Mcdonough 35 (no longer there since 2016 janurary) and Craig elementary school.[14]

Adjacent neighborhoods[edit]


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  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ Greater New Orleans Community Data Center. "Iberville Development Neighborhood". Retrieved 2008-06-21. 
  4. ^ "Demolition of Iberville Projects Is Happening". Curbed New Orleans. 2013-09-10. Retrieved 2017-03-02. 
  5. ^ "Trial underway for duo charged in Iberville housing development killing". NOLA.com. Retrieved 2017-03-02. 
  6. ^ Long, A. P. (2007-12-01). "Poverty Is the New Prostitution: Race, Poverty, and Public Housing in Post-Katrina New Orleans". Journal of American History. 94 (3): 795–803. doi:10.2307/25095141. ISSN 0021-8723. 
  7. ^ Pandolfi, Keith (2003). "Canal Street redevelopment placed on hold for six months". New Orleans CityBusiness. 
  8. ^ "Home :: Housing Authority of New Orleans". www.hano.org. Retrieved 2017-03-02. 
  9. ^ Shaban, Bigad (May 20, 2009). "In address, Nagin announces several big plans". Eyewitness News. Archived from the original on 2009-05-22. Retrieved October 23, 2013. 
  10. ^ ""Poverty Is the New Prostitution: Race, Poverty, and Public Housing in Post-Katrina New Orleans," by Alecia P. Long, Journal of American History". archive.oah.org. Retrieved 2017-03-10.  horizontal tab character in |title= at position 100 (help)
  11. ^ "Weekly List of Actions Taken on Properties: 1/05/15 Through 1/09/15". National Park Service. Retrieved January 17, 2015. 
  12. ^ a b "Iberville Neighborhood". Greater New Orleans Community Data Center. Retrieved 6 January 2012. 
  13. ^ ASD, Website Services & Coordination Staff,. "2010 Demographic Profile - U.S. Census Bureau". www.census.gov. Retrieved 2017-03-22. 
  14. ^ "Schools ← opsb.us". opsb.us. Retrieved 2017-03-22.