Mid-City New Orleans
Canal Streetcar in Mid-City
|Planning District||District 4, Mid-City District|
|• Total||1.66 sq mi (4.3 km2)|
|• Land||1.66 sq mi (4.3 km2)|
|• Water||0.00 sq mi (0.0 km2)|
|Elevation||0 ft (0 m)|
|• Density||3,700/sq mi (1,400/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC-6 (CST)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-5 (CDT)|
Mid-City Historic District
|Location||Roughly bounded by Derbigny St., Conti St., City Park Ave. and I-10, New Orleans, Louisiana|
|Area||850 acres (340 ha)|
|Architectural style||Bungalow/Craftsman, Colonial Revival, Italianate|
|NRHP reference No.||93001394|
|Added to NRHP||December 10, 1993|
Mid-City is a neighborhood of the city of New Orleans. A sub-district of the Mid-City District Area, its boundaries as defined by the City Planning Commission are: City Park Avenue, Toulouse Street, North Carrollton, Orleans Avenue, Bayou St. John and St. Louis Street to the north, North Broad Street to the east, and the Pontchartrain Expressway to the west. It is a historic district on the National Register of Historic Places. In common usage, a somewhat larger area surrounding these borders is often also referred to as part of Mid-City.
Mid-City is located, as the name indicates, in the middle of New Orleans on what was once the backslope of the Mississippi River natural levee, a gradually declining section of the river's flood plain. As such, it was not settled as early as adjacent neighborhoods and was called the "back of town"—the city ended at the swamp, unlike today, when the city reaches the lake. The Esplanade Ridge and the adjoining Metairie Ridge formed a natural spur from the River; but what is now Mid-City, surrounded by these higher-elevated sections, was part of the "backswamp" until development in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
- Navarre (north)
- City Park (north)
- Bayou St. John (north)
- Tulane/Gravier (east)
- Gert Town (south)
- Dixon (west)
- Lakewood (west)
The City Planning Commission defines the boundaries of Mid-City as these streets: City Park Avenue, Toulouse Street, North Carrollton Avenue, Orleans Avenues, Bayou St. John, St. Louis Street, North Broad Street and the Pontchartrain Expressway.
Mid-City is one of New Orleans most racially diverse neighborhoods with its proximity to uptown, downtown and the suburbs contributing to its integrated diversity.
Mid-City is the home of a number of city landmarks. Canal Street, one of the most important thoroughfares of the city, bisects the neighborhood down the middle; the streetcar route follows Canal to Carrollton Avenue, another prominent New Orleans street that passes through Mid-City. Tulane Avenue, which is the terminus of U.S. Route 61, also runs just upriver from Canal Street; before the interstate highway system, this was the primary route into New Orleans from Baton Rouge. An important cross-street is Jefferson Davis Parkway, named for the president of the Confederate States of America, who died in New Orleans's Garden District during an 1889 visit.
The Orleans Parish Criminal Court, the Dixie Brewery, Jesuit High School, Warren Easton High School, and the Falstaff Brewery (now converted to apartments) are physically among the most prominent buildings scattered across Mid-City, in addition to a number of churches and large houses along Canal Street. Tulane Avenue in particular shows some remnants of the area's industrial past. However, more characteristic of Mid-City today are the many shotgun houses and larger houses that make up most of this primarily residential neighborhood.
Mid-City is a generally local, middle-class neighborhood in that it contains fewer tourist destinations than other parts of the city. Restaurants and bars rely heavily on local clientele, giving the area a quirky local flavor.
In the period before Hurricane Katrina on New Year's Eve, residents of Mid-City placed their Christmas trees in an area in Orleans Avenue and created a bonfire with the trees. They then threw fireworks into the bonfire. Joanna Weiss of the Boston Globe reported that "a fire truck waited down the street, almost as an afterthought."
Mid-City experienced extensive flooding in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and has been involved in an ongoing rebuilding effort. Repopulation and reconstruction are concentrated along major thoroughfares; March 2007 estimates were that 55% of the residents were again living in the area.
The Israel Meyer Augustine Middle School building was put for sale in 2014.
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- Neighborhood organization's statistics
- Greater New Orleans Community Data Center. "Mid-City Neighborhood". Retrieved June 21, 2008.
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- Baccinelli, Maggie (2015). New Orleans Neighborhoods: A Cultural Guide. Charleston, SC: The History Press. ISBN 9781626198715.
- Weiss, Joanna. "After the flood The city that was." Boston Globe. September 4, 2005. Ideas E1. Retrieved on March 18, 2013. Available at HighBeam. Alternate pay link. "Every New Year's Eve in the Mid- City neighborhood, residents would drag their Christmas trees to the Orleans Avenue neutral ground and start a giant bonfire, then throw fireworks into the flames. A fire truck waited down the street, almost as an afterthought."
- Young, Tara. "Student's death sparks crescendo of revenge Archived 2011-05-18 at the Wayback Machine." The Times-Picayune. Wednesday February 11, 2004. Retrieved on January 7, 2009.
- Hasselle, Della (June 5, 2015). "Former Augustine Middle School building on Broad Street listed for sale". Mid-City Messenger. Retrieved May 27, 2020.
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|Wikivoyage has a travel guide for Mid-City and Esplanade Ridge.|
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Mid-City New Orleans.|