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A Guide to new Orleans Neighborhoods Treme Mid City the Arts District Garden District
A Visit to New Orleans
A once urban wasteland has been transformed into an art Mecca. A divided plantation now showcases grand 19th century homes, and many areas in the process of rebuilding after Katrina. These gems are some of the eclectic neighborhoods of New Orleans that enshrine the culture, style and unique characteristic of the vibrant and multicultural city that is New Orleans.
The Arts, Warehouse District
What is now The Arts District or Warehouse District, has undergone significant revitalization on recent years and is competing with other neighborhoods like the Garden District as a sought after tourist attraction in New Orleans. From its status as a grain, coffee and produce storage area, The Arts District is today being described as the SoHo of the South, offering eye popping art galleries, gastronomical restaurants and world renowned museums.
One popular attraction in the Arts District is The National War Museum, where veterans host visitors and provide guided tours of the many and varied exhibits. Accompanying the arts scene are numerous restaurants, cafes, bars and musical fare offering a taste of New Orleans and beyond.
Named for Claude Treme, a French immigrant who settled in the neighborhood in 1783, Treme is located between North Rampart and North Broad from Canal Street to Bernard Avenue. Claude Treme was a model hat maker and a real estate developer who owned portions of Treme. But the historic significance of Treme lies in the fact that it is America's Oldest African American Neighborhood.
Africans who won or bargained for their freedom bought small and large parcels of land in Treme. This was a great accomplishment in an era when slavery was still legal in the United States. Treme is home to Armstrong Park named for jazz great Louis Armstrong, as well as home to several museums featuring the life, art and history of African Americans.
The Garden District
If you really want to enjoy the view, The Garden District is the ideal neighborhood. Characterized by traditional homes, some still bearing the names of the original owners, and beautiful scenery, this neighborhood got its name from its abundant and awe inspiring gardens. In 1806, Barthelemy Lafon was responsible for designing a spacious urban oasis of several parks interspersed with canals, fountains and basins. Antique shops, design and art studios and amazing scenery give one the illusion that they are in an idyllic place.
If The Garden City makes you feel like you are walking in a dream, Mid-City brings you back to reality. This area is the epitome of "neighborhood" evidenced by its warmth, generosity and camaraderie. Mid-City is known as the heart of New Orleans and is home to its own Mardi Gras parading society, The Krewe. One of the earliest Mardi Gras societies, it was founded by some area businessmen in 1933.
Mid-City also offers lots of attractions for residents and visitors alike. It’s the location for the New Orleans Museum of Art which hosts many world renowned exhibitions. The Besthoff Sculpture Gardens, in close proximity to the museum, beckons you and a trip in the streetcar, gives you an opportunity to discover this heart of the city.
Take the Cemetery Cars to visit, if you dare, the Cities Of The Dead which is comprised of many huge cemeteries with above ground tombs. Browse the Crescent City Farmers Market and later you can satisfy your passion for two great American favorites at the Mid-City lanes Rock n' Bowl with live music.
I have offered only a small sampling of the many beautiful and historic neighborhoods of New Orleans, a glimpse at best into the culture, history and landscape of a city built on diversity, triumph and neighborly love.