New Orleans
Neighborhood Portraits

Mid City

"Mid-City, so-called because its location at one time was in the middle of the city, has a character and spirit that most of its residents enjoy. Mid-City has a comfortable balance of various land uses, with a mixture of restaurants, shops, schools, churches, walking tours and its most noted cemeteries. The neighborhood is near City Park, the largest green space in the city." (from The New Orleans Data Center)

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Virginia, who works at the Tulane Hospital complex

Virginia: I’ve lived here for about five years now and I love it. I know everyone on the block and a few here and there around the neighborhood. Everyone is great. I love living next the bayou. I love living so close to the park. It's great to get downtown and pretty much anywhere in the city.

Q: Did you live in the city before you came here?

Virginia: I lived in Uptown, yes, I did. I rented in Uptown and this is where I could afford a house when I started looking. And now I don’t know if I could even afford it, now, but I lucked out and I got in here when I could.

The neighborhood has changed tremendously. Especially up and down Orleans Ave., a lot of remodeling of homes, things like that. What else? Oh, the greenway. It's like a bike path and it was all city property that was just kind of sitting there. I think and it goes from above Carrollton Ave. all the way to Basin. It's got lots of play grounds and gardens stuff like that, so it's nice. Lots of things changing. It’s great.

Neighborhood safety is decent. I feel pretty comfortable walking around in the evening. I do a lot of running. I don't always feel like I'm being the wisest person in the world when I do it but I feel like it's pretty safe. I don’t ever have any problems.

I see a lot of kids in the neighborhood, quite a few. There are a few down there, my neighbors have kids right here, and they’re a few I know around the block, so that's nice. I love that I can be in the city and it's got a great neighborhood feel.

I work in the Tulane medical area. So, it's like a 10 minute commute. Bike or car it’d take 10 minutes. You can’t really ask for a whole lot better in the city than a 10-minute commute.


In an area near the Esplanade Ridge

Q: Tell us about how the neighborhood is changing and who is moving in—

Emilie:  So, I think the area near Bywater feels more like out of town people who aren't from New Orleans. Whereas Mid-City feels more like people who are from New Orleans.

But you also have people who lived in these houses for a long time. I also think that this neighborhood was probably a little bit more gentrified to begin with because the Esplanade area has always been a wealthy area, whereas in the area near Bywater, you don't have these large grand homes like that.

Q: So, does it feel like, kind of like Esplanade area to you here?

Emilie: A little bit, yeah. So, Esplanade is older, this is more Arts and Crafts, bungalow style architecture, which was built a little bit later.

So, this area is on the Esplanade Ridge, and moving that way and that way it goes down. These areas developed before those because those were more likely to flood, so as infrastructure came into the city those areas were built up.

Note. These photo portraits cannot represent the whole range of views in a neighborhood. My survey research tries to do that (see my home page). But I think that these photo portraits express views that are widespread in a neighborhood. This is due to the methodology. Qualitative work like these photo pages has more depth, while quantitative work like surveys has more breadth. Both are valuable, and if you want to know more about a neighborhood, you should try to learn about both.

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