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Mid-City and Esplanade Ridge are neighborhoods that have carved out their own unique identity. Just like Uptown New Orleans, these neighborhoods have their share of stately mansions along Esplanade Avenue and Bayou St. John along with canopies of live oak lined streets. A drive through Mid-City and Esplanade Ridge highlights the different architectural-style housing that has become synonymous with the New Orleans — the much beloved camelbacks, shotgun double and Victorian styles homes along with numerous bungalows.
A Renaissance in Mid-City
A mini renaissance began in Mid-City in 2004 when the City of New Orleans re-established an historic streetcar line that now runs from downtown New Orleans to Mid-City via Canal and Carrollton Streets. An even larger rebirth of Mid-City is underway with a huge expansion of the medical center area. Growing closer and closer to completion, it will feature two new hospitals, the University Hospital and the New Orleans Veterans Affairs Medical Center, along with numerous associated buildings and physicians’ offices. Located on a sprawling swath of lower Mid-City, the Medical Center is already revitalizing the area and promises to bring in many more jobs and people to New Orleans. We are here to help you if you’re relocating to New Orleans to work at the Medical Center! Check out this great video.
The new University Medical Center campus and the Veterans Administration Medical Center construction represents the largest single investment in the region since Hurricane Katrina and according to officials, is now the largest hospital construction project in the world. The new construction is just one of the highlights that are now part of the Greater New Orleans Biosciences Economic Development District, better known as GNOBEDD.
This new development district encompasses some 1,500 acres spanning the Downtown and Mid-City areas of New Orleans. With its focus on the development of a biosciences industry in New Orleans, GNOBEDD will provide world-class biosciences research and development; local, regional, and global healthcare delivery; and stable, high-paying jobs for professionals, managers and workers representing a wide range of skills.
Making Mid-City Home
A leisurely ride on the Canal Street/Mid-City streetcar route will bring you past a plethora of local eateries and watering holes as well as collection of historic landmarks, such as a host of notable cemeteries, the New Orleans Museum of Art, Botanical Gardens, and City Park, which is the nation’s fifth largest urban park with over 1,500 acres, some of which is still pristine original acres of what was called “Big Cypress Swamp” in the early 1800’s. City Park is the jewel of New Orleans.
Inside City Park, you will find more than you can imagine. Adorned by the largest collection of mature live oak trees in the world, you’ll find City Puck miniature golf, equestrian center, ball fields, Tad Gormly Stadium, soccar fields, fishing, Storyland & Carousel Amusement Park, paddle boats, golf course, walking and biking paths, City Bark, the only official, fully-enclosed dog park in the city, and much much more!
Esplanade Ridge Is Just Steps Away
Another celebrated area of interest is Esplanade Ridge , which is easily accessible from parts of Mid-City. One of the most beautiful drives in New Orleans is the main thoroughfare known as Esplanade Avenue, which is a living gallery of 19th and early 20th century residential architecture. A drive on Esplanade Avenue highlights grand homes dating back to the 1850s, including the grand center hall Acadians and a plantation home or two that date back even further when mini-plantations on Esplanade Ridge provided food to the French Quarter residents.
The Fairgrounds are actually located at the back of a wonderful neighborhood called Faubourg St. John. The Fairgrounds are not only the place for horse racing, but its home to the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, one of the largest music festivals in the world, drawing in hundreds of thousands every year.
Bayou St. John is a natural waterway from Lake Pontchartrain that makes it’s way down through City Park into Mid-City to the middle of the lush neutral ground of the Jefferson Davis Parkway. You’ll find many photos on this site of the area. Historically, it was the closest boats could get to the Mississippi River from the Gulf of Mexico. A canal was built from it’s termination point to Basin Street area at the edge of the French Quarter.
Today, you’ll find canoes and kayaks in that same area. Also, a dramatic new project is well underway (2/15) — the Lafitte Greenway Bike and Pedestrian Path.
Lots Of Eating Going On!
There is no lack of cuisine in the Mid-City/Esplanade Ridge area including fine dining and neighborhood hangouts for a casual dining and desserts. Some area favorites are: Angelo
Brocato’s Café Degas , Mandina’s, Parkway Bakery & Tavern , Ralph’s on the Park, Two Sister’s Kitchen, Ye Olde College Inn , Lola’s, just to name a few.
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