Mid-City, so named due to its location midway between the Mississippi River and Lake Pontchartrain, is a large, diverse neighborhood bounded by Orleans Avenue, City Park Avenue, the Pontchartrain Expressway and Broad Street. The principal streets in the neighborhood include Canal Street, Jefferson Davis Parkway, Broad Street, Tulane Avenue and Carrollton Avenue. Key secondary streets are Bienville Street, and Banks Street.
Mid-City has a comfortable balance of various land uses, with a mixture of restaurants, shops, schools, churches, professional offices, and light industrial. In the years between the 2000 census and Hurricane Katrina, Mid-City was experiencing a revival of single family and owner-occupied homes. This was due in part to its easy accessibility and close proximity to key business areas of the city, charming architecture and mature vegetation.
Although not directly within the official boundaries of the neighborhood, Mid-City is also partially defined by large recreation and tourist attractions that surround and enhance the neighborhood:
- City Park & the New Orleans Museum of Art
- The Fairgrounds
- Greenwood, Cypress Grove & Odd Fellows Rest Cemeteries
- Bayou St. John
The restoration of the Canal Streetcar line in 2004, with its signature red cars, further improved the tourism aspects of the neighborhood.
Additionally, Delgado Community College and Xavier University are both adjacent to the neighborhood.
The Mid-City neighborhood is home to one of the largest historic districts of the City, as designated by the National Register of Historic Districts, although the neighborhood does not enjoy the more regulated local historic district status.
Post Katrina Demographics
Mid-City suffered flooding due the levee breaks following Hurricane Katrina. Flooding ranged from inches to up to 8 feet in areas. The neighborhood has undertaken various efforts to ascertain the rate of re-population, and full data can be found at The Data Center’s Mid-City website:
Interesting Facts About Mid-City
New Orleans’ most famous ambassador, Louis Armstrong, was born in Mid-City, near the police station on S. Broad.
Mid-City used to be known as the “Back of Town.”