Harmony Neighborhood Development focuses on the revitalization of Central City New Orleans. By eliminating blight, constructing high-quality homes, providing homeownership services, and developing small-scale commercial areas, Harmony partners with residents in the development of a vibrant Central City. The La Salle Corridor is a key site of community empowerment, economic inclusion, and collaboration.
Edward Woods has had a barbershop on La Salle Street since 1971.
There have been several ribbon-cutting ceremonies lately on Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard, and more are on the way. The community-based revitalization plan for the commercial corridor, driven by non-profits, is now looking to private business to keep it moving.
The 10 blocks between Jackson Avenue and Calliope Street are crammed with construction crews. Workers are fixing building facades. A jazz center spearheaded by trumpeter Irvin Mayfield is taking shape. So is a grocery store.
Architect Jonathan Tate says the new SOFAB building took on a number of identities over the years. It was originally the Dryades Market. During WWII it was a motor pool for the military; it was a jeweler and the Ocean Seafood Market.
“What we did here in terms of the design is peel all of that away, so what you see here is what the market might’ve looked like in the 1930s,” said Tate.
Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard in Central City has recently seen a lot of redevelopment. This Monday, the new location of the Southern Food and Beverage Museum opens its doors. Other large-scale projects are underway, too, and developers expect them to bring new life to the area.
But O.C. Haley has seen a slower resurgence than some other nearby commercial districts. Why has it been so hard to bring business back to this boulevard?
Carol Bebelle says she started coming to Oretha Castle Haley Blvd. when she was a little girl.
WWNO's Listening Post project asks questions about local news in New Orleans and the Gulf Coast and reports back on the community's response. This week the Listening Post team asks: do dollar stores reflect the economy where they are built, or do they drive the economic identity of the area?
If you add up the Dollar Generals, Family Dollars, Dollar Trees, and throw in ten or so Save-a-Lots, you’re pretty close to 100 or more dollar-type stores in the New Orleans area.
Seven new businesses open today in downtown Shreveport as part of the second Pop UP Project, organized by Shreveport’s Downtown Development Authority to spark interest in downtown retail development. The emerging businesses receive free rent for two weeks as way for them to try out their venture in a brick and mortar storefront.
New Orleans updating zoning ordinance to include water management.
A group of New Orleans based developers, city planners, landscape architects and community members gathered at the Propeller business incubator offices last night to discuss potential changes in city standards for water management.