The Central Business District (CBD) is a neighborhood near New Orleans, LA. It is the traditional center of New Orleans’ downtown area and home to numerous corporate offices, law firms, financial institutions, insurance companies, museums, and other establishments. The term Central Business District is used in New Orleans to refer to a smaller district within the official boundaries of the Downtown Development District designated by the City Council (in an ordinance of December 8, 2001). It generally corresponds to the area within the parishes of Orleans and Jefferson that was incorporated into the City of New Orleans.

The CBD includes most of what was formerly part of the Vieux Carré or French Quarter. This area was separated from the newer parts of downtown by Canal Street. Parts of the old French Quarter include: Jackson Square, St. Louis Cathedral (the oldest cathedral in continual use in America), Gallier Hall, and parts of Bourbon Street. The CBD is commonly defined as being everything within these boundaries: Canal Street, Esplanade Avenue, Rampart Street, and North Rampart Street.

The Central Business District (French: District Central) is a neighborhood of the city of New Orleans, Louisiana in the United States. The term CBD is used to distinguish it from the “Uptown” section of the city, or the “Northshore” suburbs on the other side of Lake Pontchartrain.

The Central Business District is located at 29°55′32″N 90°04′12″W (29.90728, -90.06738). According to the United States Census Bureau, this district has a total area of 4.6 square miles (12 km²), making it the smallest of the seventeen districts in the area (the French Quarter is smaller but has a higher population density). It is also one of the most densely populated districts in the city, with over 19,000 residents per square mile (7,500/km²). The CBD is commonly known as “Downtown,” and its boundaries are loosely defined by Canal Street on the north, St. Charles Avenue and Philippe Street on the east, Jefferson Davis Parkway on the south, and Toledano Street on the west. The Central Business District (CBD), also known as New Orleans Central Business District, is the main commercial and business center of New Orleans, LA. The CBD is home to the French Quarter, other local and regional attractions, and many notable tourist destinations and businesses such as Harrah’s New Orleans Casino. The older portion of the CBD, known as the French Quarter, has narrow streets with building façades dating from the 18th century to the early 20th century. Many sidewalks in the quarter have awnings with shade from the hot summer sun (much like 19th-century Paris).


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