Mid-City is a neighborhood in New Orleans, LA. Mid-City is known for its diverse population, and its many beautiful old homes and semi-detached cottages.
Mid-City is a residential area with older, modest homes built mostly in the early to mid-1900s, with newer townhomes and condominiums mixed in. It has a relatively high crime rate but it is becoming safer due to increased police patrols.
Mid-City is home to the New Orleans Country Club, which houses the Golf Club of Louisiana. The neighborhood also holds the historic “Ellis Marsalis Center for Music”.
Mid City has its own historic district located off of South Carrollton Avenue between South Claiborne Avenue and South Broad Street. The neighborhood was divided into North Mid City and South Mid City in the 1920s when Robert E. Lee Boulevard was extended through it, dividing it into two distinct neighborhoods. The area consists of shotgun houses that were constructed in the late 19th century to early 20th century. Many have been abandoned or neglected since Hurricane Katrina struck in 2005.
New Orleans is known for its rich cultural heritage, which is especially evident in the city’s art and music scenes. New Orleans’ culture of music is perhaps best exemplified by the iconic French Quarter, where visitors can take in the sights while listening to street musicians play a variety of tunes from jazz to blues to funk.
First inhabited by Native Americans at least 5,000 years ago, New Orleans was founded as a French colony in 1718. It quickly became one of the wealthiest cities in North America due to its strategic location along the Mississippi River and its access to major ports. The French Quarter is home to many historic buildings, including Jackson Square and Saint Louis Cathedral.
Mid-City is a neighborhood of the city of New Orleans. The Mid-City neighborhood is located at the geographical center of the city, hence its name. It is bounded by City Park Avenue to the north, Florida Boulevard to the south, Leon C. Simon Drive to the east and Canal Street to the west.
The area was developed in the early 20th century as streetcar suburbs on both sides of Canal Street between City Park Avenue and South Claiborne Avenue. It has long been one of the most diverse neighborhoods in New Orleans.
Mid-City was one of the hardest-hit areas during Hurricane Katrina (2005) due to its low elevation and proximity to Orleans Parish’s drainage canals. Most houses in Mid-City were built before World War II and have not had major renovations over time which made them more vulnerable following Katrina’s storm surge.
After Katrina, Mid-City began a period of rapid redevelopment with new housing developments cropping up all over Mid-City including the Uptown area along Florida Boulevard near Lake Pontchartrain. However, development has slowed since 2008 due to the late 2000s recession.