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Lower Garden District

New Orleans

LA

USA

Contributed by 
Marcelle Boudreaux
Project for Public Spaces
 on 
January 10, 2005
December 14, 2017

Neighborhood with an extensive collection of 19th-century residential and commercial buildings, many pre-dating the Civil War.

What makes it Great?

Why it doesn't work?

What makes this neighborhood special are the abundance and the canopy of the trees. 150 year old oak trees form the backbone of the feel of the neighborhood. Lining the streets and yards, these trees define this residential neighborhood.

Access & Linkages

This neighborhood is easily navigable by foot. Not only is it accessible due to transit, including the St Charles streetcar, but it is such a pleasant area as to induce walking. The architecture and the urban form brings one back to different times, which have adjusted nicely to the present day.

Comfort & Image

Because this is a large neighborhood, specific details of the "space" may be elusive and misdirected. The feel of the neighborhood is one of comfort, one of tradition, and of aesthetic beauty. Most of the streets are one-lane residential or two-lane commercial; however, vehicles do not dominate this neighborhood.

Uses & Activities

Although highly residential, the major commercial thoroughfare Magazine Street provides retail and commercial uses. This street, although only two lanes wide, is a citywide shopping destination. A spacious park on Race Street provides some open space for the residents.

Sociability

The element of local pride is high.

How Light?

How Quick?

How Cheap?

History & Background

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*Please note that these Hall of Shame nominations were written in a moment in time (most over a decade ago) and likely have since changed or even been transformed. If the above entry is now great, or still not so great, go ahead and comment below on how it has evolved or nominate it as a great place.

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