What's Up Downtown
18 March 2016 Issue

The DDD would like to once again congratulate Culturalyst as the winner of the 4th Annual Downtown NOLA Arts-Based Business Pitch, which was featured as part of this year's Creative Industries Summit presented by the DDD, Creative Alliance of New Orleans and the Louisiana Cultural Economy Foundation during New Orleans Entrepreneur Week. Click here for video highlights of the event.

"Once again we had another great contest with an incredibly gifted pool of finalists," said President & CEO Kurt Weigle. "I would like to commend all the participants and wish all of them much success as they continue to grow and develop their businesses."
The DDD, along with other Downtown partners, awarded a prize package of seed capital and pro bono legal, accounting, PR, and real estate services valued at over $40,000, to the winner.

Sponsors included Corporate Realty; Jones Walker; Postlethwaite & Netterville; Hedge Media, Beta and Wisznia.


Good luck to Culturalyst, selected as one of the 10 Big Idea finalists making their pitch this evening. The Big Idea is part of New Orleans Entrepreneur Week and is a unique New Orleans-style pitch extravaganza, featuring 10 of New Orleans' most promising startup ventures and a local, celebrity judging panel.

Be sure to come out and support Friday from 6pm to 8:30pm on Fulton Street in Downtown New Orleans


Preservation Resource Center's 39th Annual Julia Jump presented by First NBC Bank will be held tonight at the Cannery located at 3803 Toulouse St., from 7pm to 11pm. The festive event raises funds to support PRC's mission to preserve, restore, and revitalize New Orleans' historic architecture and neighborhoods.


The Shops at Canal Place
Enjoy a day of Spring fun and savings Saturday at The Shops at Canal Place. Live music from Noon until 6pm. Wine and Beer Bars from 1pm to 4pm.


Anders Osborne will be the featured performer at the March 23 Wednesday at the Square Concert at Lafayette Square. Also performing will be Colin Lake.

The 12-week concert series will continue each Wednesday through May 18. The Young Leadership Council presents the weekly event that features live music, food and beverages and arts and crafts. The DDD is a major sponsor. For a complete list of performers and to volunteer, CLICK HERE.


AIA New Orleans is pleased to announce the upcoming 2016 Design Awards gala dinner on Thursday, March 31 at the WWII Museum's U.S Freedom Pavilion - The Boeing Center.
This year, AIA New Orleans joins with The New Orleans Architecture Foundation to host the awards dinner.  Each year the awards program accomplishes three simple, yet invaluable, goals: celebrate the best of this region's architecture; recognize achievement in a broad range of architectural work; and inform the public of the breadth and value of architectural practice.
The evening begins with a Cocktail Reception at the AIA Center of Design, 1000 St. Charles Avenue (at Lee Circle). Guests will then walk over to the U. S. Freedom Pavilion. Dinner will be catered by the world-famous Chef John Besh.

Opening Party Friday | April 1, 8-10pm
Featuring Edna Karr High School drumline, a performance of Steve Reich's Clapping Music by David Reinfurt and Dan Fox, and DJ RQ Away
The Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans (CAC) is pleased to announce Adam Pendleton: Becoming Imperceptible, the largest solo museum presentation of the artist's work in the United States, will open at the CAC April 1, 2016. Including film, wall paintings, ceramics, silkscreens (on mylar, plexiglass, steel, and canvas), the exhibition frames the artist's oeuvre as a complex dialogue between culture and system, a body of work invested in the cross-referencing of aesthetic and social histories.

March 18 - 20
The Passion - Friday & Sunday
Sunday, FOX television network will broadcast a live musical production titled "The Passion." The broadcast will begin with a procession through Downtown New Orleans and the French Quarter from 7:20 p.m. until 8:40 p.m. and end with a live stage show at Woldenberg Park.
In addition, there will be two rehearsals on Friday, from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. and Sunday, from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m.
The procession - begins on Perdido Street at Duncan Plaza, continue toward Loyola Avenue turning left, continue on Elk Place, turn right on Canal Street, turn left on Burgundy Street, turn right on Conti Street, turn left on Royal Street, turn right on St. Ann Street, turn right on Chartres Street, turn left on St. Peter Street, turn right on Decatur Street, continue on N. Peters Street, turn left on Bienville Street and continue toward Woldenberg Park where the procession will end.
Only rolling street closures are expected. They should last approximately 15 minutes, as closed streets will reopen as soon as the procession has passed. 

2016 St. Joseph's Day Parade - Saturday
Starting at 6 p.m., the St. Joseph's Day Parade will begin at Canal and Chartres Streets. Proceeding down Chartres, the parade will turn left onto St. Peter Street, left onto Royal Street, right onto Bienville Street, then right onto Bourbon Street. The parade marchers will stop at St. Louis Street for a toast and will watch while the floats pass in review. The floats will turn right onto Toulouse Street, turn right onto Decatur Street, turn left onto Canal Street, turn right onto Convention Center Boulevard and left onto Poydras Street. The floats will continue on Poydras Street toward the Mississippi River where the float portion will end. The marchers will follow the floats on Toulouse Street to Royal Street and turn right. The marchers will continue on Royal Street to Canal Street where the marchers will disperse.
Picayune Pl.
Picayune Pl., between Natchez and Gravier streets closed to vehicular traffic with no on-street parking, during work hours while crews perform exploratory excavation work. Due to underground utility conflicts, the Sewerage and Water Board must redesign placement of the new waterline prior to installation. Once exploratory excavation work is completed, the street will be temporarily asphalted and open to vehicular traffic until waterline replacement work begins.
Waterline replacement work is scheduled to begin in March 2016 and last approximately three months. During this time Picayune Pl., between Natchez and Gravier streets, will be closed to vehicular traffic with no on-street parking, during work hours.
Gravier St.
Beginning Monday, February 22, 2016 and lasting approximately three months, Gravier St. between Baronne and O'Keefe streets will be closed to vehicular traffic with no on-street parking, during work hours. The scope of work includes excavating a portion of the roadway, replacing damaged or leaking water lines, placing fill material beneath the roadway, and paving the damaged portion of the roadway.
In both projects, construction crews will be working from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Work on the weekends is not anticipated; however, inclement weather may alter the project schedule.
For more information about these projects, or to sign up for regular e-mail status updates on the FEMA-funded Waterline Replacement Program, contact Kristen Sawyer at kksawyer@nola.gov or 504-658-8483.


View Areas Impacted by Construction


City of New Orleans Department of Public Works has traffic coordination maps for the major portions of the City that are currently being impacted by construction including Downtown New Orleans. Visit www.nola.gov/dpw/traffic-coordination to view them. The maps are updated every 2 weeks.



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Register Your Security Camera with NOPD to Help Fight Crime


If you own a security camera in New Orleans, you can now register it with NOPD to help detectives solve crimes in your neighborhood and provide strong evidence to put offenders away. 


The New Orleans Police and Justice Foundation, in partnership with the NOPD, launched a new online service called Safecam NOLA.  The program allows residents and business owners to register their security cameras with New Orleans Police. The SafecamNOLA project is an expansion of "Safecam8," which was an on-line program that Downtown residents and business owners in the Eighth Police District have been using for years to register their cameras with Eighth District police.  The 1,302 8th District cameras that are in that system are now included in the citywide SafecamNOLA system.  


Please visit www.SafecamNOLA.com to enroll today.


Glass Recycling Included 

Citizens in Downtown New Orleans can call 311 to request delivery of the blue recycling bins if their property is eligible for collection by the City.
Residents and small businesses can recycle paper, small metals, cardboard and plastics (#1-#7) on Tuesday of each week. Glass will be collected on Thursday.
Collection of recyclable materials operated by Empire Services. For more information visit www.nola.gov