What's Up Downtown
20 May 2016 Issue


Tuesday, the DDD met with international leaders from 16 countries, including South Africa, India and Lebanon, who all work in the tourism and economic development fields. DDD President & CEO Kurt Weigle along with other members of the staff shared with them the DDD's mission and efforts in increasing economic development and building public-private partnerships to benefit Downtown New Orleans. The meeting was organized by the New Orleans Citizen Diplomacy Council, a nonprofit that partners with the U.S. Department of State to arrange professional and cultural programming for current and emerging international leaders.

From May 23-28, 2016, the fifth annual Birdfoot Festival will fill venues across New Orleans with a week of "fiery, committed, intensely personal" music-making (as quoted by Chris Waddington of the Times-Picayune). An international chamber music festival with a New Orleans flavor, the 2016 Birdfoot Festival will present 11 concerts and events, including. Click here for details.


Deadline June 3

The 5th Annual Downtown NOLA Awards luncheon
which celebrates 5 honorees who have made a positive impact on Downtown New Orleans, is now accepting nominations. The deadline to submit nominations is June 3, 2016. Winners will be announced this summer and celebrated at the awards luncheon to be held Friday, September 16 at the JW Marriott located at 614 Canal Street.

Click here for more information and to submit nominations.


RECon, the annual global conference sponsored by the International Council of Shopping Centers brings thousands of public officials to meet with over 35,000 attendees at the largest retail real estate event in the world to seek out potential private partners and development opportunities for their communities. In an effort to promote additional economic development, enhance the local tax base, and create new jobs, the New Orleans Delegation will travel to Las Vegas next week. ICSC estimates that approximately 50 percent of all industry deals are conceived or consummated at RECon.
This year, DDD Director of Economic Development Leigh Ferguson has been selected as Louisiana P3 Retail Chair. The P3 Retail program, formerly known as the Alliance, has been around since 1997 to bring about a greater understanding of the positive economic impact of the shopping center industry on communities, and to provide a forum to initiate dialogue and develop better working relationships between developers, retailers, brokers, lenders, and local public officials.


The DDD would like to welcome the following new businesses to Downtown New Orleans:

Hour Blast
Located at 821 Baronne St., Hour Blast is a fun, fast-paced, high intensity interval training workout that will have you in the best shape of your life. In an hour long class it combines cardio (on the treadmill) and strength/resistance training exercises (on the floor) to give you the most bang for your buck and a workout that will leave you dripping from head to toe. Enjoy the workout!

The Calling Card Design & Print
Located at 835 Julia St., The Calling Card, LLC is a graphic design studio that specializes in creating branding materials for all types of businesses. From the creation of a unique logo to the design and production of marketing materials, The Calling Card is your one-stop destination where you will get design, production, and printing services under one roof.

Moxy New Orleans
Moxy New Orleans is shaking up the traditional hospitality experience for the city's millennial-minded traveler. A boutique-hotel concept for the fun-hunting traveler, Moxy features stylish design, but at a way more affordable price point. With thoughtful, tech-enabled, rooms, vibrant lobby spaces and approachable service, Moxy aims to surprise travelers with a modern, spirited and fun guest experience.  Moxy New Orleans, located steps away from the French Quarter on O'Keefe Avenue, will offer the style and soul of a boutique hotel in a fresh and innovative way.


Mia Borders will be the featured performer at the May 25 Wednesday at the Square Concert at Lafayette Square. Also performing will be The Breton Sound.

The 12-week concert series will continue each Wednesday through June 1. 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.


The Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans (CAC) presents Adam Pendleton: Becoming Imperceptiblethe largest solo museum presentation of the artist's work in the United States. 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.
LeMieux Galleries Art Listings

Jon Langford
Song Paintings
Now - May 28, 2016
LeMieux Galleries, 332 Julia Street, 504-522-5988



Public safety is the top priority; motorists are encouraged to plan ahead before driving Downtown and to avoid the intersection of Canal St. and Convention Center Blvd. if at all possible.
Until further notice, vehicles traveling on Convention Center Blvd. toward Canal St. must turn left onto Badine St. Vehicles on Badine St. must turn onto Convention Center Blvd. headed Uptown.
Canal Street riverbound has been reduced to one lane. Vehicles must turn right at Convention Center Blvd.
Vehicles traveling to Canal St. from Poydras St. are encouraged to turn left at South Peters St. to reach Canal St. Traffic traveling riverbound on Poydras St. will be restricted to one lane of travel at Convention Center Blvd. The City is doing a drainage point repair in the right lane of Poydras St. at Convention Center Blvd. This work is unrelated to the repairs to the Canal Street tunnel and roadway.

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.

Going on now and lasting through the summer 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 general, 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. Residents are reminded to use caution when driving, bicycling and walking near construction sites.
Work in the Central Business District / French Quarter began in January 2014 and is scheduled to last through summer 2016. The construction contract was awarded to Boh Brothers Construction for $6.8 million.
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.



Downtown in the Palm of Your Hands

Download the free Downtown NOLA Mobile App featuring the Downtown guide, SafeWalk and ways to communicate directly with the DDD about Downtown matters. Download now by clicking on one of the links below to have Downtown NOLA in the palm of your hand.


Downtown organizations may register and add their company and/or event to the site for freeClick here to begin your post. 


Don't miss this opportunity to let us help promote you!


And be sure to follow us on Twitter @DDDNewOrleans & Instagram @DDDNewOrleans and like us on Facebook at Facebook.com/DowntownNola


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


The RTA Board of Commissioners has increased bus service by over 11 percent to support more job access and make weekend and late evening travel more convenient. Click here for the new schedule.
These changes include 5am start times and 24 hour service on many routes used by commuters to access Downtown employment centers, education facilities, and medical care.
These service enhancements are designed to restore weekend service in many areas, improve neighborhood access, provide connectivity to major transit lines, and increase frequency on many lines. Additionally, an express line has been added to the Louis Armstrong International Airport to provide access to jobs at the airport and at the new terminal construction site.