What's Up Downtown
15 July 2016 Issue

As an addition to its enhanced public safety services, the DDD has dedicated $10,000 to the New Orleans Police & Justice Foundation's SafeCam Adopt-A-Block program for the purchase and installation of security cameras throughout the Downtown Development District. The DDD is working with the NOPD 8th District to determine the optimal locations within its boundaries for the cameras. The first installation is in the 100 block of Royal Street. Click here for more details.


The DDD is proud to once again be a sponsor for BarCampNola. The "unconference" is returning for its 9th annual and will offer presentations and events that are planned by attendees. It will take place July 16-17 at the Boggs Center for Energy and Biotechnology at Tulane University.
While it initially started off with more of a tech focus, the event has grown and welcomes anyone who wants to discuss their favorite topics. The ad-hoc gathering brings together talented people in one location to exchange ideas, build connections and launch shared projects or initiatives.
Click here for the schedule.


The Millennials honors dynamic young professionals who contribute to the community through public service, make significant strides in business sectors, or serve as cultural ambassadors. This year's event will take place on July 16 at People's Health Jazz Market.


Join ladies from all over for a weekend of fun and empowerment in Downtown New Orleans. FestiGals is a nonprofit organization dedicated to connecting, educating and inspiring women through seminars and events that empower, showcase the culture of New Orleans, and raise awareness and resources for targeted women's causes.

The DDD is a proud sponsor.

Whitney White Linen Night 2016

Whitney White Linen Night  2016 will launch the Contemporary Arts Center's milestone 40th Anniversary Season. This annual event is a fundraiser for the CAC and will be held Saturday, August 6 on Julia Street in Downtown New Orleans from 5:30pm to 11pm. Click here for all the fun and activities.

The DDD is a proud sponsor.


CAC, on behalf of installation artist Chung-Fan Chang, is seeking volunteers--both amateurs and professionals--to assist with the construction of CAC's Land, a unique large-scale, site-specific wall drawing, to be featured at the CAC during the upcoming exhibition, "A Building with a View": Experiments in Anarchitecture, opening August 6 for Whitney White Linen Night. 

Ideal candidates will be available to volunteer for regular shifts between July 15-29 (weekdays and weekends) from approximately 10am-12pm and/or 3-5pm. Email visualarts@cacno.org if interested.


The RTA will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, July 19 at 6pm to discuss the proposed changes for bus and streetcar service. The riding public is encouraged to attend and provide comments on the service proposal. The hearing will be held at RTA located at 2817 Canal Street in the boardroom. Click here for details on the proposals. 


Movies have returned to the Orpheum Theater. The meticulously restored, century-old performing arts palace in New Orleans' CBD is hosting a new summer screening series of contemporary and classic cinema. Co-presented by the Tipitina's Foundation, the series will see films screen every Monday and Tuesday through summer 2016. Admission to all Monday screenings is free, with tickets being distributed on a first-come, first-served basis at the Orpheum box office, which will open one hour before each show. Proceeds from concessions sales during the free screenings will go to the Tipitina's Foundation. Click here for schedule.


Pizza + beer = perfect weekend combo. Visit Blaze Pizza this summer on Saturdays and Sundays for a beer and a pizza special. 

 Art Downtown

Jonathan Ferrera Gallery
First Saturday Gallery Openings 
6pm - 9pm

Curated by Matthew Weldon Showman
Now - July 30

400 Julia Street
Click here for a listing of exhibits


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 expected to be complete sometime this summer. 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 in 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.