What's Up Downtown
19 August 2016 Issue

Mayor Mitch Landrieu reactivated the NOLA Pay It Forward Fund in partnership with the Greater New Orleans Foundation for New Orleanians to contribute to early recovery efforts following major flooding that started last week in most of northern Louisiana and parts of southern Louisiana.


Aug. 18 - 20
Thursday kicked off The Farm to Table Experience at the Morial Convention CenterF2Te explores the cultivation, distribution, and consumption of food and drink sourced locally through experiential learning. It is designed to celebrate where our food and beverages originate from through tastings, interactive gardening and cooking demonstrations, hands-on workshops, educational sessions, social events, and more. While New Orleans is already known as a premier food destination nation-wide, this event will help promote the city as a critical center for agricultural and food chain solutions.
F2Te is open to the public and will feature presentations at every level of interest, from hobbyists to professionals! Attendees include chefs, consumers, mixologists, policymakers, urban farmers, grocers, academia and nutritionists.


University Medical Center New Orleans President & CEO Bill Masterton will serve as the keynote speaker at this year's Downtown NOLA Awards. Check out this year's five honorees to be celebrated at the luncheon on Friday, September 16 at the Astor Crowne Plaza located in Downtown New Orleans at 614 Canal Street. The luncheon will be hosted by Camille Whitworth and will be held from Noon to 1:30 pm, with networking and cocktails before from 11:00 am to 11:45 am. Click here to view the honorees and to buy tickets.

#DowntownNOLA Instagram Contest

Tag your favorite Downtown spot on Instagram with #DowntownNOLA. The top 12 photos will be featured in an exclusive exhibit! Contest ends Friday, September 9. 

Intellectual Property Lunch & Learn

LookFar, one of this year's Downtown NOLA Awards Honorees will host a free Lunch and Learn session. Attorneys from Carver Darden will be discussing intellectual property law as it related to copyrights, trademarks, and patents for startups and young businesses. They will be talking extensively about patent law as it relates to software and web-based products.

Tuesday, August 23rd 
LookFar Startup Hub - 935 Gravier, Suite 1702


Currently, a survey is being conducted on behalf of the DDD, City of New Orleans, Regional Planning Commission, Port of New Orleans and RTA. It is designed to measure the potential support for a transportation demand management program that would encourage use of alternative commuter modes (transit, carpooling, etc.). 

A transportation demand management (TDM) program has the potential to reduce congestion, improve air quality and reduce vehicle emissions. This will help in determining TDM programs and potential benefits to New Orleans. Please ask your staff to complete the survey. Simply follow this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NODTA-TDM


New Orleans Museum Month is a collaboration between museums of all sizes across the greater New Orleans area. It offers museum members the opportunity to use their membership to allow two people admission to all other participating institutions, FREE OF CHARGE, throughout the month of August. Click here for more information.


August 1-31, 2016

During the month of August, experience cuisine that delights your palate and is an integral part of the history and culture of New Orleans. This annual culinary tradition features specially priced prix-fixe lunch and dinner menus. Click here for #DowntownNOLA restaurants. ENJOY!!


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

LeMieux Galleries
Amy Guidry
"In Our Veins"
Lee Deigaard
"Near and Far"

Now - September 24, 2016
332 Julia St.
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.

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.