What's Up Downtown
2 September 2016 Issue

The DDD would like to wish all our Downtown NOLA partners a very safe and pleasant Labor Day weekend. In observance of the holiday, the DDD office will be closed on Monday, September 5. We will resume normal office hours on Tuesday, September 6. As always, the DDD Public Safety Team will be on duty from 10am to 8am and may be reached at (504) 415-1730 or rangers@downtownnola.com.


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.

ICYMI: New NOPD patrol vehicle, security cameras add to public safety enhancements in the downtown area

NEW ORLEANS-NOPD Superintendent Michael Harrison and DDD President & CEO Kurt Weigle today (Sept. 1) announced additional public safety investments being made in the downtown New Orleans area as part of an on-going partnership between the City of New Orleans and the Downtown Development District (DDD). Among the new investments is a new NOPD patrol SUV, a new private security force and several public and private high-definition security cameras. Read more...

DDD Public Safety Team may be reached at (504) 415-1730 or rangers@downtownnola.com.


After spending more than two decades on the corner of Magazine and Girod streets, the downtown Crescent City Farmers Market is moving to a new home in Downtown NOLA. Starting Oct. 1, the Saturday morning market will be at the parking lot outside the May Gallery, at 750 Carondelet St., organizers announced Aug. 27.
Real Estate developer The Domain Companies, which is a partner in the lot and adjacent buildings, has donated space to both the gallery and the market.

Standard at South Market

The Domain Companies has secured financing for the $80 million Standard at South Market. The project commenced construction this month and will feature 89 one- to three-bedroom, for-sale condominiums and 24,000sf of retail space. The Standard will join The Paramount, The Park and The Beacon as the fourth addition to the South Market District development. The building's exterior and interiors have been designed by internationally-renowned architect Morris Adjmi, a New Orleans native and founder of New York City-based Morris Adjmi Architects. 


The New Orleans City Council has declared September 7 as Geaux Blue NOLA Day in support of police officers who serve and protect the community. This is a day to express appreciation for law enforcement officers and work collaboratively to improve their practices and increase public safety.
Everyone is asked to participate by going blue! You can dress in blue, light up in blue, blue ribbons, hang blue wreaths...Show Your BLUE!

#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. 

Louisiana Contemporary presented by The Helis Foundation

Now - September 18, 2016

Louisiana Contemporary presented by The Helis Foundation is a statewide, juried exhibition organized by the Ogden Museum of Southern Art. Established in 2012, this annual event promotes contemporary art practices in the state of Louisiana, provides exhibition space for the exposition of living artist's work, and engages a contemporary audience that recognizes the vibrant visual culture of Louisiana and the role of New Orleans as a rising, international art center.

Welcome New DDD Staffer!

Covonna J. Aguillard is a proud native of New Orleans. Joining the team as the Executive Assistant, she provides critical support to all aspects of the CEO's daily duties. Before joining the DDD team, Covonna spent 8 years working in the New Orleans Charter School System, most recently serving as the Executive Assistant to the CEO of InspireNOLA Charter Schools. In addition to being an IAAP® certified professional, Ms. Aguillard studied at Nicholls State University majoring in Sociology.

Sign Up for NOLA Ready For National Preparedness Month 

This September is National Preparedness Month and City officials are urging all New Orleans residents to sign up for the NOLA Ready Emergency Alert System, which provides accurate, immediate emergency notifications from the City of New Orleans to residents' cell, work or home phones via text message, e-mail or voice message. The City also urges any resident who may require special assistance during emergencies to sign up for the City's Special Needs Registry. Residents can get more information and sign up for both at ready.nola.gov


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.


Poydras Street

Residents, businesses and motorists are advised that two lanes will be closed on the river bound side on Poydras Street from LaSalle Street to S. Liberty Street on Saturday, September 3, 2016 from 6 a.m. until 6 a.m. on Sunday, September 4, 2016.

The affected area is listed below:

ON                      FROM                         TO
Poydras Street       LaSalle Street         S. Liberty Street

Your patience is appreciated as the City works to improve the infrastructure.

**Please note that all scheduled work may change due to unforeseen circumstances such as weather delays. A link to our website that includes our latest press releases is attached for your convenience. 

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.