News & Highlights

GDSD Security Fair – Saturday, May 16


Building A Safer Community 

Garden District Security District

Security Fair

Saturday, May 16 

10 til noon

McGehee School Auditorium

2343 Prytania (enter under the red awning) 

Vendors from the security industry will be on hand to display and discuss cameras, alarms, exterior lighting and other measures we can all take to make the neighborhood safer. Please join us. 

Road Work Delay on Prytania near Milan

Touro – Recovery Roads Construction Status Update – April 20, 2015

The Department of Public Works’ construction contractor, Durr Heavy Construction, LLC, as part of the Recovery Roads – Touro – construction project, continues restoring Hurricane Katrina related sub-surface road, and sidewalk damages from Napoleon Ave. to Toledano St. and St. Charles Ave. to Magazine St. 

Work to install a new waterline on the 4100 block of Prytania St., between Milan St. and Marengo St. has been delayed due to unforeseen underground utility conflicts. The Department of Public Works coordinated with multiple agencies to determined Entergy services lines needed to be relocated before waterline replacement work could resume. Beginning April 27, 2015 and lasting approximately two weeks, Entergy is scheduled to install a new high pressure gas line. Waterline installation work is scheduled to resume the week of May 11, 2015 and is anticipated to last through early June 2015


A majority of sidewalk repairs are completed. The remaining repairs are at locations where root pruning and tree bridging work is required. Work to install Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant curb ramps is 60% complete. This week crews will continue working at locations where demolition work has already occurred.


Road repairs are 55% completed. This week crews continue performing asphalt and concrete roadway repairs throughout the neighborhood.

In general, crews will be working from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Saturday and Sunday work may also be granted throughout the project area if necessary. Residents are reminded to use caution when driving, bicycling and walking near active construction sites.

The full list of repairs planned in the Touro area is available on the City’s Recovery Roads website:

Thank you for your continued patience.

Kristen Sawyer

Community Outreach Specialist

Department of Public Works

New Orleans City Hall

1300 Perdido Street | Rm 6w03 | New Orleans, LA 70112

Phone:   504.658.8483

Mobile: 504.914.8042

Jazz and Juleps Postponed Due to Bad Weather


This Sunday’s (April 19) Garden District Association’s Jazz and Juleps supper on the lawn has been postponed.  The weather forecast projects lots of rain between now and Sunday, with an 80% chance of even more on Sunday.

The new date for the event will be Friday, May 8 from 5:30 till 7:30 p.m, again at the home of Heidi and James Dugan, 2523 Prytania.   If you have already purchased tickets, there is no need for further action.  If you would like to purchase tickets, please visit our website by clicking here, or mailing a check made payable to Garden District Association, to Post Office Box 50836, New Orleans, LA  70150

Ticket prices:  $85 per person for dues paying members;  $95 per person for non-members.


Public Hearing on Zoning Document Scheduled for Friday


Dear Garden District Neighbors:

As noted in our email last week regarding the new zoning code under consideration by the City Council, the public hearing will be held on Friday, April 17 beginning at 9 am  in the City Council Chambers.

We encourage any and all of you to attend and help us promote our amendments to the code that we have put forth to the Council for consideration.    If you wish to speak, you can, but bodies in the audience that can sign in in favor of our positions would be helpful as well.  Please let us know if you can attend.

This is a city wide hearing and open to all.

Our final position papers that were sent to the city regarding these issues can be found on our website under Resources.

Many thanks for your help in maintaining the residential quality and character of our neighborhood.



Downspouts and Shutters/ Recommendations from the Security Experts

Recently, reports of stolen shutters and downspouts brought a response from our security experts at NOPP. Here are some tips to consider: 
Shutters are often secured to the house by the old-style open top hinges which rely on gravity to hold the shutter in place. All one has to do to remove the shutters is lift them off of their hinges. Homeowners like the ease of removal when it comes time to wash or repaint the shutters; so do the crooks.
We recommend against the use of this style hinge for first floor shutters.  We like security designed star-head screws and bolts as well as closed end hinges to keep them secured.
Many homeowners have opted to use powder coated aluminum downspouts for the last 10- 12 feet of the downspout. The powder coating usually comes in both the oxidized brown copper color and the more heavily oxidized green color. Only the crooks will notice the difference!