News & Highlights

Road Work to Begin in Dec/ Meeting on Thursday


The Department of Public Works’ contractor, Durr Heavy Construction, will soon begin construction of the FEMA-funded Recovery Roads – Touro project. The Recovery Roads program is a multi-million dollar, multi-year comprehensive infrastructure improvement program to repair Hurricane Katrina related sub-surface and road damages. DPW is hosting a pre-construction community meeting for this project to discuss construction sequencing and anticipated construction impacts.

The project boundaries are Napoleon Ave. St. Charles Ave. Toledano and Magazine Streets.   While most of this work occurs in the Touro neighborhood, several blocks in the Garden District are affected as well.

Please click on the links below for more information: copy of the notice that was mailed to all affected property owners within the boundaries, a fact sheet on the project and a map of the work area.

The community meeting details are:

When: Thursday, November 20, 2014 at 6:00 p.m.

Where: Touro Infirmary (Foucher Room),

              1401 Foucher Street, New Orleans, LA 70115

Please share this information with your neighbor.

Touro Streets project map

Streets POST CARD Rescheduled Touro community mtg FACTSHEET Touro Recovery

Roads Fact Sheet 2014-11.3.14

Garden District Security District – Extra Lights Needed


As part of our regular duties, the GDSD patrol provides a periodic report of all light outages in the area.  The GDSD office then sends it to the city to put in line for repair.   All in all, most of the outages have been repaired under the Public Works Department contracts or are on the list to be repaired or have a more complex problem than can be repaired at this time. Months ago, the GDSD embarked on a survey of the neighborhood to determine the darkest blocks due to the omission of lights, rather than light outages.

 This is where you and your neighbors can help by adding lights to the exterior of your house or by adding a streetlight on your block for very little cost. Attached is a list of locations where an existing pole can handle an additional light. Entergy has a program which allows anyone to order a light to be installed for free, and a nominal monthly fee ($15 – $40)  It is a quick process. The light can be installed within a few days and billed through your current Entergy bill.  If the light breaks, Entergy will fix it at no charge to you as the light belongs to them, not the city.

We ask that you review the list attached and discuss it with your neighbors.  If you would like to light up your block to benefit your family and your neighbors, please call Entergy at 1-866-603-0192 to get started.  Or visit their website,

And please let us know when the light is installed so we can monitor the changes on the list.  We appreciate your assistance in making our neighborhood a safe place to live.

Click here to see the list of dark locations. Dark Locations in the Garden District

Landscape Options for Louisiana Avenue SELA Project Shared


Last night several residents from the Garden District and the uptown neighborhoods surrounding the SELA drainage projects on Jefferson, Napoleon and Louisiana and Claiborne avenues showed up for a reveal of the proposed landscape plans for each area.   Three designs were offered in each area and participants were asked to comment on their preferences. In some cases bike paths and walking paths were included.

Though the Louisiana Avenue portion of the project is just beginning this week, the other phases have been well underway.  Parts of the project are scheduled for completion in the coming months, while others like portions of the Louisiana phase won’t be completed until 2018.  The Uptown Messenger was on hand and offers a more details and few photos. Click here to read their story.

It’s Official! Our new National Landmark is Announced

It’s official:   The St. Charles Avenue Streetcar system has received National Landmark status.   The announcement came yesterday in Washington D.C  from the US Secretary of the Interior and the National Park Service to publish the final list of 9 new national landmark designations.

Led by the St. Charles Avenue Association and supported by the Garden District Association, many local individuals worked diligently over the past 10 years toward gaining this status for the St. Charles line, the oldest operating streetcar system in the country.  Congratulations and thanks to all involved!

See the attached press release for more information News Release NHL Designations 9.30.14  or the story in the Advocate .

Garden District Membership


If you have not yet paid your 2014 Dues, it is not too late to do so. Please join us!


If you have not paid your dues yet and would like to pay online, please click here and then click RENEW in the green box at the top on the right hand side.   If you would like to pay by check, please send to Garden District Association, PO Box 50836, New Orleans, LA  70150.

If you would like to join the Association please click here.

Membership Categories:

Sponsor members:  $500 – large buildings and large single family homes;

Sustaining Members: $250 – doubles and smaller single family homes;

General Members:  $100 Condos, apartments and small businesses.

All dues are deductible to the full extent of the law.

Many thanks!