The Central Business District (CBD), was originally
settled in the 18th century as a residential area. During the late 19th and beginning of the 20th century, the CBD was constantly developing through rapid changes. By the middle of the 20th century, a majority of businesses were located in the CBD. The
famous Canal Street developed into the booming retail destination that is it today and construction of major city streets and skyscrapers were completed bringing people from all over into this new bustling area of New Orleans.
The Warehouse District, also known as the Arts District, was established in the 19th
as an industrial area. It was mainly used to store grain, coffee and produce that was shipped to the Port of New Orleans. As the area grew into a huge hub for trade and industry practices, its wealth faded over time and it became a forgotten area.
The transformation from this once forgotten area into the booming area it is today began in 1976. The opening of the Contemporary Arts Center
(CAC) in 1976 began the makeover, bringing people back to the area with unique artwork and a variety of music, theatre and dance. With the opening of the CAC, many people saw all the potential the area
had to offer. The 1984 World’s Fair also brought more attention into the redevelopment and more investments to the area.
Today the CBD is more than just the center of local businesses. Among the skyscrapers that create the famous New Orleans skyline lies the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Also in the CBD is the famous Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
and Harrah's Casino and Hotel
. It is also a popular spot for shopping,
bars and restaurants, art galleries, and restored historic buildings that have turned into a prime area for people to live.
The historic Warehouse District is fully restored and is known for its amazing art galleries, fine restaurants, and top-notch museums. It has regained its popularity among locals and is the center of attention for many tourists.
The area is home to more than 25 galleries, mostly located on Julia Street. It is also home to one of New Orleans’ most popular museums, The National World War II Museum
, which has brought in more than 2 million visitors. Other museums that are located in the area focus on the history and culture of New Orleans; such as the Confederate Memorial Hall Museum
and The Louisiana Children’s Museum
. The Warehouse District is a prime location with a variety of restaurants and different music venues that attract large crowds every night. There is a little something that caters to everyone in this popular area of the city.
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