What's Up Downtown
17 February 2017 Issue

DDD Operations Hours
In celebration of Mardi Gras, the DDD office will be closed on Tuesday, February 28. We will resume normal office hours on Wednesday, March 1.
Public Safety Team:
DDD Public Safety Rangers
Thursday February 23 - Monday, February 27 10a-6p
Mardi Gras Day - Closed
(Rangers may be reached at (504) 415-1730 or rangers@downtownnola.com)
Sunday thru Saturday, 24 hours per day
DDD Private Security (Pinnacle)
Sunday thru Saturday, 4p-8a 
(Security may be reached at (504) 415-1730)
Be sure to check out the DDD website for a listing of Downtown restaurants, bars and other great entertainment.  
DDD Clean Team Ready for BIG Mardi Gras Season w/ NBA All-Star Weekend

As thousands head to Downtown NOLA to enjoy a BIG Mardi Gras season which includes NBA All-Star Weekend, the DDD is once again partnering with the City of New Orleans to ensure that locals and visitors to Downtown NOLA enjoy a clean and safe Carnival. The DDD Clean Team will provide:
  • Manual cleanup of sidewalks, curb line, and side streets along parade route in cooperation with the Dept. of Sanitation.
  • Complete litter sweep of the entire DDD on a twice daily basis. 
  • Overnight pressure washing unit addressing litter cans, heavy pedestrian areas, and hot spots.
  •  DDD will have an additional crew for the NBA All-Star events monitoring the pedestrian corridors around the Smoothie King Center.  
  • Additional contract labor of 15-30 to support cleaning operations.

City Information for 2017 Mardi Gras & NBA All Star Game   

The City of New Orleans has provided information on preparations, parking instructions, traffic restrictions and safety regulations in advance of NBA All Star Weekend and the 2017 Mardi Gras season. Parades are scheduled to begin today.  The NBA All Star Game activities also begin today.
To keep the residents and visitors fully informed this Mardi Gras season, the City will provide live updates to the public about weather, traffic and general parade safety. Parade goers are encouraged to text MARDIGRAS17 to 888777 from a mobile device to receive alerts.
Mardi Gras Information and Updates are also available on the City's website. Click here for the details. The City compiled information regarding safety regulations, enforcement policies, permitting information and helpful suggestions, including interactive parade maps, in one location so that residents and visitors can be better prepared before heading out to the parades.
City Unveils New Transportation Option with Bike Share Preview 

This week, the City of New Orleans, in conjunction with Social Bicycles Inc. (SoBi), announced the City's pilot bike share program which will occur from now until February 23.
During the preview, residents and visitors can sign-up and use one of the 35 bicycles to ride between seven temporary stations setup in Iberville, Downtown and the French Quarter. Two additional existing bicycle racks will be available to end a ride or find a bike.
Visit www.nola.gov for more information.

M·A·C , the world's leading professional makeup authority has opened on historic Canal Street. Joining its neighbor, upscale denim retailer True Religion which opened its first store in Louisiana last summer, the stores are located at the corner of Canal and Bourbon Streets in the Astor Crowne Plaza.
"The arrival of MAC Cosmetics is the latest sign of Canal Street's tremendous progress, made possible by close collaboration between property owners and brokers - Starwood Capital and Terremark Partners in the case of MAC -- and the Downtown Development District and other partners," said DDD President & CE Kurt Weigle. "We have a team that knows the potential of Downtown New Orleans retail, has bought into a common vision, and works tirelessly to achieve it.  The same goes for our residential, hospitality, and business development strategies. With all four running in high gear, Downtown is being transformed before our eyes."

LifeCity Lunch & Learn Seminar
February 23 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

LifeCity New Orleans Presents: Pollution Prevention for your business: Learn how you can save money and eliminate waste in our community.  Educational seminar featuring special Guest Speaker Thomas Vinson, with the Zero Waste Network. The event will held at 1515 Poydras Street, 5th floor Auditorium.
Through a successful partnership between Capital One Bank, the Louisiana Cultural Economy Foundation, the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities and the DDD for the Culture-Up incubator in New Orleans, six local businesses are kicking off 2017 in a big way.
Culture-Up was created as an innovation incubator that encourages people in the creative industries to develop their businesses and business ideas. As a result of going through the boot camp and working alongside mentors, current members have received the skills needed to launch, maintain and grow their businesses. 
Click here
for more information and to apply.

Volunteer At The Square

Every season, hundreds of volunteers help make   YLC Wednesday at the Square a reality and keep it FREE for all to attend! 
Click here to learn about exciting volunteer opportunities for individuals and organizations. WATS begins March 1.
DDD is a proud sponsor of WATS.
Deadline for applications is March 2
Small business owners from the New Orleans area can begin applying for the next cohort of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program to begin in May at Delgado Community College.
The training program helps entrepreneurs develop skills to grow their businesses, learn how to find funding and get networking opportunities. It offers one-on-one business coaching, legal and financial clinics, workshops and experts.
Visit www.10KSBapply.com for more information.  


With Mardi Gras right around the corner, Hair Loft Studio Studio would like to accommodate those who wish to have their hair and makeup done. Specializing in up-do's and makeup, whether you want a messy and effortless style or something smooth and sleek, Hair Loft is available to help. Click here for more information.

 Art Downtown
Now - March 10

The CAC is inviting contemporary visual artists to submit to the 2017 Open Call for Submissions. Artists who live, show work, or have held an artist residency (during the 2016 calendar year) in New Orleans or the surrounding region (within 200 miles of New Orleans city limits) are eligible to apply. Click here for details.
900 Camp St
Click here for listing of exhibits

LeMieux Galleries
Debra Howell
Now - February 24
332 Julia St.
Click here for listing of exhibits

Jonathan Ferrara Gallery
"Color Correction"
Now - March 25
"Watercolor + Collage"
Now - March 25
400A Julia St.
Click here for listing of exhibits 

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.



Volunteer and Donation Information

Residents looking to support ongoing relief & recovery efforts are encouraged to contact the below organizations:

  • The Food Pantry of New Orleans is accepting donations of non-perishable food items from the general public (Drop-off at 13040 I-10 Service Road, New Orleans, LA 70128).
  • Second Harvest Food Bank is accepting donations of non-perishable food, toiletries and cleaning supplies (drop-off at 700 Edwards Ave., New Orleans, LA 70123). 
  • Household of Faith is the drop-off and distribution station for clothing, toiletries and nonperishable items. For additional information, please call 504.347.0127.
  • Evacuteer scheduling meal delivery for the residents at the shelter. All restaurants and businesses interested in supporting, please email Kali Rapp Roy, Evacuteer Executive Director, at kali@evacuteer.org
  • Broadmoor Improvement Association is collecting needed items in Broadmoor and transporting the supplies to VAYLA's headquarters, 13235 Chef Menteur Hwy (504-253-6000) for distribution.
  • City Church of New Orleans, located at 13123 I-10 Service Road (just off the Bullard exit) is serving as a local distribution center for needy families.
  • The Louisiana SPCA is collecting unopened dry cat and dog food and large air crates. Donations can be dropped off at the LA-SPCA (1700 Mardi Gras Blvd., 504-368-5191), Canine Connection (4920 Tchoupitoulas St., 504-218-4098), Camp Bow Wow (3301 Conti St., 504-309-9939), No Fleas Market (4228 Magazine St., 504-900-1446), and Demo Diva Demolition (6246 Memphis St., 504-486-4121).
Downtown in the Palm of Your Hands

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.


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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.