Mayor’s Office – Themes – Pedestrianization of the French Quarter

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Reinventing the French Quarter

The COVID-19 pandemic has provided a unique opportunity to explore creative pedestrian-centric approaches that have the potential to attract locals and tourists to support the French Quarter in healthy and vibrant ways.

The City of New Orleans is developing seven concepts to achieve the following goals:

  1. Provide a safe, accessible and comfortable environment for residents and visitors;
  2. Improve the overall quality of life through sustainable pedestrian-centric approaches in the short and long term. ;
  3. Provide creative opportunities that support the entire business ecosystem to reopen, recover and thrive as we move through and beyond COVID19 restrictions; and
  4. Establish an inclusive decision-making framework and processes that ensure pedestrianization efforts support better outcomes for all stakeholders.

Review initial concepts

French Market Square Design Charette

Monday, November 16, 2020

The City organized a virtual design charette regarding the French Market Place concept on November 16 at 6 p.m.

(See the PDF presentation)

(See the recording of the meeting) Password: KpmM2Wsd

Whether or not you were able to attend the charette on November 16, we invite you to send us your comments via the options below:

***Comments and survey responses for this concept were accepted until Tuesday, December 8.***

Slow Neighborhood Design Charette

Monday, March 8, 2021

The City hosted a virtual design charette regarding the Slow Quarter concept on March 8 at 6 p.m.

(See the PDF presentation)

(See the recording of the meeting)

Whether or not you were able to attend the charette on March 8, we invite you to send us your comments via the options below:

***Comments and survey responses for this concept will be accepted until Monday, April 26.***

Short-Term Curbside Restoration Pilot Program

Based on nationwide best practices and the urgency to support businesses while balancing public health imperatives during COVID, the city is developing a short-term curbside dining pilot initiative that will be implemented works on a geographically diverse set of small business corridors in New Orleans communities centered around the following goals:

  • Supporting New Orleans businesses during the COVID pandemic by providing additional space to conduct business safely
  • Provide safe and comfortable social spaces in the public right-of-way
  • Activate the streets of New Orleans and engage in placemaking by allowing unique community-created spaces to expand onto the street
  • Encourage walking, cycling and the use of public transport

During the pilot project, the City will designate five to seven corridors as pilot curbside dining locations. In each corridor, the City will place physical barriers and bag municipal parking meters to create curbside food courts. Restaurants located in the pilot corridors will be permitted to expand into the curbside dining area directly adjacent to their place of business.

Due to the need to monitor program effectiveness, the pilot will be deployed in a limited number of trade corridors under a set of criteria designed to equitably and efficiently support as many businesses as possible during the COVID crisis.

The cost to the City is to pay for the barriers, the labor to place and monitor the barriers and curbside restaurants, and lost revenue from on-street parking meters.

The approximately 30-day pilot project is expected to begin in summer 2020.

Strategy pilot

In addition to the Curbside Dining pilot project, the City will also identify three to five streets that can be completely closed to traffic as a “Streeteries” pilot project. The Streaeries pilot will operate much the same way as the Curbside Dining pilot, following similar criteria, implementation schedule and schedule. The main difference between the two pilots will be that Curbside Dining is limited to parking spaces in a corridor, while Streaeries is eligible to close the entire public right-of-way to vehicle traffic to be used for commercial activities and for clients. at an adequate social distance.

The approximately 30-day pilot project is expected to begin in summer 2020.

Long term proposal for curbside restaurants and parklets

As the curbside dining pilot project progresses, the City is simultaneously developing a permanent Parklet or curbside dining system that any business can apply for.

The Parklet and Curbside Dining program should build on or borrow elements of already existing permits and programs, such as the sidewalk café permit, municipal parking meter permit, and food truck permit structure. The program should not rely on concession agreements.

Engagement Opportunities

The City will ensure that an inclusive and transparent co-design process underpins the pedestrianization work in the French Quarter. Currently, the City is working with an external group of French Quarter leaders on initial concepts. As part of this phase, a survey was conducted to gather data on how people use the French Quarter, key concerns, pedestrianization approaches, etc. The City is currently analyzing the results of the survey; this analysis will be public and widely shared. See summary results here.

The City plans to hold a series of co-design charettes, the first of which was held on November 1. During these charrettes, we will work with stakeholders to ensure that all final designs meet user needs. Information regarding co-design charette dates and times will be posted on this page and at nola.gov/neoevents.

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