New Orleans Central Business District

Central business district of New Orleans, Louisiana

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The Central Business District (CBD) is the part of New Orleans similar to what many cities call "Downtown" (though in New Orleans this term is often used to refer to a broad portion of the city down river from Canal Street). Just "up" (meaning up the Mississippi River) from the French Quarter is the CBD. Like many other large American cities, this area has skyscrapers and modern office towers housing cooperate and regional offices; however some interesting 19th-century architecture is also preserved. The area also has hotels, residences, restaurants, museums, and art galleries. Located here are the Morial Convention center, Lee Circle, Champion Square, and the gigantic Mercedes Benz Superdome. The main avenues are Canal Street, Poydras Street, Loyola Ave and St. Charles Ave.

Canal Street

Some locals and guidebooks still refer to the CBD or the older part of it as the American Quarter, as it was the first part of town settled by large numbers of people from other parts of the United States, as opposed to the older French Quarter.

The portion of the "CBD" nearer the river is often called the "Old Warehouse District" or Warehouse District. In the late 20th century many of the 19th-century warehouses were converted into condominiums, art galleries, and restaurants.


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  • New Orleans Central Business District

    New Orleans neighborhood in Louisiana, United States

  • The National WWII Museum

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  • New Orleans Morial Convention Center

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  • Aquarium of the Americas

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  • New Orleans Cotton Exchange

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  • Port of New Orleans
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  • Ogden Museum of Southern Art

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  • Hancock Whitney Center
  • Place St. Charles

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New Orleans Central Business District

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