New Orleans Hoods Map
A map that shows the real streets of the New Orleans hoods and urban communities within the areas of Uptown, Downtown, NO East, and the West Bank areas. It should be noted that there never has been a New Orleans gangs problem as most people are affiliated to their section, meaning only claiming to certain New Orleans hoods than a gang like the Bloods or the Crips.
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New Orleans Hoods: Downtown
New Orleans’ Downtown section was once the home of the old St. Bernard, Iberville, Lafitte, Desire, and Florida housing projects. Today, the area mostly consists of residential homes within the neighborhoods of 6th Ward, 7th Ward, 8th Ward, and the 9th Ward, divided between Lower 9 and the Upper 9.
Originally most of the New Orleans hoods, especially the housing projects, were segregated with them being strictly constructed for either white families or black families. The all-white housing projects eventually became predominantly black as white flight left many neighborhoods vacant.
Before white flight, the black community was only in a few areas like the Upper 9th Ward, Treme, and few other sections of Downtown. Treme was once a very successful and thriving black community with entertainment and black owned businesses that lasted until the 1960s after the construction of Interstate 10 destroyed most of the community, leaving only the Lafitte housing projects.
Within the housing projects, following the movement of white flight out of the projects, many of the complexes would begin to decline and become plagued with problems, which would eventually lead to the beginning of the demolishing of numerous housing projects in the New Orleans ghetto.
New Orleans Hoods: Uptown
Maybe New Orleans’ most famous and most known neighborhood, the 3rd Ward was one of the first areas of the Uptown section, a hood that was the former home of hip-hop artists like Master P, Soulja Slim, Juvenile, and many more.
At one point the 3rd Ward was home to the majority of the city’s housing projects. The 3rd Ward once consisted of the Calliope (BW Cooper), Melpomeme (Guste Homes), and the Magnolia (CJ Peete). All originally built between the 1940s and the 1960s, but all have also been recently demolished and rebuilt.
While most of the projects in Uptown were located in the 3rd Ward, the 10th Ward once consisted of the old St. Thomas development. Demolished during the mid-1990s, this housing complex was once segregated with only white families once being allowed, but by the late 1960s many left the area as the 10th Ward became part of the city’s black community.
Outside of the housing projects, Uptown consists of New Orleans hoods like the 13th Ward around Valence Street, the 17th Ward broken down into areas like Pigeon Town, Hollygrove, and Gert Town, and sitting between Magazine Street and Tchoupitoulas Street the 11th Ward and the 12th Ward, while the 12th Ward expands to Claiborne Avenue with General Taylor and Amelia Street once being the main blocks.
New Orleans Hoods: NO East
New Orleans East was one of the last sections of New Orleans to be built as white flight from the older neighborhoods of New Orleans’ Uptown and Downtown led people to move into the newer homes and apartment complexes of the East.
New Orleans East was once a mostly middle-class white community until African-Americans gained most of the power in the local government, during the late 1970s, which helped families leave the city and relocate into other parishes (counties), making New Orleans East to become predominantly black by the 1990s.^
Today, New Orleans East is one of the city’s most active neighborhoods as the community of apartment complexes and working class subdivisions might be viewed different from Uptown and Downtown, but there are many similarities.
New Orleans Hoods: West Bank
Like New Orleans East, the West Bank and Jefferson Parrish became a community during the middle part of the 1900s, as people were leaving the urban neighborhoods of the city of New Orleans.
But as people again relocated the community of Jefferson Parrish started to change when many black families moved into the West Bank neighborhoods, outside of the already small black communities that had already been around for generations, like Algeris.
After Hurricane Katrina, and continuing with gentrification in the city of New Orleans, the black population of the West Bank surged and became even larger as many were displaced from the East Bank, or Orleans Parrish.
While the 15th Ward and the Fischer Projects and Christopher Homes held the reputation for the West Bank, other areas that have also been reputable included Kennedy Heights, Terrytown, Bridge City/Westwego, sections of Marrero and Harvey, as well Gretna’s Jones Town, Out In The Green, and McDonoghville.