The Oak and Carrollton Area
Oak street is in the middle of the Carrollton neighborhood of uptown New Orleans. It is the part of uptown New Orleans furthest up river from the French Quarter. It was formerly a separate town incorporated in 1833, and was annexed by New Orleans in 1874, but has long retained some elements of distinct identity. Historically the boundaries of the city of Carrollton were the Mississippi River, the downriver border of Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, Fig Street, and Lowerline Street. As Lowerline is a small street, some people think of the neighborhood of Carrollton as extending two blocks further to the larger throughofare of Broadway.
The main street is broad Carrollton Avenue, lined with live oaks, with the St. Charles Avenue Streetcar running on the “neutral ground” or central median. The streetcar barn is a block off the avenue in Carrollton. The old Neoclassical Carrollton city hall building is on Carrollton Avenue near the Mississippi.
Tulane University and Loyola University New Orleans are just a few blocks below Carrollton, and many students, professors, and University workers live in the area and patronize the businesses there.
In addition to Carrollton Avenue and Saint Charles Avenue, the neighborhood still retains two “neighborhood main streets” of mixed residential and commercial use. Lower Carrollton centers on Maple Street, with many restaurants, coffee houses, bars, and upscale shops. Upper Carrollton has Oak Street, formerly hosting somewhat larger businesses (such as Woolworths); current businesses there range from restaurants and a hardware store to the best known of the neighborhoods live music venues, the Maple Leaf Bar.
At the inland boundary of Carrollton on Claiborne Avenue is Palmer Park, which has a monument to the Carrolltonians who died in World War I.
The Oak Street Merchants, Residents and property Owners Group
The Oak Street Merchants, Residents and Property Owners Group’s mission it is to improve, preserve and protect Oak Street and the surrounding neighborhood as a way of maintaining its historic and cultural contribution to the community.
Our vision is a viable urban commercial district that:
- functions as a distinct destination
- appeals to a wide variety of market segments and demographics
- fosters successful independently-owned businesses that provide excellent customer service, product choices, and uniqueness, in well-designed and attractive stores, with high-quality marketing and image development values and is a great place to live, work, shop and invest.
As merchants and residents of the Oak Street community, we work together to improve its appearance and safety, to preserve our historic integrity and local culture, and to attract, support, and promote diverse, sustainable businesses.