Milneburg is a neighborhood of the city of New Orleans. A subdistrict of the Gentilly District Area, its boundaries as defined by the City Planning Commission are: Leon C. Simon Drive to the north, People's Avenue to the east, Filmore Avenue to the south and Elysian Fields Avenue to the west. It takes its name from Milneburg, a historic town and neigborhood formerly located a short distance north of the modern neighborhood.
The area around these sites is still sometimes referred to as Milneburg, but the term is more usually heard in reference to the historic place.
The neighborhood now designated as "Milneburg" by the New Orleans Planning Commission is actually to the south and inland of the historic Milneburg. The actual boundaries are still somewhat uncertain, with some groups saying Milneburg is located in the area bordered by the streets of St. Roch, Elysian Fields, Filmore and Mexico, while others groups state the area is much larger, going from Leon C. Simon to Filmore, and Elysian Fields to Franklin.
The types of homes in the area vary a small bit, but most can be classified as single-family dwellings. There were only a few shotgun doubles, a very popular style of housing in the city of New Orleans. The architectural styles of the homes would come under Louisiana Vernacular and Louisiana Vistorian. These terms designate the style that a home has. Vernacular homes usually have deep one and two story porches, high ceilings with columns, French doors with full-length windows and large shutters. Homes of this type are said to have either a Creole or Acadian influenced design. Victorian homes have a simple and elegant design about them, consisting of arches, large porches, and quite a bit of decorative millwork.
A notable place in the local area is the Avery Alexander Elementary School. As of now, it is still in the process of being cleaned. According to some residents, they are unsure as to what will become of the school. One resident said that he was told it was going to be torn down, stating in some disgust, "If there are no schools, the people are not going to come back."
The neighborhood organization that works in the area is the Milneburg Civic Association. At this moment, they are focused on cleaning up the area and getting their homes and their lives up and running again. Their desire is to have a neighborhood with most homes being single-family residences. They are becoming very involved, advertising beautification days and the like. On the commercial side, they were very adamant about zoning out types of businesses that are not friendly to residential areas, such as bars. They want more family friendly businesses in the area like coffee shops, laundry cleaners and small restaurants.
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