Uptown is an area of New Orleans upriver of the French Quarter and Central Business District, though its exact boundaries are are subject to varying definitions.
The broadest description of Uptown would includes all the neighborhoods upriver of U.S. 90, from the Lower Garden District to Hollygrove. The strictest definition is provided by the New Orleans Planning Commission, which places "Uptown" between Napoleon and Jefferson avenues, from Magazine to LaSalle Street, though few residents would have any practical use for this designation. Most residents' concept of Uptown likely lies between these ideas, including or excluding various neighborhoods based on their own experience and beliefs.
To tourists, St. Charles Avenue's famous mansions and streetcar line form one of the most significant landmarks in Uptown New Orleans. Magazine Street forms an eclectic shopping alternative to downtown, and locals also frequent business corridors along Oak Street and the rapidly growing Freret Street.
Audubon Park and the Audubon Zoo are both Uptown. Tulane University and Loyola University New Orleans are in the Audubon neighborhood, while Xavier University is in Gert Town. Some of the city's most famous restaurants are also Uptown, including Commander's Palace in the Garden District and the original Camellia Grill in Carrollton. Children's Hospital is at the end of the mostly-industrial Tchoupitoulas Street that runs along the Mississippi River.
Elementary and high-school education
Uptown New Orleans is home to a number of traditional and charter public schools, though public education in the city is not geographically based. Among the best-known public schools based in Uptown are Lusher Charter School, Audubon Charter School and the International School of Louisiana. High-profile private schools include the Isidore Newman School and De La Salle High School.
Interim District B City Councilwoman Diana Bajoie represents the neighborhoods from the Lower Garden District to Freret and the centermost areas of Uptown, while Audubon, Carrollton and Hollygrove are represented by District A City Councilwoman Susan Guidry. The dividing line of Jefferson Avenue was preserved during the 2011 City Council redistricting process.
Likewise, much of central Uptown is included in District 5 on the Orleans Parish School Board, represented by attorney Seth Bloom. The Audubon and Carrollton areas are in District 6, represented by Woody Koppel. The dividing line ran roughly along State, Nashville and Jefferson avenues, but is being reconsidered amid the 2011 School Board redistricting.
The New Orleans Police Department divides Uptown between the Second District (most of Uptown upriver Louisiana Avenue) and the Sixth District (Garden District, Irish Channel and Central City neighborhoods downriver of Louisiana Avenue). The city also divides the area between Planning District 2 (downriver from Napoleon) and Planning District 3 (upriver from Napoleon).
After state legislative redistricting, Uptown is primarily represented by two districts in the state House of Representatives. House District 98 (between Uptown and Audubon), served by Neil C. Abramson (D), starts at the Jefferson Parish line and includes Carrollton, Audubon, and many central Uptown neighborhoods. District 91, represented by Walt Leger (D), runs in a band around District 98, from Hollygrove through Gert Town, down into Milan, Central City and the Irish Channel. A portion of the Garden District is included in House District 93, represented by Helena Moreno.
In the state Senate, the majority of Uptown is contained in Senate District 5, a seat held by state Sen. Karen Carter Peterson (D). A portion of Audubon and the Black Pearl are included in the tail end of Senate District 9, represented by state Sen. Conrad Appel (R-Metairie).
Almost all of Uptown is represented by U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-La. 02) in the U.S. House of Representatives, though Audubon and parts of Carrollton are represented by U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La 01). Louisiana’s two U.S. senators are Democrat Mary Landrieu of New Orleans and Republican David Vitter of Metairie.
The Bouligny Improvement Association covers the southeast quadrant of the official Uptown neighborhood.
The Baronne Street Neighborhood Association primarily oversees the Twinbrook Security District.
The Audubon-Riverside Neighborhood Association covers the area south of Magazine Street between Jefferson Avenue and Audubon Park.
The Magazine Street Merchants Association serves the businesses of one of the Uptown’s main thoroughfares.
The Upper Rickerville Neighborhood Association covers about a dozen blocks between the Freret and university areas.
The Hurstville Security and Neighborhood Improvement District and Upper Hurstville Security District provide for patrols just downriver from Audubon Park and the universities.
The Audubon Area Security District and Zoning Association and the Upper Audubon Association cover opposite sides of Audubon Park.