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25th April 2016

By Charmaine Jackson
Contributing Writer


The grand opening of the Dryades Community Public Market marks yet another wave of revitalization for Central City's Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard.

Formerly named Jack and Jake's Public Market, under the leadership of CEO John Burns, the market debuted to the public with its new name, new leader, CEO Daniel Esses, along with Mayor Mitch Landrieu, members of the New Orleans City Council, and key leaders and contributors to the market project, during the pasta ribbon-cutting ceremony on April 14.

Central City is far from the pandemonium of Bourbon Street. An area sandwiched between the French Quarter and the Uptown residential neighborhood, its main thoroughfare, Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard, was a thriving shopping and cultural district in the late 19th century and a hub of civil rights activism in the 1960s. But the area eventually became rundown. Now, thanks largely to investments from the New Orleans Redevelopment Authority and resolute entrepreneurs, Central City is re-emerging as a cultural and commercial destination.



Hungry for more


April 13, 2016; 2:35 p.m.


A hot food bar with homemade smothered cabbage and catfish, a meat department with house-made duck rillettes, a seafood case, a raw bar, and a pasta bar featuring handmade spaghetti.

Those are all options shoppers will find at Dryades Public Market, a Central City food emporium that’s bringing a different approach to fresh foods to a part of town that has long been under-served by traditional grocery stores.

The market, located in an historic school at 1307 O.C. Haley Blvd., has technically been open since last year, and it got off to a modest start. Formerly known as Jack & Jake’s Public Market, the development was revamped when well-known local chef Daniel Esses took the helm, creating a new blueprint for a long-awaited food hub in a neighborhood undergoing significant change.


Dryades Market Ribbon Cutting


Market offers fresh food, grocery staples, prepared foods and beverages


NEW ORLEANS – Today, Mayor Mitch Landrieu joined City officials, The Food Trust, Hope Enterprise Corporation (HOPE) and community members to celebrate the grand opening of the new Dryades Public Market at 1307 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd. in Central City. The 32,300 square-foot Dryades Public Market is located in the former Myrtle Banks Elementary School building, which has been completely restored. The project was a recipient of the City’s Fresh Food Retailer Initiative (FFRI), a program designed to increase access to fresh foods in traditionally underserved neighborhoods. The grocery store and prepared foods market anchors a major revitalization project on Central City’s main corridor and brings 45 jobs to the neighborhood.


WASHINGTON, D.C. – The American Planning Association (APA) announced today that Resilient New Orleans—the planning strategy by the city of New Orleans to make the city more resilient, sustainable and prepared to meet challenges and adapt to change—has received the 2016 National Planning Excellence Award for a Best Practice.

APA's Best Practice award is given each year to a tool, project, or program exhibiting state-of-the-art planning methods and practices that help create communities of lasting value. Recipients of the Best Practice award demonstrate results and the importance of innovative planning in building and strengthening communities.

Having faced a variety of challenges and disasters in recent years—including hurricanes, an oil spill, and shifting geographic terrain, along with the struggles of chronic income inequality and financial recession—New Orleans created a comprehensive plan that focused instead on resilience, not rebuilding. The plan would strengthen the city to better manage risk and prepare for future challenges.



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