Compiled by Carrollton Residents for the Preservation Resource Center’s Sellabration 2009
1. Small town atmosphere (it developed as a middle class New Orleans suburb)
2. Historical character (it was founded in 1833)
3. Great variety of architectural styles and housing types
4. Great choice in homes by size and price
5. Real sense of community among neighbors
6. Very energized neighborhood associations
7. Streetcars on Carrollton Avenue and the Streetcar Barn
8. Oak Street! Oak Street! Oak Street!
9. Maple Street and Riverbend
11. Kid friendly commercial zones and kid-friendly dining choices
12. The oak trees on Carrollton Avenue
13. Many fabulous restaurants within walking distance of most of us
14. Ethnic dining choices including Spanish, French, Middle Eastern, Thai, Japanese, Italian, Chinese, Central American and Vietnamese
15. Fine dining including Brigtsen’s, Mat n’ Naddie’s, Dante’s Kitchen and Boucherie
16. Easy access to a wide variety of stores and services including hardware, shoes, pharmacies, groceries, a general store, a bakery, dry cleaning, a tailor, barber shops, bridal shops, fitness centers, beauty salons, jewelry, books, a vet, yoga, framing, art galleries, consignment, bicycles, interior design, antiques and architectural services.
17. No Katrina flooding across much of the area
18. Palmer Park
19. The monthly Palmer Park Art Market
20. Easy access to the levee for recreation, bicycling, running, horse stables and so on
21. Sounds of the streetcar and the river
22. Large variety of churches
23. Proximity to Audubon Park and the Zoo
24. Proximity to Tulane, Loyola and Xavier universities
25. Easy access to services such as a post office, Library branch (Nix), fire station, public transportation
26. Festivities, including the Po’Boy Festival, the Krewe of Oak Parade and the Original Pigeon Town Steppers Easter Second Line Parade
27. Jogging down the streetcar track to Audubon Park
28. The wide variety of residents, including families, couples, singles, students, old-timers, new comers, working class, professionals, artists, musicians, commuters, work-at-homes, many races and ethnic groups
29. Farmers’ Markets, including the Hollygrove and the Crescent City Farmers’ Market
30. Music clubs, including the Maple Leaf, Carrollton Station and Rock-n-Bowl
31. Close proximity to major medical centers: Ochsner on Jefferson Highway, Ochsner on Napoleon (formerly Memorial Med center), Tunane medical center at Broadway and Leake and Children’s Hospital.
32. Fast access to I-10, Earhart Expressway, Elmwood Shopping Center.
33. Easy access to the airport, without using I-10
34. Lusher School district and proximity to other good schools including Audubon, Kipp Believe College Prep, Stuart Hall, Lusher Middle and High schools and Newman
35. Camellia Grill
36. Robert’s Supermarket – finally!