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New Aurora/ English Turn Neighborhood Snapshot

Census 2000 Data Tables: People & Household CharacteristicsHousing & Housing Costs, Income & Poverty, Transportation, Employment, Educational Attainment, Immigration & Language, Disabilities, Neighborhood Characteristics

The Intracoastal Waterway that runs into the Mississippi River divides the general area of River Park/Cutoff/Lower Coast. The neighborhoods are composed of mainly low- to middle-income families, with the exception of English Turn. Most residents own their own homes. There are a high percentage of Asian residents (13%), second only to Village de l'Est. The majority of residents in this neighborhood are African American (Census 2000).

As is the case with all of Algiers, various owners held the land and used it for plantations in the 1800s. This area, however, did not see substantial development until after the construction of the Mississippi River Bridge in the late 1950s. Even now, especially in the southeastern tip of the neighborhood, vast amounts of protected land still exists.

Western side

The neighborhoods display concentrated development on the western side of the Intracoastal Waterway. Residential houses, schools, a community center and a senior center create a cityscape not unlike sections of the Tall Timbers/Brechtel neighborhood.

Permission for use has been requested. Image from Lacda


  Quilting at the Center  

Neighborhood centers

The Lower Coast Algiers Community Center is a multipurpose facility used by residents in the community. Next door is the Lower Algier's Senior Center. Seniors participate in a number of activities, such as health & fitness programs, arts & crafts, quilting classes, personal development and specialty programs. The senior center is administered by LACDA, a nonprofit organization of professional staff and volunteers "whose priorities are determined by the community it serves for the benefit of senior adults in Algiers. Our purpose is to coordinate and deliver a broad range of client centered services which enable this growing and diverse population to live as healthy, active, and productive citizens."

East/West bank connection

Algier's first ferry was established in 1827. It paddled from Patterson Street to Jackson Square. The second ferry, added in 1834, docked at de la Ronde Street and connected to St. Louis Street on the East bank. The third ferry began running in 1858 from Verret Street to Esplanade Avenue and later became the ferry that transported railroad cars across the river. Over time the three ferries shifted landings and added more routes as the ferry business prospered. However, when the Greater New Orleans Bridge (Mississippi River Bridge) opened in 1958, the boats became impractical. Today, there are two ferries running. The Canal Street Ferry, one of the original three, and the Chalmette Ferry, connecting the Lower Coast of Algiers.

Eastern side

The eastern side of the Intracoastal Waterway has some developed communities, but is mostly rural. It also contains the Wilderness park and some civil war ruins.

Assortment of unique sites

The Meadowcrest Park/Athletic Club, a Buddhist Temple, English Turn, remnants of Stanton Plantation and a sewage treatment plant create a unique mixture of compatible yet quite different entities within the district.


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  Chua Bo De Temple

The Buddhist Temple attests to the significant number of Asian residents.

Stanton Plantation was producing millions of pounds of sugar as late as 1906.

English Turn is a gated neighborhood for high-income residents where the lifestyle is secluded and private. It is noted for its Jack Nicklaus designed golf course where the New Orleans PGA Tour Stop makes its home.

English Turn's web site

The Algiers Community for All People's Rights have teamed with the Louisiana Bucket Brigade to give residents training to help in environmental monitoring efforts.

Photo by Hank Hammatt © Wildlife Conservation Society

  "Jazz, an African wildcat kitten, is the result of the first successful interspecies transfer of a frozen embryo. Mother Cayenne is a domestic tabby cat." [From the Staying Alive article by Barry Estabrook published in the June 2002 issue of WILDLIFE CONSERVATION] Permission for use has been requested.

Audubon Institute's Endangered Species Complex

The Audubon Center for Research of Endangered Species and Freeport-McMoRan Audubon Species Survival Center are involved in conservation, research and animal breeding. This laboratory and exotic animal veterinary complex sits on 1,123 acres in a secluded Mississippi River woodland at the southeastern tip of the New Aurora/English Turn neighborhood. This woodland acts as a habitat and breeding accommodation for a collection of rare and endangered species from all over the world.

Their mission is "to safeguard wildlife for future generations through innovative scientific programs that accelerate reproduction and preserve the earth's genetic heritage." One of these programs is the “frozen zoo,” where genetic materials from exotic animals are banked for later use.

Audubon Center for Research of Endangered Species

For more information:

1999 Land Use Plan New Orleans City Planning Commission

Nutrias, New Orleans Public Library

Census 2000 Data Tables: People & Household CharacteristicsHousing & Housing Costs, Income & Poverty, Transportation, Employment, Educational Attainment, Immigration & Language, Disabilities, Neighborhood Characteristics

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