In addition to my discussions of how the wide range of pizza available in Mid-City reflects some of the growing cultural and ideological tensions in New Orleans, I offer up here a quick look into the demographic changes the neighborhood has undergone since Hurricane Katrina.
Mid-City is a rapidly changing neighborhood and while the last ten years have seen a lot of change, demographics are slow to change. The charts below may offer readers a more in-depth look into some of the neighborhood demographic information. All data was taken from The Data Center.
Mid-City experienced substantial population loss due to hurricane Katrina, with some parts of the neighborhood experience peak flood depths of up to 8 feet. Although the distribution of ages and races represented in the neighborhood remained relatively consistent before the storm and after, the neighborhood has yet to recoup it’s pre-Katrina population numbers. This may soon change, according to Preservation Resource Center of New Orleans, Mid-City is one of the fastest-rebuilding neighborhoods since the storm.
We can see from these Pizza-pie charts that the Hispanic population is the fastest growing in Mid-City. This can be seen in the large number of hispanic owned and operated food businesses on Carrolton. Since August of 2013, Mid-City has seen an influx of national chain restaurants on S. Carrolton. In addition to these chain business the neighborhood boast an attractive location for locally owned businesses as well. This rapid growth of food oriented businesses to the neighborhood stands as proof to the testament that Mid-City plays a major role in supporting New Orleans’ food culture!
posted by Arianna King