Welcome to the City of New Orleans. Below is just a sample of what this historical city has to offer to its citizens and visitors.
The French Quarter or Vieux Carre was the site of original city of New Orleans. It is now known for its role as the city's entertainment district and for many historical structures within its boundaries. Its boundaries are Canal Street, Rampart Street, Esplanade Avenue and the Mississippi River. Because of its rich history beginning with the origin of New Orleans to its place in jazz music history, the entire French Quarter has been declared a historic landmark. Of all New Orleans landmarks, this is the area that draws more tourists than any other and is one of the most popular landmarks in the country.
This is also the home of the Thieves Guild, an illustrious group of top-tier thieves under the leadership of Charles Thibedeaux and his wife Rhona.
Included in the French Quarter are the following locations of interest:
- Bourbon Street - Home to a variety of restaurants, strip clubs, music halls, hotels, gift shops and other tourist attractions, Bourbon Street is a veritable hotspot of nightlife and one of the most well-known locations in the city.
- Jackson Square - A gathering place of New Orleans, this square includes two museums and the St. Louis Cathedral - the oldest continuously operating cathedral within the USA.
- Cafe du Monde - Straight up the street from Jackson Square, this famous landmark is known for the delicious pastry known as the beignet. Located on Decatur Street near the French Market in the French Quarter, Café du Monde has been a New Orleans institution since 1862.
Once considered as one of the widest streets in the United States, Canal Street runs through downtown New Orleans separating the French Quarter from the other portions of the central business district. The street is a popular route for the city's Mardi Gras parades. With multiple lanes in the middle for streetcars and buses, it was once the main shopping corridor in New Orleans. Today, the street still is a popular with pedestrians patronizing the businesses, hotels, and casinos flanking the venerable street.
Garden District & Uptown
Known for the stately mansions and historic homes within the district, the Garden District and Uptown neighborhoods in New Orleans represents the wealth and importance of the original residents of the district. Consisting of neighborhoods mainly along St. Charles Avenue, these neighborhoods contain a large collection of southern mansions that date back to the early 1800's. The campuses of Tulane and Loyola universities are found in the Garden District and Uptown sections of New Orleans.
Arts District (Warehouse District)
This historic neighborhood - filled with amazing art galleries, fine restaurants, and world-class museums, has gone from bustling, to abandoned, and back to becoming the center of attention once again.
The Warehouse District, known today as the New Orleans Arts District, was originally established as an industrial area in the 19th century to store grain, coffee, and produce shipped through the Port of New Orleans. As commerce, trade, and industry practices evolved over time, the area's prosperity faded, and the once busy streets became eerily quiet.
The transformation from an urban wasteland to what many have called “the SoHo of the South” began in 1976 with the opening of the Contemporary Arts Center. The 10,000-square-foot complex is still entertaining and enlightening visitors today with cutting edge-artwork and an eclectic array of music, theatre, and dance performances.
For shopping, dining or just casual strolling, no place in New Orleans outside the French Quarter beats Magazine Street. A six-mile-long stretch of this Garden District and Uptown thoroughfare features some of the best antique stores, art galleries, craft shops and classy boutiques to be found anywhere in the city.
For many generations, Magazine Street has been a mecca for bohemians and the well-heeled alike. Specialty and chain coffee shops offer Internet hookups for laptops and outdoor tables for those who prefer a more amiable atmosphere for casual and business conversations. Restaurants featuring a wide variety of cuisines are open long hours along this stretch, as are a number of nightclubs offering a wide variety of live musical genres.
Magazine Street is easily accessible by car or public transportation from the French Quarter or Downtown New Orleans.
- No large-scale destruction of the city by any means. No natural disasters. No take-overs. Large-scale destruction (maximum size would be a city block, give or take) by any means.
- Anything larger than the aforementioned requires permission.
- This is a free-roaming location, the above is pretty much the only restriction. Obviously all the regular RPG rules apply.
- Have fun!