“The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.”
Mid-City is named for its location midway between the Mississippi River and Lake Pontchartrain. The area was originally swampland and remained largely undeveloped until 1913, when a young engineer developed a screw pump that allowed better drainage. A new streetcar line in 2004 introduced many tourists to this neighborhood, with its local-favorite restaurants, coffeehouses and vibrant bar scene. Damaged heavily by Hurricane Katrina, the area has rebounded admirably, with a new Mid-City Market retail and restaurant complex in development. The area is home to Delgado Community College, City Park and the New Orleans Museum of Art. Since 1933, Mid-City has had its own Mardi Gras marching club, the Krewe of Mid-City.