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Stay Off My Neutral Ground

by The 100 Companies
Historic Canal Street

In New Orleans, we love our quirks. From our streets that follow the curve of the river to our food, New Orleans is one of a kind. Perhaps my favorite is our use of the term “neutral ground.”

Originally, only the median dividing Canal Street was dubbed a “neutral ground” because it safely separated the original French Quarter residents from the American newcomers. At one point, a line of tall trees on the neutral ground ensured eye contact wouldn’t be made.

Since then, the trees have come down but the term has remained; a little neutral ground never hurt anyone.

Scott Hutcheson, Senior Advisor to the Mayor on the Cultural Economy

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