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The City of New Orleans

Mayor Mitchell J. Landrieu

Neutral Grounds

We do language differently in New Orleans, and "neutral ground" is one of many such examples. Neutral ground refers to what other cities call the median, and it plays a prominent role in the history, culture, and life of New Orleans. Millions of residents and visitors use the neutral ground every year to watch parades, board streetcars, and more.  Today the Department of Parks and Parkways maintains and protects green spaces of neutral grounds across New Orleans.


Can I park on the neutral ground?

No. Parking on the neutral ground is prohibited by City Ordinance Section 154-1031, "Illegal parking upon neutral ground, public playground or pedestrian mall."

Can I put temporary signs, such as yard sales or promotions, on the neutral ground?
Can I put my debris on the neutral ground?
How do I report something illegal dumped on a neutral ground?
How can my organization, neighborhood, church, or synagogue adopt a neutral ground?
How can my neighborhood organization obtain permission to place neighborhood signs on the neutral ground?
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Last updated: 3/6/2017 4:00:56 PM

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