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Where to Go: Oretha Castle Haley 

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Once a thriving shopping district, Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard has gone through changes and redevelopment and now is home to the Ashe Cultural Arts Center, Southern Food & Beverage Museum and New Orleans Jazz Market. Cafe Reconcile serves classic New Orleans dishes while providing restaurant industry training to at-risk youth. Dryades Public Market strives to bring a range of fresh produce and prepared foods to an underserved neighborhood. The street's new eclectic mix of businesses includes a boxing gym, alternative movie house, the Ashe Power House Theater a block away, restaurants and more.

Who you'll see:
Foodie and cultural explorers at the museums, nonprofit and artsy types, Central City neighbors.

Where to eat:
The restaurant incubator Roux Carre has a small, eclectic collection of food vendors and courtyard seating.

Where to drink:
Mexican restaurant Casa Borrega has a bar, funky folk art decor, live Latin music and a large back patio.

Where to go at night:
Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center is a no-frills movie house with a free-expression mission and all types of foreign, independent and alternative films.

You oughta know
In 1989, the city renamed this eight-block stretch of Dryades Street for civil rights activist Oretha Castle Haley.


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