Our Mission

St. Claude Main Street is a nonprofit organization, run by an all-volunteer board of community members, whose mission is to promote and support an economically thriving and culturally rich crossroads of historic communities.

We work within the larger St. Claude Cultural District, including the neighborhoods of St. Roch, Bunny Friend, Bywater, and the Faubourg Marigny, with specific focus on the development of St. Claude Avenue from Elysian Fields to Poland Ave.

President’s Message: Creating the Conditions for Equitable, Sustainable and Prosperous Community Development

Hello, friends and neighbors. The development of St. Claude Avenue continues to provide both challenges and inspiring opportunities for our diverse and historic community. As a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization, St. Claude Main Street (St. Claude Main Street) is dedicated to supporting community and economic development along our designated portion of the corridor.

We believe that the best way to ensure equitable, sustainable and prosperous development is by engaging our community and empowering stakeholders to participate in revitalization efforts. We have a lot of work to do, but we cannot think of a better community work in and with. We look forward to seeing you on St. Claude Avenue soon.

Jonathan Rhodes
St. Claude Main Street, President

History

St. Claude Main Street was founded in 2007 by a coalition of community members committed to the economic revitalization of this diverse and historic corridor. As a nonprofit organization, St. Claude Main Street is part of the statewide network of Main Street organizations, including the Oretha Castle Haley, North Rampart and Broad Street Main Streets in New Orleans.

The catalyst for St. Claude Main Street began in 2006 when Greta Gladney, members of the Faubourg Marigny Improvement Association and a group of local stakeholders began meeting with community members to discuss plans for the revitalization of the corridor. At the White Boot Brigade event on July 8, 2006 at Holy Angels residents from the city at large expressed their support of a St. Claude Avenue Main Street District and the revitalization of St. Roch Market. The following week, team members participated in a public space exercise walking the proposed District to identify strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats. At subsequent public meetings, stakeholders worked to ‘vision’ a new St. Claude Avenue. The public meeting attendees included residents, business owners, community service program providers, and neighborhood association members. The attendees were in agreement that a revitalized St. Claude Avenue would provide residents with convenient access to a variety of fresh food options, financial services and healthcare, entertainment and leisure time activities.

Based on the proposed goals of revitalization and cultural development, St. Claude Main Street has been at work for the community. Our all-volunteer Board of Directors includes residents and business owners from the corridor and the diverse neighborhoods that surround St. Claude Avenue, each bringing unique expertise and passion for community development. Over the years, St. Claude Main Street has carried out a variety of programs in partnership with the community, including:

  • The St. Roch Arts Market on the boulevard
  • Façade Improvement Grants to help local businesses revitalize their presence on the street
  • Community Survey in partnership with the St. Roch Project to identify goals for St. Roch Market
  • Night Markets along the corridor to celebrate our cultural community and support artists and small business development
  • New Orleans Open Studios to promote the work and ideas of local artists
  • Business Development Workshops for arts organizations and small businesses
  • Corners Store Improvements in collaboration with community partners
  • Continued Vision Planning with neighborhood organizations

Our Board and our organization looks forward to the next five years of service, and to a vibrant corridor for our entire community.

Original Main Street program application

Board & Staff

Jonathan M. Rhodes, President
Tom Schwab, Vice President
Kate Benson, Treasurer
Jo Ann Minor
Ariana Tipper, Secretary
Jon Atkinson, Past-President
Alan Williams
Jule Lang
Maurice Slaughter
Gee Lauder
Cristina Ungureanu
Michael Martin, Director

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