The Lakeview neighborhood in New Orleans sits on the shore of Lake Pontchartrain. Covering 630 square miles, Lake Pontchartrain is one of the largest lakes in the United States. The lake serves as the northern border of Orleans Parish, and also gives rise to the name Lakeview.
Though there’s no true view of the lake from the neighborhood, it still sits near the northernmost part of New Orleans, Louisiana. Robert E. Lee Blvd, the northern edge of the area, also serves as the border between City Park. The park is the sixth-largest urban park in the United States. The park boasts the world’s largest collection of live oaks, as well as two golf courses, mini-golf, the Museum of Art, botanical gardens and much more. Everything in the park is just a walk or a streetcar ride away.
Due to its proximity to such a massive body of water, the Lakeview neighborhood suffered greatly due to Hurricane Katrina flooding. Even now, you can walk into coffee shops or clothing stores in the vibrant district and find flood lines painted on the walls. Though the area will always remember the devastation, it has bounced back considerably. Most of the damage has been repaired or renovated. The area today feels like the upscale urban area it was meant to be.
Most of the shopping in the area takes place around the Harrison Avenue hub. Access to stores is simple with on and off-street parking readily available. In this area, you can find upscale fine-dining restaurants as well as gourmet coffee shops or more affordable options such as po-boys and coffee with chicory. The location is full of boutique clothing and home goods options that fit every need and budget.
Just a few blocks away, on Canal Blvd., you can find hardware and paint stores, bars, music venues, and a park. Though Hurricane Katrina significantly damaged the building, the local branch of the New Orleans Public Library reopened in a renovated facility in March 2012.
With as much as Lakeview has to offer, one of its key features is its proximity. Interstate exits throughout the neighborhood can take you anywhere in New Orleans or nearby Metairie. If you want to avoid the interstate, you can easily drive on one of the major streets such as Canal Blvd., Orleans Ave., or Florida Ave. Truth be told, the Big Easy isn’t all that big, and getting around is easy by way of one of the major roads through Lakeview.