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Central City residents celebrate neighborhood's revitalization

New Orleans -- It used to be a prime shopping area in Central City, but it fell on hard times.

Now, the people who live there are calling it a renaissance on Oretha Castle Haley. A lot of people are already finding jobs.

After Katrina, Charles Felton thought about moving.

"It was a tough decision because I grew up here and to think you had to leave where you lived your whole life. There's no place like home," says Felton.

Now, he's a laborer at the new NORA building on O.C. Haley. He is one of dozens of local workers drawing a paycheck on a project that will house retail, office space, and residential apartments for the elderly.

"It allows me to be with my family. If my wife is happy, I'm happy," Felton said.

The NORA building is just one of several new projects taking place on Haley.

"People are taking advantage of the proximity to downtown; the great transportation and just to revitalize a traditional walkable commercial corridor," says Council member Stacy Head.

The old Myrtle Banks school will be developed for residential living. Café Reconcile is about to double in size, and a southern food and beverage museum is being planned for the old Gator's Outlet Store.

This renaissance means lot of things to lots of people. Not only are there new retail opportunities, but there are lots of places for people to live as well.

The district council member says there's over $20 million in new investment in the Haley corridor with more on the way.

And for workers like Charles Felton, it means being able to stay at home in the city he loves.

To learn more about residential and business opportunities in Central City, you can go to a home tour this Saturday at Zeitgeist, in the 1600 block of Oretha Castle Haley from 10am to 3pm.

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