Vieux Carre Property Owners, Residents, and Associates
VCPORA is a non-profit, member-supported organization whose mission for over seventy-five years has been to preserve the Vieux Carré (French Quarter) as a national treasure, to maintain its quaint and distinctive character and to achieve in that historic, living neighborhood a quality of life which can be enjoyed by residents, fellow citizens, businesses, and visitors.
Some of the issues we work on:
• Air rights
• Short-term rentals
• Changes to the Zoning Ordinance and Master Plan
• Quality of life issues
• Traffic, parking, and transportation issues
Our advocacy on these and countless other matters is based on relentless diligence that often goes unnoticed. Every day, VCPORA monitors the 4,000 buildings in the Vieux Carré for renovation, demolition by neglect, rezoning, change of use or other alterations. Every month, we attend meetings of the City Council, NOPD, Vieux Carré Commission, Board of Zoning Adjustments, City Planning Commission, Historic District Landmarks Commission, Alcoholic Beverage Control Board, and French Quarter Management District. Every week we field dozens of calls from residents about quality of life issues ranging from trash pick-up to graffiti to crime to missing street lights, broken sidewalks, utility issues - even shoddy mail service. Because all of this matters, the big stuff and the small.
Preservation of this neighborhood didn't happen by accident or chance. It is the result of generations of dedicated big-picture thinkers who have campaigned tirelessly for this neighborhood. Our job is to protect and defend it, because once its authenticity as a diverse neighborhood is lost, it can't be recreated. We've got more to do now than ever, and we cannot do it without you and your support!
-VCPORA Events and Outreach-
At Home in the Vieux Carré - Monthly happy hours showcasing the residential character of the neighborhood; held on Fridays from October to May
Mothers' Day Concert - Annual picnic and concert honoring mothers at Cabrini Park
Garden Party - Members-only potluck at a private residence each spring
Summer Social - Open house at the VCPORA office
Vive le Vieux Carré Gala - Grand annual fundraiser featuring live and silent auctions, an exquisite array of food and libations, and live entertainment; held in the fall
Schwartz-Gage Award - Honoring a major contributor to the preservation of the French Quarter and to VCPORA
Morrison Memorial Lecture - In conjunction with The Historic New Orleans Collection and the Vieux Carré Commission Foundation
Elements of Preservation - Lecture Series with the Beauregard-Keyes House