Mid City Map Series

Maps tell stories about places. They are an important part of how we see and navigate the world. Maps help us to preserve and remember our history, but they can also help us to imagine a better future. The maps and timelines here were created by Mid City Studio - many in collaboration with local organizations, historians, and residents. Click the thumbnails above to view and download any of the maps. This series was initiated in conjunction with Coffee on the Porch - a free coffee social hosted by Mid City Studio on porches throughout the area. Each map was created to highlight an issue or asset related to the hosts of each Coffee in 2017. Currently, Coffee on the Porch is being held quarterly. Click the link to Coffee on the Porch above to learn more. Special thanks goes to our volunteer research team for making these maps possible: Jennie Garcia, Maggie Conarro, and Alaina Newell!

About Mid City Baton Rouge

Mid City is a roughly eight-square-mile area and was one of the first expansions of the city of Baton Rouge outside of its 1817 boundaries. It was once considered rural outskirts of the city until its peak development in the 1940s and 50s when it was incorporated as an official part of Baton Rouge. The subsequent construction of the interstate highway created a significant boundary between Mid City and a municipally-recognized downtown district while facilitating the suburban exodus common in most American cities at that time. These defining moments, however, made Mid City what it is today. With 4,300 people per square mile, Mid City is denser than most of the Baton Rouge area. It contains a broad range of residences, businesses, and institutions ranging from brand new commercial developments and historic homes to strip malls and old shotgun houses. Though some areas are confronted with issues of poverty, crime, and abandoned property, Mid City can also be characterized by its historic institutions, local businesses, and active neighborhood associations. The area contains a State-recognized Arts and Culture District and a Historical District. Mid City is important to the future of Baton Rouge because of its diversity and density. It represents a significant crossroads between physical, social, and economic conditions. It serves as fertile ground for addressing the issues faced in much of modern America.