About The Event
Terrebonne Parish Planning Department, together with the Houma Downtown Development Corporation, want you to fall back in love with Downtown Houma! Together, we will be investigating techniques to activate the historic Main Street corridor through downtown demonstration day event.The Downtown Demonstration Days will include temporary elements such as:
- The realignment of Main Street, turning the two traffic lanes into a single traffic lane, replacing parallel parking with angled parking, and adding a bike lane
- Pedestrian crosswalks at all intersections and enhanced entry corridors at pedestrian bridges
- Pocket parks
- Pop-up storefronts utilizing existing, vacant storefronts along the corridor
- Public art installations
- Permanent public amenities such as planters, shade sails, furniture, and lighting
- Public outreach "studio", which will be open to the public after the event for continuing feedback
The public’s participation and feedback throughout the event will be used to create a Master Plan for the corridor that will be implemented in future phases.
Pop Up Shops
Shops will be located in the old Landry’s building and Mardi Gras Hall. They will be open from 10AM-6PM on both Friday and Saturday. Come take a look at the amazing things our small local businesses have to offer! Participants include:
- Bayou Terrebonne Distillers
- BRAC’s Home Sweet Houma T-Shirts
- Cajun Sweets Bakery
- Calypso’s Bayou Paddleboarding Company
- DS Fine Cigars
- Heavenly Scent
- Kiki & Co.
- Lil’ Sweet Pea’s Boutique
- Root 2 Rise Juice Bar
Don’t forget to stop in at our permanent shops downtown too! They are here year-round waiting for you:
South Louisiana Seed Company, PVO Bistro and Lounge, Anela’s, Mimi’s Creole Café and Bar, Fabregas Music, Apricot Lane, Linsi L Cenac Interiors, Milano and The Patio, Downtown Jeaux, Mahoney’s, People’s Drugs, Earl Williams, Castalano’s, The Beauty Bar and Salon, and more! After the event winds down in the evening, discover local libations at the array of downtown bars- old and new!
Pocket Parks and Plazas
We will have three new areas for people to lounge and play! Take the kids to our family friendly pocket park on the corner of Main and Grinage St. Live Healthy Houma has a movement maze for the kids to try out, as well as fun games and seating. Grab a bite to eat at our food truck court and enjoy your fare at the Belanger St. plaza in front of Milano’s. There will be overhead twinkle lights, lush planters and bistro seating for everyone’s use. Enjoy the sounds of local musicians while sitting under the boughs of live oaks at our linear pocket park in front of the old Post Office. Make new friends or enjoy conversations with old ones. There will be plenty of opportunities to lounge about and talk!
Reverse Angle Parking
Reverse angle parking will be demonstrated at the last block of the event- starting in front of People’s Drugs. Reverse angle parking is easier than parallel parking and safer then head-in angle parking. Take a look at our instructive diagram if you want to try it out at the event. Reverse angle parking provides increased visibility when leaving a parking space and encourages occupants to move towards the sidewalk via the vehicle’s door-swing direction.
The Downtown demonstration days will be held December 13-14, 2019.
Volunteer Registration Form
We are looking for volunteers. Anyone interested in volunteering, call Katie Tabor with the Planning and Zoning Department at 985-873-6569 or fill out the registration form below.
Pop-Up Shop Registration
We are dedicated to revitalizing Downtown Houma, including filling some of the empty storefronts. Several local businesses have already signed up to host pop-up shops during the Downtown Demonstration Days Event. Businesses must provide their own branded and designed booth. Setup will be Thursday night/Friday morning, and shops must be open Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. If you are interested in setting up a pop-up shop for your business, call Katie Tabor with the Planning and Zoning Department at 985-873-6569, or fill out the registration form below. To learn more about pop-up shops, click here.
Our Organizers and Partners
If you need more information on this event, call Katie Tabor with the Terrebonne Parish Planning and Zoning Department at 985-873-6569, or fill out the contact form below.