The Faubourg Marigny is a quintessential New Orleans neighborhood. First developed in the early 19th century by an eccentric Creole millionaire, the area was originally a plantation outside the city limits of New Orleans. The area has a slightly seedy history as it was originally the neighborhood where white Creole gentlemen would set up households for their mistresses of color. In the mid 20th century the area fell into decline and became known not for mistresses but for dangerous criminals living in the area. It wasn’t until the later half of the 20th century that the area began to rebuild and redefine itself as the chic neighborhood it has become today, housing Frenchment Street, one of the best collections of live music in the city, as well as numerous restaurants. Strolling through the area today you will find beautiful examples of classic New Orleans architecture, much of it restored to the bright colors and whimsy the city is known for.