Jun 252019

NOPD Second District Commander Jeff Walls hands a business card to an Uptown resident at a community meeting on Tuesday night. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Residents of the New Orleans Police Department’s Uptown-based Second District will soon have an entirely new level of access to crime information in their neighborhoods, as the district’s recently-appointed commander plans to begin broadcasting his weekly meetings using live video. Continue reading »

Jun 242019

The former Norwegian Seamen’s Church, also called the Scandinavian Jazz Church, on Prytania Street will be turned into a wellness center. (via City Planning Commission)

The City Council last week approved the zoning change that will allow a wellness center in the former Norwegian Seamen’s Church, while promising to add some requirements for the business and property owners.

The wellness center will be owned and operated by three sisters, Diana Fisher, Deborah Peters and Kendall Wininger, who are Lower Garden District residents. It will include offices for physicians and therapists, a health club with fitness classes in the former chapel and in the outdoor pool, and a carryout health-food restaurant. Continue reading »

Jun 222019

Members of the Lady Uptown Swingers dance down Magnolia Street in 2017. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

The Uptown Swingers will parade Sunday from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. through the Freret, Uptown, Milan, Central City, Hoffman Triangle and Broadmoor neighborhoods. Lineup is at 3 p.m.

It’s the last second-line before the clubs take a break for the summer. The second-line season will start up again at the end of August. Continue reading »

Jun 202019

The Committee for a Better New Orleans along with its predecessor The Metropolitan Area Committee have been focused on change at systemic levels for 50 years. Pictured, left to right, are CBNO leaders Anthony Carter, Lindsey Navarro, Keith Twitchell and Tim Hemphill. (Danae Columbus)

Danae Columbus, opinion columnist

Since 1966 the Committee for a Better New Orleans, or CBNO, and its predecessor The Metropolitan Area Committee, or MAC, have created an inclusive, welcoming environment where community leaders work across race and class lines to craft transparent solutions to the city’s most pressing problems. The brainchild of Richard W. Freeman and the Bureau of Governmental Research, the nonprofit was envisioned as the action organization that could take BGR’s recommendations to the next step through research and advocacy. Sharing many of the same goals and board members, CBNO and MAC merged in 2002. Continue reading »