Aug 282015
 
A downed utility pole lays across a pickup truck that is partially atop two other vehicles in the 4500 block of Tchoupitoulas Street on Friday night. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A downed utility pole lays across a pickup truck that is partially atop two other vehicles in the 4500 block of Tchoupitoulas Street on Friday night. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

More than 1,700 Uptown addresses were without power Friday evening. (map via Entergy)

More than 1,700 Uptown addresses were without power Friday evening. (map via Entergy)

A power line was knocked down, and several vehicles and a house were heavily damaged after a crash late Friday night on Tchoupitoulas Street, and more than 1,700 Uptown addresses were left without power afterward. Continue reading »

Aug 282015
 
AJ De Leon, left, takes a selfie with Saints' quarterback Drew Brees during the post-practice autograph session. The Saints practiced in Yulman Stadium at Tulane University for their final practice of the week.  (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com

AJ De Leon, left, takes a selfie with Saints’ quarterback Drew Brees during the post-practice autograph session. The Saints practiced in Yulman Stadium at Tulane University for their final practice of the week. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

On Friday evening, the Saints took to practice at Tulane’s Yulman Stadium instead of their Metairie practice facility. This was the last practice before they take on the Houston Texans on Sunday afternoon in the Superdome. The Saints regular season begins September 13 at Arizona.

Saints' receiver Brandon Coleman makes a one-handed catch during a warm up drill. The Saints practiced in Yulman Stadium at Tulane University for their final practice of the week.  (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Saints’ receiver Brandon Coleman makes a one-handed catch during a warm up drill. The Saints practiced in Yulman Stadium at Tulane University for their final practice of the week. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Cornerback Delvin Breaux, left, breaks up a pass intended for receiver RJ Harris during a team drill. The Saints practiced in Yulman Stadium at Tulane University for their final practice of the week.  (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Cornerback Delvin Breaux, left, breaks up a pass intended for receiver RJ Harris during a team drill. The Saints practiced in Yulman Stadium at Tulane University for their final practice of the week. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Running backs coach Joel Thomas works with fullback Austin Johnson during a footwork drill. The Saints practiced in Yulman Stadium at Tulane University for their final practice of the week.  (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Running backs coach Joel Thomas works with fullback Austin Johnson during a footwork drill. The Saints practiced in Yulman Stadium at Tulane University for their final practice of the week. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Defensive end Cam Jordan signs some autographs after practice. The Saints practiced in Yulman Stadium at Tulane University for their final practice of the week.  (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Defensive end Cam Jordan signs some autographs after practice. The Saints practiced in Yulman Stadium at Tulane University for their final practice of the week. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

David Beazley waits eagerly for the autograph session after practice. The Saints practiced in Yulman Stadium at Tulane University for their final practice of the week.  (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

David Beazley waits eagerly for the autograph session after practice. The Saints practiced in Yulman Stadium at Tulane University for their final practice of the week. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

 

Aug 272015
 
A KIPP: Believe student describes her excitement for the new Dunbar building as Recovery School District Superintendent Patrick Dobard listens. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A KIPP: Believe student describes her excitement for the new Dunbar building as Recovery School District Superintendent Patrick Dobard listens. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The exterior of the new Dunbar school on Forshey Street in Hollygrove. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The exterior of the new Dunbar school on Forshey Street in Hollygrove. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Keenly aware of the eyes of the world on New Orleans this week, supporters of both the KIPP: Believe and Lafayette Academy communities came together Wednesday morning for a joint celebration of the opening of the long-awaited Paul Dunbar school building Wednesday morning on Forshey Street in Hollygrove. Continue reading »

Aug 272015
 
Former Mayor Marc Morial and Mayor Mitch Landrieu discussion the state of New Orleans together. (photo via Danae Columbus)

Former Mayor Marc Morial and Mayor Mitch Landrieu discussion the state of New Orleans together. (photo via Danae Columbus)

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

For many New Orleanians life has never been the same since Hurricane Katrina destroyed their homes, their neighborhoods, their schools, and their sense of community. Katrina was an experience they do not want to relive on this or any other anniversary. For them, the grief process is ongoing. African Americans especially feel the rules were stacked against them, making their recovery even harder. Continue reading »

Aug 272015
 

COOLinary_300x250CELEBRATING DINING IN AMERICA’S MOST DELICIOUS CITY!

The New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) invites New Orleans residents to take advantage of the city’s many cultural attractions and world-class dining options through 2015 COOLinary New Orleans Restaurant Month. Experience cuisine that delights your palate and is an integral part of the history, fabric and culture of New Orleans.

During the month of August, enjoy 2-3 course lunch menus for $20 or less; 3 course dinner menus at $39 or less;  and 3 course brunch menus at $39 or less at over 80 award-winning restaurants. Don’t forget to ask for each Chef’s COOLinary Menu. It’s been a delicious summer!

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Aug 262015
 
A home along Canal Boulevard, still scarred by floodwaters around 2010. (photo by Jean-Paul Villere for UptownMessenger.com)

A home along Canal Boulevard, scarred by floodwaters. (photo by Jean-Paul Villere for UptownMessenger.com)

Jean-Paul Villere

Jean-Paul Villere

The big exhale of 10 years has arrived as New Orleanians near and far reflect on the 2005 storm season that changed us all.  Personally, my experiences before, during, and after Hurricane Katrina pale in comparison to many others.  My journey to now may best be summed up from the wisdom of my stepfather who told me simply to “ride the horse in the direction it’s going.”  Not an easy thing to do when the unknown awaited, especially in the immediate aftermath of the devastatingly unexpected. Continue reading »

Aug 262015
 

PointAbove-HerbCarverIt was Herb Carver’s first time being the victim of a major catastrophic event and the irony of the situation was not lost to him. At the end of August 2005, Carver, along with many others living along the Gulf Coast of the United States had his life changed forever by Hurricane Katrina.

The storm, one of the fiercest hurricanes to make U.S. landfall in recent history, reformed the landscape of many lives. For Carver, the devastation and turmoil would inspire a journey with mindfulness culminating in inner peace and profound self-awareness. Continue reading »

Aug 252015
 
Attorney Rick Richter holds up a picture of the former McDonogh No. 8 building that was on the vacant land now at 3139 Constance Street, arguing that it represents the large-scale development that should be allowed there. (photo via nola.gov)

Attorney Rick Richter holds up a picture of the former McDonogh No. 8 building that was on the vacant land now at 3139 Constance Street, arguing that it represents the large-scale development that should be allowed there. (photo via nola.gov)

A small plot of land on Constance Street in the Irish Channel long mistaken for a pocket park should be developed into single-family or double houses, not the condo building that the owner wants there, said New Orleans city planners on Tuesday. Continue reading »

Aug 252015
 
Attendees gather at Isidore Newman School to celebrate the opening of the new Green Trees early-childhood education building. (photo via Isidore Newman School)

Attendees gather at Isidore Newman School to celebrate the opening of the new Green Trees early-childhood education building. (photo via Isidore Newman School)

Dale M. Smith, Head of School at Newman, speaks at the ribbon cutting for the Green Trees facility. (via Isidore Newman School)

Dale M. Smith, Head of School, speaks at the ribbon cutting for the Green Trees facility. (via Isidore Newman School)

The Isidore Newman School has completed construction on its $6.5 million new “Green Trees” early-childhood education building, and its first students arrived at the building this month. Continue reading »

Aug 242015
 
Rosalind Peychaud, immediate past president of the Climana Neighborhood Association, holds a sign encouraging her neighbors to email photos of local quality of life problems to the association. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Rosalind Peychaud, immediate past president of the Climana Neighborhood Association, holds a sign encouraging her neighbors to email photos of local quality of life problems to the association. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

As she recently ended her term as president of the Climana Neighborhood Association in the Milan area, Rosalind Peychaud found herself grappling with the same issue that many neighborhood leaders do: New Orleans residents are the first ones to notice street-level problems with crime, blight, and other issues, but are often frustrated with how hard it is to get something done about it.

So, Peychaud whipped up her own solution: a grassroots campaign encouraging the use of the ubiquitous cell-phone camera for something more useful than selfies, positioning the neighborhood association as the advocate for reporting the problems captured in a photo and tracking their results. Continue reading »

Aug 242015
 
Black Lives Matter Katrina memorial

(via Ashé Cultural Center)

 

The Ashé Cultural Arts Center will be hosting “Forum: 10 Years Later: We’re Still Recovering- Black Lives Matter” this Thursday, August 27, in order to commemorate ten years since Hurricane Katrina. The event is free to the public and will feature Alicia Garza, a coufounder of #BlackLivesMatter. The event will focus on the reform to ultimately end the school-to-prison pipeline. Continue reading »

Aug 242015
 
Owen Courrèges

Owen Courrèges

We’re coming up on the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, in case you’ve been locked in a closet for the past few weeks and have thus been spared the maudlin, self-indulgent navel-gazing of every commentator that comes down the pike.

For some, Katrina was an opportunity seized. The guiding narrative is that of a city in decline that took advantage of adversity and emerged stronger. It’s a characterization of Katrina that’s equal parts appalling and inaccurate. We are not in a better position as entire swaths of neighborhoods lay in ruin and our population is greatly reduced. Continue reading »

Aug 222015
 
Lusher school operations director Frank Israel (at right) leads members of the school's governing board Saturday morning on a tour of renovations to the Fortier campus. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Lusher school operations director Frank Israel (at right) leads members of the school’s governing board Saturday morning on a tour of renovations to the Fortier campus. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Lusher administrators are actively negotiating with Orleans Parish School Board leaders about an upcoming reworking of the requirements of charter schools in the district, they said Saturday morning. Continue reading »