Aug 242016
 
The corner lot at the beginning of the summer. (photo by Jean-Paul Villere)

The corner lot at the beginning of the summer. (photo by Jean-Paul Villere)

Jean-Paul Villere

Jean-Paul Villere

As summer’s sizzle dissipates over the coming weeks, the back-to-school throngs may muse on their most recent season away from academia, and some may even have it as their premiere assignment upon recommencement.  While I don’t really recall in my younger years a time when this was asked of my fertile student mind, my 42-year-old memory ain’t what she used to be.  So color me pseudo-nostalgically amused when my oldest had this very task put to her and she wrote about our family train trip to Chicago.  Which I totally dug too.  Except, and in honest reflection, my real takeaway for summer 2016?  Pecking away, hours over days and largely singlehandedly, at an overwhelmingly under-maintained vacant corner lot in my neighborhood. Continue reading »

Aug 242016
 

Today (Aug. 24), Mayor Mitch Landrieu joined City and State officials and community members to celebrate the ground-breaking of the Oretha Castle Haley Blvd. Streetscape Project in Central City. In total, $1.85 million is being allocated to improve Oretha Castle Haley Blvd. from Calliope St. to Saint Andrew St. to make it more pedestrian and bike-friendly. Construction is scheduled to be completed in spring 2017. Continue reading »

Aug 242016
 

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will hold a Flood Insurance Workshop on Friday, August 26 from 1 to 3 p.m. at City Hall. The workshop will provide the public information on the new updates to flood insurance rates and resources, as well as FEMA’s new Flood Insurance Rate Maps that go into effect September 30, 2016. Continue reading »

Aug 232016
 
The boundaries of the proposed Uptown historic district are in blue. (via City of New Orleans)

The boundaries of the proposed Uptown historic district are in blue. (via City of New Orleans)

The boundaries of the proposed Carrollton historic district are in pink. (via City of New Orleans)

The boundaries of the proposed Carrollton historic district are in pink. (via City of New Orleans)

The City Planning Commission gave an initial hearing Tuesday afternoon to a proposal to create historic-district protections to much of Uptown and Carrollton, and will make a final recommendation to the New Orleans City Council next month, officials said. Continue reading »

Aug 222016
 
Owen Courrèges

Owen Courrèges

Sometimes I find column topics, and sometimes they find me. Just last night I was driving to Walgreens, musing upon what latest New Orleans travesty to write about. As I started to turn down a street adjacent to the Walgreens, I noticed that the street was one-way and jerked back suddenly.

It wasn’t my fault. One of the requisite one-way signs was missing completely, while the other was partially-blocked by foliage and appeared faded. There were no “do not enter” signs either. Aside from the presence of parking cars uniformly parked in the opposite direction, it was virtually impossible to know that the street was one-way. Continue reading »

Aug 222016
 

By Sandra Stokes, president of the Louisiana Landmarks Society

It has become all too familiar in historic neighborhoods – perfectly proportioned historic homes demolished for totally out-of-scale McMansions; harmonious streetscapes marred by inappropriate new construction; or additions that look like cancerous growths on what was a perfectly fine home.

Louisiana Landmarks Society recognizes the advantages of local historic districts in maintaining scale and character in neighborhoods, while providing stability and predictability. At the same time, we also understand the concerns of residents that being subject to the jurisdiction of the Historic Landmarks District Commission (HDLC) might infringe upon their personal property rights. Continue reading »

Aug 192016
 

An armed robbery was reported Thursday on Lowerline Street. The armed robbery on Second Street does not yet appear on the city's crime maps. (via NOPD)

An armed robbery was reported Thursday on Lowerline Street. The armed robbery on Second Street does not yet appear on the city’s crime maps. (via NOPD)

A teenage girl was robbed of her iPhone Thursday morning on Second Street in Central City, and a woman was robbed of her purse on Lowerline Street on Thursday evening, New Orleans police said. Continue reading »

Aug 182016
 
(via Irish Channel Neighborhood Association)

(via Irish Channel Neighborhood Association)

The Irish Channel Neighborhood Association (ICNA) will host their first Irish Channel Regatta, a themed neighborhood pub crawl, this Saturday, August 20 starting at 4:30 p.m. The pub crawl will make five stops including Tracey’s Original Irish Channel Bar and NOLA Brewery, and proceeds will benefit the association, a 501(c)3 organization.

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Aug 182016
 
Supporters of Project Ceasefire carry banners in Monday's Martin Luther King Day parade. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Supporters of Project Ceasefire carry banners in Martin Luther King Day parade, 2013. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

City of New Orleans officials alongside NOLA FOR LIFE and CeaseFire partners, and other community organizations and institutions will host the third annual CeaseFire Peace Festival in Central City on Saturday, August 20. Hosted by DJ Wild Wayne, the festival will be a celebration of the communities and organizations that are working collaboratively to create peace and safety in New Orleans. Continue reading »

Aug 182016
 
Danae Columbus

Danae Columbus

The American Red Cross labeled it “the worst natural disaster since Hurricane Sandy.”

With last week’s devastating floods which displaced more than 40,000 citizens and caused 11 deaths, along with Tuesday’s 47th anniversary of Hurricane Camille and the upcoming 11th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, Louisiana’s citizens should focus on what climate change has already done to our state and their personal responsibility to create a more sustainable future. Continue reading »

Aug 172016
 
Sandra Stokes of the Louisiana Landmarks Society speaks in front of the Carrollton Courthouse on Wednesday, June 24. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Sandra Stokes of the Louisiana Landmarks Society speaks in front of the Carrollton Courthouse on Wednesday, June 24. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Orleans Parish School Board plans to ask the city to allow a wider use of land-use options on the Carrollton Courthouse property in preparation for its upcoming sale, drawing a range of reactions from neighbors and preservationists this week. Continue reading »