Jan 192017
 
A rider checks out a bicycle from a station in an image from a promotional video produced by Social Bicycles (via YouTube)

A rider checks out a bicycle from a station in an image from a promotional video produced by Social Bicycles (via YouTube)

In an effort to combine the convenience of public transit with the benefits of cycling, New Orleans is preparing to deploy a fleet of 700 publicly shared “social bicycles” for hire around this city this year, officials are busy telling neighborhood groups. Continue reading »

Jan 192017
 

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It swept the Golden Globes, received almost unanimous critical acclaim, and it’s currently in the process of reviving the Hollywood musical. And now finally LA LA LAND has arrived at The Broad Theater. We started playing the trailer for this film this past summer in hopes of landing it, and now we present to you some old fashioned singing and dancing for your entertainment.

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Jan 192017
 

U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond delivers the keynote address at the NAACP New Orleans branch’s 2012 Freedom Fund Banquet at Xavier University. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

Danae Columbus

Danae Columbus

Though recent polls (including one from the Wall Street Journal/NBC News) call President-Elect Donald Trump the most unpopular incoming President in decades, more than a thousand Louisiana residents including Fenn French, Louis Gurvich, Adrian Bruneau, Eric Skrmetta, Brian Trascher, Billy Nungesser, Jeff Landry, and State Republican Party Chair Roger Villere with granddaughter Madison are taking in all the Washington’s sights and sounds this week in preparation for the 45th Presidential Inauguration. Continue reading »

Jan 172017
 

Highlighted area shows the section of Annunciation Square under consideration for a dog park. (Graphic by UptownMessenger.com, source: city of New Orelans)

Many members of the Coliseum Square Association voiced favor Monday night for a proposed gated dog run in Annunciation Square, though some still question the safety and cleanliness of allowing dogs to run freely so close to children. Continue reading »

Jan 162017
 

 

Dr. Walter M. Kimbrough, president of Dillard University, delivers his keynote address during the the 31st annual Martin Luther King Jr. celebration. The event featured addresses by Dr. Walter M. Kimbrough, president of Dillard University, mayor Mitch Landrieu. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

At the 31st annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Official Day celebration, speakers remembered King’s legacy by focusing on the idea of “togetherness,” an idea from one of King’s last written works. This idea encompasses the development of communities despite differences of opinion, religion, race or any other category.

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Jan 162017
 

Clancy Dubos, left, Gambit editor and columnist, listens to Mary Matalin, right, speak in Rousell Hall at Loyola University as part of the Ed Renwick lecture series. Carville, a Democrat, and Matalin, a Conservative, are two prominent speakers in their respective political circles. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Husband-and-wife political strategists James Carville and Mary Matalin will lead a panel discussion of the 2016 Presidential election Tuesday evening at Tulane University, the university announced. Continue reading »

Jan 162017
 
An automated traffic-enforcement vehicle with a ticket on the windshield. (photo by Charles Schully, reprinted with permission)

An automated traffic-enforcement vehicle with a ticket on the windshield. (photo by Charles Schully, reprinted with permission)

Owen Courrèges

Owen Courrèges

If aliens ever came down to Earth, they would quickly determine that the government of the city of New Orleans is at odds with its own citizens, working ceaselessly to render their lives more grueling and costly.

The latest escalation of this ongoing fracas consists of the use of 55 new speed cameras throughout the parish to close this year’s budget gap. If these additions were simply fixed cameras, they would have garnered less attention. Instead, motorists this week were greeted with a cavalcade of unmarked vehicles equipped with speed cameras parked along major streets. Continue reading »

Jan 132017
 
Jay Banks (from left), Seth Bloom and Eric Johnson are all considering running for the District B seat on the City Council if LaToya Cantrell runs for mayor. (submitted photos)

(l-r) Jay Banks, Seth Bloom, and Eric Johnson are all considering running for the District B seat on the City Council if LaToya Cantrell runs for mayor. (submitted photos)

When City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell recently announced that she was mulling a run for mayor of New Orleans this fall, she also set in motion consideration of who might succeed her in the District B seat — and so far, the possible field includes former School Board member Seth Bloom, Zulu king Jay Banks and economic development expert Eric Anthony Johnson. Continue reading »

Jan 122017
 
The former Times-Picayune building at 3800 Howard Avenue (photographed in August 2016 by Google  Maps)

The former Times-Picayune building at 3800 Howard Avenue (photographed in August 2016 by Google Maps)

A hearing on the as-yet-undisclosed undisclosed redevelopment of the former Times-Picayune building on Howard Avenue was postponed until February after city planners gave a skeptical review to the initial plan for the project. Continue reading »

Jan 122017
 
The building at 8638 Hickory Street is slated to reopen as C&L Restaurant. (via City of New Orleans)

The building at 8638 Hickory Street is slated to reopen as C&L Restaurant. (via City of New Orleans)

A site in the Carrollton neighborhood believed to have been used as a restaurant for more than a century will reopen as C&L Restaurant serving New Orleans soul food favorites, based on the recommendation of city planners this week. Continue reading »

Jan 122017
 
Kim Gandy of the National Network to End Domestic Violence (center) poses with Mariah Wineski of the  Louisiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Judy Benitez also of NNEDV. (photo by Danae Columbus for UptownMessenger.com)

Kim Gandy of the National Network to End Domestic Violence (center) poses with Mariah Wineski of the Louisiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Judy Benitez also of NNEDV. (photo by Danae Columbus for UptownMessenger.com)

Danae Columbus

Danae Columbus

Like thousands of women across the country, former New Orleanian Kim Gandy, President and CEO of the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV), is clearly concerned. Gandy fears that some of the Trump administration’s nominees for key cabinet posts “have historic positions that appear contrary to the rights and protections they will be charged to uphold.” It’s more important than ever, says Gandy, “for women’s voices to be heard and for women to be politically active in issues they care about.” Continue reading »

Jan 112017
 

A beagle named Maggie plays in Wisner Park in 2012, prior to the creation of a dog park there. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

Residents who live nearest Annunciation Square in the Lower Garden District turned out Tuesday night to voice opposition to a proposal to create a dog park there, sending city officials back to the drawing board before moving forward. Continue reading »