Claire Byun

Sep 182017
 



From Mid-City Messenger

City Council District A candidates all have varying solutions for the ongoing Sewerage and Water Board fiasco, including hiring staff with water management experience and using spare Department of Public Works employees to clean out catch basins.

All agreed, however, that more oversight is needed for the state-created entity. Continue reading »

Sep 152017
 

Candidates for the District A seat on the New Orleans City Council — Joe Giarrusso III, Dan Ring, Tilman Hardy, Toyia Washington-Kendrick, Drew Ward and Aylin Maklansky — debate during a town hall hosted by Carrollton neighborhood groups on Thursday evening. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

City Council District A is home to a plethora of the city’s parks and greenspaces, and their management and sustainability remains an important issue as the city grows. All six District A candidates said they’d fight to keep greenspaces across the city, though they presented different preservation tactics.

Two candidates stressed the importance of zoning ordinances and the city’s Master Plan in protecting current greenspace, while others argued for legislation protecting trees and living plants. Some candidates said they’d look into unifying park management into one entity, if it proves efficient. Continue reading »

Sep 142017
 

All six City Council District B candidates tackled an array of issues at a candidate forum Tuesday (Sabree Hill/Uptown Messenger).

Short term rental issues have been a touchy subject for years in New Orleans, but as local elections draw near, City Council candidates have their own solutions to common rental complaints.

All six City Council District B candidates tackled an array of issues at a forum Tuesday, including whether City Council’s short term rental ordinance was too restrictive or not tough enough.

Timothy David Ray, educator and musician, noted the rental exemptions granted to the French Quarter which were also chased by residents of the Garden District. Accessory, temporary and commercial short term rentals are prohibited in the Quarter – though some illegal rentals remain – except on a six-block stretch of Bourbon Street. Continue reading »

Sep 132017
 

Eugene Ben argues for a stormwater management team working under the City Council during Tuesday’s District B forum. From left, candidate Timothy David Ray, Seth Bloom, “Action Andre” Strumer, Ben, Catherine Love and Jay Banks (Sabree Hill/Uptown Messenger).

By Claire Byun
cbyun@nolamessenger.com

All six City Council District B candidates said they’re against a new stormwater management fee proposed by Mayor Mitch Landrieu to help pay for improvements to the city’s troubled drainage system, though most proposed again adding City Council oversight to the Sewerage and Water Board Commission.

Candidates touched on stormwater infrastructure, public safety and short-term rental issues at a forum Tuesday evening hosted by several Uptown neighborhood associations. Most candidates argued for more transparency from the S&WB commission – especially in light of the August flood – though they each had different ideas on how to move forward. Continue reading »

Sep 112017
 

The forum was sponsored by the Greater New Orleans Housing Alliance and Providence Community Housing, and focused solely on housing costs, long-time resident displacement and crippling rental properties (via GNOFHA’s Facebook).

By Mid-City Messenger

Candidates from City Council Districts A and B races have been establishing their platforms for weeks, whether through general forums, neighborhood organizations or meet-and-greets. But on Wednesday, a select few were given the chance to expound on their strategies to combat rising housing costs and dilapidated rental properties.

The forum was sponsored by the Greater New Orleans Housing Alliance and Providence Community Housing, and focused solely on housing costs, long-time resident displacement and crippling rental properties.

City Council District A candidates Aylin Maklansky and Tilman Hardy both said they’d support new ordinances that required basic health and safety inspections for rental properties. Joe Giarusso was invited by could not attend due to a scheduling conflict, organizers said. Continue reading »

Jul 282017
 

All six City Council District A candidates prepare for Tuesday night’s forum presented by Step Up Louisiana (Claire Byun/cbyun@nolamessenger.com)

By Claire Byun
cbyun@nolamessenger.com

All six City Council District A candidates have varied solutions on the citywide drainage problem that plagues several Uptown neighborhoods.

Nearly 100 people squeezed into the Nazareth Baptist Church in Hollygrove on Tuesday to hear all six District A candidates discuss four main issues: potholed roads; a lack of community schools; increasing the city’s minimum wage; and the citywide drainage problem. The forum was presented by Step Up Louisiana, which works to build political power to fight for education and economic justice.

Moderators asked candidates how they will improve drainage in an area habitually flooded after heavy rains – like much of the city. Some candidates argued for legislative action resulting in drainage improvement funding, while others urged the community to help themselves first. Continue reading »

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Jun 262017
 

From left, Jay Banks, Timothy David Ray, Seth Bloom (all via Uptown Messenger file photos) and Eric Johnson (via candidate website)

Delachaise neighbors braved the wind and rain last week to hear four out of five City Council District B candidates’ opinions on crime, economic development and preserving the culture of New Orleans. Continue reading »

May 102017
 

Pedestrians walk past the vacant lot at 1476 Magazine Street in 2011 . It is now slated to become a bed-and-breakfasts staffed by artists who live on site.
(UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

An artist-run bed-and-breakfast is one step closer to fruition in the Lower Garden District after approval for a zoning waiver. Continue reading »

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Nov 232016
 
A rendering of the proposed apartment development was on display at Monday's meeting of the Coliseum Square Association. (photographed by Claire Byun, UptownMessenger.com)

A rendering of the proposed apartment development was on display at Monday’s meeting of the Coliseum Square Association. (photographed by Claire Byun, UptownMessenger.com)

Lower Garden District residents have mixed emotions about the 211-unit apartment complex proposed to replace a former grocery store, but some are just appreciative it’s not a big-box retail store. Continue reading »

Oct 192016
 
The LaFon fountain in its current state. (photo by Kara Mattini, courtesy of Coliseum Square Association)

The LaFon fountain in its current state. (photo by Kara Mattini, courtesy of Coliseum Square Association)

By Claire Byun

Lafon Fountain waters will hopefully flow again next year, thanks to a neighborhood organization’s fundraising efforts. Continue reading »

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Sep 202016
 
A rendering of the riverfront after the proposed expansion of the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. (via mccno.com)

A rendering of the riverfront after the proposed expansion of the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. (via mccno.com)

The Ernest N. Morial Convention Center has applied for a land-use change to allow a 300-foot hotel at their planned upriver expansion, drawing questions from neighbors in nearby Coliseum Square on Monday evening. Continue reading »

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