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.
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.
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.
More than 100 homes and businesses around Delachaise Street will lose power Wednesday as part of ongoing work related to the construction of the nearby drainage canals, Entergy officials said.
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.
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.
A late-summer evening at Patois restaurant, with the final patrons chatting with the doors open — what should have been about as close to a perfect night in New Orleans as possible — instead turned into one of Uptown’s most brazen robberies in recent memory Thursday night when three men carrying guns barged in and took valuables from the nearly 20 people inside.
Almost simultaneously, police were pursuing suspects in a series of three carjacking incidents across the Uptown area, ultimately leading to several arrests.
Nearly 150 property owners have now joined the lawsuit seeking damages from the Sewerage & Water Board of New Orleans related to the construction of major drainage canals through the Uptown area, while the agency is now casting blame for the problems on two of the contractors on the projects, legal documents show.
“Ten years after Katrina, the Plaintiffs are horrified to now find their homes and businesses, often newly renovated or refurbished, in the midst of another disaster,” the property owners’ attorney wrote in a recent court document. “…Delayed years beyond original dates of completion, their homes and neighborhoods are being wrecked by the project. They are being forced to live in damaged homes and pay for their own repairs, for years and years with no end in sight.”
Calhoun Street from Loyola Avenue to Willow Street will remain closed to traffic for much of Wednesday as work continues on an underground water line, according to a news release from the Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans.
For years, neighbors and preservationists fought to save a century-old home at 820 General Pershing Street from the wrecking ball, and despaired when it was finally demolished late last year.
But instead of the commercial parking lot they once dreaded, the vacant lot is instead becoming a school garden for the nearby Ecole Bilingue de la Nouvelle-Orléans, and neighbors say they are unexpectedly pleased by its appearance.
After years of construction and struggle, Audubon Charter School will welcome students back to its newly renovated campus on Broadway Street this week.
“This is a long-awaited day, to be back on Broadway,” Audubon Charter School principal Janice Dupuy said during a Monday-morning ribbon cutting ceremony.
Armed robberies were reported on Josephine Street in Central City and at the Magnolia Discount on South Carrollton Avenue overnight, New Orleans police said Monday morning.
Just when the Irish Channel had come to accept that the little plot of land on Constance Street just off Magazine is not a park, on Tuesday — through the most tortured machinations of New Orleans bureaucracy — it became a park.
Of course, the little patch of ground is still not really a park. But what it will become after it stops being not-a-park remains stubbornly unclear, leading to a heated discussion Thursday night among the property owner, the Irish Channel Neighborhood Association and City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell.
Two separate robberies were reported within minutes of one another Thursday night a few blocks apart on Prytania Street and St. Charles Avenue, followed by a third case hours later on Willow Street, New Orleans police said.
Calhoun Street and several blocks around it in the university area will have low water pressure again on Saturday for more repairs, according to the Sewerage & Water Board of New Orleans.