Robert Morris

Aug 292016
 
Owen Courrèges

Owen Courrèges

It’s almost as though Terrebonne Parish Sheriff Jerry Larpenter were spat out of central casting.  The portly, arrogant, hot-headed lawman is the archetype of the corrupt Southern sheriff.  “You ain’t from ‘round here, boy,” might as well be tattooed on his forehead.

Playing to form, Larpenter doesn’t appreciate being criticized.  His thin skin was certainly on display when a local muckraking blog called “Exposedat” suggested that Larpenter had misused public funds due to a conflict of interest. Continue reading »

Aug 272016
 
James Carville touts his new book, "We're Still Right, They're Still Wrong" at Octavia Books on Friday evening. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

James Carville touts his new book, “We’re Still Right, They’re Still Wrong” at Octavia Books on Friday evening. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Republican Party has spent the 21st Century peddling off-base predictions and promises they can’t keep to the American people, culminating in the rise of Donald Trump, said strident Democratic consultant James Carville to an eager audience Friday night at Octavia Books. Continue reading »

Aug 262016
 

Emily Arata, then deputy mayor, addresses the New Orleans City Council on behalf of Mayor Landrieu in a March 2015 meeting. (via City of New Orleans)

Emily Arata, then deputy mayor, addresses the New Orleans City Council on behalf of Mayor Landrieu in a March 2015 meeting. (via City of New Orleans)

Former deputy mayor Emily Arata was confirmed to the board overseeing the New Orleans Public Belt Railroad on Thursday after overcoming the City Council’s concerns that she remains too close to Mayor Mitch Landrieu to fairly evaluate whether the entity should be sold to a private company. Continue reading »

Aug 262016
 
Thursday's robbery at Arabella and Chestnut. Friday's robbery at Octavia and Coliseum has not yet appeared on city crime maps. (map via NOPD)

Thursday’s robbery at Arabella and Chestnut. Friday’s robbery at Octavia and Coliseum has not yet appeared on city crime maps. (map via NOPD)

A group of four people were robbed at gunpoint on Octavia Street overnight by a trio of assailants in a light-colored pickup truck, New Orleans police said Friday morning, in a case that shows overt similarities to a nearby robbery the night before. Continue reading »

Aug 252016
 
The corner of St. Charles Avenue and Melpomene Street, slated to become a temporary parking lot for Lula restaurant. (via City of New Orleans)

The corner of St. Charles Avenue and Melpomene Street, slated to become a temporary parking lot for Lula restaurant. (via City of New Orleans)

A conceptual drawing of Phase I of the Avenue Oaks Hotel on St. Charles at Melpomene. (courtesy of Wayne Troyer, Studio WTA)

A conceptual drawing of Phase I of the Avenue Oaks Hotel on St. Charles at Melpomene. (courtesy of Wayne Troyer, Studio WTA)

The Halpern family that owns the property on St. Charles Avenue that will become Lula Restaurant Distillery and, later, the expanded Prytania Park Hotel is seeking permission to convert a vacant lot into temporary parking for patrons and customers while development is underway. Continue reading »

Aug 252016
 
Surveillance images of several men accused of stealing from area pharmacies. See below for details and larger photos. (via NOPD)

Surveillance images of several men accused of stealing from area pharmacies. See below for details and larger photos. (via NOPD)

New Orleans police are looking for the public’s help in identifying a number of men caught on surveillance video stealing from Uptown pharmacies — including one who fended off security with a syringe, and another who targeted the deoderant aisle, authorities said. 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 »