Robert Morris

Sep 242018
 

Top row: Lee Ann Dugas and Jim Francis (candidate Facebook photos). Bottom row: Tammy Savoie and Steve Scalise (Uptown Messenger file photos).

U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise faced his three Democratic challengers on Monday night in the first and thus far only debate of the fall Congressional elections, defending President Trump’s controversial tariffs against their criticisms of lost Louisiana jobs and explaining his ongoing opposition to new gun laws even after being shot. Continue reading »

Sep 212018
 

Jason Williams

Joe Giarrusso III

Two members of the New Orleans City Council — Joe Giarrusso III, who represents District A, and Jason Williams, elected by the city at large — will meet with Carrollton neighborhood activists and residents next week for a discussion of the upcoming city budget process and priorities. Continue reading »

Sep 202018
 

The former Jim Russell’s Rare Records building at 1831 Magazine is being renovated into a home for the new Union Ramen restaurant. (photo via City Planning Commission)

Union Ramen has received the final approval it needed in order to open inside the large Magazine Street building that formerly housed Jim Russell Rare Records. Continue reading »

Sep 202018
 
Danae Columbus

Danae Columbus, opinion columnist

When Mayor LaToya Cantrell addressed the Bureau of Governmental Research on Tuesday, she was quick to talk about her desire to add currently exempt property to the tax rolls while also re-distributing other tax dollars that are generated in New Orleans, especially those collected by the tourism industry. Even though the City Council recently proposed new millage to support senior citizens, Cantrell told the packed house that New Orleans could not tax our way into prosperity and has been clear that a budget shortfall of at least $24 million is anticipated for 2019. Continue reading »

Sep 192018
 

The house at 1517 Terpsichore after its full renovation. (submitted photo)

After an extensive renovation to restore a Terpsichore Street home just off St. Charles Avenue, the owners are now hoping to attain a light commercial zoning so that it could be used for an office or studio, they told neighbors this week.

The house at 1517 Terpsichore prior to renovation. (submitted photo)

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Sep 192018
 

The warehouse at 1152 Magazine Street is slated to be renovated into a venue for “The Fallen Saint” immersive theatre production. The taller building between it and the Pontchartrain Expressway is not part of the proposal. (via city of New Orleans)

The controversial proposal to convert a vacant warehouse at the edge of the Lower Garden District into a venue for an immersive-theater experience called “The Fallen Saint” will be deferred by the City Council again until their October meeting, officials said. Continue reading »

Sep 182018
 

Officers with the NOPD Second District move boxes into their new headquarters on Broadway Street in Gert Town in early September. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Uptown-based Second District of the New Orleans Police Department has moved into its new building on Broadway Street in Gert Town, leaving its century-old former headquarters now vacant. Continue reading »

Sep 182018
 

Audubon Commission Chair Kelly Duncan speaks during a June meeting of the commission. (image via Audubon Nature Institute video on YouTube)

All 24 members of the Audubon Commission must now be residents of New Orleans and appointed by the mayor under any circumstances, the New Orleans City Council decided this month — leading to the resignation of at least one member and growing calls for the commission to broaden its diversity by adding representation from more neighborhoods across the city. Continue reading »

Sep 182018
 

“The God Inside My Ear,” which was filmed in Louisiana, will open the eighth annual Horror Film Fest on Thursday at the Prytania Theatre. (publicity photo)

By Nicholas Reimann for UptownMessenger.com

It may still be over a month to Halloween, but the NOLA Horror Film Fest is set to bring in some scares a little earlier as it opens for its eighth annual event Thursday at the Prytania Theatre. Continue reading »