Robert Morris

Apr 282016
 
Audubon Nature Institute CEO Ron Forman, left, and Audubon Commission chair Kelly Duncan listen to comments from residents on Thursday afternoon. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Audubon Nature Institute CEO Ron Forman, left, and Audubon Commission chair Kelly Duncan listen to comments from residents on Thursday afternoon. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The new public-notice policies that the Audubon Commission has offered concerning proposed development are a good start, Uptown residents said on Thursday afternoon, but should be significantly improved before they are adopted. Continue reading »

Apr 272016
 
New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu speaks at Tulane University while a projector screen displays the faces of victims of violence in the city. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu speaks at Tulane University while a projector screen displays the faces of victims of violence in the city. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A host of city initiatives and reforms are pushing crime in New Orleans to historic lows, but such gains are impossible to celebrate when homicide rates in the city remain four times the national average, said Mayor Mitch Landrieu on Wednesday night as he laid out the many ways he believes the city, its residents, and its state and federal partners can continue to push the progress forward. Continue reading »

Apr 262016
 
Students from Sylvanie Williams College Prep marching band perform in the 2016 Martin Luther King Day parade. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Students from Sylvanie Williams College Prep marching band perform in the 2016 Martin Luther King Day parade. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Lawrence Crocker and Sylvanie Williams — the two Uptown elementary schools in the New Orleans College Prep charter network — will add tuition-based seats to their preschool programs in the fall, part of a broader long-term strategy to create a completely new early-learning center in New Orleans. Continue reading »

Apr 252016
 
Holly Elwell of the Trust for Public Land describes the Climate-Smart Cities initiative at the Propeller entrepreneurship incubator on Monday, April 25. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Holly Elwell of the Trust for Public Land describes the Climate-Smart Cities initiative at the Propeller entrepreneurship incubator on Monday, April 25. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A new mapping tool that collects and visualizes environmental data down to the neighborhood-, street- and property-level will help New Orleans improve the planning of its “green infrastructure” — to cool the city off, manage stormwater runoff, increase bicycle transportation and even protect against storm surge, officials said. Continue reading »

Apr 232016
 
Lusher Charter School board chair Blaine LeCesne speaks in favor of recognizing a teachers' union at the school. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Lusher Charter School board chair Blaine LeCesne speaks in favor of recognizing a teachers’ union at the school. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Lusher Charter School governing board voted 6-5 on Saturday morning against recognizing a petition for collective bargaining by the newly-formed United Teachers of Lusher, likely triggering a schoolwide election on the question in the coming weeks. Continue reading »

Apr 212016
 
OPSB Superintendent Henderson Lewis Jr. (left) speaks on a panel with Thelma French, Deidre Johnson-Burel, Jamar McKneely and Ben Kleban on Tuesday night. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

OPSB Superintendent Henderson Lewis Jr. (left) speaks on a panel with Thelma French, Deidre Johnson-Burel, Jamar McKneely and Ben Kleban on Tuesday night. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The rapidly evolving plan to return all schools in New Orleans to local control by 2018 — effectively ending the 10-year reign of the state’s Recovery School District — was hailed as a vitally important milestone in the rebuilding of the city’s school system, school leaders and education activists said Tuesday night at a forum on the the process of re-unifying the school district hosted by the 100 Black Men of Metro New Orleans.

Their comments were greeted, however, with questions ranging from the skeptical to almost hostile from the audience, underscoring the degree to which many residents remain unconvinced that 10 years of publicly celebrated reforms have made any substantive differences in their neighborhoods. Continue reading »

Apr 202016
 

Willie Hughes (via NOPD)

Willie Hughes (via NOPD)

A 60-year-old man who has been in and out of jail on home-invasion charges since the 1970s was arrested over the weekend after allegedly showing up in a woman’s bedroom on Tchoupitoulas Street and robbing her of her purse, New Orleans police said. Continue reading »

Apr 202016
 
Informational pamphlets passed out by members of the United Teachers of Lusher union on Tuesday night at a meeting with parents. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Informational pamphlets passed out by members of the United Teachers of Lusher union on Tuesday night at a meeting with parents. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A meeting called by Lusher teachers on Tuesday evening to explain why they see a need to organize a union turned into the first public airing of sharply conflicting views over the issue. Some parents voiced support for the teachers’ right to make the decision themselves, others expressed concern for what the change will mean for the culture of the school, and the conversation dovetailed with national debates about the role of organized labor in public education and the past and future of the New Orleans school system. Continue reading »

Apr 192016
 
Three armed robberies reported in the university area, police say. (map via NOPD)

Three armed robberies reported in the university area, police say. (map via NOPD)

In the first case, two Metairie men drinking at a university frat house brawled with two armed robbers, New Orleans police said. In the second robbery of the weekend, a delivery driver was confronted by a lone gunman on Octavia Street, while the third robbery took place mere moments later far enough away that a connection seems unlikely, investigators say.

All three cases remain under investigation, detectives in the Uptown-based Second District said on Tuesday, and while all possibilities remain on the table, the three robberies around the university area from this weekend appear to have taken place under circumstances too different to be connected. Continue reading »