Robert Morris

Jan 052016
 
The poster for the inaugural Krewe of Loup Garou, designed by artist Merrie Morrow. (courtesy of the artist)

The poster for the inaugural Krewe of Loup Garou, designed by artist Merrie Morrow. (courtesy of the artist)

The poster commemorating the newly formed Krewe of Loup Garou’s inaugural march this Saturday through the Irish Channel places three children shielded only by parasols opposite the infamous Cajun creature of the night — simultaneously capturing the spirit of the neighborhood, the beloved civic leader the parade will memorialize and the goal of the event’s fundraising effort in her honor. Continue reading »

Jan 042016
 

The Phunny Phorty Phellows prepare to leave from the streetcar barn on Willow on their Twelfth Night ride through Uptown New Orleans in January 2013. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Phunny Phorty Phellows prepare to leave from the streetcar barn on Willow on their Twelfth Night ride through Uptown New Orleans in January 2013. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The 2016 Carnival season will get its official start Wednesday night when the Phunny Phorty Phellows make their annual Twelfth Night streetcar ride on the St. Charles Avenue line. Continue reading »

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Jan 042016
 

(map via NOPD)

(map via NOPD)

A 22-year-old Warren Easton alumna and recent Dillard University graduate about to start work as a medical technician was shot to death Saturday on Clio Street as the city’s first murder victim of the year, New Orleans police said. Continue reading »

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Dec 302015
 
NOPD Lt. Shaun Ferguson (second from right) marches in an anti-crime march through west Carrollton in September 2013. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

NOPD Lt. Shaun Ferguson (second from right) marches in an anti-crime march through west Carrollton in September 2013. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

Commander Shaun Ferguson will return to lead the New Orleans Police Department’s Uptown-based Second District, where he has previously held several leadership roles as an investigator, officials announced Wednesday morning. Continue reading »

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Dec 272015
 
(map via NOPD)

(map via NOPD)

A man in his late 70s was carjacked on Lowerline Street in the Carrollton-university area, two people were robbed at gunpoint on South Salcedo Street and another man was robbed on St. Andrew Street in the Lower Garden District overnight, New Orleans police said Sunday morning. Continue reading »

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Dec 242015
 
NOPD Second District Commander Paul Noel, center, discusses armed robberies at a September 2015 news conference surrounded by (from left) Deputy Chief Bob Bardy, Second District Lt. Jennifer Dupree, Sixth District Commander Ronnie Stevens and Chief Michael Harrison. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

NOPD Second District Commander Paul Noel, center, discusses armed robberies at a September 2015 news conference surrounded by (from left) Deputy Chief Bob Bardy, Second District Lt. Jennifer Dupree, Sixth District Commander Ronnie Stevens and Chief Michael Harrison. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

NOPD Sixth District Commander Bob Bardy and Central City activist Barbara Lacen-Keller speak at a crime scene in August 2014. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

NOPD Sixth District Commander Bob Bardy and Central City activist Barbara Lacen-Keller speak at a crime scene in August 2014. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Deputy Superintendent Bob Bardy is retiring from the New Orleans Police Department after a career spanning four decades, and Second District Commander Paul Noel has been promoted to the department’s second-in-command position in his place. Continue reading »

Dec 232015
 
A still image from surveillance video in the robbery at Dryades and General Taylor. (via NOPD)

A still image from surveillance video in the robbery at Dryades and General Taylor. (via NOPD)

A business on Washington Avenue in Gert Town was robbed at gunpoint by a man seeking a check Tuesday afternoon, and two separate robberies were reported on Dryades Street and St. Charles Avenue later in the evening, New Orleans police said. Continue reading »

Dec 202015
 
Police investigate a fatal shooting in 2011 on Monroe Street just outside an elementary school while classes were in session. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

Police investigate a fatal shooting in 2011 on Monroe Street just outside an elementary school while classes were in session. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

On a Thursday in late November, the entire indomitable city of New Orleans recoiled in shared horror at security video of a young medical student collapsed on the sidewalk just off Magazine Street, clutching his bleeding torso, as a hooded assailant stood over him with a gun aimed at his head. The film’s dreadful silence only amplified the menace as the gunman apparently tried to squeeze the trigger, twice, to finish off his already-incapacitated victim, giving up only when a mechanical mercy intervened and the gun refused to fire.

Two nights later, Bunny Friend park in the Ninth Ward — its almost comically benign name a memorial to a teen who died in an accident in the 1920s — became the scene of the city’s next headline-grabbing gun battle. A block party and planned music-video shoot were rent apart by a hail of gunfire, leaving 17 people wounded, and at least a half dozen people have been named as suspects as investigators try to piece together how the celebration turned to chaos.

The bloodshed continued the following weekend, when more young men’s lives would be claimed around some of the city’s most best-known places: 26-year-old Brandon Robinson killed on Bourbon Street, 19-year-old Richad Dowell on Canal Street and 19-year-old Devin Johnson near the newly opened Lafitte Greenway.

And yet, city officials continue to insist that the struggle against violent crime in New Orleans has made significant strides in recent years, and many measurements as well as newly-published academic studies back them up. But if things are getting better, why does the carnage still insist on making its way onto playgrounds, green spaces and tourist thoroughfares? If the violence is the work of a relatively small group of people, why are they so hard to stop? Continue reading »

Dec 182015
 

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(map via NOPD)

A woman returning to her Coliseum Street home Wednesday evening (Dec. 16) was attacked by three people wielding a stun gun and pepper spray after they asked for her help with car trouble, and a couple was robbed at gunpoint on Perrier Street on Thursday night, New Orleans police and authorities said. Continue reading »

Dec 182015
 
A construction worker guides a passing SUV across Prytania Street on Friday morning. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A construction worker guides a passing SUV across Prytania Street on Friday morning. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Property owners near the construction of major new drainage canals across Uptown New Orleans are asking a judge to intervene in the management of the project contracts, seeking an end to the interminable delays, they announced Friday morning. Continue reading »

Dec 172015
 
New Orleans mayor Mitch Landrieu celebrates his re-election with supporters on Feb. 2, 2014. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Zach Brien)

New Orleans mayor Mitch Landrieu celebrates his re-election with supporters on Feb. 2, 2014. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Zach Brien)

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

A former member of the New Orleans City Council, a high ranking NOPD officer and several uptown residents are among those who have told us that they were polled last weekend regarding Mayor Landrieu’s favorabilty and a possible third term campaign. Based on poll results, which have not been released, could Landrieu test the “3T” waters after the City Council’s expected vote today to remove several monuments? Continue reading »