Robert Morris

Sep 262014
 
New Orleans police investigate a shooting Sunday night in front of the Church's Chicken restaurant in the 1500 block of South Claiborne. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

New Orleans police investigate a shooting Sunday night in front of the Church’s Chicken restaurant at 1600 South Claiborne. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Cindy Lee (via opcso.org)

Cindy Lee (via opcso.org)

The 44-year-old woman who allegedly shot a man to death in the parking lot of a Church’s Chicken Restaurant on South Claiborne Avenue turned herself in to police immediately after the shooting, claiming justification for killing him, but “inconsistencies” in her story led to her arrest on a murder charge, investigators said this week. Continue reading »

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Sep 252014
 
Commander Ronnie Stevens and members of the NOPD Sixth District walk on South Saratoga Street, steps between the scenes of two fatal shootings this year. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Commander Ronnie Stevens and members of the NOPD Sixth District walk on South Saratoga Street, steps between the scenes of two fatal shootings this year. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

In March, two women were caught in the crossfire of a gun battle on South Saratoga Street that left them both dead. Earlier this month, gunfire broke out again, and the victim staggered through the same Foucher Street intersection before collapsing and dying a block away.

Neighbors have long complained about the violence and lawlessness that grips the corner of Foucher and Saratoga, where five other people have also been wounded over the past year. After the most recent slaying, neighbors are banding together to look for solutions to end it by asking for more police presence, installing more anti-crime cameras, targeting blighted properties and trying to meet the health needs of people in the neighborhood.

Police officers surround the intersection of Foucher and South Saratoga Streets on March 14, 2014, after two women were fatally shot. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Police officers surround the intersection of Foucher and South Saratoga Streets on March 14, 2014, after two women were fatally shot. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

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Sep 232014
 
Crime-scene investigators examine evidence cones on the sidewalk next to Church's Chicken on Sunday evening. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Crime-scene investigators examine evidence cones on the sidewalk next to Church’s Chicken on Sunday evening. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Cindy Lee (via opcso.org)

Cindy Lee (via opcso.org)

The shooting that killed a 28-year-old man Sunday in the parking lot of a South Claiborne fried-chicken restaurant stemmed from an argument with a woman who was arrested Tuesday on a murder charge, New Orleans police said. Continue reading »

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Sep 232014
 

Richard Yeager, 35, was killed early Monday in Mid-City. (photo via NOPD)

Richard Yeager, 35, was killed early Monday in Mid-City. (photo via NOPD)

A 16-year-old arrested in connection with last weekend’s carjacking of a woman on Newcomb Boulevard was also involved in Monday’s killing of a Domino’s driver in Mid-City, New Orleans police said Tuesday afternoon. Continue reading »

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Sep 232014
 
A rendering by Studio WTA architects of the redevelopment planned for the corner of Nashville and Magazine. (via nola.gov)

A rendering by Studio WTA architects of the redevelopment planned for the corner of Nashville and Magazine. (via nola.gov)

For years, as celebrated New York City restaurateurs Sean Josephs and Mani Dawes made visits to see Dawes’ mother in New Orleans, the idea of opening a restaurant in Dawes’ hometown was never far from their minds.

“There were a lot of runs around Audubon Park where we fantasized about leaving New York and moving here,” Josephs said. “I didn’t understand that if you marry someone from New Orleans, they’ll always bring you back.”

Sure enough, Josephs and Dawes are now planning a restaurant just a stone’s throw from her mother’s house and Audubon Park, anchoring a redevelopment already underway at the corner of Magazine Street and Nashville Avenue. Continue reading »

Sep 222014
 
Anthony Reed installs a new LED light on a St. Charles Avenue streetlight pole. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Anthony Reed installs a new LED light on a St. Charles Avenue streetlight pole. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

All the streetlights on St. Charles Avenue from Carrollton to the Lower Garden District will be repaired and replaced with new LED lights over the next two weeks, city officials said Monday morning as the work began. Continue reading »

Sep 212014
 
From left, Cameron Messinides, Madeleine LeCesne, Ashley Gong, First Lady Michelle Obama, Julia Falkner and Weston Clark in the Blue Room of the White House, Thursday, Sept. 18. (submitted photo)

From left, Cameron Messinides, Madeleine LeCesne, Ashley Gong, First Lady Michelle Obama, Julia Falkner and Weston Clark in the Blue Room of the White House, Thursday, Sept. 18. (submitted photo)

A Lusher High School senior has been chosen out of 13,000 students across the country as a 2014 National Student Poet by First Lady Michelle Obama, and joined her at the White House this week for a poetry reading. Continue reading »

Sep 182014
 
A map of the Southeastern Louisiana Urban Flood Control now shows the final leg on Louisiana Avenue as "under construction." (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A map of the Southeastern Louisiana Urban Flood Control now shows the final leg on Louisiana Avenue as “under construction.” (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

If you like navigating around the drainage projects on Napoleon, Jefferson and South Claiborne avenues — or if, more likely, you don’t — get ready: Louisiana Avenue is next.

The $82.6 million installation of a box canal on Louisiana Avenue from South Claiborne to Constance Street — a sister project of sorts to similar efforts on Napoleon, Jefferson and South Claiborne avenues — got its official start back in the summer, when Boh Brothers was chosen as the contractor, said Sewerage and Water Board superintendent Joe Becker before an audience of nearby residents at the Lyons Center on Thursday night. But after site surveying and other preparations, neighbors will begin to see the beginnings of the work on the ground in the weeks to come, as workers begin trimming trees and starting construction near Clara Street. Continue reading »

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Sep 182014
 
Megan Fuselier and Matt Wilson (left) and Safety and Permits director Jared Munster (far right) listen as Councilwoman Susan Guidry speaks during Thursday's meeting of the New Orleans City Council. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Megan Fuselier and Matt Wilson (left) and Safety and Permits director Jared Munster (far right) listen as Councilwoman Susan Guidry speaks during Thursday’s meeting of the New Orleans City Council. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Issues relating to the demolition of historic buildings dominated Thursday’s meeting of the New Orleans City Council, culminating in the quiet restructuring of the city panel that oversees them to protect its decisions from court challenges.

Thursday’s meeting there on Thursday, however, included intense debates over whether preservation laws accelerate the loss of property by original owners, or if city bureaucracy is actually impeding preservation efforts – and ultimately suggests a widening philosophical rift among City Council members over the role of architectural preservation in New Orleans. Continue reading »