Robert Morris

Dec 162016
 

As 2016 draws to a close, a number of restaurants are making moves around Uptown: Munch Factory, Ruby Slipper and Saffron will all be opening up shop in Uptown neighborhoods, while Carrollton Avenue classic O’Henry’s has closed. Continue reading »

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Dec 152016
 

A member of the 610 Stompers leads a cheer as the Krewe of Hermes rolls past Napoleon Avenue construction fences in 2016. All construction on Napoleon will be complete for 2017, the U.S. Army Corps says. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Napoleon Avenue parade-goers can get their “Neutral Ground Side” T-shirts out of the mothballs for Mardi Gras 2017, because the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has announced that all construction on the avenue will be complete before the first parades roll in 2017. Continue reading »

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Dec 152016
 
A rendering from Magazine Street of the proposed Investar Bank. (courtesy of Robert Kocher)

A rendering of the view from Magazine Street of the proposed Investar Bank. (submitted photo)

A small Baton Rouge bank intends to enter the New Orleans market with a new location on Magazine Street, and neighbors hope that the building design and drive-through they plan will fit in well with the neighborhood. Continue reading »

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Dec 142016
 
Hoffman campus director Ebony Walker (left) and College Prep CEO Ben Kleban lead a tour of the new Hoffman campus in October 2015. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Hoffman campus director Ebony Walker (left) and College Prep CEO Ben Kleban lead a tour of the new Hoffman campus in October 2015. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

In hopes of attracting as broad a cross-section of the city’s families as possible, the New Orleans College Prep charter network has released the new income-based sliding scale for tuition at the expanded preschool site officials intend to launch at the Hoffman site next year. Continue reading »

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Dec 132016
 
Firefighters' pension tax results, by precinct: Precinct 14-26 (in red) was the only Uptown precinct to vote against the tax. Five others (in yellow) voted yes but with narrow margins of 50 to 55 percent. Everywhere else (in green) the tax passed easily. (map by UptownMessenger.com)

Firefighters’ pension tax results, by precinct: Precinct 14-26 (in red) was the only Uptown precinct to vote against the tax. Five others (in yellow) voted yes but with narrow margins of 50 to 55 percent. Everywhere else (in green) the tax passed easily. (map by UptownMessenger.com)

In the weeks leading up to Saturday’s vote to renew a property tax that funds one-third of the city’s drainage operations, Sewerage & Water Board general superintendent Joe Becker spoke openly about his fear that this year’s seemingly anti-establishment mood could scuttle the tax, leading to deep cuts for the agency.

“We’re very concerned that people are just going to walk into the booth, see ‘Taxes’ and vote no,” Becker said in November, barely a week after Donald Trump’s Electoral College upset shocked the nation.

It turns out, Becker had little reason to be concerned. Bolstered by support from nearly every public official and watchdog agency in the city, the drainage tax renewal passed easily. Meanwhile, a smaller new property tax to restore funding to the firefighters’ pension fund was not as popular, but still managed to pass. Continue reading »

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Dec 132016
 

(image via NOPD)

(image via NOPD)

New Orleans police have released a surveillance photo in the investigation of an armed robbery early Friday near a gate to the Uptown university campuses, and another robbery was reported Monday night on the Xavier campus, authorities said. Continue reading »

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Dec 122016
 

A couple was robbed of their vehicle at gunpoint out of the parking lot of a St. Charles Avenue restaurant Saturday evening, and man was shot the same night on Jackson Avenue, New Orleans police said. Continue reading »

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Dec 122016
 
Lusher Charter School. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Lusher Charter School. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Lusher Charter School governing board voted Monday morning to dismiss its lawsuit over the new school funding formula — unless the formula is changed to reduce Lusher’s funding significantly in the future. Continue reading »

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Dec 092016
 
Author Michael Tisserand reads from his new book "Krazy" at Octavia Books on Tuesday, Dec. 6. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Author Michael Tisserand reads from his new book “Krazy” at Octavia Books on Tuesday, Dec. 6. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Even at the height of his acclaim in the 1920s and 30s, the mixed-up little black cartoon feline known as “Krazy Kat” could hardly be called popular, ranking at the bottom of readers’ polls in the newspapers in which he and his surrealist world regularly appeared.

Nearly a century later, however, the unusual comic and the complex life of its New Orleans born author are enjoying an improbable moment in the spotlight, thanks to a new biography receiving glowing reviews in national publications like the Washington Post and an outpouring of love and enthusiasm here in New Orleans. Continue reading »

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Dec 082016
 
The Leo Benewell play spot at Pleasant and Tchoupitoulas is under consideration for conversion into a dog park, though some residents and city officials said they would prefer a larger space farther away. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Leo Benewell play spot at Pleasant and Tchoupitoulas is under consideration for conversion into a dog park, though some residents and city officials said they would prefer a larger space farther away. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Nearly three years after the opening of a dedicated “dog run” at Wisner Park, the city of New Orleans is launching a new round of discussions about potential locations for another dog park — partly in hopes of reducing some of the unauthorized off-leash use of other major parks around the Irish Channel and Lower Garden District by dog owners. Continue reading »

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