Robert Morris

Jan 262017
 

Sylvanie Williams College Prep performs in the Krewe of Freret parade on Napoleon Avenue in 2016. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Sylvanie Williams elementary school was the first campus awarded to the New Orleans College Prep charter network eight years ago, and now officials are pouring their resources into improving the struggling school’s grades enough to hold on to its charter. Continue reading »

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Jan 252017
 

An early rendering of the facade of the two-story expansion of the University Shell on South Claiborne Avenue. (image by Professional Designs Group)

After deciding to close the Shell service station at Magazine and State street at the end of last year because of high rents, the owners of University Shell on South Claiborne Avenue are planning to expand the convenience store to a two-story building with more food and alcohol sales, they told neighbors this week. Continue reading »

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Jan 242017
 

The New Orleans Music Exchange building at 3340 Magazine Street (June 2016 photo by Google Maps)

Hieu Doan appears before the City Planning Commission on Tuesday to request a restaurant use at the former New Orleans Music Exchange building on Magazine Street. (via city of New Orleans)

A year after the untimely death of beloved New Orleans Music Exchange owner Jimmy Glickman, the bright blue building at the corner of Magazine and Louisiana is slated to become a seafood restaurant, according to plans pending before the City Planning Commission on Tuesday. Continue reading »

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Jan 242017
 

(map via NOPD)

A Tulane student’s Audi left running in a Calhoun Street driveway was taken by a man who threatened the woman in the back seat early Saturday, and a woman on Perrier Street was robbed at gunpoint Monday morning, New Orleans police said. Continue reading »

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Jan 232017
 
Owen Courrèges

Owen Courrèges

Last week, I chronicled the exploits of New Orleans’ newest weapon against the scourge of speeding – roving speed camera vehicles. You’ll recall that one of these vehicles was caught doing something rather naughty; namely, it was seen parked across the sidewalk on Lakeshore Drive.

I fully expected that the city would do what it normally does when it gets caught with its pants down: either ignore the incident entirely or (alternatively) issue a statement expressing regret and vowing corrective action to ensure that it wouldn’t happen again.

Instead, the city chose Option “C.” It dug in its heels and defended the indefensible. Continue reading »

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Jan 212017
 

Audubon Charter School and OPSB officials cut a ceremonial ribbon at Audubon Charter School’s renovated Broadway campus in August 2015. Audubon is considering launching a new campus in the fall of 2018. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Audubon Charter School must decide within the month whether to it will launch a new campus in another part of the city in the fall of 2018 that would combine a French-immersion curriculum with Montessori techniques. Continue reading »

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Jan 202017
 
Flowers adorn the statue of Lady Liberty as it rests by the edge of the Mississippi River. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

Flowers adorn the statue of Lady Liberty as it rests by the edge of the Mississippi River. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

Combine President Donald J. Trump’s paltry 15 percent of the vote in New Orleans with an inauguration day during the Mardi Gras season, and a satirical, theatrical parade was all but inevitable.

About 200 people held a jazz funeral for Lady Liberty through the streets of the French Quarter on Friday morning, many clad in black or carrying signs mixing messages of protest and hope. A few dressed as the part of the female anatomy the President has boasted that he likes to grab, and one dressed as the new President.

Images from the jazz funeral for Lady Liberty through New Orleans. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A protester dressed as Donald Trump sneers presidentially over the coffin during a jazz funeral for Lady Liberty through New Orleans. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

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Jan 202017
 

(image via the Simone’s Market page on Facebook)

A crawfish boil, hog roast, rum tasting and gift certificate giveaways will all help Simone’s Market celebrate its grand opening Sunday, the new grocery on Oak Street announced. Continue reading »

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Jan 192017
 
A rider checks out a bicycle from a station in an image from a promotional video produced by Social Bicycles (via YouTube)

A rider checks out a bicycle from a station in an image from a promotional video produced by Social Bicycles (via YouTube)

In an effort to combine the convenience of public transit with the benefits of cycling, New Orleans is preparing to deploy a fleet of 700 publicly shared “social bicycles” for hire around this city this year, officials are busy telling neighborhood groups. Continue reading »

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Jan 182017
 

Susan Guidry

The mysterious nocturnal explosion sounds that have literally been rattling Carrollton homes since December are not caused by any supersonic aircraft activity, military officials said in response to a City Council member’s inquiry this week. Continue reading »

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Jan 182017
 
(map via NOPD)

(map via NOPD)

Two boys were injured in a shooting Monday night on Green Street in Carrollton, the latest Uptown incident in what is being described as a dramatic escalation of gun violence across the city, New Orleans police said. Continue reading »

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Jan 172017
 

Highlighted area shows the section of Annunciation Square under consideration for a dog park. (Graphic by UptownMessenger.com, source: city of New Orelans)

Many members of the Coliseum Square Association voiced favor Monday night for a proposed gated dog run in Annunciation Square, though some still question the safety and cleanliness of allowing dogs to run freely so close to children. Continue reading »

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