Although the November elections for president, U.S. Senator, Congress and other races are still more than a month away, political insiders are already looking ahead to next year’s campaigns when a new mayor, city council and other municipal office-holders will be elected in the fall 2017 but take office in the spring of 2018. There will be several judicial races in March 2017 as well.
At the end of the day I’m all about problem solving. A real estate colleague recently shared a tale of somewhere on some sleepy block in the city some buyers scoping out a renovation. As the couple rolled up on the site, they happened upon an idle dumpster in front of the home, and, scrawled upon the monolithic refuse conveyor were big, bold spray-painted letters reading “DIE.” According to the story, the buyers paused for a moment and decided to withdraw their interest in viewing the house. I quickly offered one should always have a can of spray paint handy, rolling around in their trunk as it were. Because if it were me, I’d be quick to add a “T” to that scenario, case closed. Death transforms into watching one’s weight: diet. True story.
So this cement truck, a Landrieu Cement Truck, was filling in this gigantic pothole on Mexico Street. It’s this company owned by the mayor’s cousin that contracts with the city. Anyway, while it was filling in this massive hole in the pavement, another sinkhole opened up and the cement truck fell in.
I know what you’re thinking: What’s the punchline?
Well, although this sounds like the setup for a joke, it’s actually not. It happened this past week, much to the chagrin of the residents of Pontchartrain Park.
The Kelsey Bradley Favrot Memorial 5K run/walk on Sunday morning in Audubon Park will help raise money for the creation of a new center for the treatment of brain cancer.
A standoff that began early Saturday morning on Lyons Street ended after several hours with the arrest of a suspect, New Orleans police said.
Magazine Street’s annual four-mile long art show, Art for Art’s Sake, will take place at galleries and shops up and down the corridor Saturday evening.