Robert Morris

Aug 242015
 
Rosalind Peychaud, immediate past president of the Climana Neighborhood Association, holds a sign encouraging her neighbors to email photos of local quality of life problems to the association. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Rosalind Peychaud, immediate past president of the Climana Neighborhood Association, holds a sign encouraging her neighbors to email photos of local quality of life problems to the association. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

As she recently ended her term as president of the Climana Neighborhood Association in the Milan area, Rosalind Peychaud found herself grappling with the same issue that many neighborhood leaders do: New Orleans residents are the first ones to notice street-level problems with crime, blight, and other issues, but are often frustrated with how hard it is to get something done about it.

So, Peychaud whipped up her own solution: a grassroots campaign encouraging the use of the ubiquitous cell-phone camera for something more useful than selfies, positioning the neighborhood association as the advocate for reporting the problems captured in a photo and tracking their results. Continue reading »

Aug 222015
 
Lusher school operations director Frank Israel (at right) leads members of the school's governing board Saturday morning on a tour of renovations to the Fortier campus. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Lusher school operations director Frank Israel (at right) leads members of the school’s governing board Saturday morning on a tour of renovations to the Fortier campus. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Lusher administrators are actively negotiating with Orleans Parish School Board leaders about an upcoming reworking of the requirements of charter schools in the district, they said Saturday morning. Continue reading »

Aug 212015
 

(image via NOPD)

(image via NOPD)

(image via NOPD)

(image via NOPD)

New Orleans Police detectives have released surveillance video and photographs of the suspects who robbed Patois restaurant and 15 to 20 patrons Thursday night at gunpoint, and announced that they recovered a car with some of the victims’ belongings in the Milan neighborhood. Continue reading »

Aug 212015
 
Police officers speak to patrons inside Patois restaurant on Laurel Street following a robbery there Thursday night. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Police officers speak to patrons inside Patois restaurant on Laurel Street following a robbery there Thursday night. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A late-summer evening at Patois restaurant, with the final patrons chatting with the doors open — what should have been about as close to a perfect night in New Orleans as possible — instead turned into one of Uptown’s most brazen robberies in recent memory Thursday night when three men carrying guns barged in and took valuables from the nearly 20 people inside.

Almost simultaneously, police were pursuing suspects in a series of three carjacking incidents across the Uptown area, ultimately leading to several arrests. Continue reading »

Aug 202015
 
A section of the construction site on Prytania Street, photographed in February 25. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A section of the construction site on Prytania Street, photographed in February 25. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Nearly 150 property owners have now joined the lawsuit seeking damages from the Sewerage & Water Board of New Orleans related to the construction of major drainage canals through the Uptown area, while the agency is now casting blame for the problems on two of the contractors on the projects, legal documents show.

“Ten years after Katrina, the Plaintiffs are horrified to now find their homes and businesses, often newly renovated or refurbished, in the midst of another disaster,” the property owners’ attorney wrote in a recent court document. “…Delayed years beyond original dates of completion, their homes and neighborhoods are being wrecked by the project. They are being forced to live in damaged homes and pay for their own repairs, for years and years with no end in sight.” Continue reading »

Aug 182015
 
Ecole Bilingue is developing a formerly vacant lot at 820 General Pershing into a school garden. (submitted photo by Faye Lieder)

Ecole Bilingue is developing a formerly vacant lot at 820 General Pershing into a school garden. (submitted photo by Faye Lieder)

For years, neighbors and preservationists fought to save a century-old home at 820 General Pershing Street from the wrecking ball, and despaired when it was finally demolished late last year.

But instead of the commercial parking lot they once dreaded, the vacant lot is instead becoming a school garden for the nearby Ecole Bilingue de la Nouvelle-Orléans, and neighbors say they are unexpectedly pleased by its appearance. Continue reading »

Aug 172015
 
Audubon Charter School principal Janice Dupuy (center) -- flanked by two students and officials from the OPSB, the city, the state and federal governments -- cuts a ceremonial ribbon at Audubon Charter School's Broadway campus on Monday morning. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Audubon Charter School principal Janice Dupuy (center) — flanked by two students and officials from the OPSB, the city, the state and federal governments — cuts a ceremonial ribbon at Audubon Charter School’s Broadway campus on Monday morning. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Work still continues on Audubon Charter School even as students return this week. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Work still continues on Audubon Charter School even as students return this week. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

After years of construction and struggle, Audubon Charter School will welcome students back to its newly renovated campus on Broadway Street this week.

“This is a long-awaited day, to be back on Broadway,” Audubon Charter School principal Janice Dupuy said during a Monday-morning ribbon cutting ceremony. Continue reading »

Aug 172015
 

Armed robberies were reported on Josephine Street in Central City and at the Magnolia Discount on South Carrollton Avenue overnight, New Orleans police said Monday morning. Continue reading »

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Aug 142015
 
City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell and property owner Ruppert Kohlmeier (seated, front row) listen to a question from the audience at the Irish Channel Neighborhood Association meeting Thursday. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell and property owner Ruppert Kohlmeier (seated, front row) listen to a question from the audience at the Irish Channel Neighborhood Association meeting Thursday. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Just when the Irish Channel had come to accept that the little plot of land on Constance Street just off Magazine is not a park, on Tuesday — through the most tortured machinations of New Orleans bureaucracy — it became a park.

Of course, the little patch of ground is still not really a park. But what it will become after it stops being not-a-park remains stubbornly unclear, leading to a heated discussion Thursday night among the property owner, the Irish Channel Neighborhood Association and City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell. Continue reading »

Aug 132015
 
A NOPD patrol officer confers with a detective on Joseph near Prytania following an armed robbery there Thursday night. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A NOPD patrol officer confers with a detective on Joseph near Prytania following an armed robbery there Thursday night. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Two separate robberies were reported within minutes of one another Thursday night a few blocks apart on Prytania Street and St. Charles Avenue, followed by a third case hours later on Willow Street, New Orleans police said. Continue reading »

Aug 132015
 

New Orleans Police are looking for a ‘person of interest’ recorded on surveillance video to interview about the armed robbery two weeks ago of the Crescent City Pharmacy on Simon Bolivar Street in Central City, authorities said. Continue reading »

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Aug 132015
 

Police investigate the crash of a vehicle Wednesday on St. Charles Avenue, following a police chase after it was taken in a carjacking in Mid-City. (photo via our partners at WWL; click image for full photo gallery)

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Police investigate the crash of a vehicle Wednesday on St. Charles Avenue, following a police chase after it was taken in a carjacking in Mid-City. (photo via our partners at WWL; click image for full photo gallery)[/caption]

After a woman was carjacked at gunpoint Wednesday evening near the Fairgrounds, New Orleans police chased the teens inside her vehicle until they crashed on St. Charles Avenue, where they were arrested, authorities said. Continue reading »

Aug 122015
 

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(map via NOPD)

A woman in her early 20s was beaten with a gun Tuesday night in an armed robbery on Audubon Boulevard, New Orleans police said, following a weekend spree of four robberies across a wide swath of the Carrollton-university area detectives believe to be the work of a single suspect. Continue reading »

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Aug 112015
 
Alba Sanabria and Rolando Zelaya work at the Las Acacias corner store in March 2011. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

Alba Sanabria and Rolando Zelaya work at the Las Acacias corner store in March 2011.
(Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

For the second time in its nearly seven years on Freret Street, the Las Acacias corner store is embroiled in a heated debate over its alcohol sales, drawing sharp opinions from neighbors on both sides of the question. Continue reading »

Aug 112015
 
A rendering by Garrity Accardo architects of the redevelopment along Freret near Cadiz. (via nola.gov)

A rendering by Garrity Accardo architects of the redevelopment along Freret near Cadiz. (via nola.gov)

One of the first announced tenants of the new development replacing the former Frank’s Steakhouse on Freret Street will be Bar Frances, a wine bar planned by the owner of classic French Quarter restaurant Tujague’s and more recently the Garden District wine shop Bin 428. Continue reading »