Robert Morris

Nov 212013
 

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The Fifth Annual Magazine Street Blues Festival in Lawrence Square park on Saturday will feature a music lineup headlined by Rockin’ Dopsie, plus food, an artist’s village and kids’ activities — all in an effort to raise money to support the officers of the New Orleans Police Department’s Uptown-based Second District. Continue reading »

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Nov 212013
 

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The architect who initiated the Dutch Dialogues on New Orleans water management, a proponent of locally-produced Carnival throws and a Lafitte Greenway advocate will be honored as “Urban Heroes” on Friday evening at the Propeller Incubator in Broadmoor. Continue reading »

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Nov 212013
 

City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

As the New Orleans City Council voted Thursday evening to increase the sales tax by 1 percent in the shops in the new Magnolia Marketplace, Central City residents voiced concern that the city’s highest sales taxes will be in one of its poorest neighborhoods, and Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell responded with her vision of a retail renaissance that makes Claiborne Avenue a citywide shopping destination. Continue reading »

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Nov 212013
 
Robbery and robbery attempts on Magazine and Baronne streets; incident on Third not shown. (via NOPD)

Robbery and robbery attempts on Magazine and Baronne streets; incident on Third not shown. (via NOPD)

Suspect in armed-robbery attempt in the 3200 block of Magazine. (via NOPD)

Suspect in armed-robbery attempt in the 3200 block of Magazine. (via NOPD)

New Orleans police are investigating two armed robberies and two armed-robbery attempts in the last two weeks around the edges of the Garden District area, including two incidents on Magazine Street, one on Third and one on Baronne, authorities said. Continue reading »

Nov 202013
 

(image via projectnola.com)

(image via projectnola.com)

Residents around the Baronne Street corridor will soon have the opportunity to join the network of nearly 600 security cameras privately monitored by the Project NOLA nonprofit, with the cost offset by $100 per home or business contributed by the Delachaise Neighborhood Association. Continue reading »

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Nov 202013
 
The 2000 block of Ursulines. (photo by Jean-Paul Villere for UptownMessenger.com)

The 2000 block of Ursulines. (photo by Jean-Paul Villere for UptownMessenger.com)

Jean-Paul Villere

I have always had a fascination with the written word in public places. Not street signs, business names or general advertising or billboards: you know, the traditional, formally executed kind via a municipality or organized venture, spreading whatever message usually of an identifying or sales nature.  I mean the taggers, whether via graffiti by marker on a bathroom wall or spraypaint under a bridge, or those working in fresh concrete getting the last laugh (no grey ghost will come around and buff out what’s set in mortar, at least not with any expediency).  What happened to Fred Ratke anyway?  I notice a lot of new work he’s leaving up longer than I’d expect. Continue reading »

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Nov 192013
 
First GameStop shoplifting suspect (via NOPD)

First GameStop shoplifting suspect (via NOPD)

Claiborne Avenue person of interest. (via NOPD)

Claiborne Avenue person of interest. (via NOPD)

Investigators are seeking the public’s help in identifying several men photographed by surveillance cameras recently — one believed to have information about an attempted robbery on South Claiborne Avenue on Sunday morning, and two who allegedly stole several Playstation 3 units from the GameStop near the Walmart on Tchoupitoulas on Friday. Continue reading »

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Nov 192013
 

five days at memorialSheri Fink, whose book “Five Days at Memorial” recounts the efforts to save lives at Memorial Medical Center in New Orleans immediately after Hurricane Katrina, will speak Wednesday evening as part of this week’s ongoing Jewish Book Festival. Continue reading »

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Nov 192013
 

The French government has issued a warning to travelers visiting New Orleans to avoid leaving the Garden District for Central City or the Irish Channel, according to our partners at WWL-TV. The notice urges French travelers not to stray north of St. Charles Avenue or south of Magazine Street (“au nord de l’avenue Saint-Charles et au sud de la rue Magazine“) when they are in the Garden District. Continue reading »

Nov 182013
 

Harry Shearer (from "The Big Uneasy")

Harry Shearer (from “The Big Uneasy”)

Loyola University artist-in-residence Harry Shearer, a humorist known for his work on “Spinal Tap,” “The Simpsons” and “Le Show,” will lead a free public forum on comedy in film titled “What’s So Funny About That” this evening (Monday, Nov. 18) on campus. Continue reading »

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Nov 182013
 

(image via Louisiana Secretary of State  website)

(image via Louisiana Secretary of State website)

Twinbrook Security District boundaries.

Twinbrook Security District boundaries.

Voters in the Uptown neighborhood surrounding the Latter library voted 143-60 this weekend to increase the per-parcel fee in the Twinbrook Security District from $500 to $575. Continue reading »

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Nov 182013
 

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Thirteen years.  That’s how long New Orleanians have been paying $1.25 fares for one-way trips on streetcars and buses.   In an era characterized by major increases in city fees and taxes, transit fares have remained relatively low.

Now, it appears that $1.25 fares may not be quite enough.  Veolia Transportation Services Inc., the French corporation contracted to manage services for the Regional Transit Association (RTA), revealed this past Tuesday that there will not be enough money left in reserves to fund services by 2015 unless a fare increase is enacted. Continue reading »

Nov 152013
 
(photo via Southern Rep)

(photo via Southern Rep)

The Southern Rep production of Jane Austen’s “Pride & Prejudice” is entering the first weekend of its run at Ursuline Academy on State Street, and every performance is themed with special events and promotions. Continue reading »

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Nov 142013
 

A rendering and tenant list of the Magnolia Marketplace shopping complex planned for South Claiborne Avenue. (via City of New Orleans)

A rendering and tenant list of the Magnolia Marketplace shopping complex planned for South Claiborne Avenue. (via City of New Orleans)

Neighbors of the proposed Magnolia Marketplace retail development got their first chance Thursday evening to publicly air their questions about the project and the tax increase that supports it, as city officials prepare for a public hearing next week that will likely lead to the tax being officially levied. Continue reading »

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Nov 142013
 

noahs floodThis weekend’s New Orleans Opera performance of “Noah’s Flood” at Trinity Episcopal Church will include veteran New Orleans news anchor Norman Robinson in the speaking role of God, a cast of professional artists and musicians, and a chorus of students from public and private schools around the city. Continue reading »

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