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Nov 292019
 

Community Book Center on Bayou Road celebrates Small Business Saturday. (staylocal.org)

On Saturday — between Black Friday and Cyber Monday (make that Plaid Friday and Cider Monday) — local retailers and shoppers celebrate the low-key, hyper-local Small Business Saturday. It’s a national event bringing millions of Americans out to shop for holiday gifts at their favorite small businesses, to explore friendly, creative local shops and to support the local economy. Continue reading »

Nov 282019
 

Mark Romig and his staff at the New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corp. (Danae Columbus)

When the New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corp., or NOTMC, joins New Orleans & Co. on Jan. 1, 2020, citizens can still expect the same results-oriented, award-winning advertising, social media and promotional campaigns that have led to consistent record-breaking growth in leisure tourism as well as increased funding directed to New Orleans transit and infrastructure. Continue reading »

Nov 272019
 

Friends,

You may have seen recent news of the New Orleans City Council adopting the Mayor’s proposed budget.  I am writing before Thanksgiving to emphasize what government did for the people we represent.  The Council and the Mayor worked together to increase critical City services without increasing the City’s millages.

In politics, there is a tendency to speak in broad strokes.  The details matter in this case.  There were 90.69 millages belonging to the City and City-related entities before this year’s property assessments.  After skyrocketing assessments, those millages were rolled back by law to 86.09.  The question then was how to upgrade City services without rolling the overall millage rate above 86.09. Continue reading »

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Nov 272019
 

1901 Sophie Wright Place (via City Planning Commission)

By Sue Strachan, Uptown Messenger

The wners of 1901-07 Sophie Wright Place met with neighbors in the Lower Garden District on Tuesday, Non. 16, about their plans to turn a second-floor unit into a short-term rental.  Continue reading »

Nov 262019
 

The city was granted 25 acres of green space in Gentilly to create the Mirabeau Water Garden, which is set to open in the summer of 2020. The gardens were created to educate the public on water conservation and other eco-friendly practices. (via City of New Orleans)

by Rae Walberg, The Loyola Maroon

In the heart of Gentilly, 25 acres of Federal Emergency Management Agency-funded space was recently granted to build Mirabeau Water Gardens, a place where water conservation will be modeled on a larger-scale.

For Loyola professors Aimée Thomas and Bob Thomas, this was a dream ten years in the making. Continue reading »

Nov 262019
 

A New Orleans-based startup is working to match verified behavioral health treatment providers with patients who need their help. The Trusted Provider Network (TPN) platform is just that: an online network of licensed clinicians across the state, connecting their clients with specialists that would benefit them the most.

According to their website, “TPN offers a local community with a national reach to providers who meet the highest code of clinical services, ethics, and professional standards.”

TPN CEO Trevor Colhoun

CEO Trevor Colhoun, who has a background in capital markets and private equity, saw an opportunity with TPN to fix some of the issues faced when dealing with the behavioral health system.

“Two years ago, I started getting very fascinated with behavioral health. We had some family members go through different aspects of the behavioral health path,” Colhoun said. “It was awful to see the process and how it was occurring. On an advocacy and philanthropic side, we got involved.” Continue reading »

Nov 252019
 

A locked gate is at Lafayette Cemetery No. 1’s entrance on Washington Avenue. The historic cemetery has been closed since September. (Nicholas Reimann)

By Nicholas Reimann, Uptown Messenger

Tourists flocking to what’s become one of the Garden District’s most popular destinations are met with is just a padlock and a sign: “Lafayette Cemetery #1 will be temporarily closed for repairs.”

It’s been over two months since the city of New Orleans, which owns the cemetery, shut down the area for public access, as it performs the most extensive restoration effort in recent history on the site, which has graves dating back to the 1830s. Continue reading »

Nov 232019
 

Louis Wright, 61

A 61-year-old man was arrested in Central City on Friday after threatening a marijuana dealer, the New Orleans Police Department reported.

Police say Louis Wright purchased marijuana from a 36-year-old man in the 2400 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard at about 11 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 22. Continue reading »

Nov 222019
 

via Eventbrite

To combat the taxing of menstrual products, the national Tampon Tax Protest Tour for menstrual equity will make its New Orleans stop on Tulane University’s campus today (Nov. 22).

“Recognizing that taxes on menstrual products are discriminatory and illegal,” organizers said, “New Orleans will be part of a collective action against taxing these products, which, along with diapers, are currently taxed by the State of Louisiana.” Continue reading »

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