One of New Orleans’ oldest charitable institutions celebrated the beginning of a new chapter Tuesday, as the Poydras Home officially opened the new three-story Oak House expansion on its Magazine Street campus.
There is little uglier in this world than rent seeking, particularly when it’s specifically aimed at eliminating competition by reducing opportunity for others. Longstanding, established businesses can be especially guilty of this. After all, why beat your competition fairly and squarely when you’ve been around so long that you can simply send in the cops?
Recently, rent-seeking has come to Frenchman Street.
Franky & Johnny’s has reopened under new management on Arabella Street, the NOLA Smokehouse barbecue popup plans to open on Jackson Avenue in February, the Aline Street Beer Garden has a new permanent Dat Dog counter and the recent opening of Ivy on Magazine Street has prompted a contemplation of the restaurant industry’s place in the New Orleans economy by The New York Times.
Freret Street will see the debut of two new events — a nighttime version of its long-running market and a new 5K charity race — as city officials released a revised timeline for the ongoing street-construction project.
A concrete-batching plant under construction on a lot about a block from the South Broad Street overpass has been halted temporarily amid opposition from residents of the Zion City neighborhood; rapidly rising home prices in the Irish Channel made the area the focus for a recent case study of post-Katrina gentrification; and the dramatic reduction in appraised value of an assisted-living center on Magazine Street is being questioned, according to recent reports.
Freret Street will host two different rallies tonight (Wednesday, Dec. 4), a Christmas-themed roundup of food trucks at Dat Dog, and a $50-per-person fundraiser for Mayor Mitch Landrieu at Publiq House headlined by the Brass-A-Holics.
The new riverfront coastal-science lab planned by Tulane University will not displace Mardi Gras World from its current location, officials from both entities announced Tuesday.
The developers of the new Magnolia Marketplace are holding an information session at 2 p.m. today (Tuesday, Dec. 3) for a wide range of prospective contractors and suppliers from minority- and women-owned businesses, New Orleans officials said.
Tulane University has unveiled new plans for a campus focusing on coastal science on the riverfront property now occupied by Mardi Gras World; small local vendors are thriving at the weekly LaSalle market; a 146-year-old synagogue on Jackson Avenue in the Irish Channel is slated for redevelopment as luxury apartments, and an illegal parking space on Octavia Street has been removed, according to recent development reports.
In the wake of recent high-profile complaints about the New Orleans Taxi Bureau, one suggestion has been for New Orleans to emulate New York’s system for regulating taxi cabs by creating a new taxi/limousine commission and adopting a medallion system. In my view, this is a monumentally bad idea.
An impetus for this proposed change is related to complaints against the New Orleans Taxi Bureau and its chief, Malachi Hull, including an incident I wrote about previously when a Taxi Bureau inspector, Wilton “Big Will” Joiner, slammed a tour guide in the side of a parked car full view of a crowd of appalled tourists. This was troubling because Taxi Bureau investigators aren’t peace officers; they lack authority to detain or arrest anybody.
It’s clear that the Taxi Bureau is ill-managed and corrupt, and institutional changes certainly shouldn’t be rejected out of hand. However, New York’s supposed “reforms” are not something New Orleans should replicate.
If the mall-induced delirium of Black Friday isn’t your holiday shopping style, “Merriment on Magazine Street” offers an alternative from 5 to 9 p.m. tonight (Saturday, Nov. 30) — dozens of local merchants offering sales on local art, high fashion and designer home furnishings accompanied by refreshments and appetizers.
A New Orleans developer presented his vision for a five-story condo building with a large ground-floor gym to Oak Street residents and neighbors Tuesday night, drawing questions and concerns about the scale of the project among expressions of general enthusiasm for the concept.
A new, locally-owned pharmacy has opened on Simon Bolivar Avenue in Central City, and a men’s fashion shop is planned for Freret Street in January, among the latest new retail offerings around Uptown New Orleans.
Gautreau’s chef Sue Zemanick has opened her Ivy restaurant on Magazine Street, Dolce Vita is now serving pizza on St. Charles Avenue, and Another Broken Egg Cafe plans a location in the Garden District.
Three years after opening the popular Oak wine bar, the owners are planning to expand with a new gastropub next door on Oak Street called Ale, joined with a courtyard between them.