Dec 022016
 
Joe Becker, general superintendent of the Sewerage & Water Board of New Orleans, describes the need for voters to approve a property-tax renewal that funds drainage operations in the city before the Audubon-Riverside Neighborhood Association on Thursday, Dec. 1. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Joe Becker, general superintendent of the Sewerage & Water Board of New Orleans, describes the need for voters to approve a property-tax renewal that funds drainage operations in the city before the Audubon-Riverside Neighborhood Association on Thursday, Dec. 1. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

With barely more than a week before the Dec. 10 election, officials with the Sewerage & Water Board of New Orleans are making their final effort to spread the word about voting to renew a tax that provides the agency with a third of its budget for draining the city. Continue reading »

Nov 282016
 
Owen Courrèges

Owen Courrèges

“It became necessary to destroy the town to save it.”

Vietnam War Correspondent Peter Arnett claimed to have overheard this quote from an unnamed American major regarding the shelling of of Bến Tre city in early 1968. Its veracity is questionable, and in any event, Bến Tre was largely rubble due to attacks from the north before US artillery began its assault to rout the Vietcong.

However, that dubious quote has lingered as a paradigmatic example of a peculiar brand of cognitive dissonance: the notion that you can intentionally eradicate something in the midst of preserving it. Obviously, you can’t have it both ways, but a similar idea has come to mind in the wake of the shooting on Bourbon Street this past weekend in which one person was killed and nine others were wounded. Continue reading »

Nov 282016
 
City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell speaks at her first re-election fundraiser on Oct. 9. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell speaks at her first re-election fundraiser on Oct. 9. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell — long considered one of the most likely top contenders as a candidate for New Orleans’ next mayor — announced to supporters last week that she is indeed considering a run for the position. Continue reading »

Nov 232016
 
A rendering of the proposed apartment development was on display at Monday's meeting of the Coliseum Square Association. (photographed by Claire Byun, UptownMessenger.com)

A rendering of the proposed apartment development was on display at Monday’s meeting of the Coliseum Square Association. (photographed by Claire Byun, UptownMessenger.com)

Lower Garden District residents have mixed emotions about the 211-unit apartment complex proposed to replace a former grocery store, but some are just appreciative it’s not a big-box retail store. Continue reading »

Nov 162016
 
Sewerage and Water Board superintendent Joe Becker speaks with a resident amid flooding from a broken water main on Cohn Street in July 2013. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

Sewerage and Water Board superintendent Joe Becker speaks with a resident amid flooding from a broken water main on Cohn Street in July 2013. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

The property tax that generates one-third of the Sewerage & Water Board’s budget for draining the city of New Orleans is up for renewal on the Dec. 10 runoff ballot, and officials are pleading with neighborhoods to spread the word amid the current climate of electoral uncertainty.

“We’re very concerned that people are just going to walk into the booth, see ‘Taxes’ and vote no,” said Joe Becker, general superintendent of the Sewerage & Water Board, at a meeting of the Delachaise Neighborhood Association on Tuesday. “But if people understand the consequences what that ‘no’ vote is, I think they’ll vote intellectually and see the benefits of moving forward with this.” Continue reading »

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Nov 152016
 
The New Orleans Veterans of Foreign War Post 8973 (VFW) commemorates the official groundbreaking for their new facility with members of the post, public officials, and the project’s general contractor, Design Management Group. Pictured: (l-r) Marshall Hevron, Fernando Rivera, Councilmember Latoya Cantrell, Mayor Mitch Landrieu, Doug Thomas, owner of DMG Ryan McCroskey, Elvin “Ray” Bass, and James Reiss. (photo courtesy of Serah Ridolfo)

The New Orleans Veterans of Foreign War Post 8973 (VFW) commemorates the official groundbreaking for their new facility with members of the post, public officials, and the project’s general contractor, DMG. Pictured: (l-r) Marshall Hevron, Fernando Rivera, Councilmember Latoya Cantrell, Mayor Mitch Landrieu, Doug Thomas, owner of DMG Ryan McCroskey, Elvin “Ray” Bass, and James Reiss. (photo courtesy of Serah Ridolfo)

The New Orleans Veterans of Foreign War Post 8973 (VFW) celebrated the official groundbreaking for their new facility at 531 Lyons Street on Veterans Day (Nov. 11). Together with members of the post, public officials, and the project’s general contractor, Design Management Group, the VFW celebrated the beginning of the post’s renovation and construction after more than six years of planning and fundraising. Continue reading »

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Nov 142016
 
An employee of the City of New Orleans begins erasing the "Black Power" slogan from the monument to Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee on Thursday, Nov. 10, following protests over the election of Donald J. Trump. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

An employee of the City of New Orleans begins erasing the “Black Power” slogan from the monument to Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee on Thursday, Nov. 10, following protests over the election of Donald J. Trump. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Owen Courrèges

Owen Courrèges

It’s probably an understatement to say that the results of last Tuesday’s presidential election were a shock to many. I personally stayed out on election night and was treated to many dejected laments. Some drowned their sorrows, while others engaged in angry diatribes.

Here in Uptown, Donald Trump only won a few precincts around State Street and St. Charles Avenue. The wider New Orleans metropolitan area was divided. Elsewhere, in the sea of red that surrounds New Orleans, Trump won by a whopping 20 points. Continue reading »

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Nov 142016
 
The first phase of lane closures on Soutjh Broad Street is expected to detour traffic around the Gravier Street intersection until Tuesday, Nov. 15. (map via City of New Orleans)

The first phase of lane closures on Soutjh Broad Street is expected to detour traffic around the Gravier Street intersection until Tuesday, Nov. 15. (map via City of New Orleans)

The Broad Street route between Uptown and Mid-City will be affected for the next month by a series of lane closures in three phases as part of an ongoing Gravier Street reconstruction project, New Orleans city officials announced. Continue reading »

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Nov 082016
 
A photo of the Newman building to be torn down, and a rendering of the new science building to replace it. (via City of New Orleans)

A photo of the Newman building to be torn down, and a rendering of the new science building to replace it. (via City of New Orleans)

The Isidore Newman School received permission from city officials to tear down and replace one of the buildings on its campus, and an Audubon Boulevard homeowner will be able to tear down a Cohn Street home to extend his backyard. Continue reading »

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Nov 082016
 
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(via uselectionday2016.com)

With today’s election being such a spectacle for the past few months, and a race that is reportedly very close, America’s next four years will be decided and revealed tonight. With such angst and uncertainty across the nation, local businesses and others are coming together to watch the election results, mostly over drinks and more drinks. Here’s a quick list of places having Election Watch Parties in Uptown. Continue reading »

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Nov 032016
 
Danae Columbus

Danae Columbus

Rampant voter frustration, anger, and resentment is all around us — from the Dillard University students and others who tried to crash last night’s televised debate to the local and national candidates who have shown a definite lack of civility — and these sentiments unfortunately could be the hallmark of all future elections. Continue reading »

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Nov 012016
 
RTA manager Justin Augustine (from left), transit advocate Pamela Legge, and RIDE New Orleans executive director Alex Posorske speak Tuesday night at Tulane Hillel as part of a panel discussion on public transit. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

RTA manager Justin Augustine (from left), transit advocate Pamela Legge, and RIDE New Orleans executive director Alex Posorske speak Tuesday night at Tulane Hillel as part of a panel discussion on public transit. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

As the New Orleans Regional Transit Authority looks for ways to grow public transportation in the city, officials are considering new options such as a partnership with Uber to reach transit lines or a new fare system based on riders’ incomes. Continue reading »

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Oct 272016
 
City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell poses with a constituent during last week's National Night Out Against Crime events. (photo by Danae Columbus for UptownMessenger.com)

City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell poses with a constituent during last week’s National Night Out Against Crime events. (photo by Danae Columbus for UptownMessenger.com)

Danae Columbus

Danae Columbus

“I am ready to lead this city,” proclaimed District B Councilmember LaToya Cantrell last Friday night. Though billed as a Halloween party at the French Quarter home of trial lawyer Darleen Jacobs, there was some pretty serious politicking going on as Cantrell announced she would seek “higher office” without specifying whether she will qualify for council at large or mayor. Continue reading »

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Oct 262016
 
The home at 2519 Napoleon Avenue, purchased by Ochsner Clinic Foundation in 2015 and now slated for "institutional" land-use. (via Google)

The home at 2519 Napoleon Avenue, purchased by Ochsner Clinic Foundation in 2015 and now slated for “institutional” land-use. (via Google)

Officials at Ochsner Baptist Medical Center are asking the city of New Orleans to include several properties they own in their “institutional” land-use designation, though they do not have immediate plans to develop any of them, they have told neighbors. Continue reading »

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Oct 242016
 
Owen Courrèges

Owen Courrèges

Mayor Landrieu’s 2017 budget has been released, and true to form, Landrieu proposes to nickel and dime the citizens of New Orleans for scraps of revenue. In order to generate an additional $5 million, Landrieu plans to double the number of red light and speed cameras, adding a whopping 56 cameras around the city. Continue reading »

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Oct 202016
 
Moderator  Jeff Thomas (left), Council on Aging leader Howard Rodgers, Independent Police Monitor Susan Hutson and Assessor Errol Williams pose for a photo at the recent senior caucus. (Danae Columbus for UptownMessenger.com)

Moderator Jeff Thomas (left), Council on Aging leader Howard Rodgers, Independent Police Monitor Susan Hutson and Assessor Errol Williams pose for a photo at the recent senior caucus. (Danae Columbus for UptownMessenger.com)

Danae Columbus

Danae Columbus

There are not too many legislative initiatives that Congressman Cedric Richmond and all seven members of the City Council agree on, but the opportunity for the Office of the Independent Police Monitor Susan Hutson to become more independent is one of them. Continue reading »

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Oct 192016
 
The LaFon fountain in its current state. (photo by Kara Mattini, courtesy of Coliseum Square Association)

The LaFon fountain in its current state. (photo by Kara Mattini, courtesy of Coliseum Square Association)

By Claire Byun

Lafon Fountain waters will hopefully flow again next year, thanks to a neighborhood organization’s fundraising efforts. Continue reading »

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Oct 172016
 
Owen Courrèges

Owen Courrèges

Street renovations certainly are continuing apace along Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard, a.k.a. “OCH.” The pavement has been stripped of asphalt and the newer, wider neutral ground is almost completed. Mayor Landrieu and other city leaders are already patting themselves on the back.

The only problem? Oretha Castle Haley was fine the way it was, unlike other infrastructure in the city. Most other streets remain smoldering dumpster fires. Continue reading »

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