Sep 192017
 

Chipotle plans to open its first New Orleans location in the former Radio Shack at 2801 Magazine Street in the Garden District. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The imminent arrival of fast-growing Chipotle chain burrito restaurant on Magazine Street — plunging directly into competition with beloved local Latin restaurants — has local residents beginning to explore legislation that might limit the influx of national brands on the uniquely Uptown New Orleans thoroughfare.

“No one comes to New Orleans to see Veterans Avenue,” said Coliseum Square Association member Frank Cole. “I don’t want to see an Arby’s on Magazine Street.” Continue reading »

Sep 192017
 

Carrollton residents packed the cafeteria of St. Mary’s Dominican High School last week for a debate between the six candidates for District A on the New Orleans City Council, but if you didn’t make it, here’s your chance to watch full videos of each section of the forum.

Tilman Hardy speaks during a District A candidates’ forum Thursday, Sept. 14, at St. Mary’s Dominican High School. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

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Sep 182017
 



From Mid-City Messenger

City Council District A candidates all have varying solutions for the ongoing Sewerage and Water Board fiasco, including hiring staff with water management experience and using spare Department of Public Works employees to clean out catch basins.

All agreed, however, that more oversight is needed for the state-created entity. Continue reading »

Sep 152017
 

Jay H. Banks speaks after receiving the endorsement of Gov. John Bel Edwards. (Robert Morris, MidCityMessenger.com)

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards made the unusual step of involving himself in a district-level local government election on Friday morning, announcing his support for Jay H. Banks to fill the New Orleans City Council seat being vacated by LaToya Cantrell.

In his appearance at Delgado Community College in Mid-City, Edwards also noted, however, that he will not be endorsing in the mayor’s race. Read the full story and watch live video of the event at Mid-City Messenger.

Sep 152017
 

Candidates for the District A seat on the New Orleans City Council — Joe Giarrusso III, Dan Ring, Tilman Hardy, Toyia Washington-Kendrick, Drew Ward and Aylin Maklansky — debate during a town hall hosted by Carrollton neighborhood groups on Thursday evening. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

City Council District A is home to a plethora of the city’s parks and greenspaces, and their management and sustainability remains an important issue as the city grows. All six District A candidates said they’d fight to keep greenspaces across the city, though they presented different preservation tactics.

Two candidates stressed the importance of zoning ordinances and the city’s Master Plan in protecting current greenspace, while others argued for legislation protecting trees and living plants. Some candidates said they’d look into unifying park management into one entity, if it proves efficient. Continue reading »

Sep 142017
 

Candidates for the District A seat on the New Orleans City Council — Joe Giarrusso III, Dan Ring, Tilman Hardy, Toyia Washington-Kendrick, Drew Ward and Aylin Maklansky — debate during a town hall hosted by Carrollton neighborhood groups on Thursday evening. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

Click below to watch an unedited replay of the Facebook Live video broadcast of Thursday night’s District A City Council debate before Carrollton neighborhood associations.

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Sep 142017
 

All six City Council District B candidates tackled an array of issues at a candidate forum Tuesday (Sabree Hill/Uptown Messenger).

Short term rental issues have been a touchy subject for years in New Orleans, but as local elections draw near, City Council candidates have their own solutions to common rental complaints.

All six City Council District B candidates tackled an array of issues at a forum Tuesday, including whether City Council’s short term rental ordinance was too restrictive or not tough enough.

Timothy David Ray, educator and musician, noted the rental exemptions granted to the French Quarter which were also chased by residents of the Garden District. Accessory, temporary and commercial short term rentals are prohibited in the Quarter – though some illegal rentals remain – except on a six-block stretch of Bourbon Street. Continue reading »

Sep 142017
 

District A candidates are (top row, from left) Joe Giarrusso III, Tilman Hardy, Aylin Maklansky, Dan Ring, Drew Ward and Toyia Washington-Kendrick. (UptownMessenger.com graphic from file photos)

A coalition of neighborhood groups from around the Carrollton area and beyond will hear from candidates for the open District A seat on the New Orleans City Council at a forum tonight at St. Mary’s Dominican High School. Continue reading »

Sep 142017
 
Danae Columbus

Danae Columbus, opinion columnist

A mysterious new anti-Desiree Charbonnet hit piece that selected voters began receiving yesterday is just the latest effort to take full advantage of voter polarization that begins in Washington and trickles down to the local level. With “undecided” still the largest voting block in many of the October elections, candidates and their handlers are doing their best to develop messages that resonate with voters and build consensus. Continue reading »

Sep 132017
 

Around 150 people attended a forum featuring the candidates for the District B seat on the New Orleans City Council, but if you couldn’t make it, here’s your chance to hear the wide-ranging discussion for yourself on police issues, the Sewerage & Water Board, property taxes, short-term rentals, the proliferation of chain businesses, historic-home demolitions and other issues.

District B City Council candidates (from left) Timothy David Ray, Seth Bloom, Andre Strumer, Eugene Ben, Catherine Love and Jay H. Banks speak Tuesday night at a forum organized by Uptown neighborhood groups. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

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Sep 132017
 

Eugene Ben argues for a stormwater management team working under the City Council during Tuesday’s District B forum. From left, candidate Timothy David Ray, Seth Bloom, “Action Andre” Strumer, Ben, Catherine Love and Jay Banks (Sabree Hill/Uptown Messenger).

By Claire Byun
cbyun@nolamessenger.com

All six City Council District B candidates said they’re against a new stormwater management fee proposed by Mayor Mitch Landrieu to help pay for improvements to the city’s troubled drainage system, though most proposed again adding City Council oversight to the Sewerage and Water Board Commission.

Candidates touched on stormwater infrastructure, public safety and short-term rental issues at a forum Tuesday evening hosted by several Uptown neighborhood associations. Most candidates argued for more transparency from the S&WB commission – especially in light of the August flood – though they each had different ideas on how to move forward. Continue reading »

Sep 122017
 

Candidates for the District B seat on the City Council are Jay H. Banks, Eugene Ben, Seth Bloom, Catherine Love, Timothy David Ray and Andre Strumer. (UptownMessenger.com graphic)

A group of neighborhood associations that span much of the Uptown area will hold a forum for the District B candidates for the New Orleans City Council tonight at St. George’s Episcopal Church on St. Charles Avenue. Continue reading »

Sep 112017
 

The forum was sponsored by the Greater New Orleans Housing Alliance and Providence Community Housing, and focused solely on housing costs, long-time resident displacement and crippling rental properties (via GNOFHA’s Facebook).

By Mid-City Messenger

Candidates from City Council Districts A and B races have been establishing their platforms for weeks, whether through general forums, neighborhood organizations or meet-and-greets. But on Wednesday, a select few were given the chance to expound on their strategies to combat rising housing costs and dilapidated rental properties.

The forum was sponsored by the Greater New Orleans Housing Alliance and Providence Community Housing, and focused solely on housing costs, long-time resident displacement and crippling rental properties.

City Council District A candidates Aylin Maklansky and Tilman Hardy both said they’d support new ordinances that required basic health and safety inspections for rental properties. Joe Giarusso was invited by could not attend due to a scheduling conflict, organizers said. Continue reading »