May 232019
 

On Tuesday, May 28, the city’s Department of Public Works’ construction contractor, Hard Rock Construction, will close the sidewalk in the 700 block of South Jefferson Davis Parkway, as well as the bikeway bridge over the Pontchartrain Expressway.

A section of the Jefferson Davis Parkway sidewalk and bike path will be closed for repairs from Tuesday through Thursday. (via city of New Orleans)

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May 202019
 

Plastic bags are out, but corrugated cardboard is still accepted for curbside recycling. (Mid-City Messenger)

A crisis in the recycling industry is reflected in what we can and cannot put in our recycling bins starting with this week’s pickup, the city announced.

Here’s what can go into the bin for curbside recycling pickup:

  • Plastics: Only #1 (soda/water bottles) and #2 (milk/juice/shampoo/detergent containers);
  • Paper: Newspapers, junk mail, phone books, catalogs, office paper; corrugated cardboard, boxboard (cereal boxes/soft drink boxes);
  • Metal: Small aluminum and steel cans.

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May 172019
 

District B Councilman Jay Banks proposed the amendment banning short-term rentals in the Garden District. (Zach Brien, Uptown Messenger file photo)

The city’s overhaul of short-term rental regulations, passed by the City Council on Thursday, will restrict the tourist accommodations in residential areas. In the Garden District, however, they will be completely banned, with the passage of an amendment to the sweeping regulations. Continue reading »

May 122019
 

Barricades block the flooded intersection of Olive Street at South Carrollton Avenue in August 2017. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

from the City of New Orleans
Updated 11 a.m. 5/13/2019

New Orleans officials released the following information following heavy rains and thunderstorms that moved through the metro area Sunday morning. More than five inches of rain fell in parts of the city between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m., with bouts of heavy rain at rates of two inches an hour and higher sparking Flash Flood Warnings. Continue reading »

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May 102019
 

Mayor LaToya Cantrell, left, and other officials celebrate the completion of the streets project. The work included the addition of a bike lane. (courtesy of the City of New Orleans)

The South Galvez Street Infrastructure Project officially ended on Thursday when city officials gathered for a ceremony.

The project, which cost $5.4 million to complete, runs from Toledano Street to Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard. It was designed in accordance with New Orleans’ Complete Streets policy.

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May 102019
 

The Norwegian Seamen’s Church became the Scandinavian Jazz Church in 2017. (via Facebook)

A 20th century complex of buildings in a district revered for its 19th century architecture was given official landmark status Wednesday by the Historic District Landmarks Commission.

Designed and constructed in 1968, the Norwegian Seamen’s Church held its last service on Christmas Eve 2018. It then changed to secular hands, and its new owners are planning a wellness center.

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May 012019
 

Korin, 3, plays on equipment at Stanley Ray Playground in City Park on Tuesday. If taxpayers approve New Orleans’ parks and recreation millage proposal May 4, City Park would receive public funding from New Orleans for the first time in the park’s 165-year history. (India Yarborough, Loyola Student News Service)

By India Yarborough, iayarbor@my.loyno.edu
Loyola Student News Service

New Orleanians will decide the fate Saturday of a city proposal to redistribute parks and recreation funds. And while many city residents might gloss over the plan’s fine print, involved parks and rec organizations say the proposal is an effort to improve the quality of life of New Orleans residents.

“It’s vital, and it’s no fluff,” said Ann Mcdonald, director of the city’s Department of Parks and Parkways.

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Apr 102019
 

A surge in traffic camera tickets recently took New Orleans driver by surprise, after the city quietly lowered the threshold for speeding in school zones from 6 to 4 mph.

The City Council’s Budget Committee is asking the administration to address the changes to the Traffic Camera Safety Program in a meeting on Thursday, April 18.

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Apr 092019
 

Attendees had the chance to voice concerns to the city at Monday’s event. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

On Monday, cyclists, advocacy groups and city government officials gathered at Booker T. Washington in Central City to discuss issues around cycling in New Orleans. The meetings are part of an effort by New Orleans officials to make the city more bike-friendly and a safer place for cyclists.

Bike safety has come more into the spotlight since Frank Fisher, a 34-year-old oil-services worker and lifelong New Orleanian, was killed in February after being struck by a garbage truck while riding on Carrollton Avenue. No citations were written or arrests made in that case.

Then, on March 2, the deaths of Sharree Walls, 27, and David Hynes, 31, and the injuries of other cyclists on Esplanade Avenue galvanized the cycling community. Tashonty Toney, 32, faces two counts of vehicular homicide, seven counts of vehicular negligent injuring, hit-and-run driving and reckless operation of a vehicle in that incident.

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Apr 092019
 

A lone waterbird stands at the edge of the lagoon at Audubon Park. (UptownMessenger.com file photo)

An independent New Orleans research group is backing the proposal to replace three existing property taxes into one millage for citywide parks and recreation. But there’s a caveat: If passed, the city is urged to monitor the park agencies’ spending plans and performance outlined in a cooperative endeavor agreement.

The Bureau of Governmental Research, a nonprofit public-policy research organization, released this morning their study on the City-Wide Parks and Recreation Proposal.

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Apr 082019
 

A rendering of the proposed Rouses on Freret Street by JMR+H Architects. (via City Planning Commission)

Freret area residents can expect to shop at a neighborhood Rouses Market in the spring of 2020, according to estimates from a Rouses spokeswoman.

After easily clearing its major hurdles with the city, the Thibodaux-based supermarket chain is at least 10 weeks out from applying for a building permit, Marcy Nathan of Rouses Markets said. This timetable is in line with the company’s original estimates of an August 2019 start date for construction and a June 2020 opening.

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Apr 072019
 

The city of New Orleans will present a series of “open house” neighborhood workshops to engage residents in each district about the upcoming plan to expand and improve the City’s bike network. Meetings for Districts A & B take place this week.

The City is working in collaboration with the Department of Public Works, the City Planning Commission, and community partners on this project, known as Moving New Orleans Bikes.

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