Jan 232020
 

By Sue Strachan, Uptown Messenger

The Delachaise neighborhood is getting closer to becoming a security district. Organizers are pushing for active patrols by the second weekend of Carnival parades.

At the Delachaise Neighborhood Association meeting Tuesday (Jan. 21), board member Remy Richard said the association was awaiting the release of funds from the city before he sent out a prospectus to security companies to patrol the neighborhood bounded by Carondelet and South Saratoga streets, and Louisiana Avenue and Marengo Street. Continue reading »

Jan 222020
 

Management at The Boot supports the new police substation.

By Emily Carmichael, Uptown Messenger

Tulane University has won city approval to build a Tulane University Police Department substation on the previous site of the Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity building across from The Boot Bar and Grill.

The now vacant lot at 1036 Broadway is zoned as residential and required a conditional use approval to be used in a public works and safety capacity.

As Uptown Messenger previously reported, the station will be a single story, 3,600-square-foot building to serve as a 24/7 command center for TUPD’s off-campus patrols. Continue reading »

Jan 092020
 

Map from the city’s Department of Public Works. Blue: Patch mill/overlay. Red: Patch concrete. Orange: Incidental road repairs. Purple: Non-paving incidentals. (Roadwork.gov)

By Nicholas Reimann, Uptown Messenger

Around a year from now, city officials say, much of the Freret neighborhood will have repaved streets, repaired curb ramps and replaced sidewalks — with work set to start at the end of this month on a $4.2 million FEMA-funded roadwork project. Continue reading »

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Jan 062020
 

The city’s Department of Public Works and the Sewerage & Water Board has planned extensive road repairs in the Freret Street area.

A public meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 8, will provide residents an opportunity to learn more about the upcoming Freret Group A project and get their questions addressed, according to a notice from District B Councilman Jay Banks’ office. Continue reading »

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Jan 062020
 

Twelfth Night is the official end of the Christmas season, as well as the beginning of the Carnival season. So it’s time to take down the Christmas trees.

If you want your tree to be recycled, here’s what you need to do:

• Remove all ornaments, tinsel, lights and the tree stand.

• Place the tree at the location of your regular garbage collection before 5 a.m. on your second regularly scheduled second collection day. That’s either Thursday, Jan. 9; Friday, Jan. 10; or Saturday, Jan. 11. Continue reading »

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Jan 012020
 

The owner of the building at 700 Josephine wants to rezone the property back to commercial use. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A request to rezone a long-shuttered corner store on Josephine Street back into commercial use is raising questions among neighbors in the Lower Garden District, who say the lack of a specific tenant and the wide range of possible uses create the potential for trouble on a vulnerable residential block. Continue reading »

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Dec 312019
 

The Mayor’s Office encourages residents to enjoy the official public fireworks display. (courtesy of Mayor’s Neighborhood Engagement Office)

If your New Year’s Eve celebrations involve the French Quarter or the Central Business District, expect large crowds heavy traffic related to Wednesday’s Allstate Sugar Bowl as well as New Year’s events, city officials warn.

“As always, please take care in large crowds and report suspicious activity to public safety officials,” a Mayor’s Office press release states. Continue reading »

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Dec 242019
 

(Mid-City Messenger photo)

There will be no curbside trash or recycling collection on Christmas Day or New Year’s Day. Curbside trash collection will resume on the next regularly scheduled collection day.

If you have Wednesday and Saturday garbage pickup, your trash will be picked up Saturday as scheduled.

For areas with Wednesday recycling collection, Metro Disposal and Richard’s Disposal will conduct special collection days after Christmas (for all those cardboard boxes and wrapping paper). Continue reading »

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Dec 192019
 

Red demo versions of the Jump e-bikes have been used around town, but these bikes, when put into service, will be blue.They feature an e-assist that provides a boost of up to 20 mph every time you pedal. (via the Mayor’s Office)

On the second anniversary of the city’s Blue Bikes program, Mayor LaToya Cantrell announced expansion of the bike-share service to include more Uptown locations. The city also plans to replace its fleet with electric bikes, Cantrell announced. Continue reading »

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Dec 182019
 

Incoming executive director of Ashé Cultural Arts Center Asali DeVan Ecclesiastes, left, with retiring Executive Director Carol Bebelle. New Orleans City Council honored Bebelle for her decades of work as leader and co-founder of Ashé. (via New Orleans City Council)

One of the most impactful cultural institutions in New Orleans will welcome a new leader as a community pioneer retires. Ashé Cultural Arts Center co-founder Carol Bebelle is leaving her executive director position, which she has held since its inception.

The New Orleans City Council began their Dec. 5 meeting by honoring Bebelle as well as the center’s positive impact on community and culture via Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard. Continue reading »

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Dec 172019
 

The city-owned Lafayette No. 1 is ready for repairs. (via Mayor’s Office)

The city’s Department of Property Management is set to begin revitalizing and restoring Lafayette Cemetery No. 1, one of the city’s most treasured historic resting places and a popular tourist attraction.

The DPM will work alongside District B City Councilman Jay Banks, representatives from other city departments, as well as local historic preservationists to plan and complete the repairs, a city press release states. Graves at the site date back to the 1830s. Continue reading »

Dec 132019
 

Prytania Theatre (via City Planning Commission)

The Prytania Theatre may be a single-screen movie house in a multiplex world, but there is one movie-house trend it does want to join: serving alcohol.

The treasured Uptown institution got one step closer to that goal this week with approval from the City Planning Commission of a zoning change that could allow the theater to add adult beverages to its menu of drinks and snacks. Continue reading »

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Dec 092019
 

Rendering of the new Walter L. Cohen High School by HMS Architects.

By Emily Carmichael, Uptown Messenger

As the old Walter L. Cohen College Prep High School building nears its demolition, community members gave their feedback on the structure that will replace it, zeroing in on parking and the auditorium.

A second community meeting was held Thursday for the project at 3520 Dryades St., which is seeking permission to have fewer parking spots and fewer loading docks than required by zoning regulations. Regulations require 154 parking spaces and two loading docks. The current plans for the new school building have 40 parking spaces and one loading dock. Continue reading »

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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 »