May 182018

District B City Councilman Jay H. Banks speaks at a neighborhood meeting in December 2017. (Robert Morris,

Several residents in the Faubourg Marengo neighborhood say they’ve had to deal with a tar-like odor around – and sometimes within – their homes for several years, and their new City Councilman says he will try to find the cause of the smell.

About 10 people from the small community between Magazine and Tchoupitoulas near Napoleon Avenue have banded together to examine the source of the reported foul odor. The group, unofficially led by Eric Eagan, met for the first time Wednesday evening. Continue reading »

May 142018

City Councilmen Jay H. Banks (left) and Joe Giarrusso III attend their first meeting of the City Council on May 7, 2018. (Robert Morris,

Following his campaign pledge to make the ongoing problems with the Sewerage & Water Board of New Orleans a primary focus, Councilman Joe Giarrusso and his colleagues have demanded the agency’s leaders appear before the City Council next month and answer a specific set of questions. Continue reading »

May 112018

Sandra Stokes of the Louisiana Landmarks Society speaks in front of the Carrollton Courthouse in June 2015. (Robert Morris,

A long-awaited decision on historic landmark status for the Carrollton Courthouse may be decided by city officials next month, now that the sale of the building from the Orleans Parish School Board was finally completed in the spring. Continue reading »

May 102018

The building at 4306 Magazine Street will be the home of Mona Lisa restaurant’s second location. (image via city of New Orleans)

The owners of the Mona Lisa restaurant in the French Quarter plan to open a second location of the Italian eatery Uptown on Magazine Street, they said this week. Continue reading »

May 072018

Staffers and supporters clamor for a photo of the new members of the New Orleans City Council as they convene for their first official meeting on Monday, May 7. (Robert Morris,

With high hopes for the future and a promise to serve the city that elected them, the new members of the New Orleans City Council met for their first official meeting Monday, moments after being sworn in.

The Landry-Walker choir sings during the first official meeting of the newly sworn-in New Orleans City Council. (Robert Morris,

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May 022018

A rendering of the Drive Shack golf facility under consideration at the former Times-Picayune site at Howard Avenue.

The Drive Shack golf facility under consideration for the former Times-Picayune site on Howard Avenue nabbed a recommendation for rezoning approval from City Planning staff, subject to a few building design changes suggested by the Design Advisory Committee. Continue reading »

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May 022018

(image via city of New Orleans)

The proposed new Subway sandwich shop in the corner unit of a strip mall on Magazine Street has become the latest flashpoint in the ongoing battle over chain fast-food restaurants on the historic Uptown thoroughfare, with a broad array of neighborhood and civic activists organizing opposition as a vote by the City Council approaches. Continue reading »

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Apr 282018

Capt. James Baldassaro, of New Orleans Private Patrol, does a key round while patrolling the Upper Hurstville area in 2010. (Sabree Hill, Uptown Messenger)

While the only election many New Orleanians are considering today is whether to get the crawfish bread or shrimp bread, residents of the Upper Hurstville and the Garden District neighborhoods will vote on whether to renew their security districts. Continue reading »

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Apr 262018

Prytania Street was transformed into a pit in 2015 for the installation of new drainage canals underground. (photo courtesy of Manual Mondragon, @mm_dragon on Twitter)

Joe Giarrusso III

Susan Guidry

With only weeks before her retirement, outgoing District A City Councilwoman Susan Guidry could hardly be more blunt in her assessment of the problems at the Sewerage & Water Board of New Orleans.

In the very same conversation, however, her successor Joe Giarrusso III, speaks just as resolutely about his intent to fix the beleagured agency. Continue reading »

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Apr 262018

Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell rides in the Krewe of Zulu on Mardi Gras day, 2013. ( file photo by Sabree Hill)

Danae Columbus

Danae Columbus, opinion columnist

If her choice of performers for the May 7 inauguration is any indication, it’s already clear that Mayor-elect LaToya Cantrell will not be bound by traditional convention as she charts a new path forward for New Orleans future. Cantrell will govern “The Cantrell Way,” with citizens adapting to her style and priorities that will surely include creating a system of governance that is more reflective of our voting majority and their needs.

Women, people of color, LGBTQ and low-income communities have always been historically marginalized, according to the Women’s Donor Network which made a presentation in New Orleans earlier this week. With her grass-roots, social worker background, Cantrell is expected to push for greater inclusion, empowerment and economic equity. Spreading the wealth and the power will be her mantra. Continue reading »

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Apr 252018

The building at 1020 Thalia will become the new headquarters for the Krewe sunglasses brand. (Robert Morris,

The New Orleans-based sunglasses brand Krewe — heralded in Hollywood as a favorite of stars Beyonce and Gigi Hadid — is converting a Thalia Street warehouse into its global headquarters, but some Lower Garden District neighbors are worried about the owner’s evolving plans for an outdoor courtyard. Continue reading »

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