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 »

Sep 072017
Danae Columbus

Danae Columbus, opinion columnist

The New Orleans City Council’s budget hearing today focuses on capital improvements, public works and other drainage improvements that were paid for this year with emergency funds. When also factoring in yesterday’s fire at the Sewerage & Water Board’s Claiborne Avenue main pumping station, it’s easy to see why citizens are becoming more skeptical about the ability of our mayor and his S&WB team to protect us against flooding. Continue reading »

 Comments Off on Danae Columbus: In hurricane season, threat of flooding never far from the city of New Orleans
Sep 052017

Candidates who qualified for the District A seat on the City Council are (top row, from left) Joe Giarrusso III, Tilman Hardy, Aylin Maklansky, Dan Ring, Drew Ward and Toyia Washington-Kendrick. In District B, (bottom row) Jay H. Banks, Seth Bloom, Eugene Ben, Catherine Love, Timothy David Ray and Andre Strumer qualified. ( graphic via candidates’ photos)

Two upcoming election forums organized by Carrollton and Uptown neighborhood groups will give voters the chance to hear from candidates running for New Orleans City Council Districts A and B. Continue reading »

 Comments Off on Carrollton, Uptown neighborhood groups plan City Council candidate forums for Districts A and B
Sep 012017

839 Jackson Avenue (via City of New Orleans)

A request to rezone two properties at Jackson Avenue and Laurel Street to allow them to become legal short-term rentals passed the City Council last week, but only after a heated discussion about the ongoing impact of AirBnB-type vacation rentals on the city’s housing stock. Continue reading »

Aug 312017

WDSU anchor Travers Mackel poses a question to the six candidates running for the District B seat on the New Orleans City Council. (screenshot via YouTube)

The entire field of candidates for the open District B seat on the City Council support the removal of both red-light cameras and Confederate monuments, and also reacted to one candidate’s admission of a past opioid addiction in a recent televised debate. Continue reading »

Aug 302017

The Third Rose of Sharon Baptist Church at 2132 Third Street has received permission to rebuild a community center next door. (via Google Maps)

A drawing of the proposed community center by CIS Architects. (via city of New Orleans)

The City Council gave final permission last week to a Central City church to rebuild its community center next door. Continue reading »

 Comments Off on Central City church cleared to rebuild community center on vacant lot next door
Aug 292017

Mayor Mitch Landrieu speaks Tuesday afternoon about the response to Tropical Storm Harvey. (via Facebook live video)

After a surprise day off Tuesday for Tropical Storm Harvey’s rains, all students in the Orleans Parish School Board and Recovery School District will return to their schools as normal on Wednesday, officials announced. Continue reading »

 Comments Off on All New Orleans public schools to reopen Wednesday
Aug 242017

Coroner Jeffrey Rouse (center) confers with NOPD Homicide detectives after the discovery of a body in November 2014. (Robert Morris,

Incumbent Orleans Parish Coroner Jeffrey Rouse has withdrawn his re-election campaign to return to private psychiatric practice, greeting the election of Dwight McKenna as the city’s first African-American coroner as the “logical next step” for the evolution of the office. Continue reading »

Aug 242017

Moderator Travers Mackel (right) poses a question to the six candidates running for the open District A seat on the City Council. (still image from YouTube video)

One candidate for the open District A seat still hasn’t decided whether Confederate statues should be removed in New Orleans, and some question whether the New Orleans Police Department is actually understaffed. Another candidate thinks pothole repairs should halt until underground drainage problems are fixed, and one thinks the Sewerage & Water Board should be abolished altogether. Continue reading »

Aug 242017

Albert Ledner (submitted photo)

Danae Columbus

Danae Columbus, opinion columnist

When the Louisiana Architectural Foundation decided to bring the 9th annual Architecture & Design Film Festival to New Orleans, foundation director Stacey Pfingsten knew that the festival must include the world premiere of “Designing Life: The Organic Modernism of Albert C. Ledner.”

The nation’s largest film festival devoted to architecture and design, the ADFF “celebrates the creative spirit behind many of the world’s most innovative architecture and design projects and the larger-than-life personalities who create them.” Ledner, a spry 93-year old native New Orleanian who still practices his craft, certainly fits the bill. Continue reading »

 Comments Off on Danae Columbus: Film festival celebrates New Orleans architect Albert Ledner  Tagged with:
Aug 232017

The former Zara’s property at 2042 Prytania Street, following extensive renovations. (photographed in April 2017 by Google Maps)

The former Zara’s site on Prytania Street received initial approval to reopen a grocery store there without package liquor sales, despite a Lower Garden District neighborhood dispute over whether short-term rentals should be allowed in the building’s upper-floor apartments. Continue reading »

Aug 182017

The majority of the diesel fuel that leaked from the Sewerage & Water Board plant in Carrollton has been cleaned up, and no more has appeared, but officials are still unsure how it escaped in the first place, authorities said Thursday afternoon. Continue reading »

 Comments Off on Majority of diesel that leaked from Carrollton plant cleaned, and no more found, officials say