Jul 132015
 
The Jefferson Davis monument on South Jefferson Davis Parkway and Canal Street (photo by Alicia Serrano, MidCityMessenger.com)

The Jefferson Davis monument on South Jefferson Davis Parkway and Canal Street (photo by Alicia Serrano, MidCityMessenger.com)

As the City Council voted last week begin discussing the removal of four Confederate statues throughout the city, they also outlined the legal process by which it will take place, and many Council members shared their views on the issue. Continue reading »

Jul 132015
 

Mayor Mitch Landrieu addresses District B residents about the city's budget Wednesday evening at KIPP Central City Academy. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Mayor Mitch Landrieu addresses District B residents about the city’s budget in the 2013 budget meeting at KIPP Central City Academy. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Mayor Mitch Landrieu will host his annual meeting to take input from City Council District B residents about the annual budget for the city of New Orleans this week, his office announced. Continue reading »

Jul 132015
 
Owen Courrèges

Owen Courrèges

Former New Orleans mayor and textbook narcissist Marc Morial has come out in favor of Mayor Landrieu’s plan to remove four Civil War memorials located throughout the city. The erstwhile mayor, now head of the Urban League, proceeded to immediately put his foot in his mouth.

“Those symbols represent division,” Morial explained. “I don’t think Robert E. Lee, Jefferson Davis and P.G.T. Beauregard really had ties to the city.”

Apparently Morial’s grasp of Civil War history, even as it directly concerns the city he led for two terms as mayor, is just as lacking as his humility. While Lee had no major ties to New Orleans in particular, Jefferson Davis died in New Orleans and was originally buried here. Continue reading »

Jul 122015
 
The Freret Garden Center is now for lease, after its longtime owners decided to sell the property and move the business to Broadmoor. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Freret Garden Center is now for lease, after its longtime owners decided to sell the property and move the business to Broadmoor. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Freret Service Center closed in early June. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Freret Service Center closed in early June. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Nearly six years ago, James Carville famously told Anderson Cooper on Hurricane Katrina’s fourth anniversary that “A little bit of a sense I have is how Freret Street goes, how goes New Orleans.”

At the time, Carville was speaking to all the optimistic signs of the city’s recovery — the reopening of storefronts that had long been shuttered, the return of longtime residents and the arrival of new ones. His words, however, remain just as poignant today — when Freret Street has become such prized real estate that some neighborhood and startup business owners have closed their doors, while new, deeper-pocketed investors line up to take their places. Continue reading »

Jul 092015
 

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

What are the two M’s (Mitch and Marlin) fighting about now? We hear it’s FEMA dollars originally designated for Templeman II. Sheriff Marlin Gusman technically has them. Mayor Mitch Landrieu wants them.

Both Landrieu and Gusman are smart, well-educated, strong-willed but obstinate elected officials, each used to getting his own way. By not endorsing former Sheriff Charles Foti two years ago, Landrieu paved the way for Gusman’s re-election and this current issue. Continue reading »

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Jul 082015
 
Entergy trucks blocking the street on June 2, aka, life in New Orleans. (photo by S.L. Alexander)

Entergy trucks blocking the street on June 2, aka, life in New Orleans. (photo by S.L. Alexander)

S. L. Alexander (via courtroomcarnival.com)

S. L. Alexander (via courtroomcarnival.com)

By S.L. Alexander

As we begin to age in place, we Baby Boomers are being bombarded with suggestions in support of our insistence that 60 will just be the new 40: structured exercise (walk 10,000 steps a day!), careful diet (eat a lot of blueberries!), and mental gymnastics (do crossword puzzles in ink, even the one in the Sunday New York Times!).

But those of us of any age who are lucky enough to live in New Orleans as the tenth anniversary of August 29, 2005 (which I call “the late unpleasantness”) slinks our way, don’t need to wear our Fitbits 24/7. Just dealing with the confluence of various deadlines for spending government money, an estimated 71 billion federal bucks to rebuild the most devastated city since Sodom and/or Gomorrah — which certain folk have compared us to, actually — has forced us to strengthen ourselves in at least 10 ways as we fight a uniquely local condition: New Orleans Infrastructure Fatigue. Continue reading »

Jul 072015
 
The house at 918 Soniat was approved for demolition Monday. (April 2015 photo via Google)

The house at 918 Soniat was approved for demolition Monday. (April 2015 photo via Google)

Renderings by MetroStudio architects for a new home at 918 Soniat. (via City of New Orleans)

Renderings by MetroStudio architects for a new home at 918 Soniat. (via City of New Orleans)

A former rental home on Soniat Street that may have origins dating back nearly to the Civil War is likely to be torn down and replaced with new construction, but a request for a similar project on Annunciation Street split the city panel overseeing demolitions Monday. Continue reading »

Jul 022015
 
The My House building at 2010 Peniston Street. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The My House building at 2010 Peniston Street. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

static1.squarespace.comA facility that served the children and families of the Milan neighborhood for decades on Peniston Street until Hurricane Katrina is now finally nearing its reopening, 10 years after the storm, officials said. Continue reading »

Jul 022015
 

Starting Monday, drivers attempting to pass through Magazine Street’s intersection with Jefferson Avenue will be guided by a “phased” signal that alternates between Uptown and Downtown-bound traffic, the Sewerage & Water Board announced. Continue reading »

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Jun 292015
 

(image via Google Maps)

(image via Google Maps)

Residents along Calhoun Street, parts of St. Charles Avenue and other university area streets will have low water pressure Tuesday night while crews repair a broken water valve, according to the Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans. Continue reading »

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Jun 292015
 

(map via Entergy New Orleans)

(map via Entergy New Orleans)

The bike path along the Mississippi River will be closed starting today (Monday, June 29) for the month of July as well as parts of August and September as Entergy begins preparing for its project to upgrade transmission lines through Uptown New Orleans, the utility announced. Continue reading »

Jun 292015
 
Owen Courrèges

Owen Courrèges

Few people today recognize just how devastating the Civil War was, especially for the South.  The war resulted in over 750,000 deaths.  The South lost roughly a quarter of its male population of military age — 4 percent of its total population.  It constitutes the largest mortality event in American history.

Set against this backdrop, it comes as little surprise that memorials were built throughout the population centers of the South to commemorate the military and political leaders of the Confederacy and the soldiers who served under them.  Though the war was lost, the memories remained.

Yet, according to Mayor Landrieu, the days of Civil War Memorials in New Orleans are numbered.  In the wake of the recent mass shooting in Charleston, perpetrated by known Neo-Confederate and white supremacist Dylan Roof, virtually anything associated with the Confederacy is seen as a target. Continue reading »

Jun 262015
 
Conceptual designs for the Napoleon Avenue after construction is finished. (image by U.S. Army Corps of Engineers)

Conceptual designs for the Napoleon Avenue after construction is finished. (image by U.S. Army Corps of Engineers)

When construction is finished on the major section of Napoleon Avenue from South Claiborne to near St. Charles Avenue — expected by the end of the year — the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plans to build a walking path down the center of the neutral ground similar to that in Broadmoor, but to narrow the neutral ground by nine feet to make room for new bike lanes in the street in each direction. Continue reading »

Jun 242015
 

Sandra Stokes of the Louisiana Landmarks Society speaks in front of the Carrollton Courthouse on Wednesday, June 24. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Sandra Stokes of the Louisiana Landmarks Society speaks in front of the Carrollton Courthouse on Wednesday, June 24. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A day after the former Carrollton Courthouse was named to a prominent list of endangered national landmarks, New Orleans city and school officials gathered on its lawn pledging to seek a public use for the shuttered building that properly honors its history. Continue reading »

Jun 232015
 
Izzo's Illegal Burrito on Magazine Street (April 2015 photograph by Google Maps)

Izzo’s Illegal Burrito on Magazine Street (April 2015 photograph by Google Maps)

The request by Izzo’s Illegal Burrito to sell beer and margaritas at their Magazine Street location split the City Planning Commission on Tuesday — even with tight restrictions on the operations there — so the New Orleans City Council will have to decide whether a restaurant considered “fast food” should be compatible with alcohol sales. Continue reading »

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Jun 232015
 
Construction netting surrounds the exposed drainage canal revealed under the Coliseum Square sidewalks in mid-May. (image via WWL-TV)

Construction netting surrounds the exposed drainage canal revealed under the Coliseum Square sidewalks in mid-May. (image via WWL-TV)

The project to improve the sidewalks around Coliseum Square and the International School of Louisiana — halted by the unexpected discovery of 1880s-era drainage canals underneath them — will now fall under a federally-mandated review by the state office of historic preservation, officials confirmed. Continue reading »

Jun 232015
 

SWBMotorists on Louisiana Avenue will be detoured around St. Charles Avenue all day today (Tuesday, June 23) for repairs to a sewer line underneath the intersection, according to an emergency traffic advisory from the Sewerage & Water Board of New Orleans. Continue reading »

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Jun 202015
 

(map via City of New Orleans)

(map via City of New Orleans)

A portion of Drexel Drive will temporarily close this week to allow the construction of a new pedestrian bridge serving Xavier University students, followed by the temporary closure of Washington Avenue next week, the city of New Orleans announced. Continue reading »