The city of New Orleans’ $12.5 million plan to repave the uppermost end of Magazine Street next year answers a major standing request from the Audubon Commission, but Audubon leaders are still requesting an additional $3.6 million in upgrades to the riverfront park known as “The Fly.”
Jitney is probably a word few New Orleanians are familiar with, although historians believe that the work may have originated here.
Back in the early 20th century, systems of shared taxis, appeared in cities throughout America. The cost for using one of these shared cabs was usually a nickel, or jitney. The French Creole term “jeton,” which refers to a small coin or token, is widely believed to have been the inspiration for the word “jitney.” Accordingly, the word probably came from New Orleans.
The basic scheme behind jitneys was simple: An ordinary citizen could buy a used car or bus and run passengers around, usually far more cheaply and quickly than streetcars could. Eventually, some jitney operators formed jitney companies and even jitney drivers’ unions.
New Orleans officials levied approximately $30,000 in fines against an Uptown landlord Tuesday for code violations at 18 rental properties on some of the city’s most prominent streets, in what attorneys characterized as a shift toward stronger enforcement against occupied — rather than vacant — buildings.
The rectory at St. Henry’s church that neighbors once feared would be demolished for a parking lot will receive a new lease on life as classrooms for Ecole Bilingue, according to a plan school leaders shared with the neighborhood Monday evening.
Nobody will ever accuse Mayor Mitch Landrieu of being creative. Time and time again he has traveled down the same well-worn path of shifting blame to justify pursuing unpopular fiscal policies.
Most recently, Landrieu did the ol’ bait and switch by proposing cigarette and hotel tax increases that he knew he lacked the clout to get through the legislature. Next, he turned around and pushed through authorization to double of the police and fire property tax millages, subject to approval of that proposal on the city and state ballots in the fall.
City officials will join with members of the Milan Focus Group on Saturday at the site of a March shooting that left two women dead to voice the need for a safer neighborhood, organizers said.
Put a fork in it. The Louisiana Landmarks Society is done. They’ve bought the farm, cashed in their chips, and kicked the proverbial bucket.
I could go on listing aphorisms signifying death or obsolescence, but the gist is that the Louisiana Landmarks Society has become a joke. They have abandoned their mission of helping preserve landmarks in favor of the far less laudable enterprise of hawking restrictive zoning for the benefit of local NIMBYs.
I have reached this conclusion following the society’s release of its annual “New Orleans Nine Most Endangered List,” which lists “at-risk historic properties.” The Louisiana Landmarks Society as a whole was founded in 1950 in order to promote historic preservation, and the list was envisioned as a means to highlight certain properties at risk of being lost.
After this year’s list, it’s clear that is no longer the society’s agenda.
While the Mayor is touting his successes at the Legislature, Landrieu’s only major success is getting a fall ballot initiative to increase property taxes in New Orleans. Unfortunately for Senator Mary Landrieu, it might be on the ballot at the same time as her election and could be troubling if voters strongly oppose the tax.
Just because New Orleans voters turned down the Audubon Institute’s millage doesn’t automatically mean they will oppose Mitch’s property tax increase. Everyone knows the cost of living in New Orleans has increased dramatically since Katrina. We’re just not sure voters are ready to add on another tax which would hurt property owners and renters, whose landlords would undoubtedly increase rents.
Music, food and games for kids, adults and seniors alike will make up the Gert Town Community Family Fest this Saturday afternoon at Norwood Thompson Park, New Orleans city officials announced.
The proposed demolition of a century-old home on General Pershing just off Magazine — a point of contention for years between owners who want to tear it down and neighbors who want to see it renovated — was rejected again Monday afternoon for the third time in less than two years.
Three Uptown swimming pools — at the Lyons Center in the Irish Channel, the Harrell Center in west Carrollton and A.L. Davis Park in Central City — opened for the summer on Monday and will remain open to the public until August, according to a report by Alicia Serrano at MidCityMessenger.com.
A new Krystal Burger restaurant on South Claiborne Avenue received unanimous New Orleans City Council approval last week, the first in plans for a wave of a dozen or more new locations around the area.
Every now and again I drive past the intersection of Martin Luther King and Oretha Castle Haley in Central City. There, in the neutral ground, stands a statue that can only be described as a Lovecraftian horror. The ten-foot tall egg-shaped grotesque features several sets of hands with misshapen, distended fingers reaching out in bizarre fashion.
It’s a wonderfully disturbing statue, something straight out of movie “Beetlejuice.” Alas, there is no plaque on the statue, or other indication of what this nightmarish form was intended for. It simply appears to be a bit of random art with no specific purpose.
The lieutenant who has led the investigations into a number of major Uptown crimes over the past two years was promoted Friday morning to take charge of the citywide anti-gang investigations, New Orleans police said.
A movie production planning to film a simulated car crash will close Religious Street on Friday night, and nearby residents can expect to hear simulated gunfire during the filming as well, New Orleans officials said.
In what advocates are calling a continuation of the revitalization of major neighborhood landmarks, a long-shuttered vocational school just off Broad and Napoleon is slated for transformation into the Broadmoor Arts and Wellness Center.
A common practice amongst subordinates is to intentionally include extraneous steps in a plan to give a meddling boss something to change. This way, the plan remains exactly the same, but the boss feels as though he’s made a contribution and the subordinate can point out that he compromised. It goes like this:
PEON: Here’s what my plan is: We’ll design the product, build a prototype, dispose of toxic waste in the executive washroom, and then launch the product.
BOSS: Whoa! That third step is a problem. I don’t think we should dispose of toxic waste in the executive washroom. That could harm our corporate executives.
PEON: Hmmm… I’m still not sure about abandoning Step 3, but I see what you’re saying and value your guidance. I’ll scrap Step 3.
BOSS: Great! Let’s move forward.
It was this kind of scenario that comes to mind when the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center makes its pitch to expand its facilities into the Lower Garden District as part of a public/private partnership.
Let’s face it, New Orleans was not awarded the Super Bowl because NFL owners valued the financial investment the citizens of Minneapolis had made to build a new stadium. New Orleans has a reliable stadium that has served us very well over the decades, a stadium which in fact transformed New Orleans and helped create Poydras Street as a major business destination. We should all thank Doug Thornton, Ron Forman and Governor Jindal for continuing to keep our stadium up to par, within its physical footprint. The State of Louisiana can’t afford to build a new stadium at this time and we don’t have the corporate base of Minneapolis, Dallas, Houston or Milwaukee to even partially fund such a project. Nevertheless, we will win another Super Bowl bid — maybe not next year — but soon because New Orleans is still the best sports destination in America.