Jun 262017
 

A screen shot of a five-unit AirBnB listing at the corner of Prytania and Josephine. (via airbnb.com)

Owen Courrèges

Owen Courrèges

In the Federalist Papers, James Madison famously ruminated on the necessity of government.

“[W]hat is government itself, but the greatest of all reflections on human nature?” Madison asked rhetorically in Federalist No. 51. “If men were angels, no government would be necessary.”

It is because men are not angels (indeed, far from it) that we need the controls imposed by government. Even those laws that are overly restrictive and burdensome usually find their origins in the inability of citizens to do the right thing. Continue reading »

Jun 232017
 

The former Zara’s building on Prytania after renovations began, photographed in April 2016. (via Google Maps)

By Canela Lopez

The owners of the former Zara’s location on Prytania Street in the Lower Garden District still plan to move forward with their plan for a new neighborhood grocery there, but need to rezone the property in order to proceed, they told neighbors Monday night. Continue reading »

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Jun 232017
 

Via the Power Coalition

A Power Coalition of community organizations will hold a listening session in Central City about issues facing the community. The Power Coalition session will take place on Saturday, June 24 from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Ashé Cultural Center, 1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd. Continue reading »

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Jun 152017
 

Former School Board member Seth Bloom announces his candidacy for the District B seat on the New Orleans City Council on Wednesday, June 14, at the Martine Chaisson Gallery in the Central Business District. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Calling for a “fresh start” in the city of New Orleans, former School Board member Seth Bloom launched his City Council candidacy on Wednesday night, positioning himself as the vanguard of a new generation of civic leadership. Continue reading »

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Jun 152017
 
Danae Columbus

Danae Columbus, opinion columnist

Indivisible New Orleans, a group of about 150 New Orleans voters aligned with the national “Indivisible” movement that sprung up to oppose President Trump’s agenda, are holding the first mayoral candidate forum of this campaign season Saturday morning at the Unitarian Universalist Church in uptown New Orleans.

Candidates LaToya Cantrell, Michael Bagneris and Desiree Charbonnet were invited. All three initially confirmed their participation. Charbonnet recently notified INO of a previously scheduled out of town trip to Washington, D.C. and will not be attending. Continue reading »

Jun 142017
 

City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell listens to resident Babom Horton during a campaign event Tuesday evening at a home in Broadmoor.

As City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell kicked off her mayoral campaign Tuesday night in Broadmoor, she said she has been considering the idea of changing the structure of city government to make the chief of the New Orleans Police Department a separately elected position to increase law-enforcement accountability to the public. Continue reading »

Jun 132017
 

District B City Council candidates Catherine Love and Timothy David Ray speak Monday night before the Faubourg Delachaise Neighborhood Association at Spirit Wine on Magazine. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

In a city with such costly obligations that money to prosecute criminals has to be weighed against fixing roads, finding new revenue and holding down expenses are the only way to increase the services the city can afford.

And one possible solution, two candidates for District B suggested Monday night, may be legalizing marijuana, reducing the cost of enforcing drug laws that overburden all elements of the criminal justice system and raising money for new projects through taxes. Continue reading »

Jun 132017
 

City Councilwoman Susan Guidry speaks at a January 2015 meeting. (via nolacitycouncil.com)

District A Susan Guidry will hold a town hall meeting tonight (Tuesday, June 13) to inform residents about proposed amendments to the city’s master plan guiding future development. Continue reading »

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Jun 122017
 
Owen Courrèges

Owen Courrèges

Tensions have been boiling over between District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro and Mayor Mitch Landrieu.

On June 7, an opinion piece ran in the New Orleans Advocate by Cannizzaro accusing Landrieu of having “repeatedly placed politics above public safety.”

“The only objective of this policy has been to create the illusion of public safety, regardless of what is actually occurring on the streets,” Cannizzaro continued. “In so doing, he has ultimately endangered the citizens of New Orleans.” Continue reading »

Jun 092017
 
Danae Columbus

Danae Columbus, opinion columnist

Another senseless, cowardly act of violence occurred last night said Police Chief Michael Harrison as he described the city’s most recent shooting in Gentilly. With 23 New Orleanians shot just since last Saturday, it’s easy to see why New Orleans has the highest shooting rate in America — over 300 already this year.

Our high crime rate might also explain why so many individuals spend time at the Orleans Justice Center. We have more crimes being committed than the national average so we may need more beds than the national average. Continue reading »

Jun 082017
 

Dense crowds line St. Charles Avenue during the Krewe of Iris parade in 2017. Officials are investigating whether artificial turf could better protect the grass along the neutral ground. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Officials in the city of New Orleans have considered installing artificial turf along parts of the St. Charles Avenue neutral ground to protect it from the wear and tear of both large crowds at Mardi Gras and even the daily activity of runners. Continue reading »

Jun 062017
 

Jay Banks announces his candidacy for the District B seat on the New Orleans City Council on Tuesday morning at New Zion Baptist Church in Central City. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Citing a lineage of service and civic activism, Jay Banks launched his campaign for the District B seat on the New Orleans City Council on Tuesday morning in the historic New Zion Baptist Church surrounded by supporters, pastors, Democratic party leaders and other current and former elected officials.

“My entire life has been rooted in District B,” Banks told the crowd of nearly 100 people at the church. Continue reading »

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Jun 062017
 

The South Galvez Street detour at Martin Luther King Boulevard. (photo via City of New Orleans)

The stretch of South Galvez Street that connects Toledano Street and Martin Luther King Boulevard in the Hoffman Triangle neighborhood will be completely rebuilt and repaved in a $5.4 million project that will also reduce it from two vehicular lanes in either direction to one car lane and one bike lane on each side, New Orleans officials said. Continue reading »

Jun 052017
 

Dat’s Grocery on Magazine Street (via Orleans Parish Assessor’s office)

A developer has received tentative approval to tear down the Dat’s Grocery on Magazine Street, but city officials said that actual demolition work cannot begin until he has filed development plans with the Historic District Landmarks Commission. Continue reading »