Feb 202017
 

Nix library on South Carrollton Avenue (UptownMessenger.com file photo)

The week after Mardi Gras festivities conclude, the Nix branch of the New Orleans Public Library in Carrollton will reopen to patrons after five months of renovations, officials announced. Continue reading »

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Feb 092017
 
The former Times-Picayune building at 3800 Howard Avenue (photographed in August 2016 by Google  Maps)

The former Times-Picayune building at 3800 Howard Avenue (photographed in August 2016 by Google Maps)

The former Times-Picayune building on Howard Avenue is under consideration for redevelopment as a “major amusement facility,” and its new owners received the first step of approval Tuesday from New Orleans city officials toward the rezoning that would allow such a project. Continue reading »

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Feb 092017
 

City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell (left) helps A.P. Marullo cut the ribbon on the new CC’s Coffeehouse in Mid-City. (photo by Danae Columbus for UptownMessenger.com)

Danae Columbus

Danae Columbus, opinion columnist

When supporters are asked why they think LaToya Cantrell might make a good mayor, they always talk about her commitment to the community, hard work after Katrina and willingness to take on issues others shy away from. In short, she is known as a fighter.

[Note: This is the first in a series of columns analyzing the potential candidates in the upcoming New Orleans mayoral race.] Continue reading »

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Feb 082017
 
A rendering of the proposed apartment development was on display at Monday's meeting of the Coliseum Square Association. (photographed by Claire Byun, UptownMessenger.com)

A rendering of the proposed apartment development was on display at Monday’s meeting of the Coliseum Square Association. (photographed by Claire Byun, UptownMessenger.com)

Marc Robert, owner of the former Robert grocery site on Annunciation Street, speaks to the City Planning Commission on Jan. 25, 2017. (via City of New Orleans)

The plan to redevelop the former Robert grocery site on Annunciation Street into a 211-unit apartment complex will now proceed to the City Council for a final decision, after it narrowly passed the City Planning Commission amid technical concerns about its height and density. Continue reading »

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Feb 062017
 

Transdev shows off the red EZ10 self-driving shuttle at the Ernest Morial Convention Center. (image via our partners at WWL-TV)

Owen Courrèges

Owen Courrèges

New Orleans were given a glimpse of the future this past week, or at least one possible version of it. Alas, it appears that the future is a slow-moving red box.

The corporate operator of New Orleans public transit, Transdev, held an event with Mayor Mitch Landrieu on Monday to preview its self-driving vehicle, the EZ10 “Easy Rider” Autonomous Shuttle. The red, box-shaped EZ10, which is capable of holding 12 passengers, plodded along at roughly 8 miles per hour in front of the Morial Convention Center. Continue reading »

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Feb 022017
 

The double-blue line represents the repaving planned for St. Charles Avenue between Louisiana Avenue and Calliope through the remainder of 2017. Repaving is planned above Louisiana Avenue in 2018. (via roadwork.nola.gov)

The section of St. Charles Avenue from the Garden District to the overpass is scheduled for a repaving project that will last until spring of 2018, and New Orleans officials are still working to determine the best configuration of the traffic lanes after the resurfacing is complete. Continue reading »

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Feb 022017
 

Orleans Parish District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro speaks. (photo by Danae Columbus for UptownMessenger.com)

Danae Columbus

Danae Columbus, opinion columnist

In remarks delivered at the Criminal Justice Conference on Sexual Assault yesterday, District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro blasted New Orleans city leaders for “working from the Neville Chamberlain manual of war planning.“ Great Britain’s prime minister from 1937 to 1940, Chamberlain was often blamed for failing to prepare the county for World War II and associated today with a policy of appeasement that allowed Nazi Germany to grow strong. Continue reading »

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Jan 302017
 
Owen Courrèges

Owen Courrèges

Flanked by Gov. John Bel Edwards, Mayor Mitch Landrieu announced a $40 million plan purportedly aimed at enhancing safety in New Orleans. The principal aim of the plan appeared to be twofold: 1) taming Bourbon Street; and, 2) beginning the process of turning New Orleans into some kind of Orwellian surveillance state. Continue reading »

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Jan 242017
 

The New Orleans Music Exchange building at 3340 Magazine Street (June 2016 photo by Google Maps)

Hieu Doan appears before the City Planning Commission on Tuesday to request a restaurant use at the former New Orleans Music Exchange building on Magazine Street. (via city of New Orleans)

A year after the untimely death of beloved New Orleans Music Exchange owner Jimmy Glickman, the bright blue building at the corner of Magazine and Louisiana is slated to become a seafood restaurant, according to plans pending before the City Planning Commission on Tuesday. Continue reading »

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Jan 232017
 
Owen Courrèges

Owen Courrèges

Last week, I chronicled the exploits of New Orleans’ newest weapon against the scourge of speeding – roving speed camera vehicles. You’ll recall that one of these vehicles was caught doing something rather naughty; namely, it was seen parked across the sidewalk on Lakeshore Drive.

I fully expected that the city would do what it normally does when it gets caught with its pants down: either ignore the incident entirely or (alternatively) issue a statement expressing regret and vowing corrective action to ensure that it wouldn’t happen again.

Instead, the city chose Option “C.” It dug in its heels and defended the indefensible. Continue reading »

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Jan 192017
 
A rider checks out a bicycle from a station in an image from a promotional video produced by Social Bicycles (via YouTube)

A rider checks out a bicycle from a station in an image from a promotional video produced by Social Bicycles (via YouTube)

In an effort to combine the convenience of public transit with the benefits of cycling, New Orleans is preparing to deploy a fleet of 700 publicly shared “social bicycles” for hire around this city this year, officials are busy telling neighborhood groups. Continue reading »

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Jan 172017
 

Highlighted area shows the section of Annunciation Square under consideration for a dog park. (Graphic by UptownMessenger.com, source: city of New Orelans)

Many members of the Coliseum Square Association voiced favor Monday night for a proposed gated dog run in Annunciation Square, though some still question the safety and cleanliness of allowing dogs to run freely so close to children. Continue reading »

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