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 »

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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 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 »

Jun 162015
 
The house at 536 Octavia Street, photographed in May 2014 (via Google Maps).

The house at 536 Octavia Street, photographed in May 2014 (via Google Maps).

An architect’s plan to tear down an Octavia Street house he uses as a rental property and replace it with a home for himself that he described as more in keeping with the neighborhood drew mixed reviews Monday from the city’s demolition panel, who sent it with a split vote to the New Orleans City Council for a final decision. Continue reading »

Jun 122015
 
The Children's Hospital master plan, with buildings to be saved marked in blue, and new buildings in orange. (via City of New Orleans)

The Children’s Hospital master plan, with buildings to be saved marked in blue, and new buildings in orange. (via City of New Orleans)

The collection of nine former New Orleans Adolescent Hospital buildings acquired by Children’s Hospital will receive landmark protection, but the rest of the 17-acre site will not, a city panel ruled Thursday — effectively allowing the demolition of six dilapidated NOAH buildings in the near future and defining the path ahead for the expansion of Children’s Hospital. Continue reading »

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Jun 102015
 
A crack is visible in a foundation that attorney Michael Whitaker says is only 9 years old in the 2500 block of Napoleon Avenue. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A crack is visible in a foundation that attorney Michael Whitaker says is only 9 years old in the 2500 block of Napoleon Avenue. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Attorney Michael Whitaker (left) listens as the Rev. Tom Watson describes damage to Watson Memorial Teaching Ministries on Napoleon Avenue during a news conference Wednesday morning. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Attorney Michael Whitaker (left) listens as the Rev. Tom Watson describes damage to Watson Memorial Teaching Ministries on Napoleon Avenue during a news conference Wednesday morning. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A total of 74 plaintiffs have now joined the lawsuit alleging that their homes have been damaged by construction of new drainage canals under major thoroughfares through Uptown New Orleans, but their attorney says the costs of repairing these houses is already built into the project and won’t increase the costs for the Sewerage & Water Board. Continue reading »

Jun 092015
 
City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell raises a question with officials from the Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the Regional Transit Authority on Tuesday evening at First Presbyterian Church. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell raises a question with officials from the Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the Regional Transit Authority on Tuesday evening at First Presbyterian Church. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The road gets repaved, and then it’s dug up again to fix a broken pipe underneath. The streetcar tracks get replaced, then torn out again for a new drainage canal. Power lines are being replaced over a road about to be repaved, instead of buried underneath it.

“There seems to be no comprehensive oversight,” said a man in the audience at New Orleans City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell’s town hall on Uptown road construction. “There seems to be no brain center in the apparatus,” he said.

Is he right? Will the roads in New Orleans ever work? Continue reading »

Jun 092015
 

LaToya Cantrell

LaToya Cantrell

City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell has assembled a full lineup of representatives from the governmental agencies responsible for the many ongoing public works projects around Uptown New Orleans — drainage canals, road repaving, electrical upgrades and others — for a town hall meeting that begins at 6 p.m. today (Tuesday, June 9). Continue reading »

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Jun 082015
 
Valmont Investments' rendering of one of the homes planned for 4224 Fontainebleau Drive. (via City of New Orleans)

Valmont Investments’ rendering of one of the homes planned for 4224 Fontainebleau Drive. (via City of New Orleans)

A developer’s plan to build two houses at a long-vacant site on Fontainebleau Drive drew opposition Monday morning from a number of neighbors in Broadmoor who said a single house would better fit the character of the historic residential thoroughfare. Continue reading »