Mar 122019

Plan for the lot at 1213 Magazine St., as provided in the NPP notice to neighbors.  (Verges Rome)

By Jesse Baum

Heirloom Properties, the owner of multiple short-term rental properties, is seeking to transform an empty Lower Garden District lot into a two-suite boutique hotel

The lot stands at 1213 Magazine St., between Thalia and Erato streets. Heirloom, its owner, runs 25-30 short-term rental properties, including one directly next door to the 1213 Magazine lot.

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Mar 112019

by Kristine Froeba

This sign has recently appeared at Rue de la Course on Oak and Carrollton. (via Facebook)

Uptown restaurants and coffee houses are about to remove outdoor sidewalk seating due to what some local business owners see as cost prohibitive fees being levied by the city.

Many residents are expressing their unhappiness on social media. “You are killing small businesses that are the lifeblood of this city,” said New Orleans’ Katie Winters on Facebook.

The city is letting businesses know it will enforce an ordinance that requires restaurants, cafés and coffeehouses to obtain a permit for sidewalk seating. Businesses in the high-traffic neighborhoods along the river will pay at least $350 annually for each of their sidewalk tables. Continue reading »

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Mar 082019


The Department of Public Works, in conjunction with the Sewerage & Water Board of New Orleans, is now more than 80 percent complete constructing a road and infrastructure improvement project on Cherokee Street between Benjamin and Pearl streets.

The project in the Black Pearl neighborhood was designed by Professional Engineering Consultants Corp. and is being built by Fleming Construction Co.

Construction crews have been installing rain gardens and bio swales. The majority of the pervious (allows water to move through) parking lanes have been installed across the length of the project.

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Mar 062019

The Civic Leadership Academy helps community leaders interact more effectively with city government. (via Neighborhood Engagement Office)

The Office of Neighborhood Engagement is inviting residents to participate in one of the office’s most popular initiatives, the Civic Leadership Academy.

This is an eight-week program that provides residents with an in-depth look at city government. The program includes tours, hands-on demonstrations and presentations that give participants an insider’s view of how the city operates. With this knowledge, participants will be better equipped to lead collective action toward the advancement of neighborhoods and residents’ quality of life.

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Feb 222019

The current parks millage provides funding for the Audubon zoo and aquarium. (Robert Morris,

The City Council on Thursday passed the cooperative endeavor agreement that unites the four major entities that manage greenspace and recreation facilities for the city, although it would take effect without the passage of a millage reallocation that goes on the ballot in May.

The agreement unifies the oversight for the city’s park and recreation assets under the cooperative plan. It includes City Park, the Audubon Commission, the New Orleans Recreation Development Commission, and Parks and Parkways.

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Feb 212019

Despite a light rain, enthusiastic crowds gather on Napoleon Avenue for the Orpheus parade. (Sabree Hill, file)

Well before the first marching band strikes up in the Oshun parade on Friday evening, city officials have been working to make this year’s Uptown parade season safe and enjoyable.

Trees have been trimmed, response plans tested, first-aid and lost-child stations have been set up, porta-potties are in place and information lines and apps established. The city is also asking parade-goers and neighborhood residents to do their part by showing consideration for all. Continue reading »

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Feb 112019

The building at 7457 St. Charles Ave. has been vacant since 2017. (via City Planning Commission)

Plans for a nail salon on St. Charles Avenue near the universities were scuttled after the City Council failed to vote on a zoning-change request within 60 days of City Planning Commission’s recommendation.

The Planning Commission was unanimous in its support of La Vang Pearl, the company that purchased 7457 St. Charles Ave. to turn it into a nail salon. The building at Cherokee Street, originally a grocery store, was home to a number of short-lived restaurants in recent years.

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Feb 112019

Court Watch NOLA discusses the DA’s practice of jailing victims to force them to testify during the Feb. 7 City Council meeting. (courtesy of New Orleans City Council)

The City Council on Thursday approved an ordinance to create a uniform regulatory framework for school buses, adopted a resolution urging Orleans Parish criminal justice entities to cease the practice of jailing victims to compel them to testify, received a presentation and CPR demonstration from the American Heart Association in celebration of Heart Month, and adopted a resolution supporting legislative initiatives to create financial relief options for longtime property owners.

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Feb 082019

Mayor LaToya Cantrell speaks to attendees of a District B community meeting at Lyons Recreation Center on Thursday. Cantrell appeared on a millage reallocation for parks in New Orleans. (Nicholas Reimann, Uptown Messenger)

By Nicholas Reimann, Uptown Messenger

Mayor LaToya Cantrell took her administration’s push at reallocating property taxes for parks to the grassroots level Thursday, Feb. 7, speaking to a group of mostly supportive residents at a meeting at Lyons Recreation Center, asking them to approve a May 4 ballot measure doing so.

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Feb 042019

A lone waterbird stands at the edge of the lagoon at Audubon Park. ( file photo)

Mayor LaToya Cantrell and parks officials are holding a community meeting on the citywide parks and recreation millage proposal on Thursday, Feb. 7.

The District B meeting will be held in the from 6 to 7 p.m. in the Lyons Recreational Center, 624 Louisiana Ave.

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Jan 212019

The Mayor’s Community Office Hours Program is expanding beginning Tuesday, Jan. 22. The program gives residents a chance to meet with City Hall representatives in their own neighborhood.

Community Office Hours will be held on every Monday through Wednesday (except holidays) from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Beginning on Tuesday, Uptown residents are invited to come to the Milton H. Latter Memorial Library, 5120 St. Charles Ave., to discuss their concerns with a city official.

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Jan 152019

A lone waterbird stands at the edge of the lagoon at Audubon Park. The proposed millage reallocation would give the park funding for drainage and storm management. (Uptown Messenger file photo)

By Nicholas Reimann,

A community meeting Monday night on the proposed parks and recreation overhaul brought out numerous questions, comments and criticisms from the public, as city officials faced a skeptical crowd trying to defend a proposed reallocation of tax dollars.

Voters will decide May 4 whether to approve the city proposal to shift the current allocation of over $20 million in property taxes used to fund parks and recreation, which would notably provide City Park with city funding for the first time in its 169-year history.

Cynthia Scott speaks at a community forum Monday at St. Mary’s Dominican High School. City officials took questions from those in attendance regarding a millage reallocation plan.​ (Nicholas Reimann, Uptown Messenger)

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Jan 152019

NOPD Superintendent Michael Harrison (left) congratulates newly-appointed Second District Commander Shaun Ferguson with a handshake during a community meeting in 2016 at Touro Infirmary. (Robert Morris,

Commander Shaun Ferguson — who spent much of his 21-year-career in the New Orleans Police Department in leadership roles in Uptown districts — is Mayor LaToya Cantrell’s choice to be the department’s next chief. Continue reading »

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Jan 082019

NOPD Chief Michael Harrison and former Mayor Mitch Landrieu speak to the media during Mardi Gras celebrations in 2017. (Robert Morris,

Superintendent Michael Harrison is leaving the New Orleans Police Department after accepting a job as police commissioner in the city of Baltimore, he announced Tuesday morning. Continue reading »

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Jan 062019

Christmas trees this week will be picked up this week during the second trash collection, from Wednesday, Jan. 9, to Saturday, Jan. 12.

The program of recycling Christmas trees, funded by the city’s Office of Resilience and Sustainability, is an effort to promote the restoration of Louisiana’s wetlands and to assist in the protection of the Louisiana coastline.

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