The Uptown Triangle Neighborhood Association — which covers the area between Broadway Street, St. Charles Avenue and the river — will hold a spring general meeting at 6 p.m. tonight to discuss neighborhood issues with city and school leaders, and its annual “Pearls in the Pearl” yard sale event this weekend.
The lavishly renovated Race and Religious reception facility in the Lower Garden District, dubbed one of the “World’s Coolest Rental Homes” by Travel and Leisure, does not have the proper licenses and permits to operate, though its owners have applied for a permit and the property is zoned for commercial use, city officials told our reporting partners at WWL-TV. The owners of Race and Religious have obtained a restraining order against the city from interfering with its business there until the issue goes to court.
John Casbon, a business executive who founded the New Orleans Police Foundation in the mid-1990s to promote reform, will discuss the current state and the future of the NOPD at a meeting with neighbors around the Garden District at 5 p.m. Wednesday at 1780 Prytania Street.
“Smart Growth.” Who could oppose that? The very term implies that the other side a advocates some manner of “dumb growth. “ Want to be smart? Join the bandwagon.
With a nest egg of unspent membership dues built up over the years, the Audubon Riverside Neighborhood Association has begun discussing possible projects to improve nearby parks.
City Councilwoman Stacy Head will give hens and hams to residents at two facilities for senior citizens Tuesday in celebration of the Easter Holiday, her office said.
Neighbors are thrilled that the deep dip and the road and leaking pipe are finally being corrected, reports Bill Capo of our partners at WWL-TV.
A second meeting to discuss creating a new tax on homes along several Fontainebleau-area streets to hire additional security patrols did little Thursday night to bridge the divide between the idea’s strongly committed supporters and opponents.
Most of the 30 or so residents who attended seemed to leave the meeting with the same opinions they brought. Some see a security district as an obvious safety measure for crime-weary residents, while others view it as an expensive burden with no measurable results.
A group of Maple Street and Carrollton-area residents who oppose an iron fence blocking traffic from entering Newcomb Boulevard at Freret Street won an initial round of their court battle this week, when a Civil District Court judge ruled that the street was closed improperly.
Exterior balconies and additional living space proposed as part of the redevelopment of the century-old LaSalle school into luxury condominiums have drawn the opposition of nearby neighbors, so city officials have ordered a historical review of the plans before any decision is made on the project.
By Nick Kindel
In two recent columns, the Uptown Messenger has explored the situations with the Magazine Street Pilates Studio and the proposed new security district, and how in each case outcomes might have been very different if we had a Citizen Participation Program (CPP) in New Orleans.
Consequently, a number of people have asked about the status of the New Orleans CPP, and how close we are to getting one adopted and implemented by city government. What follows is a brief recap of the process to date as well as the current status of the project.
As many astute readers may recall, a few weeks ago I wrote a column in which I outed myself as a curmudgeon and took the time to list several behaviors/conditions common in the city that bother me. It was a catharsis of sorts.
Well, this column seeks to be a worthy successor to that legendary screed that so captivated the minds of ordinary New Orleanians and fundamentally reformed the local zeitgeist (Note to self: Daily affirmations have devolved into delusions of grandeur; scale back accordingly).
In short, this column is “The Crank Returns.”
Guest column by Nick Kindel
A few weeks ago, the Uptown Messenger reported on a proposed security district in the Fontainebleau area. The news came as a surprise to many residents and neighborhood organizations in the area who were not previously informed. Area residents are asked to weigh the pros and cons of the proposed Upper Marlyville Security District in the absence of an open, inclusive decision making process.
A proposed redevelopment of the shuttered Freret Street landmark Frank’s Steakhouse hit an unexpected snag Monday when a city committee rejected its bid to tear down two houses in the rear for parking.
In a separate project, an attorney seeking to develop several blighted lots on Tchoupitoulas into a bank or possibly a restaurant ran into the same problem: the Neighborhood Conservation District Committee denied his request to demolish a home in the project’s footprint.
Several local library branches in Central City, Uptown and Carrollton will host presentations in the coming weeks about an energy efficiency program to help residents save money on electricity bills.
Mayas Restaurant on Magazine Street in the Lower Garden District will have the support of its neighbors for a plan to add live music, dancing and to stay open later for “Salsa and Tapas” — if the changes can be accomplished without a zoning change, members of the Coliseum Square Association decided Monday evening.
The city’s plans for rebuilding the sidewalks along Freret Street were the subject of growing skepticism for years amid the project’s many delays getting started. Since the project finally started in January, construction has enveloped two corners at a single intersection for more than two months, and the Freret merchants’ frustrations have grown into outright fury as their annual festival approaches.
The NOPD Second District leadership will hold their monthly community meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the traditional meeting place of Touro Infirmary, officials said.