Sep 222015
 
A rendering of the condo building proposed at 225 State Street. (rendering by Harry Baker Smith architects, via nola.gov)

A rendering of the condo building proposed at 225 State Street. (rendering by Harry Baker Smith architects, via nola.gov)

A new condo building on St. Charles Avenue in the Garden District received approval from city planners on Tuesday, but a larger condo project intended to replace an apartment complex at State Street and Tchoupitoulas was recommended for denial — and city officials are still waiting on more information about the redevelopment of the former Sara Mayo hospital in the Irish Channel and another development at the major intersection of Washington and South Jeff Davis in Gert Town.

All together, the projects represent 500 new condo and apartment units in neighborhoods around the Uptown area.

Architect John Williams discusses a condo proposed for 2400 St. Charles Avenue before the City Planning Commission. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Architect John Williams discusses a condo proposed for 2400 St. Charles Avenue before the City Planning Commission. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

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Sep 222015
 
A rendering of the proposed redevelopment of the Audubon Hotel on St. Charles Avenue. (image by Coleman Partners Archictects, via audubonstcharles.com)

A rendering of the proposed redevelopment of the Audubon Hotel on St. Charles Avenue. (image by Coleman Partners Archictects, via audubonstcharles.com)

The redevelopment wave across the Lower Garden District is continuing quickly, as residents heard plans Monday night for a new hotel on St. Charles Avenue, a new restaurant space on Constance Street and two new condo projects on Magazine Street and Jackson Avenue. Continue reading »

Sep 212015
 
Owen Courrèges

Owen Courrèges

It’s so cute. Mayor Landrieu has a secret admirer!

This past week, Chief Deputy Mayor Andy Kopplin wrote to the city council announcing that the city had estimated the cost of removing three monuments to Confederate leaders (Lee, Beauregard, and Davis) plus the notorious Liberty Place Monument, which Mayor Landrieu believes are divisive symbols that make black people feel bad. The total price tag? $144,000. Continue reading »

Sep 172015
 
(image via LouisianaAveAssoc70115 on Facebook)

(image via LouisianaAveAssoc70115 on Facebook)

With construction of a major new drainage canal on Louisiana Avenue slated to last at least until 2018, neighbors are rallying with a new online association dedicated to monitoring and reporting safety problems up and down the corridor. Continue reading »

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Sep 152015
 
NOPD Commander Paul Noel gestures toward City Councilwoman Susan Guidry and NOPD Chief Michael Harrison during an anti-crime meeting Tuesday night at Touro Infirmary. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

NOPD Commander Paul Noel gestures toward City Councilwoman Susan Guidry and NOPD Chief Michael Harrison during an anti-crime meeting Tuesday night at Touro Infirmary. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

After an August that brought a number of armed robberies virtually unprecedented in recent years to the Uptown area, New Orleans police officials discussed a number of common-sense reforms they say will help prevent violent crime — but forcefully rejected recent calls for a return to a more aggressive “stop and frisk” style of policing. Continue reading »

Sep 152015
 

(map by UptownMessenger.com via Google Maps)

(map by UptownMessenger.com via Google Maps)

Several blocks of Jefferson Avenue and side streets are expected to have low water pressure on Thursday while contractors work on the installation of the new drainage canal, according to the Sewerage & Water Board of New Orleans.

B&K Construction will be tying in a new water main as part of the SELA Orleans Jefferson Avenue drainage canal construction, causing low water pressure from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17, the SWB report states. The areas affected include Jefferson Avenue (from Loyola Avenue to South Claiborne), Willow Street (from Jefferson to State Street) and Magnolia and South Robertson streets (both from Jefferson to Octavia), the release states.

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Sep 142015
 
Owen Courrèges

Owen Courrèges

I think, by this point, I’ve managed to establish myself as a critic of the current mayoral administration. If Mayor Landrieu has an official fan club, I am not a member. I find his usual gaggle of sycophants and hangers-on downright nauseating.

That being said, one would think that I am clapping my hands with glee with the recent announcement that Judge Kern Reese held Landrieu in contempt and sentenced him to house arrest in the decades-old lawsuit regarding firefighters’ longevity raises. However, I am not. Continue reading »

Sep 082015
 
Matthew Brichetto and Stan Norwood (from left) count ballots while Alba Sanabria watches, and Glenis Scott speaks to Richard and Jane Dimitry at the end of the Freret Neighbors United meeting. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Matthew Brichetto and Stan Norwood (from left) count ballots while Alba Sanabria watches, and Glenis Scott speaks to Richard and Jane Dimitry at the end of the Freret Neighbors United meeting. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

An overflow crowd at the monthly meeting of the Freret Neighbors United group voted overwhelmingly Tuesday night in favor of letting the Supermercado Las Acacias sell single beers, potentially setting the stage to lift a restriction set in place four years ago at a dramatically different point in the corridor’s redevelopment. Continue reading »

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Sep 032015
 
The Rising Tide X transportation panel: Dan Favre of Bike Easy, Jeff Januszek of Fix My Streets, Rachel Heiligman of Ride New Orleans, and resident Amanda Soprano. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Rising Tide X transportation panel: Dan Favre of Bike Easy, Jeff Januszek of Fix My Streets, Rachel Heiligman of Ride New Orleans, and resident Amanda Soprano. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A map of the current Freret bus line (via norta.com)

A map of the current Freret bus line (via norta.com)

After the new Loyola Avenue streetcar opened in 2013 just before the Super Bowl, the Regional Transit Authority clipped the end of the popular “Freret jet” bus line — in what public-transit activists describe as a prime example of the city’s increasing post-Katrina emphasis on transportation for tourists rather than residents. Continue reading »

Sep 032015
 
Walt Leger speaks to a supporter at his recent fundraiser. (photo by Danae Columbus for UptownMessenger.com)

Walt Leger speaks to a supporter at his recent fundraiser. (photo by Danae Columbus for UptownMessenger.com)

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

We like politicians who have a plan for New Orleans’s future. State Representative and House Speaker Pro Temp Walt Leger III definitely fits the bill. Though expected to easily win re-election for a third term at the Louisiana Legislature, Leger delivered thought-provoking remarks at his well-attended Audubon Tea Room fundraiser earlier this week that quickly set the tone for his political future, perhaps as a candidate for mayor in 2017. Continue reading »

Sep 012015
 

Emily Palit

Emily Palit

New Orleans food is as delicious as the less criminal forms of sin.” ― Mark Twain

America has only three cities: New York, San Francisco, and New Orleans. Everywhere else is Cleveland.” ― Tennessee Williams

In my neighborhood a fast food chain restaurant, Izzo’s Illegal Burrito, rented a space without a liquor license. Within four months, they requested a permit to sell alcohol. A frequent reaction has been: “What’s the problem? I like a margarita or a beer with my Mexican food.” Continue reading »

Aug 312015
 
(map via Entergy)

(map via Entergy)

The Entergy New Orleans project to replace transmission lines that bring electricity from a new plant on the West Bank into the Uptown area of New Orleans will move on to General Pershing Street this week, according to Entergy officials. Continue reading »

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