A Broadmoor resident’s video of a trash crew running through yards, throwing water and placing an entire garbage can into the back of their truck has some neighbors asking for a city examination of what the contractor admits is “unacceptable behavior,” according to reporting developed in partnership with WWL-TV. Officials with Richard’s Disposal wold WWL that the workers were independent laborers, not company employees, that they were disciplined and that the matter was resolved to the homeowner’s satisfaction.
A 22-year-old man was shot several times as he left a club in the Lower Garden District that is drawing increasing scrutiny from police, city and state officials, authorities said.
Diana Bajoie, appointed earlier this month by Mayor Mitch Landrieu to represent Uptown-based District B on the City Council until a replacement can be elected in the fall, may have been one of the local politicians who “steered public money to sham charities run by members of then-U.S. Rep. William Jefferson’s family,” based on testimony by a government witness in last year’s trial of Renee Gill Pratt, reports Michelle Krupa of The Times Picayune. Bajoie has never been charged with any crime and denied “any wrongdoing,” but declined to answer specific questions about the case, Krupa reports, and a spokesman for Landrieu said Bajoie was chosen based on her record and instead questioned her service on a charity run by the Times-Picayune.
As Oak Street’s status among New Orleans “going out” destinations continues to rise, a number of residents’ groups have engaged a planning firm to help them ensure that the “mixed use” commercial corridor evolves into something more diverse than a strip of bars and restaurants.
Tulane University described its plans Monday night to shuttle football fans to its proposed Uptown stadium from parking lots around the city, but nearby residents continue to question how they will access their own homes on game days.
New Orleans has certainly received some good press in recent months regarding our business climate. A recent survey by Thumbtacks and the Kauffman Foundation ranked Louisiana one of the top five friendliest states for small business. The Wall Street Journal’s Marketwatch named Greater New Orleans the “most improved” in its 2011 “Best Cities for Business” list. Forbes Magazine named Greater New Orleans “America’s Biggest Brain Magnet.”
In a nutshell, New Orleans is riding high in the saddle when it comes to economic PR. We’re gradually escaping the popular perception of New Orleans as insular, bureaucratic and corrupt.
Over the past week or so, the prospects for Tulane’s proposed Uptown stadium appear to have improved considerably.
A measure that would have required the university to receive the city’s approval for the project (known as an interim zoning district, or IZD) received a negative recommendation from the City Planning Commission, whose members said Tulane should only be held to current law, which allows construction of the stadium by right. Even if the City Council passes the IZD anyway, it is unclear whether its proponents could then muster five votes to overrule a veto by Mayor Mitch Landrieu.
(Tulane will hold its second community forum on the stadium, concerning traffic and parking issues, at 6 p.m. Monday at the Audubon Tea Room, 6500 Magazine Street.)
What do you think? Is Tulane within its rights to build a football stadium on campus? Or is the stadium too big for the residential Uptown neighborhoods altogether?
An overnight film shoot at 925 Jackson Avenue on Saturday evening and early Sunday morning will restrict parking in the surrounding blocks and include simulated gunfire, city officials announced.
The City Planning Commission’s 6-2 vote in favor of the proposed Costco on South Carrollton wasn’t for any lack of support for the project. In fact, the two dissenting votes were from members who said the city’s recommendations don’t support Costco enough.
A neighbor returned from a road trip last week, and their first text to me upon being back in New Orleans said, “What’s with the hack job on the oak trees on Napoleon between Freret and St Charles???” Indeed.
The law that allows Tulane to build a football stadium on campus without any oversight from city leaders may be out of date, and the construction project may raise serious issues that need more scrutiny, but the university ought not to be made to follow regulations that are not yet on the books, the city planning commission ruled on Tuesday.
By a 7-1 vote, the commissioners will recommend against creating an interim zoning district that would require universities to seek city permission for large construction projects. What remains to be seen is whether Tulane’s victory Tuesday is fleeting — as the same City Council members who voted to begin the IZD process can ignore the recommendation and vote to approve it — or if it provides a spark of momentum that builds into a win before the City Council as well.
By Nick Kindel
The City Planning Commission (CPC) is about to take a big step forward in getting resident participation in its decision making process. City Planning is working on its Neighborhood Participation Program (NPP), which is one important part of the City Charter’s call for “a system of organized and effective neighborhood participation in land use decisions and other issues that affect quality of life.”
Construction barriers and ripped-up sidewalk wrapped around the front door of the High Hat Cafe for 28 calendar days, running off potential customers for nearly a full month during the new Freret restaurant’s first JazzFest. A few blocks down, the owner of Kehoe Automotive believes his employees could do the work faster with hand shovels than city employees have. And another Freret restaurant owner has threatened that if construction in front of his front door lasts more than 10 days, he’s actually going to finish it himself.
“Our anger comes from a very honest place,” Michelle Ingram, owner of Zeus’ Place, told city officials during a Monday night meeting with The New Freret business and property owners’ association.
For those of you who don’t know, I was arrested six weeks ago. The story of how this happened is chronicled in an earlier column of mine, one which is filled with intrigue, action and police corruption (well, actually none of those things, except perhaps the whole police misconduct angle).
The long story short is that Second District Police Officer Terry Baham arrested me for doing nothing more than standing on a public sidewalk. The charges were for Disturbing the Peace end Public Drunkenness, but I was guilty of neither charge because I wasn’t doing anything that would threaten anybody’s life, health or property (prerequisites to those crimes).
The New Orleans Mission, which announced earlier this week that it would be closing for lack of money, will remain open after an infusion of cash, but its directors will be stepping down, officials announced.
An appearance by Saints quarterback Drew Brees before the New Orleans City Council helped his proposed Jimmy John’s sandwich shop over the goal line Thursday afternoon, and the redevelopment of the LaSalle School that has bitterly divided one Uptown neighborhood also won approval without so much as a comment in opposition.