Errol T. George will be appointed Thursday to serve as the City Councilman for District B after Councilwoman Stacy Head takes the oath of office Wednesday as the council’s new at-large member, the city announced Friday morning. He will not be eligible to run for the seat on a permanent basis in the fall.
Starting with the historic Bohn Ford building, the four buildings at the intersection of Washington and Broad will see a major transformation over the coming year, including space for a community clinic, a entrepreneurship incubator, a new location for Laurel Street bakery and other retail and office space, reports Scott Satchfield of our partners at WWL-TV:
Vacant publicly-owned property or portions of existing parks around New Orleans could become as many as 20 new fenced-off play areas for dogs, officials told Uptown residents at a meeting Wednesday evening.
The most recent revisions to the proposed LaSalle school redevelopment won over city planning commissioners Tuesday afternoon, but a sandwich shop proposed for Maple Street split the commission and a request for alcohol sales at a Jackson Avenue chicken-wings restaurant was deferred for two weeks.
The city is planning improvements to two cemeteries on Washington Avenue, two in Carrollton and one on Valence Street, but part of the work includes tearing down the historic maintenance cottages at several of those locations.
With five dog parks and five dog runs planned around the city, officials will be soliciting public input in the Uptown area tonight (Tuesday, April 24) at 6 p.m. at the Latter Branch Library, 5120 St. Charles Avenue.
New Orleans received a shout-out last week in the Wall Street Journal from an unlikely source: Joel Kotkin, professor of Urban Studies at Chapman University and one of the nation’s leading demographers. According to Mr. Kotkin, we are doing some things right that put his own state of California to shame.
Mr. Kotkin observed that in the past two decades, nearly 4 million more people have left California than have migrated from other states. Kotkin largely blames government for this state of affairs, particularly development restrictions that artificially limit housing supply.
The redevelopment of the former LaSalle School, alcohol sales at a Jackson Avenue chicken-wings restaurant, the carwash on Tchoupitoulas, a residential project on Napoleon, a proposed restaurant on Maple Street and a retail development on Carondelet under the expressway will all be going before the City Planning Commission on Tuesday, according to the meeting agenda.
The runoff election for an at-large seat on the New Orleans City Council seems a perfect opportunity to bring up the subject of bi-racial coalitions in the city’s politics. Solid bi-racial coalitions are the foundation of crossover vote victories. In this Saturday’s election, crossover votes will be one of the major factors that will determine the election’s outcome.
Residents are seeking a moratorium on new bars on Tchoupitoulas between Louisiana and Jefferson Avenues, and City Councilwoman Stacy Head has begun gathering neighborhood input on the idea, according to reporting by Tania Dall of our partners at WWL-TV.
A proposal to place a swath of downtown New Orleans under a new appointed board with the power to levy taxes drew the attention of the Coliseum Square Association on Monday night, based on the possibility that the “hospitality zone” could easily be expanded into Uptown.
One ticket. As of this year, that’s all it takes to have your car immobilized (or “booted”) in the City of New Orleans.
Department of Public Works parking administrator Zepporiah Edmonds outlined the change in late March at a City Council committee meeting: “We used to boot vehicles if they had more than three violations.” Now, he explained, the threshold has been reduced to one if the vehicle owner “fails to timely respond to a second notice” or “hasn’t paid a ticket after 120days.”
Is America ready for a President whose faith includes doctrines that may be offensive in today’s multicultural society? Now that the Republican presidential nomination has been settled, Democratic opposition researchers are telling President Barack Obama’s campaign that Mitt Romney’s Mormon faith could well emerge as a distressing problem for the challenger.
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.