Feb 292016
 
8405 Jeanette Street (via Google Maps)

8405 Jeanette Street (via Google Maps)

The committee overseeing demolition requests across most of Uptown New Orleans balked at a mortgage company’s recent request to tear down a single-story Carrollton home amid protests from the Preservation Resource Center and confusion over what the bank intends to do with the property. Continue reading »

Feb 292016
 
Owen Courrèges

Owen Courrèges

Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand made some interesting remarks at the Metropolitan Crime Commission’s annual awards luncheon this past week. Taken at face value, they were downright surreal.

“You want us out of the drug business? We’re out,” Normand sputtered. “But I guarantee you this: More policemen will live and more of you will die. Bank on it.” Continue reading »

Feb 182016
 
Dark green and dark blue lines show proposed boundaries. (via City of New Orleans; click for enlarged PDF)

Dark green and dark blue lines show proposed boundaries. (via City of New Orleans; click for enlarged PDF)

Most of Uptown New Orleans between South Claiborne Avenue or Earhart Boulevard and the river should receive historic-district protection against demolitions — with much stricter standards on St. Charles and Carrollton avenues, according to a unanimous recommendation Wednesday night by a committee of residents appointed by Mayor Mitch Landrieu. Continue reading »

Feb 172016
 
A resident asks the City Council for a compromise location for the proposed Carrollton Boosters sports complex as members of the Audubon Commission and Carrollton Boosters listen. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A resident asks the City Council for a compromise location for the proposed Carrollton Boosters sports complex as members of the Audubon Commission and Carrollton Boosters listen. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

More than three hours of impassioned arguments by neighbors Wednesday against the Carrollton Boosters’ proposed new soccer complex on The Fly garnered little more from the New Orleans City Council than a promise to provide better advance notice in the future and a scolding for the tenor of some of the complaints about it. Continue reading »

Feb 152016
 
Neighbors rally around the sculpture at "The Fly" on Sunday. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Neighbors rally around the sculpture at “The Fly” on Sunday. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Opposition is becoming more organized to a new Carrollton Boosters soccer complex that would take up part of The Fly recreation area behind Audubon Park, after a prominent neighborhood association voted to express its concern over the project, more than 100 people held a “Save the Fly” rally at the site on Sunday and the controversy is now drawing interest from the City Council. Continue reading »

Feb 152016
 
Owen Courrèges

Owen Courrèges

Over the course of the past fifty years, we have been treated to advancements in information technology beyond our wildest imaginations. When it comes to computers and conveying data electronically, technological progress has proceeded rapidly. Virtually everything can be automated and accessed at the push of a touch screen.

This makes the City’s seeming inability to mete out parking citations in a fair and equitable manner all the more galling, if not downright suspicious. Continue reading »

Jan 282016
 
Two attendees at Thursday's presentation on the Carrollton Courthouse at Tulane University examine plans and documents produced by architecture students. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Two attendees at Thursday’s presentation on the Carrollton Courthouse at Tulane University examine plans and documents produced by architecture students. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Possible futures for the vacant Carrollton Courthouse include a school for building trades, a community gathering place or an event venue, according to a series of visions presented by Tulane architecture students on Thursday evening, but time is running short before the Orleans Parish School Board decides to sell the historic building. Continue reading »

Jan 282016
 
Danae Columbus

Danae Columbus

Though the April elections are still months away, Mayor Landrieu brought his pitch for additional taxes to hire 400 new police officers and fund millions owed firefighters to the often skeptical Bureau of Governmental Relations yesterday. Before getting to the money ask, Landrieu spun his story of accomplishments, just in case BGR members “hadn’t been paying attention” the last six years. He also explained that with only 831 days left in his term – he counts every day – he wants to go faster rather than slower, do more rather than less. Continue reading »

Jan 262016
 
The first, second and fourth categories of short-term rentals were approved by the City Planning Commission, but not the third. (graphic via City of New Orleans)

The first, second and fourth categories of short-term rentals were approved by the City Planning Commission, but not the third. (graphic via City of New Orleans)

New Orleans residents should be able to rent out part of their own home to tourists — or even the whole thing for a short period of time — using services like AirBnB, but the city is not yet ready to let absentee landlords do the same thing, City Planning commissioners recommended on Tuesday, setting the stage for further debate on the contentious issue at the City Council level. Continue reading »

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Jan 252016
 
Owen Courrèges

Owen Courrèges

In March of 2015, Irvin Mayfield was downright cocky. He had recently opened the New Orleans Jazz Market, a home venue for his New Orleans Jazz Orchestra (NOJO).

In an interview with Jennifer Odell of Offbeat, he painted a picture colored with lofty notions and ideals. Waxing poetic, Mayfield boasted that “[o]ur work is about conveying truth, love and beauty.” Continue reading »

Jan 222016
 
A photo of the master plan under consideration during Tulane's presentation Thursday evening. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A photo of the master plan under consideration during Tulane’s presentation Thursday evening. Red dots identify campus buildings under consideration for renovations. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Tulane University is considering a series of renovations to major buildings and moving some of its parking out of the center of its Uptown New Orleans campus, according to a first draft of a master plan newly required by city law. Continue reading »

Jan 212016
 
NOPD Superintendent Michael Harrison (left) congratulates new Second District Commander Shaun Ferguson with a handshake during a community meeting this week at Touro Infirmary. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

NOPD Superintendent Michael Harrison (left) congratulates new Second District Commander Shaun Ferguson with a handshake during a community meeting this week at Touro Infirmary. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

In his first major community meeting with residents of the Uptown-based Second District, NOPD Commander Shaun Ferguson promised to make response times to emergency calls and reducing armed robberies his top priorities. Continue reading »

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