A request to demolish a General Pershing Street home to build a small parking lot just off Magazine Street was unanimously rejected by a city panel Monday afternoon after sparking a heated protest by nearby neighbors.
SCENE: GRAND INQUISITOR’S CHAMBERS, NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION (FICTIONAL)
APPLICANT: (Proposing a gas station on an industrial road)
INQUISITOR: (The singular embodiment of the stubborn will of an association)
(Lights rise slowly.)
(The room is dim. A single spotlight shines on the applicant. He stands flustered before the tribunal as sweat drips from his brow.)
Starting Wednesday (Nov. 28), another stretch of Claiborne Avenue in the Carrollton area will be reduced to two lanes until at least March of next year as a new underground drainage canal is built under the neutral ground, officials announced today.
The Sewerage and Water Board told reporter Tania Dall of our partners at WWL that the employee was acting on “misinformation” when he attempted to remove the water meter cover and replace it with an unadorned one, and promised to look into the matter further:
The New Orleans Police Department recently announced that it will be dropping the use of pepper spray and using Taser devices exclusively. This reform came pursuant to the consent decree the city has entered into with the U.S. Justice Department, ostensibly over concerns of overuse of pepper spray and its greater potential for physical harm.
Sometimes, however, even good reforms can be a mixed bag.
The daiquiri shop’s owner blamed the problems in part on a restaurant in the next block and on the unruly crowds of “second liners” themselves, but his arguments did little to sway the the commissioners, who voted unanimously to revoke his liquor license.
“This is intolerable,” said commissioner Robert Jenkins of conditions created by the bar. “This is horrible.”
A proposed change to city law that would allow gas stations on Tchoupitoulas Street in the Lower Garden District failed to find support Monday evening among members of the Coliseum Square Association, but the Sterling Express fresh-food store planned for one intersection there will press forward with its opening whether its fuel pumps are approved by the City Council or not, developers told the group.
The new owner of Jazz Daiquiris — the popular South Claiborne Avenue second-line stop and nightclub where reputed Central City crime lord Telly Hankton killed Darnell Stewart in 2008 and where his lieutenant, Walter Porter, allegedly killed Curtis Matthews, the former owner’s brother, last year — is “suing the city for denying an alcohol permit,” reports The Louisiana Record. Jeffrey Thomas and attorney Ed Washington argue that the alcohol permit should have followed with the sale of the property, the report states.
A proposal to allow two fueling bays for large trucks at an upcoming Sterling Express location on Tchoupitoulas will be discussed by the Coliseum Square Association tonight (Monday, Nov. 19).
The Pontchartrain Expressway homeless encampment is no more. This past Friday morning, police swept the remaining homeless people from the encampment in the underpass that separates the Central Business District from Uptown New Orleans. The number of persons removed was 55 persons by the city’s count, but closer to 100 according to the New Orleans Mission, which adjoins the expressway. By either count, it was a significant encampment.
In a sign of the unusual dynamics at play in this year’s District B election, LaToya Cantrell picked up the endorsements of one formal rival, third-place finisher Eric Strachan, while Dana Kaplan was endorsed by the fourth candidate in the race, Marlon “Buck” Horton.
This month marks the 35th anniversary of the election of Ernest Nathan “Dutch” Morial, the first African-American mayor in New Orleans history, who swung the doors open at City Hall for minorities and women.
It was an epic campaign, and it changed the city forever.
Now in its fourth year, the Magazine Street Blues Festival returns to Laurence Square on Saturday with performances by Rockin’ Dopsie, the Soul Rebels and other bands, as well as food trucks, art sales and a kids’ area — all to raise money for a citizens’ group that supports the New Orleans Police Department’s Uptown-based Second District.
Officials from the Isidore Newman School envision a new, larger preschool building on the Soniat Street side of campus to open in 2014, as well as the renovations to athletic and science facilities farther down the road, they told the Freret Neighbors United group Tuesday evening.
Members of the association, meanwhile, are continuing preliminary discussions about creating a security district to increase the number of officers patrolling the area.
The former assisted living center at 2101 Louisiana Avenue will reopen next summer as a 42-unit apartment building next summer, half of which wiil be transitional housing for the homeless with on-site case management, and the other half will be for low-income renters, reports Monica Hernandez of our partners at WWL-TV.
A popular travel website called Airbnb.com lists hundreds of rooms for short-term rent in private homes — including at least 150 listings around Uptown New Orleans — even though it is against city ordinance to rent rooms for less than 30 days without a license, reports Maria Clark of New Orleans City Business in an article distributed by the Associated Press.
Last week, another salvo in the seemingly never-ending battle between New Orleans and the U.S. Constitution was lobbed by Mayor Landrieu. This time Landrieu has proposed an ordinance with its sights on Jackson Square, the iconic public space at the heart of the city.
Now technically the target isn’t actually the square, but the surrounding streets and sidewalks (i.e., public rights of way) that the city has come to dub the “Jackson Square Pedestrian Mall.” Through Councilwoman Palmer, whose district includes the French Quarter, Landrieu has proposed an ordinance for the mall that would: 1) mandate “clear lanes;” and, 2) provide “closing times” between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m. to persons “stopping, standing, or loitering.”
Both parts of the proposed ordinance are problematic, but the latter is blatantly unconstitutional.