Oct 012012
 

After assistant city attorney Jason Cantrell was cited for possession of what police say was a marijuana joint that fell out of his pocket in court Monday, his wife, District B City Council candidate LaToya Cantrell, issued a statement about her dismay over his “lack of judgment.” Continue reading »

Oct 012012
 

Owen Courreges

About a year ago I was in a United Cab with a friend headed for Banks Street Bar to see a band perform. Although I normally maintain a “no conversations” rule with cabbies due to my own social awkwardness, the driver was friendly and we started a conversation.

He was from Pakistan. I received my undergraduate degree in political science, and I was interested in a native’s take on the political turmoil there. The discussion was enlightening. After the ride, the driver continued to converse with me for a while as we parked – my friend had to come grab me to tell me I was going to miss the music if I lingered much longer.

A few months ago I read an article that a Pakistani cab driver had been murdered in Eastern New Orleans. I recognized the man I had spoken with from his photo. He had been robbed, shot and left for dead. Continue reading »

Sep 302012
 

New trees at Washington and Broad, better landscaping around Benjamin Banneker Elementary School and a community garden at South Claiborne and Jefferson are among the latest round of neighborhood beautification projects that will each receive a boost from the city’s “Love Your Block” grant program. Continue reading »

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Sep 262012
 

Kara Morgan, president of the Irish Channel Neighborhood Association, talks about the importance of providing recreation to area children Monday at the groundbreaking ceremony for the Lyons Center on Tchoupitoulas Street. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Sunlight streams through the gaping holes in the roof of the Lyons Center basketball court. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Desperate to provide recreational opportunities for the children of their neighborhood over the last several years, Irish Channel residents have organized their own basketball leagues, running extension cords down the street to operate a scoreboard.

Those days may soon be over, as the city has finally begun work this week renovating the Lyons Center into a state of the art community space for sports, dance and computer education — with a promised completion date of this coming spring. Continue reading »

Sep 262012
 

LaToya Cantrell

LaToya Cantrell announced the endorsements of five other elected officials Wednesday morning: two who would be her colleagues on the City Council, Kristin Gisleson Palmer and Cynthia Hedge-Morrell; the state representative whose district includes part of District B, Neil Abramson; and two state senators, J.P. Morrell and Edwin Murray. Continue reading »

Sep 252012
 

A new rendering of the Tulane Stadium, and how it fits in the neighborhood. (courtesy Tulane University)

Article by Marta Jewson, for UptownMessenger.com

While the interruption of Hurricane Isaac delayed negotiations between the city and Tulane University over an operating agreement for the proposed Uptown football stadium, Audubon Boulevard residents learned Monday night that the wall of the stadium won’t be as high or as close to some of their homes as originally planned. Continue reading »

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Sep 242012
 

The City Council District B candidates — Eric Strachan, LaToya Cantrell, Dana Kaplan and Marlon Horton — enjoy a moment of levity during a candidates’ forum at St. George’s Church on St. Charles Avenue. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Even their short time on the campaign trail has apparently been good to the four relative political newcomers running for the District B seat, as their individual messages came through in distinct focus during a wide-ranging question-and-answer session before the Bouligny Improvement Association on Monday evening. Continue reading »

Sep 242012
 

Owen Courreges

The debate over live music continues in New Orleans.  The latest volley was lobbed by Kermit Ruffins, New Orleans’ premiere jazz trumpeter, who presumably needs no further introduction.  From his Facebook page, Ruffins has announced a meeting this Wednesday to discuss “a plan of [action] to stop the city from taking live entertainment away from small clubs.”

Ruffin’s announcement coincided roughly with three developments: 1) Ruffin’s Mother-In-Law Lounge received its rezoning and permitting for live music; 2) Mimi’s in the Marigny canceled its live music schedule; and, 3) Siberia lounge announced it would be resuming live music in October with obscenely expensive one-shot event permits.

Accordingly, Ruffins is sitting pretty.  Everybody else, not so much. Continue reading »

Sep 192012
 

The Pigeontown Steppers second-line up Oak Street on Easter Sunday 2012. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

A proposal on the agenda for Thursday’s meeting of the New Orleans City Council would create a new permit and fee for vendors at second-line parades, making them responsible for litter around them and stopping them from selling alcohol at the events. Continue reading »

Sep 192012
 

Former Mayor Ray Nagin’s “failed efforts to revitalize the hulking former Entergy power plant in the Lower Garden District could turn out to be key to backing up the allegation that Nagin at least tried to help his benefactors,” those who allegedly gave him cash, truckloads of granite, and even a job, reports David Hammer of our partners at WWL-TV.

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Sep 182012
 

City Council District B candidates LaToya Cantrell, Marlon “Buck” Horton, Dana Kaplan and Eric Strachan introduce themselves to the Faubourg Delachaise Neighborhood Association on Tuesday night, prior to heading to a forum sponsored by the Alliance for Good Government. (photos by Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

In a rapid series of detailed questions, the four candidates running for the open District B seat on the New Orleans City Council were tested Tuesday night on how well they know their way around city government, from filling potholes to writing the budget. Continue reading »

Sep 182012
 

The Show nightclub on Tchoupitoulas. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

After sitting on the docket of the city alcohol board for six months as police conducted raids and investigated shootings nearby, The Show bar on Tchoupitoulas Street in the Lower Garden District abruptly surrendered its liquor license Tuesday afternoon. Continue reading »

Sep 182012
 

Streets marked in red had their “first pass” completed by Monday, and the purple-shaded zones indicate Monday’s deployment. (via city of New Orleans)

A map of debris collection since Hurricane Isaac released by the city Monday shows strong progress in Uptown’s university area, Broadmoor, parts of Central City, and on either side of Magazine Street between Jefferson and Napoleon. In other many neighborhoods from the Lower Garden District to Audubon Park, however, the map indicates that debris contractors have yet to make their “first pass.” Continue reading »

Sep 182012
 

Members of the Faubourg Delachaise Neighborhood Association will hear from the four candidates for the District B seat on the City Council at their quarterly meeting tonight, as well as discuss the new accelerated high school at the Bauduit campus and new businesses in the neighborhood. Continue reading »