Nov 162017

The building at 940 Louisiana Avenue. (via Google Maps)

A rezoning to create an ice-cream shop on Louisiana Avenue in the Irish Channel was rejected by the City Planning Commission this week amid neighbors’s allegations that it is merely intended as a “front” for a commercial AirBnB operation.

The owner, however, says he is just using short-term rentals as a way of supporting his small business in its early stages, providing a test case in New Orleans’ growing conflict over the operation of AirBnB in residential neighborhoods as the issue moves to the City Council. Continue reading »

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Nov 162017
Danae Columbus

Danae Columbus, opinion columnist

The winner of Saturday’s historic battle to elect the first female mayor of New Orleans will be the woman who does the best job of getting out her vote. Though all the polls still have City Councilmember LaToya Cantrell ahead against former Judge Desiree Charbonnet, insiders who are reading daily tracking polls believe that Cantrell’s lead has been shrinking as the race tightens up. Continue reading »

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Nov 152017

The exterior of the St. Vincent’s Guest House on Magazine Street. (via Google Maps)

The proposed renovation of St. Vincent’s Guest House in the Lower Garden District into a boutique hotel with a new reception hall received the approval of the City Planning Commission on Tuesday, but developers were denied permission to charge admission for events or extend operating hours there as they had requested. Continue reading »

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Nov 132017

The Liege Waffle from Cloud 9 Bistro, now open on Magazine Street in the Irish Channel. (via

Cloud 9 Bistro is in the building at 3138 Magazine between Harmony and Ninth Streets. (image via

A new brunch spot specializing in Belgian waffles called “Cloud 9 Bistro” has opened on Magazine Street in the Irish Channel, its owner said. Continue reading »

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Nov 102017

Dwight Norton, mobility coordinator for the City of New Orleans, demonstrates a social bicycle at the Peoples Health Jazz Market on April 5, 2017. (Robert Morris,

The City of New Orleans has released the final 70 bike share station locations for Phase 1 of its upcoming bike share system, and Uptown gets ten stations across the Lower Garden District and Central City areas. Continue reading »

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Nov 082017

A mural in the 3500 block of South Liberty depicts the most offensive phrases from Donald Trump’s controversial remarks about women aired during the 2016 campaign. (Robert Morris,

In 2016, then-Presidential candidate Donald Trump shocked at least part of the nation when audio of his crass comments about women became public.

Now, those same words are emblazoned in a mural spanning a wall on South Liberty Street, with the most offensive words replaced by cartoonish pictographs. Continue reading »

Nov 082017

Jay H. Banks speaks to supporters in an Antonine Street home on Monday night, and Seth Bloom meets voters Tuesday evening on Simon Bolivar Avenue. (photos by Sabree Hill,

Amid a packed schedule of campaign events in the final stretch before the Nov. 18 runoff election, the two remaining candidates for the open District B seat on the New Orleans City Council met Tuesday night to sharpen distinctions between their positions on AirBnB laws, housing policy and job creation.

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Nov 082017

Runoff candidates for the New Orleans mayor and City Council seats met Tuesday night to discuss issues of jobs, housing, and even whether the proliferation of dollar-stores in low-income neighborhoods helps or harms economic-development efforts there. Continue reading »

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Nov 062017

The property at the corner of Carondelet and St. Mary streets. (image via Google)

A map of the properties’ location at the corner of St. Mary and Carondelet from the City Planning Commission report. (via City of New Orleans)

A request to change the zoning of a property on Carondelet Street from residential to mixed-use split the City Planning Commission. Continue reading »

Nov 022017

Seth Bloom, left, and Jay H. Banks will head to a runoff for the open District B seat on the City Council. ( file photos)

The four candidates who fell short of making the runoff for the open District B seat on the New Orleans City Council all announced their endorsements of the remaining candidates this week, with Catherine Love, Andre Strumer and Eugene Ben choosing Seth Bloom, and Timothy David Ray siding with Jay H. Banks. Continue reading »

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Nov 022017

The exterior of the St. Vincent’s Guest House on Magazine Street. (via Google Maps)

Despite its popularity with neighborhood activists and preservationists, the proposed renovation of St. Vincent’s Guest House in the Lower Garden District and addition of a new reception facility has been postponed until mid-November amid nearby neighbors’ concerns about the new project’s operations. Continue reading »

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Oct 312017

A rendering of the Chipotle proposed for 2801 Magazine Street. (via city of New Orleans)

Despite concerns from Garden District and Irish Channel neighborhood activists about a proliferation of national fast-food restaurants on Magazine Street, Chipotle has won tentative approval from city planners for its first location in New Orleans as it heads to City Council for a final decision. Continue reading »

Oct 272017

The former Zara’s property at 2042 Prytania Street, following extensive renovations. (photographed in April 2017 by Google Maps)

The New Orleans City Council voted Thursday to begin the process of tightening the laws allowing short-term rentals in commercial property as a result of the long-running dispute over the fate of the former Zara’s grocery on Prytania Street — centered not on the business itself, but on the AirBnB apartments above it.

“I am offering this motion in response to what has been an outpouring of concern about the ease of acquiring a commercial short-term rental license,” said City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell on Thursday. “I believe [the City Planning Commission] should look into this matter, and this is the first step toward that.” Continue reading »

Oct 252017

LaToya Cantrell (left) and Desiree Charbonnet (right) speak Tuesday afternoon at Tulane University. (Robert Morris,

With less than a month before the New Orleans mayoral race is decided in a runoff election, candidates LaToya Cantrell and Desiree Charbonnet debated the issues facing the city in two different Uptown settings on Tuesday — first before hundreds of college students at Tulane University, and later with the Alliance for Good Government.

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