Aug 012016
 
Owen Courrèges

Owen Courrèges

Oscar Wilde once called experience “the name everyone gives to their mistakes.” In this sense, it is very useful to discuss Austin’s “experience” in building commuter rail. You see, commuter rail was originally envisioned as a remedy for congestion and an environmental boon, a sound investment in transportation infrastructure.

Instead, it turned out to be a cautionary tale, one New Orleans would best heed. Continue reading »

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Jul 292016
 
Shelter 13 near Magazine Street at Audubon Park is fenced in and unused. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Shelter 13 near Magazine Street at Audubon Park is fenced in and unused. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

As Audubon Park prepares for upgrades to some of its more popular picnic shelters, officials are asking the public what to do about one such closed structure on Magazine Street. Should the park renovate Shelter 13, tear it down for green space, or convert it into a security station? Continue reading »

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Jul 272016
 
The Hooka House cafe at 1908 Magazine Street is on track to extend its legal operating hours until midnight on weekends. (via City of New Orleans)

The Hooka House cafe at 1908 Magazine Street is on track to extend its legal operating hours until midnight on weekends. (via City of New Orleans)

The Hookah House Cafe on Magazine Street is on track to extend its legal operating hours until midnight on weekends, after overcoming an unusual objection from the building’s owner. Continue reading »

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Jul 262016
 
Attorney Michael Whitaker describes the beginning of mediation in 215 claims against the Sewerage & Water Board over damages allegedly caused by the SELA drainage projects. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Attorney Michael Whitaker describes the beginning of mediation in 215 claims against the Sewerage & Water Board over damages allegedly caused by the SELA drainage projects. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A retired federal judge has been appointed to mediate $86 million in damage claims from property damage from the ongoing SELA drainage projects along four major Uptown corridors, attorneys announced Monday. Continue reading »

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Jul 252016
 
The church at 2517 Jackson Avenue. (via Google Maps)

The church at 2517 Jackson Avenue. (via Google Maps)

The 143-year-old former church at 2517 Jackson Avenue is slated to become a private home with a swimming pool and gardens, following the approval of permission to demolish an old home next door. Continue reading »

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Jul 202016
 
TJ Quills on Maple Street is asking to be relieved of a $1,000 monthly fee for security patrols in the neighborhood. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

TJ Quills on Maple Street is asking to be relieved of a $1,000 monthly fee for security patrols in the neighborhood. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Five years after New Orleans city officials ordered the TJ Quills college bar to help pay for private security patrols around Maple Street in order to remain open, the Alcohol Beverage Control board appears poised to release the bar from its $1,000 monthly payments. Continue reading »

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Jul 192016
 
Alba Sanabria helps a young customer at Supermercado Las Acacias in March 2011. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

Alba Sanabria helps a young customer at Supermercado Las Acacias in March 2011. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

In a quiet end to a debate simmering on Freret Street for five years, the New Orleans City Council voted unanimously last week to allow the Supermercado Las Acacias to begin selling single beers. Continue reading »

Jul 182016
 
The rendering for one of Chick-Fil-A's newest locations in Nevada. The company has not confirmed the possibility of a location on South Claiborne Avenue. (via chickfila.com)

The rendering for one of Chick-Fil-A’s newest locations in Nevada. The company has not confirmed the possibility of a location on South Claiborne Avenue. (via chickfila.com)

LaToya Cantrell

LaToya Cantrell

Amid a broader conversation about the ongoing revitalization of South Claiborne Avenue, one tender detail from the mayor’s budget meeting last week stoked New Orleans appetites — is Chick-Fil-A eyeing a new location on that heavily-traveled Uptown corridor? Continue reading »

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Jul 182016
 
Owen Courrèges

Owen Courrèges

A few years ago, local NBC affiliate WDSU reported on an embarrassment familiar to all New Orleanians, namely the fact that street signs seem to be regarded as more of a luxury in this city than an obvious necessity. Particularly absent are those signs actually identifying the names of streets – you know, so you can actually find your way around.

“If you think about some of the basic things you expect a city to have, in terms of the impression of the city, if it doesn’t have a street sign it kind of lets you know they don’t have it all together,” local resident Francis James told reporters. His intersection had no signs at all. Continue reading »

Jul 142016
 

A standard bike lane on Bienville Street in Mid-City. City officials are considering converting some roads to “bike boulevards” that would have even more protections for cyclists. (courtesy of Paths to Progress)

When Mayor Mitch Landrieu brought his annual city-budget listening session to KIPP Central City Academy on Thursday evening, nobody really wanted to talk to him about the problems most traditionally associated with New Orleans. No one asked about crime rates, police staffing or officer misconduct. No one talked about potholes, property taxes, bad roads, blighted houses or street flooding. No one even mentioned Confederate statues.

Instead, the residents of City Council District B mostly wanted to talk about bicycle transportation and housing issues like AirBnB. Continue reading »

Jul 142016
 
The current NOPD Fourth District building in Federal City. (via Facebook)

The current NOPD Fourth District building in Federal City. (via Facebook)

The next area of New Orleans slated for a new police station is Algiers, where city officials hope to move officers out of the Federal City complex along the river to a more central location, based on a $7 million budget request made Wednesday. Continue reading »

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Jul 132016
 
A rendering by Mathes Brierre Architects of the expanded swimming area proposed for the Jewish Community Center. (via City of New Orleans)

A rendering by Mathes Brierre Architects of the expanded swimming area proposed for the Jewish Community Center. (via City of New Orleans)

The Jewish Community Center received initial permission Tuesday for an expansion that will reconfigure its popular pool area and add a new building, and city officials excused the center from having to add any new parking despite at least one neighbor’s request for it. Continue reading »

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Jul 122016
 
Mayor Mitch Landrieu speaks during the Katrina 10 commemoration at the Smoothie King Center on Saturday. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Mayor Mitch Landrieu speaks during the Katrina 10 Commemoration at the Smoothie King Center. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Mayor Mitch Landrieu and the New Orleans City Council is hosting a series of community meetings to discuss budget priorities as the City begins its 2017 budgeting for outcomes process. The meeting for District B will take place on Thursday, July 14 from 6 to 8 p.m. and will include Councilwoman Latoya Cantrell, New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) Superintendent Michael Harrison, and other city officials. Continue reading »

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Jul 082016
 

The No. 15 bus passes on Freret Street on Friday, July 8, 2016. The route is scheduled to be extended to Canal Street in September. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The No. 15 bus passes on Freret Street on Friday, July 8, 2016. The route is scheduled to be extended to Canal Street in September. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)


The “Freret Jet” bus route through Uptown New Orleans will be restored to its former end point on Canal Street in a change that transit advocates are hailing as a step toward a public-transportation policy that better balances the needs of both residents and tourists. Continue reading »

Jul 082016
 
(via https://www.facebook.com/events/286132271741029/)

(via https://www.facebook.com/events/286132271741029/)

The Family of Eric Harris, a man who was recently killed in the Central City by deputies from the Jefferson Parish Sherriff’s Office, and organizers for #JusticeForEricHarrisNOLA will hold a solidarity press conference, rally and community march at 6 p.m. on Friday, July 8.

According to organizers, the press conference is being held to communicate a stand of solidarity with the family and communities of both Alton Sterling of Baton Rouge, Louisiana and Philando Castile of St. Paul, Minnesota, who were both killed by police in recent days. Continue reading »

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Jul 062016
 
Village Coffee on Freret Street is closed and for lease. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Village Coffee on Freret Street is closed and for lease. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Village Coffee, one of the pioneering businesses in the Freret commercial corridor’s post-Katrina resurgence, is moving to Metairie, leaving their large corner building up for lease for a new tenant. Continue reading »

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Jul 062016
 
Children play dodgeball during the Freret Get-Together at Evans Park in December 2014. The event was hosted by the Evans Park Booster Club, with activities organized by Eric and Claudean Capers of Anytime Fitness. (Photo by Liz Jurey, courtesy of Freret Neighborhood Center)

Children play dodgeball during the Freret Get-Together at Evans Park in December 2014. The event was hosted by the Evans Park Booster Club, with activities organized by Eric and Claudean Capers of Anytime Fitness. (Photo by Liz Jurey, courtesy of Freret Neighborhood Center)

The Urban Conservancy and the national landscape architecture firm of Asakura Robinson will host a workshop this weekend aimed at bolstering the public outreach requirements and revenue goals for parks in New Orleans through amendments to the city’s master plan. Continue reading »

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Jul 052016
 
A rendering of a proposed new clinic at Louisiana and Freret streets. (via City of New Orleans)

A rendering of a proposed new clinic at Louisiana and Freret streets. (via City of New Orleans)

The construction of a new dialysis facility to replace a vacant, blighted medical building at the corner of Louisiana Avenue and Freret Street received tentative approval from the City Planning Commission last week, sending it to the City Council for final approval. Continue reading »

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Jul 012016
 
This diagram shows the drainage improvements on one side of Galvez Street as part of a $51 million drainage project around Central City. (via City of New Orleans)

This diagram shows the drainage improvements on one side of Galvez Street as part of a $51 million drainage project around Central City. (via City of New Orleans)

LaToya Cantrell

LaToya Cantrell

A new $51 million drainage project along Martin Luther King Boulevard will help prevent flooding from heavy rains around the Central City area — but instead of simply trying to push water away through underground canals, it will absorb and store it according the most current thinking on stormwater management in New Orleans. Continue reading »