Nov 012016
 
RTA manager Justin Augustine (from left), transit advocate Pamela Legge, and RIDE New Orleans executive director Alex Posorske speak Tuesday night at Tulane Hillel as part of a panel discussion on public transit. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

RTA manager Justin Augustine (from left), transit advocate Pamela Legge, and RIDE New Orleans executive director Alex Posorske speak Tuesday night at Tulane Hillel as part of a panel discussion on public transit. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

As the New Orleans Regional Transit Authority looks for ways to grow public transportation in the city, officials are considering new options such as a partnership with Uber to reach transit lines or a new fare system based on riders’ incomes. Continue reading »

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Oct 272016
 
City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell poses with a constituent during last week's National Night Out Against Crime events. (photo by Danae Columbus for UptownMessenger.com)

City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell poses with a constituent during last week’s National Night Out Against Crime events. (photo by Danae Columbus for UptownMessenger.com)

Danae Columbus

Danae Columbus

“I am ready to lead this city,” proclaimed District B Councilmember LaToya Cantrell last Friday night. Though billed as a Halloween party at the French Quarter home of trial lawyer Darleen Jacobs, there was some pretty serious politicking going on as Cantrell announced she would seek “higher office” without specifying whether she will qualify for council at large or mayor. Continue reading »

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Oct 262016
 
The home at 2519 Napoleon Avenue, purchased by Ochsner Clinic Foundation in 2015 and now slated for "institutional" land-use. (via Google)

The home at 2519 Napoleon Avenue, purchased by Ochsner Clinic Foundation in 2015 and now slated for “institutional” land-use. (via Google)

Officials at Ochsner Baptist Medical Center are asking the city of New Orleans to include several properties they own in their “institutional” land-use designation, though they do not have immediate plans to develop any of them, they have told neighbors. Continue reading »

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Oct 242016
 
Owen Courrèges

Owen Courrèges

Mayor Landrieu’s 2017 budget has been released, and true to form, Landrieu proposes to nickel and dime the citizens of New Orleans for scraps of revenue. In order to generate an additional $5 million, Landrieu plans to double the number of red light and speed cameras, adding a whopping 56 cameras around the city. Continue reading »

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Oct 202016
 
Moderator  Jeff Thomas (left), Council on Aging leader Howard Rodgers, Independent Police Monitor Susan Hutson and Assessor Errol Williams pose for a photo at the recent senior caucus. (Danae Columbus for UptownMessenger.com)

Moderator Jeff Thomas (left), Council on Aging leader Howard Rodgers, Independent Police Monitor Susan Hutson and Assessor Errol Williams pose for a photo at the recent senior caucus. (Danae Columbus for UptownMessenger.com)

Danae Columbus

Danae Columbus

There are not too many legislative initiatives that Congressman Cedric Richmond and all seven members of the City Council agree on, but the opportunity for the Office of the Independent Police Monitor Susan Hutson to become more independent is one of them. Continue reading »

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Oct 192016
 
The LaFon fountain in its current state. (photo by Kara Mattini, courtesy of Coliseum Square Association)

The LaFon fountain in its current state. (photo by Kara Mattini, courtesy of Coliseum Square Association)

By Claire Byun

Lafon Fountain waters will hopefully flow again next year, thanks to a neighborhood organization’s fundraising efforts. Continue reading »

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Oct 172016
 
Owen Courrèges

Owen Courrèges

Street renovations certainly are continuing apace along Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard, a.k.a. “OCH.” The pavement has been stripped of asphalt and the newer, wider neutral ground is almost completed. Mayor Landrieu and other city leaders are already patting themselves on the back.

The only problem? Oretha Castle Haley was fine the way it was, unlike other infrastructure in the city. Most other streets remain smoldering dumpster fires. Continue reading »

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Oct 132016
 
State Rep. Walt Leger holds his new baby daughter, Kate, while standing with his wife, Danielle, at Monday's fundraiser. (Danae Columbus for UptownMessenger.com)

State Rep. Walt Leger holds his new baby daughter, Kate, while standing with his wife, Danielle, at Monday’s fundraiser. (Danae Columbus for UptownMessenger.com)

Danae Columbus

Danae Columbus

In a passionate speech that made frequent references to his seven-week old daughter Kate, State Rep Walt Leger laid out his vision for New Orleans and Louisiana’s future to a packed, appreciative audience of business, tourism and political leaders at his fundraiser Monday night. With a rousing introduction by Mayor Mitch Landrieu, Leger delivered what could easily be considered an opening salvo in the 2017 mayor’s race. Continue reading »

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Oct 102016
 
(Illustration by Owen Courreges)

(Illustration by Owen Courreges)

Owen Courrèges

Owen Courrèges

Boys and girls, ladies and germs – please sit down and let me regale you with the tale of Sebastian the Streetcar, second cousin twice-removed to Thomas the Tank Engine.™ Sebastian was a custom-built streetcar in New Orleans operating on the Loyola and Canal lines, but more than anything Sebastian wanted to help forge the new streetcar line down the other end of the French Quarter.

One day, Sebastian journeyed down Loyola to City Hall, where the leader of the city performed his business – Mayor Needum Toupee. Clad in his dark black suit, the resolute chief executive trod out to meet the plucky little streetcar. Continue reading »

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Oct 072016
 
Members of the Audubon Riverside Neighborhood Association relax after their annual Easter egg hunt at Alma Peters Park in 2012.(UptownMessenger.com file photo)

Members of the Audubon Riverside Neighborhood Association relax after their annual Easter egg hunt at Alma Peters Park in 2012.(UptownMessenger.com file photo)

By Claire Byun

Audubon neighborhood are hoping to kickstart a process to cool down some extra hot playground equipment in a park off Annunciation Street. Continue reading »

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Oct 062016
 
Danae Columbus

Danae Columbus

Although the November elections for president, U.S. Senator, Congress and other races are still more than a month away, political insiders are already looking ahead to next year’s campaigns when a new mayor, city council and other municipal office-holders will be elected in the fall 2017 but take office in the spring of 2018. There will be several judicial races in March 2017 as well. Continue reading »

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Oct 042016
 
The building at 3101 Erato Street, photographed in April 2016. (via Google Maps)

The building at 3101 Erato Street, photographed in April 2016. (via Google Maps)

By Claire Byun

A proposed low-barrier homeless shelter marketed as key to reducing the city’s homeless population is already drawing fire from school and community groups. Continue reading »

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Oct 032016
 
Owen Courrèges

Owen Courrèges

So this cement truck, a Landrieu Cement Truck, was filling in this gigantic pothole on Mexico Street. It’s this company owned by the mayor’s cousin that contracts with the city. Anyway, while it was filling in this massive hole in the pavement, another sinkhole opened up and the cement truck fell in.

I know what you’re thinking: What’s the punchline?

Well, although this sounds like the setup for a joke, it’s actually not. It happened this past week, much to the chagrin of the residents of Pontchartrain Park. Continue reading »

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Sep 282016
 
The boundaries of the proposed Uptown historic district are in blue. (via City of New Orleans)

The boundaries of the proposed Uptown historic district are in blue. (via City of New Orleans)

A new oversight structure for historic homes in much of Uptown and Carrollton easily moved forward to the New Orleans City Council for a final decision on Tuesday, after the City Planning Commission swiftly voted in favor of recommendations that have been pending for most of the year. Continue reading »

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