Jun 302016
 
Lion cub statues play on the Audubon Zoo sign on Magazine Street, and live lions could be playing inside the zoo as well by 2019, officials say. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Lion cub statues play on the Audubon Zoo sign on Magazine Street, and live lions could be playing inside the zoo as well by 2019, officials say. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Right on the orange-and-black tail of the arrival of a new Malayan tiger, Audubon Zoo officials are planning a new exhibit that would bring lions back to New Orleans and are hoping the city can pitch in $5 million to help. Continue reading »

Jun 302016
 
U.S. Senate candidate Josh Pellerin speaks with voters in a video produced by his campaign. (via YouTube)

U.S. Senate candidate Josh Pellerin speaks with voters in a video produced by his campaign. (via YouTube)

Danae Columbus

Danae Columbus

Even today, many older Americans still may have a hard time admitting that an ancestor is bi-racial. But not 34-year-old U.S. Senate candidate Josh Pellerin, a Franklin, La., native and energy company owner based outside Lafayette who views his complex ancestry — and the way it mirrors the history of the state — as part of his appeal to Louisianans. Continue reading »

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Jun 282016
 
A Malayan tiger photographed at the Cincinnati Zoo in 2012. (Creative Commons image by Charles Barrilleaux via Flickr)

A Malayan tiger photographed at the Cincinnati Zoo in 2012. (Creative Commons image by Charles Barrilleaux via Flickr)

The Audubon Commission may still not have a plan for notifying the New Orleans neighbors about proposed changes to its green spaces, but the Zoo may have something even more exciting in the meantime: a new Malayan tiger, one of just a few hundred members of its critically endangered species in the world. Continue reading »

Jun 272016
 
Owen Courrèges

Owen Courrèges

I’ve only been to New York City once in my life, on a family vacation when I was in my early teens during the notorious reign of Mayor David Dinkins. We stayed in a hotel on Times Square rising high above the debauchery below.

After we arrived, I ventured off briefly on my own to see a smattering of strip clubs, peep shows, purveyors of adult materials and the like. There was virtually nothing I could legally enter. I finally caught sight of a video arcade, which seemed wholesome enough. It was wallpapered floor to ceiling in pornography. Continue reading »

Jun 242016
 
At left, 2112 Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard and the three identical shotgun homes next to it. (2014 image via Google)

At left, 2112 Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard and the three identical shotgun homes next to it. (2014 image via Google)

The owners of a historic shotgun home on Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard have withdrawn their controversial request to tear down the structure, the New Orleans City Council said on Thursday. Continue reading »

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Jun 232016
 
New Orleans police officers take a suspect into custody at the corner of Cadiz and Loyola streets during a two-hour manhunt in the area in January 2015 following a rash of Uptown robberies. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

New Orleans police officers take a suspect into custody at the corner of Cadiz and Loyola streets during a two-hour manhunt in the area in January 2015 following a rash of Uptown robberies. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Since the federal Department of Justice enacted a sweeping blueprint for reforming the troubled New Orleans Police Department nearly four years ago, dozens of new policies have been implemented, new officers are being trained on them, and the rights of all residents now have better protection as a result, department officials said Thursday night. Continue reading »

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Jun 232016
 
Danae Columbus

Danae Columbus

Now that Sheriff Marlin Gusman has acknowledged that he must cede day-to-day jail operations to a government-approved independent compliance director, how will the millions in reforms be paid for? The new expenses include the compliance director’s salary and benefits, other costs for new staff he or she will bring in as well as the new dollars needed to reach the federal government’s consent decree goals. It will be pricey for sure because the task is so large. Continue reading »

Jun 212016
 
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)

A large former medical center at 2500 Louisiana Avenue is slated to be torn down and rebuilt with a new clinic, city officials said, and, in a separate request, the Veterans of Foreign Wars are planning to tear down and rebuild their meeting hall on Lyons Street. Continue reading »

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Jun 152016
 

Hillary Barq speaks to the City Planning Commission on Tuesday, June 14. (via City of New Orleans)

Hillary Barq speaks to the City Planning Commission on Tuesday, June 14. (via City of New Orleans)

A request to sell packaged wine and liquor alongside sandwiches, ice cream and other sweets at proposed shop on Magazine Street in the Lower Garden District was narrowly rejected by the City Planning Commission on Tuesday amid commissioners’ confusion about the proposed concept for the business and debate about its relationship with neighbors.

In an unrelated request, however, a once-controversial request to sell single beers at a corner store on Freret Street easily received a positive recommendation from the City Planning Commission without any opposition. Continue reading »

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Jun 152016
 

The City of New Orleans will host a community listening session on Wednesday, June 15 to launch #EquityNewOrleans, a citywide initiative to assess the role of equity in City government. The session will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. at Ashé Powerhouse Theater, located at 1731 Baronne Street. Continue reading »

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Jun 132016
 
Owen Courrèges

Owen Courrèges

“These modern verandahs . . . afford a perfect shelter from the sun and weather, to passers by the front of the houses to which they are attached. In sultry climates, the necessity of shade from the sun, to health, and comfort, has universally introduced the custom of balconies or verandahs; which in this respect, are equally beneficial to the inmates of the houses, and to wayfarers.”

Durant v. Riddell, 12 La. Ann. 746, 747 (La. 1857)

“It is a matter of public and judicial history that galleries, or ‘verandas,’ as they are also called, have been sanctioned by usage in New Orleans almost from time immemorial.”

Lambert v. American Box Co., 144 La. 604, 611 (La. 1919).

An iconic feature of New Orleans architecture, particularly in the French Quarter and present on most historic commercial strips, is the wrap-around, double-balcony – also called a “gallery” or “veranda” – that extends over the sidewalk. They serve not only as an attractive architectural element and to provide outdoor space for the owners of homes and commercial buildings, but they also shield passers-by on the sidewalk from the elements, thereby providing a public good. Continue reading »

Jun 092016
 
Danae Columbus

Danae Columbus

The race to replace retiring 4th Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Max Tobias is already heating up with three lower court judges – Criminal Court Judge Laurie White and Civil District Court Judges Tiffany Chase and Regina Bartholomew Woods – tossing their hats in the ring. Attorney Kevin Guillory who previously ran for a Criminal Court judgeship is also campaigning. Continue reading »

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May 312016
 
The mural adjacent to the new Magnolia Marketplace retail center on South Claiborne. (photo via City of New Orleans)

The mural adjacent to the new Magnolia Marketplace retail center on South Claiborne. (photo via City of New Orleans)

Stacy Head

Stacy Head

Development on South Claiborne Avenue has made significant strides in recent years, but more attention is needed to quality-of-life issues of crime, blight, panhandling and litter in order to attract more retail investment to the corridor, City Council members said. Continue reading »

May 262016
 
Danae Columbus

Danae Columbus

Sheriff Marlin Gusman has the desire, innate ability and intelligence to operate the Orleans Parish jail but what he lacks, according to the federal government’s lead court-appointed monitor, is the basic knowledge needed to run a big-city jail and institute best practices in corrections management. This is an especially damaging statement considering Gusman has held the position for ten years. Continue reading »

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May 242016
 
Fire damage can still be seen at the building at 4712 Magazine, now slated for demolition. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Fire damage can still be seen at the building at 4712 Magazine, now slated for demolition. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A large Magazine Street building heavily damaged in a fire earlier this year has been approved for demolition, but neighbors and City Council members say they intend to remain involved in the rebuilding plans against any large, “big box” style developments in its place.

Meanwhile, a separate request to tear down part of a historic home just off the Freret corridor for a driveway split the City Council and failed amid concerns that the character of the streetscape might be altered for the purposes of an investment property. Continue reading »

May 202016
 
A diagram demonstrating the parts of a bioswale included in a presentation by city officials.

A diagram demonstrating the parts of a bioswale included in a presentation by city officials.

If all goes as planned, the Lower Garden District will soon get a 600-foot-long bioswale along Coliseum Square Park, thanks to money pledged by the Sewerage and Water Board to give the city more green infrastructure. Continue reading »