Mar 172016
 
People sleeping in the doorway of a Royal Street business this past weekend. (photo by Danae Columbus for UptownMessenger.com)

People sleeping in the doorway of a Royal Street business this past weekend. (photo by Danae Columbus for UptownMessenger.com)

Danae Columbus

Danae Columbus

Sunday morning during an early walk through the CBD and French Quarter, I encountered more than two dozen homeless men and women sleeping in the doorways of some of our city’s most fashionable establishments. While I paused to shoot a photograph on Royal Street, a State Police cruiser passed right by, unfazed. Whether people are sleeping (or eating or anything even more personal) in a vestibule, outside the Cabildo, or along the Moonwalk, it’s an unsightly, unsanitary situation that negatively impacts tourism and everyone’s quality of life. Continue reading »

Mar 162016
 
Construction equipment chews through the old structure on the Amelia Street side on April 20, 2015. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Construction equipment chews through the old structure on the Amelia Street side on April 20, 2015. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The church pastor who owned an apartment building that dramatically collapsed on Amelia Street is seeking federal money to rebuild more affordable housing on the site, City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell told neighbors on Tuesday evening. Continue reading »

Mar 142016
 
A view from the ballfield of the new concessions building planned for Cuccia-Byrnes plaground. (via City of New Orleans)

A view from the ballfield of the new concessions building planned for Cuccia-Byrnes plaground. (via City of New Orleans)

The existing concessions stand at Cuccia Byrnes (via City of New Orleans)

The existing concessions stand at Cuccia Byrnes (via City of New Orleans)

The city of New Orleans approved plans Monday morning for a new concessions building to replace the aging structure at the Cuccia-Byrnes playground, where the Carrollton Boosters operate baseball fields they recently described as vital to their programming. Continue reading »

Mar 102016
 
Syed "Sheriff" Kazmi (photo by Danae Columbus for UptownMessenger.com)

Syed “Sheriff” Kazmi (photo by Danae Columbus for UptownMessenger.com)

Danae Columbus

Danae Columbus

As Uber thrives in New Orleans and Lyft prepares to begin operations here, the leadership at United Cab say they have lost half their business, and are now doubling down to reconnect with the New Orleans customers they have served for more than 75 years. Continue reading »

Mar 082016
 
The former Nam's Grocery at 3039 General Taylor (photo via City of New Orleans)

The former Nam’s Grocery at 3039 General Taylor (photo via City of New Orleans)

After a lengthy day of public hearings on topics ranging from Taco Bell to strippers to fire stations, the proposed Four Generations Grocery and Eatery in Broadmoor received initial approval from the City Planning Commission — though its owners were urged to continue working with their neighbors. Continue reading »

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Mar 042016
 
Neighbors rally around the sculpture at "The Fly" on Feb. 15. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Neighbors rally around the sculpture at “The Fly” on Feb. 15. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell is “considering” a request made Thursday by opponents of the proposed Carrollton Boosters sports complex for a committee meeting to discuss the possibility of an Interim Zoning District over the The Fly at Audubon Park. Continue reading »

Mar 022016
 
Neighbors rally around the sculpture at "The Fly" on Sunday. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Neighbors rally around the sculpture at “The Fly” on Sunday. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Although they appeared to be rebuffed by the New Orleans City Council last month, members of the “Save the Fly” movement are asking for the city to impose a new process that could slow down, alter or even stop the proposed Carrollton Boosters soccer complex on the Audubon Riverview. Continue reading »

Feb 292016
 
8405 Jeanette Street (via Google Maps)

8405 Jeanette Street (via Google Maps)

The committee overseeing demolition requests across most of Uptown New Orleans balked at a mortgage company’s recent request to tear down a single-story Carrollton home amid protests from the Preservation Resource Center and confusion over what the bank intends to do with the property. Continue reading »

Feb 292016
 
Owen Courrèges

Owen Courrèges

Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand made some interesting remarks at the Metropolitan Crime Commission’s annual awards luncheon this past week. Taken at face value, they were downright surreal.

“You want us out of the drug business? We’re out,” Normand sputtered. “But I guarantee you this: More policemen will live and more of you will die. Bank on it.” Continue reading »

Feb 182016
 
Dark green and dark blue lines show proposed boundaries. (via City of New Orleans; click for enlarged PDF)

Dark green and dark blue lines show proposed boundaries. (via City of New Orleans; click for enlarged PDF)

Most of Uptown New Orleans between South Claiborne Avenue or Earhart Boulevard and the river should receive historic-district protection against demolitions — with much stricter standards on St. Charles and Carrollton avenues, according to a unanimous recommendation Wednesday night by a committee of residents appointed by Mayor Mitch Landrieu. Continue reading »

Feb 172016
 
A resident asks the City Council for a compromise location for the proposed Carrollton Boosters sports complex as members of the Audubon Commission and Carrollton Boosters listen. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A resident asks the City Council for a compromise location for the proposed Carrollton Boosters sports complex as members of the Audubon Commission and Carrollton Boosters listen. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

More than three hours of impassioned arguments by neighbors Wednesday against the Carrollton Boosters’ proposed new soccer complex on The Fly garnered little more from the New Orleans City Council than a promise to provide better advance notice in the future and a scolding for the tenor of some of the complaints about it. Continue reading »

Feb 152016
 
Neighbors rally around the sculpture at "The Fly" on Sunday. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Neighbors rally around the sculpture at “The Fly” on Sunday. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Opposition is becoming more organized to a new Carrollton Boosters soccer complex that would take up part of The Fly recreation area behind Audubon Park, after a prominent neighborhood association voted to express its concern over the project, more than 100 people held a “Save the Fly” rally at the site on Sunday and the controversy is now drawing interest from the City Council. Continue reading »

Feb 152016
 
Owen Courrèges

Owen Courrèges

Over the course of the past fifty years, we have been treated to advancements in information technology beyond our wildest imaginations. When it comes to computers and conveying data electronically, technological progress has proceeded rapidly. Virtually everything can be automated and accessed at the push of a touch screen.

This makes the City’s seeming inability to mete out parking citations in a fair and equitable manner all the more galling, if not downright suspicious. Continue reading »