May 022018

A rendering of the Drive Shack golf facility under consideration at the former Times-Picayune site at Howard Avenue.

The Drive Shack golf facility under consideration for the former Times-Picayune site on Howard Avenue nabbed a recommendation for rezoning approval from City Planning staff, subject to a few building design changes suggested by the Design Advisory Committee. Continue reading »

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May 022018

(image via city of New Orleans)

The proposed new Subway sandwich shop in the corner unit of a strip mall on Magazine Street has become the latest flashpoint in the ongoing battle over chain fast-food restaurants on the historic Uptown thoroughfare, with a broad array of neighborhood and civic activists organizing opposition as a vote by the City Council approaches. Continue reading »

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Apr 282018

Capt. James Baldassaro, of New Orleans Private Patrol, does a key round while patrolling the Upper Hurstville area in 2010. (Sabree Hill, Uptown Messenger)

While the only election many New Orleanians are considering today is whether to get the crawfish bread or shrimp bread, residents of the Upper Hurstville and the Garden District neighborhoods will vote on whether to renew their security districts. Continue reading »

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Apr 262018

Prytania Street was transformed into a pit in 2015 for the installation of new drainage canals underground. (photo courtesy of Manual Mondragon, @mm_dragon on Twitter)

Joe Giarrusso III

Susan Guidry

With only weeks before her retirement, outgoing District A City Councilwoman Susan Guidry could hardly be more blunt in her assessment of the problems at the Sewerage & Water Board of New Orleans.

In the very same conversation, however, her successor Joe Giarrusso III, speaks just as resolutely about his intent to fix the beleagured agency. Continue reading »

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Apr 262018

Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell rides in the Krewe of Zulu on Mardi Gras day, 2013. ( file photo by Sabree Hill)

Danae Columbus

Danae Columbus, opinion columnist

If her choice of performers for the May 7 inauguration is any indication, it’s already clear that Mayor-elect LaToya Cantrell will not be bound by traditional convention as she charts a new path forward for New Orleans future. Cantrell will govern “The Cantrell Way,” with citizens adapting to her style and priorities that will surely include creating a system of governance that is more reflective of our voting majority and their needs.

Women, people of color, LGBTQ and low-income communities have always been historically marginalized, according to the Women’s Donor Network which made a presentation in New Orleans earlier this week. With her grass-roots, social worker background, Cantrell is expected to push for greater inclusion, empowerment and economic equity. Spreading the wealth and the power will be her mantra. Continue reading »

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Apr 252018

The building at 1020 Thalia will become the new headquarters for the Krewe sunglasses brand. (Robert Morris,

The New Orleans-based sunglasses brand Krewe — heralded in Hollywood as a favorite of stars Beyonce and Gigi Hadid — is converting a Thalia Street warehouse into its global headquarters, but some Lower Garden District neighbors are worried about the owner’s evolving plans for an outdoor courtyard. Continue reading »

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Apr 232018

The site plan of the proposed Starbucks store on South Claiborne Avenue. (via City of New Orleans)

The Starbucks proposed for a shopping center on South Claiborne Avenue in Central City got an extremely enthusiastic approval from the New Orleans City Council last week, allowing it to press forward quickly with its construction plans. Continue reading »

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Apr 232018

City Councilwoman Susan Guidry applauds and city hall staffers shoot video as Deacon John Moore sings on the City Council dais on Thursday, April 19. (photo via City of New Orleans)

When City Councilwoman Susan Guidry asked Deacon John Moore to reflect on his 60 years in the music business last week, he wished them off with a rendition of Nat King Cole’s “For All We Know.” Continue reading »

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Apr 202018

A map of short-term rental licenses issued in the Uptown area. More than 4,500 licenses have been issued in the city. (via city of New Orleans)

The City Planning Commission will hold its first public hearing Tuesday afternoon as it considers reforms to the city’s laws allowing short-term rentals like AirBnB, and expects to issue recommendations based on those comments and its own research this summer. Continue reading »

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Apr 192018

Nearly 60 short-term rental licenses have been issued to units in the commercial 800 Common building in the Central Business District, city records show. (photo by Danae Columbus)

Danae Columbus

Danae Columbus, opinion columnist

New Orleans residents who are concerned that STRS (short term rentals) are destroying the fabric of their neighborhoods will probably pack the City Council Chambers next Tuesday when the City Planning Commission receives public comment as part of a study commissioned by Mayor-elect LaToya Cantrell and the City Council to determine if any modifications are warranted to existing STR regulations. It goes without saying that numerous changes are expected to be recommended. Continue reading »

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Apr 172018

Susan Guidry (center) speaks, while Joe Giarrusso III (left) and Gordon McLeod listen during a town hall meeting on short-term rentals Monday night at St. Mary’s Dominican. (photo courtesy of Carrollton Area Network)

Although she has less than a month left in office, District A City Councilwoman Susan Guidry is continuing to advocate for tighter regulations of AirBnB and other short-term rental platforms that she originally sought two years ago — and the incoming class of council members say they are listening to her.

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Apr 162018

Incoming Councilman Joe Giarrusso III speaks at a Carrollton neighborhood meeting in December. (Robert Morris,

Both outgoing District A City Councilwoman Susan Guidry and incoming Councilman Joe Giarrusso III will meet with Carrollton residents tonight to discuss issues relating to short-term rentals. Continue reading »

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