Mar 082017
 

A portion of Patton Street will be closed most of Wednesday for sewer work, while stretches of Audubon Place, Law Road and Louisiana Avenue will all experience low water pressure in the next few days for line installation and repairs, according to the Sewerage & Water Board of New Orleans. Continue reading »

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Mar 062017
 

Mayor Mitch Library reads “How to Dress A Po-Boy” to a group of Waldorf School elementary students at the Nix Library in Carrollton after it reopened Monday morning following extensive renovations. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

New Orleans city leaders and Carrollton residents celebrated the reopening of the Nix Branch Library after five months of renovations Monday morning with an official ribbon cutting, and officials promised to begin studying ways to address community members’ pleas for access for disabled patrons in the months to come. Continue reading »

Mar 062017
 
Owen Courrèges

Owen Courrèges

There’s no way to sugar-coat this: We came in dead last. Economically, New Orleans is the municipal equivalent of the 2008 Detroit Lions.

According to a report released by the Brookings Institute, New Orleans ranked last among America’s 100 largest cities in terms of economic prosperity between the years of 2010 and 2015. Everything decreased – worker productivity, average standard-of-living, and average wages. Continue reading »

Mar 022017
 

City Councilwoman Susan Guidry rides down St. Charles Avenue in the Krewe of King Arthur parade in 2012. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

After serving two terms representing Uptown, Mid-City and Lakeview on the New Orleans City Council, Susan Guidry said Thursday morning that she plans to retire next year instead of seeking another office in the fall elections.

Guidry is term limited, and had been considering a run for one of the council’s two at-large seats. Instead, she said she will serve out the remainder of her term that ends in May 2018, without running for any office in the Oct. 14 election. Continue reading »

Feb 232017
 

Green Tea owner Yung Lau pauses from final touches on the new building’s interior. The restaurant opens Friday at the corner of Napoleon and Louisiana. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Green Tea restaurant’s new building overlooks the corner of Napoleon and South Claiborne. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Two years ago, Yung Lau could scarcely believe that his Green Tea restaurant at the edge of the Garden District was about to be displaced by a national pharmacy chain in a city as in love with mom-and-pop eateries as New Orleans.

The CVS did indeed move in, but on Friday, Lau will reopen Green Tea in a brand-new building that is being hailed as another landmark in the continuing redevelopment of another major Uptown corridor, South Claiborne Avenue. Continue reading »

Feb 232017
 
Danae Columbus

Danae Columbus, opinion columnist

As LaToya Cantrell and others step up their pace for the 2017 race for mayor of New Orleans, political insiders wonder if the best way for the Landrieu family to hold on to their power and the associated riches is to elect former U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu as New Orleans’ next mayor. Continue reading »

Feb 222017
 

The former firehouse at Annunciation and Terpsichore is proposed to become the “Gris Gris Social Club.” (image via City of New Orleans)

Since he first discovered how New Orleans’ social aid and pleasure clubs exist in the city through zoning laws six years ago, Uptown resident and documentary film maker Trent Robinson has been trying to figure out how to create one of his own.

He may finally have his chance, he told members of the Coliseum Square Association on Monday night. He’s applied for a license to run the newly-envisioned Gris Gris Social Club out of an old firehouse, located on 907 Terpsichore Street in the Lower Garden District. Continue reading »

Feb 092017
 
The former Times-Picayune building at 3800 Howard Avenue (photographed in August 2016 by Google  Maps)

The former Times-Picayune building at 3800 Howard Avenue (photographed in August 2016 by Google Maps)

The former Times-Picayune building on Howard Avenue is under consideration for redevelopment as a “major amusement facility,” and its new owners received the first step of approval Tuesday from New Orleans city officials toward the rezoning that would allow such a project. Continue reading »

Feb 092017
 

City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell (left) helps A.P. Marullo cut the ribbon on the new CC’s Coffeehouse in Mid-City. (photo by Danae Columbus for UptownMessenger.com)

Danae Columbus

Danae Columbus, opinion columnist

When supporters are asked why they think LaToya Cantrell might make a good mayor, they always talk about her commitment to the community, hard work after Katrina and willingness to take on issues others shy away from. In short, she is known as a fighter.

[Note: This is the first in a series of columns analyzing the potential candidates in the upcoming New Orleans mayoral race.] Continue reading »

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Feb 082017
 
A rendering of the proposed apartment development was on display at Monday's meeting of the Coliseum Square Association. (photographed by Claire Byun, UptownMessenger.com)

A rendering of the proposed apartment development was on display at Monday’s meeting of the Coliseum Square Association. (photographed by Claire Byun, UptownMessenger.com)

Marc Robert, owner of the former Robert grocery site on Annunciation Street, speaks to the City Planning Commission on Jan. 25, 2017. (via City of New Orleans)

The plan to redevelop the former Robert grocery site on Annunciation Street into a 211-unit apartment complex will now proceed to the City Council for a final decision, after it narrowly passed the City Planning Commission amid technical concerns about its height and density. Continue reading »

Feb 062017
 

Transdev shows off the red EZ10 self-driving shuttle at the Ernest Morial Convention Center. (image via our partners at WWL-TV)

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Owen Courrèges

New Orleans were given a glimpse of the future this past week, or at least one possible version of it. Alas, it appears that the future is a slow-moving red box.

The corporate operator of New Orleans public transit, Transdev, held an event with Mayor Mitch Landrieu on Monday to preview its self-driving vehicle, the EZ10 “Easy Rider” Autonomous Shuttle. The red, box-shaped EZ10, which is capable of holding 12 passengers, plodded along at roughly 8 miles per hour in front of the Morial Convention Center. Continue reading »

Feb 022017
 

The double-blue line represents the repaving planned for St. Charles Avenue between Louisiana Avenue and Calliope through the remainder of 2017. Repaving is planned above Louisiana Avenue in 2018. (via roadwork.nola.gov)

The section of St. Charles Avenue from the Garden District to the overpass is scheduled for a repaving project that will last until spring of 2018, and New Orleans officials are still working to determine the best configuration of the traffic lanes after the resurfacing is complete. Continue reading »

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Feb 022017
 

Orleans Parish District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro speaks. (photo by Danae Columbus for UptownMessenger.com)

Danae Columbus

Danae Columbus, opinion columnist

In remarks delivered at the Criminal Justice Conference on Sexual Assault yesterday, District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro blasted New Orleans city leaders for “working from the Neville Chamberlain manual of war planning.“ Great Britain’s prime minister from 1937 to 1940, Chamberlain was often blamed for failing to prepare the county for World War II and associated today with a policy of appeasement that allowed Nazi Germany to grow strong. Continue reading »