A concrete-batching plant under construction on a lot about a block from the South Broad Street overpass has been halted temporarily amid opposition from residents of the Zion City neighborhood; rapidly rising home prices in the Irish Channel made the area the focus for a recent case study of post-Katrina gentrification; and the dramatic reduction in appraised value of an assisted-living center on Magazine Street is being questioned, according to recent reports.
“Smart growth” is a concept that I have long derided. Reduced to its essence, smart growth is an ideology borne of a single idea (that the rise of the suburbs is somehow evil), and dedicated to forcing people to live in dense cities. Their boogeyman is sprawl, which they condemn endlessly.
Oversimplified? A bit, sure, but then the rhetoric and policy proposals from smart growth advocates strike me as simplistic and single-minded.
The Freret Neighbors United group will hold an informational session for residents on the new Affordable Care Act tonight (Tuesday, Nov. 12), featuring a nonpartisan explanation of the new system from a representative of the Louisiana Healthcare Education Coalition.
Three buildings at the corner of Magazine and Nashville are slated for an upcoming redevelopment and reconfiguration that will likely mean a reshuffling of the shops there, business owners and neighbors said this week.
Back in the summer, the Butler Callahan Holdings development company bought the property at the end of the 5700 block of Magazine where Rare Cuts, Vom Fass and Parcels and Post are currently located. Their plan, according to a letter sent to neighbors, is to renovate the three buildings, aligning the front of the corner building with the other two and joining the three structures into one contiguous space.
“I want to give you what you deserve, and I know at this point that DPW does as well,” said City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell. “The goal is to get it done, in and out, and never have to come back again.”
Dress your dog up for a Halloween parade, participate in a pet blessing, and learn about the city’s new pet laws Saturday at Coliseum Square park’s “Dog Bowl,” presented by City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell.
The Courtyard Brewery, a new “nano” brewery with a small taproom, is planned for a warehouse on Erato Street in the Lower Garden District, its founders told neighbors Monday night.
Residents will gather in neighborhoods around Uptown New Orleans on Tuesday evening for the annual “National Night Out Against Crime” with food, music, raffles, an outdoor movie screening — and an instruction in how to dance to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.”
The owners of Sylvain, the French Quarter gastropub that has drawn national accolades since opening in 2010, are looking at a location on Magazine Street for their next restaurant, they told neighbors this week, becoming the third proprietors of popular New Orleans downtown restaurants to announce an Uptown expansion in recent months.
During the meeting, Irish Channel resident Mark Redding appeared with a map blighted properties in his neighborhood, including the former Sara Mayo Hospital on Jackson Avenue, and beseeched the city to do better, according to Mid-City Messenger‘s report: “We want to continue to invest in the area and we think it’s moving in a good direction, but we need the city to step up and do your job. Quite frankly, we’re tired of hearing the same things,” Redding said.
Since the 1920’s, the French Quarter has been represented by Vieux Carre Property Owners, Residents, and Associates, Inc., or VCPORA for short. Given recent events, perhaps they should recast themselves as the “Vieux Carre’s Persnickety Oligarchs Representing Authoritarianism.”
Case in point: This weekend at Rising Tide 8, a local conference geared towards discussing New Orleans’ future, a panel was held on tourism in New Orleans. During panel discussion, Meg Lousteau, Executive Director of VCPORA, noted approvingly that Bhutan has a limit on the number of tourists allowed into the country each year.
I wasn’t present, so I cannot attest to whether every jaw in the room hit the floor at that moment or not. The Kingdom of Bhutan, for those not aware, is an independent nation located in Asia. In order to preserve their Buddhist cultural heritage, Bhutan requires tourists to acquire visas before entering the country, and limits the number of tourist visas offered per year.
The possibility that an upscale student-housing development may be planned for the large block of Freret Street where the former Frank’s Steakhouse still remains a shuttered landmark is being met with concern and questions by people in the neighborhood.
Competing sets of proposals for a new ordinance outlining how sound and noise issues should be enforced in New Orleans were discussed Thursday evening before a Carrollton neighborhood group, but the presentations from each group were so gently put that neighbors wondered where the actual controversy lies.
The city’s Movies in the Park series returns to Uptown this evening (Friday, Sept. 6) with a showing of “The Incredibles” at Burke Park, 2524 Annunciation Street, in the Irish Channel.
Gladys Willis, an 80-year-old resident of the Freret neighborhood who lost her legs to infection from the floodwaters after Hurricane Katrina, has a new roof following a fundraiser to keep her in her home last week at The Other Bar on Freret Street, according to a report by Bill Capo of our partners at WWL-TV.