Jul 072019
 

The 2018 Krewe of Iris parade rolls on St. Charles Avenue, where the live oak canopy enhances Carnival celebrations. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Southern live oaks make up the vast majority of the trees along St. Charles Avenue. The proportion of live oaks has continued to increase over the years, a tree survey has found.

The St. Charles Avenue Association retained Bayou Tree Service, its official partner, to perform a tree survey in a continuation of surveys that have been conducted since 1992.

The results of the 2018 survey show an increase in both the live oak population and overall condition. It revealed 756 live oaks, which is the largest number recorded since the SCAA began surveying the trees. Continue reading »

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Jun 282019
 

The Irish Channel Neighborhood Association’s Land Use Committee is holding a meeting Sunday to discuss two land-use issues that are coming before the City Planning Commission. Continue reading »

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Apr 242019
 

via Magazine Street Merchants Association

The Magazine Street Merchants Association will present its ninth annual Magazine Street Champagne Stroll on Saturday, May 11. Over 100 Magazine Street businesses will provide free sparkling wine, with many offering special deals, live music, promotional sales, and art or trunk shows. Continue reading »

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Apr 122019
 

Lower Garden District residents walk by  the Lafon Fountain in Coliseum Square. The fountain is dedicated to preservationist Howard Schmalz. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

The Lower Garden District Association is hosting a volunteer “Park Work Day” in Coliseum Square Park this Saturday at 10 a.m.

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Apr 102019
 

courtesy of Broadmoor Improvement Association

The Broadmoor Improvement Association (BIA) is searching for vendors, sponsors, and volunteers to join their EATmoor! Spring Festival on Tuesday, May 7.

BIA says the event will feature local food trucks, local restaurants and caterers “to raise awareness around bringing healthy and affordable food options for needy families in our community.” Continue reading »

Mar 262019
 

The McDonogh 7 building, photographed in May 2013, is home to Audubon Charter’s upper school. (UptownMessenger.com file photo)

The Housing Authority of New Orleans is making a bid for the McDonogh 7 building on Milan Street, expected to be vacated by the Audubon Charter School  in 2021, in exchange for the much sought-after land for a sports field next to the new Booker T. Washington High School on Earhart Boulevard, Della Hasselle reports in the New Orleans Advocate.

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Mar 202019
 

Preliminary rendering of the Carrollton Courthouse redevelopment (courtesy of Waggoner & Ball)

The City Council rejected an appeal Thursday from a neighborhood group wanting to send the Carrollton Courthouse renovation plans back to the Historic District Landmarks Commission, but it could put the design for an assisted living facility in the historic building back on the drawing board anyway.

The Maple Area Residents Inc., or MARI, objected to the commission’s “conceptual approval” of the developer’s plans, citing concerns with the additions to the original building. Continue reading »

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Mar 062019
 

The Civic Leadership Academy helps community leaders interact more effectively with city government. (via Neighborhood Engagement Office)

The Office of Neighborhood Engagement is inviting residents to participate in one of the office’s most popular initiatives, the Civic Leadership Academy.

This is an eight-week program that provides residents with an in-depth look at city government. The program includes tours, hands-on demonstrations and presentations that give participants an insider’s view of how the city operates. With this knowledge, participants will be better equipped to lead collective action toward the advancement of neighborhoods and residents’ quality of life.

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Dec 102018
 

(via Irish Channel Neighborhood Association)

The Irish Channel Neighborhood Association is holding a Holiday Happy Hour on Thursday, Dec. 13, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Revelers will gather at Pete’s Out in the Cold, 701 Sixth St. at Chippewa, to celebrate the season, spend time with neighbors and wear an ugly Christmas sweater.

Pete’s will have happy hour prices during this event. They have pizza for sale as always, or feel free to bring a dish or snacks to share.

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Dec 042018
 

Photos by Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com

On Saturday, Dec. 1, the Lower Garden District Association announced the completion of the Lafon Fountain in Coliseum Square Park.

The fountain is dedicated to preservationist Howard Schmalz, who was instrumental in getting the Lower Garden District placed on the National Register of Historic Places and in defeating a Mississippi River bridge that would have cut into the heart of the neighborhood.

The public can once again enjoy Lafon Fountain in Coliseum Square after two decades of dormancy. The Lower Garden District Association raised nearly $100,000 for the restoration of the fountain and an endowment fund for its maintenance.

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Nov 302018
 

Tiger Paw Daiquiris was denied a permit to operate out of the storefront at 1610 St. Charles Ave. (UptownMessenger.com archive)

A controversial plan for a daiquiri shop in the Lower Garden District was scuttled Thursday when the City Council unanimously backed Councilman Jay Banks’ motion to deny a conditional use permit for the storefront building at 1610 St. Charles Ave.

The decision came after the months of vocal opposition from neighborhood groups, with members bringing up the unruly crowds that gathered outside the Daiquiri Place Café, two blocks away at 1401 St. Charles Ave. That business was shut down in 2012 after the city revoked its liquor license due to repeated, multiple violations. Banks said his decision was also influenced by childhood memories of living around the corner from a nuisance bar. Continue reading »

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Nov 142018
 

The building at 7457 St. Charles Avenue (via Google Maps)

A sketch of the proposed second-story addition to the building at 7457 St. Charles Avenue. (via city of New Orleans)

A nail salon proposed for a university-area building on St. Charles Avenue that has been a number of short-lived restaurants in recent years won initial approval from the City Planning Commission on Tuesday, and it will include the addition of a new second-story living space — despite some some neighbors concerns’ that parking is already too tough even with the space currently vacant. Continue reading »

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Nov 132018
 

The warehouse at 1152 Magazine Street slated to become the home of “The Fallen Saint” immersive theatre show. (photo via city of New Orleans)

The latest challenge to the zoning of a new immersive-theatre venue in a Magazine Street warehouse at the edge of the Lower Garden District was postponed Monday to December, after the building owners countered with the allegation that their critics have missed the deadline to object. Continue reading »

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Nov 122018
 

Trepwise and the Eiffel Society are hosting a Pay It Forward Happy Hour this Wednesday to highlight two local nonprofits. November’s “trepwork for good” event will have a “Feed It Forward” theme and will showcase two nonprofits with food pantries: Broadmoor Improvement Association and Love in Action Outreach.

Food donations will also be accepted at this event, and the heaviest non-perishable food donation will receive a prize.

Happy hour prices will be available all night long with $3 beers, $5 house wine, $6 well drinks and signature cocktails. Guests can enjoy curated cocktails such as the “NourishMint Julep,” as well as a rum punch—both $5.

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Nov 022018
 

A rendering of the building at 4528 Freret Street after its proposed redevelopment into a grocery store with condos above the parking lot. Architect Nick Marshall noted that the building was a Canal Villere grocery store in the 1970s and 80s. (image courtesy of Chase Marshall architects)

The controversial proposal to create a grocery store inside the former Publiq House building on Freret Street and with a new 24-unit condo building over the adjacent parking lot was withdrawn by its developers Thursday from consideration by the New Orleans City Council. Continue reading »

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