Sep 192017
 

Chipotle plans to open its first New Orleans location in the former Radio Shack at 2801 Magazine Street in the Garden District. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The imminent arrival of fast-growing Chipotle chain burrito restaurant on Magazine Street — plunging directly into competition with beloved local Latin restaurants — has local residents beginning to explore legislation that might limit the influx of national brands on the uniquely Uptown New Orleans thoroughfare.

“No one comes to New Orleans to see Veterans Avenue,” said Coliseum Square Association member Frank Cole. “I don’t want to see an Arby’s on Magazine Street.” Continue reading »

Sep 152017
 

Candidates for the District A seat on the New Orleans City Council — Joe Giarrusso III, Dan Ring, Tilman Hardy, Toyia Washington-Kendrick, Drew Ward and Aylin Maklansky — debate during a town hall hosted by Carrollton neighborhood groups on Thursday evening. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

City Council District A is home to a plethora of the city’s parks and greenspaces, and their management and sustainability remains an important issue as the city grows. All six District A candidates said they’d fight to keep greenspaces across the city, though they presented different preservation tactics.

Two candidates stressed the importance of zoning ordinances and the city’s Master Plan in protecting current greenspace, while others argued for legislation protecting trees and living plants. Some candidates said they’d look into unifying park management into one entity, if it proves efficient. Continue reading »

Sep 142017
 

District A candidates are (top row, from left) Joe Giarrusso III, Tilman Hardy, Aylin Maklansky, Dan Ring, Drew Ward and Toyia Washington-Kendrick. (UptownMessenger.com graphic from file photos)

A coalition of neighborhood groups from around the Carrollton area and beyond will hear from candidates for the open District A seat on the New Orleans City Council at a forum tonight at St. Mary’s Dominican High School. Continue reading »

Sep 122017
 

Candidates for the District B seat on the City Council are Jay H. Banks, Eugene Ben, Seth Bloom, Catherine Love, Timothy David Ray and Andre Strumer. (UptownMessenger.com graphic)

A group of neighborhood associations that span much of the Uptown area will hold a forum for the District B candidates for the New Orleans City Council tonight at St. George’s Episcopal Church on St. Charles Avenue. Continue reading »

Jun 262017
 

From left, Jay Banks, Timothy David Ray, Seth Bloom (all via Uptown Messenger file photos) and Eric Johnson (via candidate website)

Delachaise neighbors braved the wind and rain last week to hear four out of five City Council District B candidates’ opinions on crime, economic development and preserving the culture of New Orleans. Continue reading »

Jun 232017
 

The former Zara’s building on Prytania after renovations began, photographed in April 2016. (via Google Maps)

By Canela Lopez

The owners of the former Zara’s location on Prytania Street in the Lower Garden District still plan to move forward with their plan for a new neighborhood grocery there, but need to rezone the property in order to proceed, they told neighbors Monday night. Continue reading »

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Jun 232017
 

Via the Power Coalition

A Power Coalition of community organizations will hold a listening session in Central City about issues facing the community. The Power Coalition session will take place on Saturday, June 24 from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Ashé Cultural Center, 1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd. Continue reading »

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May 092017
 

A map of roadwork scheduled in the Audubon areas starting in early 2018. Solid blue is a road surface repaving; red is replacing concrete sections; pink and purple are smaller spot repairs, and dotted lines are utility work. (via roadwork.nola.gov)

The city of New Orleans is in the process of launching a $2.4 billion project to repair the most heavily damaged streets in neighborhoods all over New Orleans over the next eight years, but Carrollton residents asked pointedly Monday night whether plans so far over the horizon have any chance of becoming a reality. Continue reading »

Apr 192017
 

New Orleans police officers inspect the body of a homicide victim on the corner of LaSalle and Amelia street in Central City Sunday night, January 22, 2017. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

After two homicides so far this year just blocks apart in the nearby Milan neighborhood, members of the Delachaise Neighborhood Association decided Tuesday night to begin exploring the idea of a tax-funded security and improvement district to pay for extra police patrols. Continue reading »

Mar 212017
 

A limousine pulls up to the Il Mercato venue for an event in late October 2016. The venue offers valet parking, but says very few patrons use it because they arrive in for-hire cars. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

With for-hire cars like Uber and Lyft becoming the predominant mode of transportation for their customers, Il Mercato event venue on Magazine Street plans to dramatically reduce the amount of valet parking it provides based on a new agreement with its neighbors. Continue reading »

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Mar 082017
 

The Central Carrollton Association will lead a discussion around issues such as the Nix library renovations, maintenance of the neighborhood cemeteries, tree planting, street repairs, zoning issues and crime in their spring meeting and social Thursday evening. 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 »

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 »