Freret neighborhood groups come together at NORDC’s Evans Park from noon to 4 p.m. this Sunday, Nov. 22 for food, music, sports, games and community resources. The Freret Neighborhood Get-Together is free and open to the public.
The Half Shell Oyster Bar & Grill will host a fundraiser this Sunday, Nov. 8, to support the Community Commitment Education Center, which provides resources, programs, and weekly classes to the Leonidas neighborhood. Donation includes dinner at The Half Shell Oyster Bar & Grill and a preview showing of the Community Commitment Education Center’s new video produced by So-Called Media.
Any trick-or-treaters willing to brave the dire weather warnings for New Orleans are invited to join Hillary and Cherokee Street residents for their 10th annual Halloween block party.
By Mary Beth Romig
In response to the recent opinion from Owen Courreges in the October 19, 2015 issue of Uptown Messenger, I would like the opportunity to share good news about what the New Orleans Redevelopment Authority (NORA) has accomplished in terms of commercial revitalization and affordable housing, specifically in the two neighborhoods Courreges mentions.
The Uptown/Carrollton Historic District Study Committee will hold a meeting on Monday, October 19, at 6p.m. There, a discussion will be held regarding the proposed Uptown/Carrollton local historic district.
Questions about whether the owner of a bed-and-breakfast planned for the Irish Channel just off Magazine Street would actually live there led to a split vote before the City Planning Commission this week, leaving the decision in the hands of the City Council.
Riccobono’s Panola Street Cafe, the corner brunch spot in Carrollton, is seeking the city’s permission to add mimosas and bloody marys to its menu — drawing concern from some neighbors who worry about what growth at the restaurant could mean in terms of parking, litter and noise.
The John P. Lyons Recreation Center will host the 1st Annual NOLA Family Fest, created to commemorate the 10-year anniversary of when New Orleans residents were allowed back into the city after Hurricane Katrina. The festival, organized by The Power Group and Central City Partnership, Inc., will feature a student event on Friday and live performances, food vendors, and kid’s activities for the public from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m on Saturday and Sunday.
With construction of a major new drainage canal on Louisiana Avenue slated to last at least until 2018, neighbors are rallying with a new online association dedicated to monitoring and reporting safety problems up and down the corridor.
Izzo’s Illegal Burrito has withdrawn its request for alcohol sales at its Magazine Street location after reaching an impasse with neighbors over the property’s fast-food designation, officials said.
Welcome Table New Orleans is a citywide initiative that focuses on race, reconciliation, and community. The initiative will hold an information session at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church this Wednesday, September 2, in preparation for the next round of city circles. Those who attend the session can learn more about the initative, meet current Welcome Table New Orleans participants, and find out how to sign up for a city circle.
“America has only three cities: New York, San Francisco, and New Orleans. Everywhere else is Cleveland.” ― Tennessee Williams
In my neighborhood a fast food chain restaurant, Izzo’s Illegal Burrito, rented a space without a liquor license. Within four months, they requested a permit to sell alcohol. A frequent reaction has been: “What’s the problem? I like a margarita or a beer with my Mexican food.”
As she recently ended her term as president of the Climana Neighborhood Association in the Milan area, Rosalind Peychaud found herself grappling with the same issue that many neighborhood leaders do: New Orleans residents are the first ones to notice street-level problems with crime, blight, and other issues, but are often frustrated with how hard it is to get something done about it.
So, Peychaud whipped up her own solution: a grassroots campaign encouraging the use of the ubiquitous cell-phone camera for something more useful than selfies, positioning the neighborhood association as the advocate for reporting the problems captured in a photo and tracking their results.
For the second time in its nearly seven years on Freret Street, the Las Acacias corner store is embroiled in a heated debate over its alcohol sales, drawing sharp opinions from neighbors on both sides of the question.
Housing costs have been rising to unsustainable levels in New Orleans as the market struggles to increase supply to satisfy the demand. Alas, not everyone is sanguine about the ways in which demand is being met.
First, there is infill development, i.e., building housing on vacant lots in existing neighborhoods. However, in the most popular New Orleans neighborhoods, opportunities for development are scarce and developers are starting to build on smaller, irregular lots.
The Creative Alliance of New Orleans and Alembic Community Development will be opening a new exhibition titled “The People’s Murals,” at the Myrtle Banks Building in Central City Saturday, August 15 to commemorate the 10th Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. “The People’s Murals,” is a massive exhibition of murals worked on by hundreds of community members, and the opening event will include featured artists and citizens who worked on the murals, as well as light refreshments and food.
Whether you call it a “crackdown” or a “cleanup,” there is no doubt that Maple Street has changed dramatically over the last five years amid intense scrutiny by New Orleans city officials.
Now, a debate over whether the City Council should continue to have oversight over whether new restaurants on Maple Street are allowed to sell alcohol has split the neighborhood association and local businesses, with residents on both sides.
Is the City Council’s traditional role as a gatekeeper for alcohol sales at restaurants a crucial element of the new peace on Maple Street, or does it give neighborhoods and their elected officials too much influence over which businesses can open?
A facility that served the children and families of the Milan neighborhood for decades on Peniston Street until Hurricane Katrina is now finally nearing its reopening, 10 years after the storm, officials said.
When construction is finished on the major section of Napoleon Avenue from South Claiborne to near St. Charles Avenue — expected by the end of the year — the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plans to build a walking path down the center of the neutral ground similar to that in Broadmoor, but to narrow the neutral ground by nine feet to make room for new bike lanes in the street in each direction.
The project to improve the sidewalks around Coliseum Square and the International School of Louisiana — halted by the unexpected discovery of 1880s-era drainage canals underneath them — will now fall under a federally-mandated review by the state office of historic preservation, officials confirmed.