May 092018
 

The Lafon Fountain after its recent restoration by Lower Garden District neighbors. (via Facebook)

In an attempt to broaden its reach within the neighborhood, the historic Coliseum Square Association has decided to begin using a new name: the Lower Garden District Association. Continue reading »

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May 032018
 

An architect’s rendering of the retail development planned for the corner of State and Magazine Street. (image courtesy of Sherman Strategies)

A small retail development anchored by a corner coffee shop is the planned future of the vacant lot left by the demolition of the former Shell gas station at the corner of State and Magazine streets, developers told neighbors Wednesday night. Continue reading »

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May 022018
 

(image via city of New Orleans)

The proposed new Subway sandwich shop in the corner unit of a strip mall on Magazine Street has become the latest flashpoint in the ongoing battle over chain fast-food restaurants on the historic Uptown thoroughfare, with a broad array of neighborhood and civic activists organizing opposition as a vote by the City Council approaches. Continue reading »

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May 012018
 

If every community member bought just one cup of coffee at Stella’s each month, that $1.50 per person would be enough to sustain the Community Commitment Education Center.

The CCEC is founded on the premise of one neighbor helping another. Our primary goal is to connect the people of our community with the available resources: Community Advocacy, Communication/Literacy Skills, Social Skills Training, Emergency Financial Assistance.

We’ll be keeping busy with a health fair this month and summer camp starting in June, so here are some ways people like you can get involved and support: Continue reading »

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Apr 252018
 

The Uptown Triangle Neighborhood Association — which serves the area bounded by Broadway Street, St. Charles Avenue and the river — will hold its spring meeting tonight at the former Benjamin Banneker school, with both incoming City Councilman Joe Giarrusso III and retiring Councilwoman Susan Guidry expected to attend. Continue reading »

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Apr 162018
 

Incoming Councilman Joe Giarrusso III speaks at a Carrollton neighborhood meeting in December. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Both outgoing District A City Councilwoman Susan Guidry and incoming Councilman Joe Giarrusso III will meet with Carrollton residents tonight to discuss issues relating to short-term rentals. Continue reading »

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Jan 252018
 

The building at 940 Louisiana Avenue. (via Google Maps)

A rezoning request to create an ice-cream shop on Louisiana Avenue in the Irish Channel was rejected by the City Council on Thurday after neighbors expressed worry the spot-zoning would permit a year-round AirBnB hub. Continue reading »

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Dec 142017
 

A rendering of the Chipotle proposed for 2801 Magazine Street. (via city of New Orleans)

Developers of the proposed Magazine Street Chipotle restaurant have come to a good neighbor agreement with residents of the Garden District and Irish Channel, which still allows for the chain eatery but hopefully stems a “proliferation of fast food” in the historic district. Continue reading »

Dec 042017
 

The former James Weldon Johnson Elementary School, photographed in 2011, is now the temporary home for Lycee Francais. (UptownMessenger.com file photo)

With the array of elementary schools in the Carrollton neighborhood seemingly shifting every year, a group of neighborhood activists are urging Bricolage Academy to consider the former Johnson site as a possible near-future expansion. Continue reading »

Nov 232017
 

“Coliseum Square – Dusk” by Camille Harrington on Flickr

Anyone who has passed Coliseum Square has seen its spectacular fountain, but very few realize that the existence and operation of the fountain is almost entirely dependent — not on some city department — but on the consistent manual labor of a few dedicated volunteers from the neighborhood.

This week, at the monthly meeting of the Coliseum Square Association, parks committee chair Bettine Carroll took a few moments to acknowledge the men and women who keep the fountain running and the parks clean. Continue reading »

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Nov 152017
 

The exterior of the St. Vincent’s Guest House on Magazine Street. (via Google Maps)

The proposed renovation of St. Vincent’s Guest House in the Lower Garden District into a boutique hotel with a new reception hall received the approval of the City Planning Commission on Tuesday, but developers were denied permission to charge admission for events or extend operating hours there as they had requested. Continue reading »

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Nov 022017
 

The exterior of the St. Vincent’s Guest House on Magazine Street. (via Google Maps)

Despite its popularity with neighborhood activists and preservationists, the proposed renovation of St. Vincent’s Guest House in the Lower Garden District and addition of a new reception facility has been postponed until mid-November amid nearby neighbors’ concerns about the new project’s operations. Continue reading »

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Oct 312017
 

A rendering of the Chipotle proposed for 2801 Magazine Street. (via city of New Orleans)

Despite concerns from Garden District and Irish Channel neighborhood activists about a proliferation of national fast-food restaurants on Magazine Street, Chipotle has won tentative approval from city planners for its first location in New Orleans as it heads to City Council for a final decision. Continue reading »

Oct 172017
 

Kristen Essig (left), Michael Stoltzfus and Beverly House discuss the planned transformation of the former Shamrock Tavern into the Thalia restaurant on Monday night at a meeting of the Coliseum Square Association. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The co-owners of the beloved Coquette restaurant on Magazine Street received a warm reception Monday night as they introduced their idea for a new restaurant, “Thalia,” to their neighbors in the Lower Garden District. Continue reading »

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