Mayor Landrieu’s 2017 budget has been released, and true to form, Landrieu proposes to nickel and dime the citizens of New Orleans for scraps of revenue. In order to generate an additional $5 million, Landrieu plans to double the number of red light and speed cameras, adding a whopping 56 cameras around the city.
by Stephanie Standige
Ronald Reagan designated the month of October as the national month of remembrance of infant loss, stillborn and miscarriage. October 15th is reserved as the National Day of Pregnancy and Infant Loss (PAIL). This acknowledgement aims to raise awareness of the prominence of infant death and pregnancy loss and to support those who have experienced the ultimate type of bereavement.
It’s that time again: New Orleans’ favorite food festival honoring our indigenous sandwich is back. This year, local craft breweries have joined forces with local chefs to compliment the contents of the Liedenheimers.
It all takes place on Oak Street. The old Carrollton shopping main-street of our parents and grandparent’s heyday may be gone, but there is currently a renaissance in flux. Meisel’s Fabrics and Hasse’s were some of the last holdouts of the old Oak, and Hasse’s remains, still supplying smocking and monograms to Uptown’s youngest. However, the new Oak is more about food, and the natural progression of the Oak revival as restaurant corridor has been the Oak Street Po-Boy Festival.
There are not too many legislative initiatives that Congressman Cedric Richmond and all seven members of the City Council agree on, but the opportunity for the Office of the Independent Police Monitor Susan Hutson to become more independent is one of them.
Street renovations certainly are continuing apace along Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard, a.k.a. “OCH.” The pavement has been stripped of asphalt and the newer, wider neutral ground is almost completed. Mayor Landrieu and other city leaders are already patting themselves on the back.
The only problem? Oretha Castle Haley was fine the way it was, unlike other infrastructure in the city. Most other streets remain smoldering dumpster fires.
The Germans settled the German Coast of Louisiana or Bayou Des Allemands, as it became known in the 1730s. The majority of New Orleans’ German immigrants arrived en masse in the early to mid-1800s. Those Germans settled in the City of Lafayette, now part of the lower garden district. St. Mary’s Assumption Catholic Church, built right across the street from St. Alphonsus Catholic Church and around the corner from Catholic Notre Dame de Bon Secour Church tells the tale of a spirited New Orleans immigrant community that insisted on the continued worship in their native traditions and languages.
As we all know, New Orleans are indeed a spirited and spirit laden lot. We not only cherish and keep our traditions, we celebrate them like no other. Ergo, it’s October in New Orleans, and that means Oktoberfest.
In a passionate speech that made frequent references to his seven-week old daughter Kate, State Rep Walt Leger laid out his vision for New Orleans and Louisiana’s future to a packed, appreciative audience of business, tourism and political leaders at his fundraiser Monday night. With a rousing introduction by Mayor Mitch Landrieu, Leger delivered what could easily be considered an opening salvo in the 2017 mayor’s race.
Boys and girls, ladies and germs – please sit down and let me regale you with the tale of Sebastian the Streetcar, second cousin twice-removed to Thomas the Tank Engine.™ Sebastian was a custom-built streetcar in New Orleans operating on the Loyola and Canal lines, but more than anything Sebastian wanted to help forge the new streetcar line down the other end of the French Quarter.
One day, Sebastian journeyed down Loyola to City Hall, where the leader of the city performed his business – Mayor Needum Toupee. Clad in his dark black suit, the resolute chief executive trod out to meet the plucky little streetcar.
One of the go-to Magazine breakfast spots continues to serve fresh, unique, and healthy choices. Surrey’s is one of those rare places where the health-conscious can order vegan tofu, black beans, and fresh squeezed juices, while their other half enjoys a Montana breakfast platter of Eggs, Ham, Bacon, Sausage, Country Gravy, and butter-laden Biscuits. There is more than enough variety to indulge one’s sweet tooth while friends concentrate on the savory side of the menu. Sadly, the house juice-blend of grapefruit, orange with fresh ginger has been MIA from the menu for over six months.
At the end of the day I’m all about problem solving. A real estate colleague recently shared a tale of somewhere on some sleepy block in the city some buyers scoping out a renovation. As the couple rolled up on the site, they happened upon an idle dumpster in front of the home, and, scrawled upon the monolithic refuse conveyor were big, bold spray-painted letters reading “DIE.” According to the story, the buyers paused for a moment and decided to withdraw their interest in viewing the house. I quickly offered one should always have a can of spray paint handy, rolling around in their trunk as it were. Because if it were me, I’d be quick to add a “T” to that scenario, case closed. Death transforms into watching one’s weight: diet. True story.
The renewed post-Katrina CBD is a hotbed of new restaurant concepts. One of the most popular is Willa Jean, located in the heart of the new South Market area. If you haven’t been, it’s time. Frankly, if you haven’t ventured out of Uptown, it’s time to explore the CBD restaurant scene. The days of wandering Poydras in search of a meal, any meal, are long gone. The CBD is now host to dozens of new and upcoming chefs and menus. Open for just a little over a year, Willa Jean is the current star.
In a speech laced with religious references, Governor John Bel Edwards told 200 attendees at a dinner last night sponsored by the Jefferson Parish Democratic Executive Committee that he was pleased that the federal government has taken the first step in committing $500 million of what he hopes will be a multi-billion dollar aid package for Louisiana’s flood victims. The group honored Edwards with their 2016 Blue Horizon award.
Tuesday morning I awoke abruptly just before 4 a.m. from a dream. Convinced I was awake for the day, I decided to send a few emails. While clacking out my correspondence in the dead silence of pre-dawn I heard in the not-too-far distance successive gunshots. I thought it was about eight rounds. Maybe it was seven. But does it even matter how many there were? I called 911. They took my location, name, etc. Then I went for a run. And this is normal in New Orleans. At least for now.
The corridor of Jackson Avenue near Annunciation has its first restaurant in years, and it’s a perfect fit for the neighborhood. Mason Hereford and Lauren Holton are the duo behind the new Irish Channel sandwich shop, Turkey and the Wolf. Hereford, former Chef of Coquette, and Holton, formerly of High Hat, have created a menu with southern soul and a dining room reminiscent of your grandmother’s porch.
Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne told the Bureau of Governmental Research today that the state will have no choice but to make additional cuts to departments and agencies of state government starting in January 2017 to balance the budget for the remainder of the fiscal year that ends June 30. It’s simply a matter of cash flow, Dardenne explained.
My family and I might never have met our beloved neighbor Cindy because we never intended to live on S Liberty St; it just sort of happened. One day in 2006 while slinging lattes down at my then day job I took a phone call from some one seeking to sell a piece of property. After my shift ended I pedaled over to examine the wreck of a double that would become my future home. Initially my wife and I decided to purchase the careworn home as an investment and rent it out. But after starting the work and getting to know the neighbors, we paused and shifted our focus. This was the house and these were the people we wanted to raise our kids around. And when Cindy and her husband Bob arrived a year later moving in to the white single story across the street, they could not have been a better fit. Earlier this month and quite unexpectedly, Cindy passed, and S Liberty St just won’t be the same.
Front porches. In 2015 Matthew McConaughey composed and shared a beautiful perspective to this immutable facet to life in the Crescent City. Our almost daily exchange with Cindy and Bob embodied their presence on their front porch. The same front porch Cindy meticulously would curate for most any and every holiday. A true spectacle each time, always with the utmost attention to detail and maximum effort. After all, if it’s worth doing, then it’s worth doing well, right? Halloween epitomized these forays into the celebrated life she lived. I mused on it once, and always found inspiration in her executions, not that she could ever be topped. She was the queen bee here. I would imagine even a little compulsive, like she had to do it, otherwise what’s the point? So get out of the way or lend a hand; these decorations were going to happen, and be ready to be impressed.
Forget the holidays. That front porch, that was their perch most days of the year. Their gateway to connecting to the city and to us. A growing family, we are always coming and going. Over the last 9 years those few moments here and there however brief, catching up for a few minutes or more while dashing off to ballet or returning from the school day, these ordinary exchanges wove the fabric of our very being without even realizing it. My two youngest daughters, now aged 5 and 7, have only known a world with Cindy in it. How she always gave so selflessly of her time and attention. My children, my wife and I grew to adore Cindy – and Bob too of course – their pairing and presence presumed to be a fixture. But life happens, and things change. When we learned of Cindy’s passing we all sort of stopped. Myself I was traveling when I heard, and I broke down immediately. Each day since – – – well, it varies.
No coincidences. Raising four young women in our household and having the privilege to share our lives with Cindy’s illuminated sensibility, our paths were unquestionably meant to cross. Our four little ladies looking up to Cindy’s unabashed approach in what it means to be a woman living your life on your terms as loud and as proud as you want, meeting life’s moments however ordinary as an opportunity to elevate them and make them something more. I will never forget, last year in her infectious trademark giggle she called out to my wife and I, each of us adorned in not much more than luchador masks and booty shorts, “So long slut puppies!” as we departed to join our dance krewe. So long, Cindy. Our hearts are heavy in losing you, but your light and energy will always be an inspiration. Thank you.
A second line will take place this Saturday celebrating Cindy’s life, details here. If you knew Cindy, I hope to see you there. And If you didn’t know Cindy, well, she certainly wouldn’t mind if you tag along and surely would enjoy the company.
Jean-Paul Villere is the owner of Villere Realty on Freret Street and a married father of four girls. In addition to his Wednesday column at UptownMessenger.com, he also shares his family’s adventures sometimes via pedicab or bicycle on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.
On Monday, Mayor Landrieu honored his vainglorious pledge made earlier this year to when he signed a new gun ordinance. The final draft of this absurd farce of legislative dreck was mercifully stripped of all provisions that completely merely mirrored existing state law. This left only three remaining restrictions.
What can one say about a restaurant so fastidious they bottle their own ketchup?
Not just any ketchup: a tomato sauce laced with coriander, cinnamon, thyme, and apple cider vinegar. A ketchup so tasty, I stole a baguette from a gourmet charcuterie board to dip – in ketchup. I’m using italics because this ketchup cannot compare to that bottled red stuff of the Heinz variety. Chef Brack May, formerly of Cobalt, wants people to know that Cowbell is more than just gourmet burgers. It is–a lot more than just burgers. However, no fear, the famous burgers are still on the menu.
As Election Day grows closer, there is lots of political jockeying at the national and local level. Hillary Clinton has decided to be more open about her health, Donald Trump is calling for paid maternity leave and tax credits for working parents, and Sept. 16 birthday boy Governor John Bel Edwards is making progress after two relatively successful trips to Washington to help flood victims.
There is a strain of thought in some police circles that cops need the ability to charge citizens with a crime for doing nothing more than disrespecting them. In order to command respect on the streets, the trope goes, mouthing off to a cop can’t be tolerated.
This pernicious notion is the source of much police misconduct, and it persists to this day.