Jul 152014
 
From far left, Freret Neighbors United board members Andrew Amacker, Linda Compton and Richard Dimitry, secretary Scott Solo, president Stan Norwood, vice president Michael Collins and board member Matt. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

From far left, Freret Neighbors United board members Andrew Amacker, Linda Compton and Richard Dimitry, secretary Scott Solo, president Stan Norwood, vice president Michael Collins and board member Matt Brichetto. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A mix of longtime Freret neighborhood leaders and recent transplants to the area were chosen as the new leaders of the Neighbors United community group, and among their top priorities is creating a booster club at Evans Park, they said last week. Continue reading »

Jun 302014
 
Audubon Park's Shelter 11, near St. Charles Avenue, was recently renovated with private donations, and the park is asking the city to pay for similar renovations to the bathroom complexes on The Fly. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Audubon Park’s Shelter 11, near St. Charles Avenue, was recently renovated with private donations, and the park is asking the city to pay for similar renovations to the bathroom complexes on The Fly. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The city of New Orleans’ $12.5 million plan to repave the uppermost end of Magazine Street next year answers a major standing request from the Audubon Commission, but Audubon leaders are still requesting an additional $3.6 million in upgrades to the riverfront park known as “The Fly.” Continue reading »

Jun 102014
 

jewel bush

You’ve seen them at many intersections and overpasses across the city.

They weave in and out of traffic at red lights, often dressed in team jerseys or uniforms, their sweet faces so hard to say no to.

They work in teams usually. There are the sign carriers. Sometimes the signs are pithy and drum up sympathy. Other times, the words on the poster boards are a scrawl so faint you can hardly decipher the exact message. One thing is unmistakable, though. They want money. Continue reading »

Jun 032014
 

Three Uptown swimming pools — at the Lyons Center in the Irish Channel, the Harrell Center in west Carrollton and A.L. Davis Park in Central City — opened for the summer on Monday and will remain open to the public until August, according to a report by Alicia Serrano at MidCityMessenger.com. Continue reading »

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May 222014
 

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

Let’s face it, New Orleans was not awarded the Super Bowl because NFL owners valued the financial investment the citizens of Minneapolis had made to build a new stadium. New Orleans has a reliable stadium that has served us very well over the decades, a stadium which in fact transformed New Orleans and helped create Poydras Street as a major business destination. We should all thank Doug Thornton, Ron Forman and Governor Jindal for continuing to keep our stadium up to par, within its physical footprint. The State of Louisiana can’t afford to build a new stadium at this time and we don’t have the corporate base of Minneapolis, Dallas, Houston or Milwaukee to even partially fund such a project. Nevertheless, we will win another Super Bowl bid — maybe not next year — but soon because New Orleans is still the best sports destination in America. Continue reading »

Mar 312014
 
(images via WWNlive.com)

(images via WWNlive.com)

Yes, WWE Wrestlemania XXX will be taking over the Superdome this weekend. But Uptown New Orleans will also get its dose of pro wrestling action from the World Wrestling Network, featuring six events at Tulane University that include tag-team competitions, female championship wrestling and a monster spectacle called the “Kaiju Big Battel.” Continue reading »

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Mar 142014
 

By Brooke Duncan III

It’s unfortunate that some have taken to social and other media to bash Audubon, one of the truly great success stories of local government in our time. The millage started out at 4.2 but was reduced a few years ago as a result of a state-wide reassessment of property values when values declined following Katrina. Without getting bogged down in semantics, the tax has been in place for a long time and the proposal returns the millage to its prior level. The difference for a home valued at $200,000 has been reported to be around $12 a year. The current taxes will end in 2021-2022. This is an effort to establish the taxes at the former millage; this is not a new tax in addition to the existing tax. Continue reading »

Mar 112014
 
Volunteers plant a tree while children play behind them at Wisner Playground in November 2010.  (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

Volunteers plant a tree while children play behind them at Wisner Playground in November 2010. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

By Ramsey Green and Sam Winston, members of Friends of Wisner Park

On Saturday, New Orleanians will vote on whether to approve a new 50-year tax increase with all revenue exclusively designated for the Audubon Institute. You should vote “No” – especially if you value having more functional green spaces in the city like the beautiful Audubon Park. Continue reading »

Mar 102014
 

Owen Courreges

Ron Forman makes over $700,000 per year, yet he’s acting like a beggar.  And the worst part is, he’s not even an honest one.

Forman, the president and CEO of the Audubon Nature Institution (and erstwhile mayoral candidate), is seeking a new property tax millage.  It would be of 50 years duration at a rate of 4.2 mills.  Although the new millage would replace the existing 3.31 mills dedicated to the Audubon Zoo and the Aquarium of the Americas, it is not a renewal.  It is a new millage. Continue reading »

Mar 102014
 
(courtesy of The Audubon Nature Institute)

(photo via The Audubon Nature Institute)

On Saturday (March 15), Orleans Parish voters will decide on more than just runoff races for City Council seats. A property tax worth up to $11.9 million a year is up for vote for the Audubon Nature Institute, the organization that supports the Uptown-located Audubon Zoo, as well as the Aquarium downtown and other sites around the city.

Supporters of the millage say it is a renewal of an already-existing tax. But dissenters say that it’s a new tax, because it could mark an increase in funds for the Institute for a period of 50 years. Continue reading »

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Mar 072014
 

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

For those of us whose memories go back a long ways, one of the all-time great New Orleans stories is the transformation of the Audubon Park Zoo from an “animal ghetto” to a world-class zoo that is considered an American gem.

It all started in the 1970s when then-Mayor Moon Landrieu, irate about complaints that the zoo was a vile-smelling, dirty place where the animals suffered from a lack of care, sent a promising young administrative assistant Ron Forman to the Uptown outpost to see what if anything could be done. Continue reading »

Feb 282014
 
Boys and Girls Hope Race Judicata 2013 (via facebook.com)

Boys and Girls Hope Race Judicata 2013 (via facebook.com)

Bring your family even your dog for a 5k race and one-mile fun run (or walk) at Audubon Park on March 8, and help the Loyola University College of Law raise money for Boys Hope Girls Hope to provide safer environments for at-risk children. Continue reading »

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Feb 282014
 

A rendering of the Tulane Stadium released in September 2012. (UptownMessenger.com file image)

A rendering of the Tulane Stadium released in September 2012. (UptownMessenger.com file image)

When the Tulane Green Wave plays their first football game of the 2014-15 season against Georgia Tech on Sept. 6, they are expected to be doing so on the new Yulman Stadium on the Uptown campus, according to a report by Bradley Handwerger of our partners at WWL-TV.

Feb 132014
 
The SMBC Mime Ministry in Gretna performs during the third annual "Get Yah Praise On" at Audubon Zoo in 2011. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

The SMBC Mime Ministry in Gretna performs during the third annual “Get Yah Praise On” at Audubon Zoo in 2011. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

As part of the city’s “NOLA for Life” initiatives, New Orleans residents can visit the Audubon Zoo for free Saturday — the same day as the zoo’s “Get Yah Praise On” gospel celebration. Continue reading »

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Feb 022014
 
Participants make their way towards downtown on St. Charles ave.

Participants make their way downtown on St. Charles Ave. early Sunday morning (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Early Sunday morning, runners took to the foggy streets of New Orleans for the annual Rock N’ Roll Marathon. Beginning at the corner of Poydras St. and Camp St. downtown, the course went Uptown to St. Charles Ave., to Mid City and finished in City Park. Continue reading »

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Jan 292014
 
The Jessie Hiatt Band performs on St. Charles Ave. at Peniston St. as runners pass by during the Rock N' Roll marathon in 2011. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

The Jessie Hiatt Band performs on St. Charles Ave. at Peniston St. as runners pass by during the Rock N’ Roll marathon in 2011. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

(map via runrocknroll.competitor.com)

(map via runrocknroll.competitor.com)

St. Charles Avenue will host five outdoor music stages Sunday morning to set the pace for runners in the New Orleans Rock N Roll Marathon. Continue reading »

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