May 172018

The draft of the new master plan for Audubon Park underscores the need to keep the current balance between programmed activity and open space, while adding specific recommendations or paths forward on issues of pedestrian safety, traffic flow, lighting, tree maintenance and even tennis.

Advocates for more open space in the park, however, remain concerned about the lack of any planning around the future of one of the largest programmed areas, the golf course.

A diagram of land uses in Audubon Park.(Source: May 4 draft of the master plan.)

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May 162018

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The Audubon Commission will hold its fourth public meeting tonight about the creation of a new master plan for Audubon Park, presenting the draft of the plan and continuing to take comments on it. Continue reading »

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May 032018
Danae Columbus

Danae Columbus, opinion columnist

Who would want to be groped or sexually harassed as part of his or her job? Certainly not the eight women – including Gayle Benson – who have ownership interests in NFL teams. Those eight women owners should take a leadership role in working with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to bring an end to former Saintsation Bailey Davis’ discrimination claim.

Tomorrow (May 4) is the deadline that attorney Sara Blackwell – who represents Davis and former Dolphins cheerleader Kristan Ware – set for Goodell to respond to their request for a meeting. The women have suggested a $1 settlement offer in exchange for meaningful dialogue with Goodell. Continue reading »

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Apr 192018

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Girls on the Run, a confidence-building program serving nearly 300 school-age girls across the New Orleans area, will celebrate the culmination of this year’s 10-week training program with a 5K race open to the public on Saturday morning in Audubon Park. Continue reading »

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Apr 132018

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A month after holding initial conversations with neighbors about its plans, Drive Shack confirmed its plans Thursday to replace the former Times-Picayune building with a three-story indoor-outdoor “golf entertainment” facility.

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Apr 062018

The former “Zoo Cruise” between Audubon Zoo and the Aquarium, as described on an archived version of the Steamboat Natchez website.

With more development of green space in Audubon Park all but ruled out for the next decade, the focus of the new Master Plan will likely be on improving transportation in and around the park, including the possibilities of a new bike and pedestrian path from Magazine Street to the Mississippi River levee and the eventual return of the Zoo Cruise along the river to the Aquarium.

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Mar 222018

A “heatmap” created by the running app Strava shows the intensity of use by runners around Audubon Park. (via

Representatives from groups that have fought to protect public access to open space in parks across the city united on Thursday night to call for a more unified system of governing the park system in New Orleans, saying the upcoming expiration of property taxes that support Audubon Park is the opportunity to begin such a large conversation.

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Mar 152018

A rendering of the Drive Shack golf facility under consideration at the former Times-Picayune site at Howard Avenue.

The Drive Shack golf facility under consideration for the former Times-Picayune site on Howard Avenue would require tearing down the old newspaper building completely, but the owners of the property say they are committed to preserving the massive murals inside. Continue reading »

Mar 072018

Mark Ripple, center, gestures while speaking at the Riverview information table during the Audubon Park master plan meeting Tuesday evening. (Robert Morris,

How to manage parking at Audubon Park — and how to safely route traffic through and around it, given the upcoming work on Magazine Street — were among the chief concerns expressed by a large turnout Tuesday night for the second public-input meeting hosted by Audubon officials as they create a new master plan.

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Mar 062018

The former Times-Picayune building at 3800 Howard Avenue (photographed in August 2016 by Google Maps)

The former Times-Picayune building on Howard Avenue (between Uptown and Mid-City) has been vacant for about two years, but a potential investor is seeking to change the industrial building into a hub for entertainment, golf, and food.

Drive Shack, a New York-based offshoot of American Golf, has plans to renovate the 62,000 square-foot press building into a large-scale golf entertainment facility.  The tenant is seeking a planned industrial district zoning for the site, and neighbors are invited to learn more before it heads to the City Planning Commission.


Read the full story by Claire Byun on Mid-City Messenger here.

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Feb 282018

Thousands of runners on St. Charles Avenue during the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon in 2011. ( file photo by Sabree Hill)

Much of St. Charles Avenue will be closed Sunday morning for the Humana Rock ‘n’ Roll New Orleans Marathon.

(map via Humana Rock ‘n’ Roll New Orleans Marathon)

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Feb 072018

A lone waterbird stands at the edge of the lagoon at Audubon Park. ( file photo)

The more things change in the city of New Orleans, it seems, the more residents want Audubon Park to stay the same, based on comments Tuesday evening at the first public meeting about the park’s future.

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Jan 262018

A map of Uptown bike-rental “hubs,” concentrated largely in the Lower Garden District and Central City areas. (via

If you love the provocative mischief of Krewe du Vieux but aren’t as fond of fighting traffic to find parking downtown for it, city officials suggest you try its new “Blue Bike” rental program, and have created a how-to guide for residents. Continue reading »

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