May 022016
 
Owen Courrèges

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sinkhole

noun sink·hole \ˈsiŋk-ˌhōl\

: a low area or hole in the ground that is formed especially when soil and rocks are removed by flowing water

The most appropriate metaphor for Mitch Landrieu’s tenure as mayor of New Orleans would be a sinkhole. If there’s a monument to the Landrieu’s legacy, it will be a gigantic Hell-maw (the devourer-of-Hondas) located right smack in the middle of a major thoroughfare. Continue reading »

Apr 152016
 
The pothole on Maple Street filled with oyster shells in March. Tulane professor Richard Campanella said he believes it was an expression of frustration from a driver tired of hitting potholes. (photo submitted by Emily Branan)

The pothole on Maple Street filled with oyster shells in March. Tulane professor Richard Campanella said he believes it was an expression of frustration from a driver tired of hitting potholes. (photo submitted by Emily Branan)

Article by Emily Branan, video by Lawson Box

Richard Campanella was on his way to get his morning cup of coffee when he noticed an interesting addition to the Maple Street landscape: oyster shells.

Campanella, geographer and senior professor of practice at the Tulane School of Architecture, said he enjoys studying urban cityscapes and thought the pothole filled with oyster shells made an interesting subject to study. Continue reading »

Apr 082016
 
A rendering of the new configuration of Jackson Avenue through the Garden District, after a repaving project scheduled to start later this year. (via city of New Orleans)

A rendering of the new configuration of Jackson Avenue through the Garden District, after a repaving project scheduled to start later this year. (via city of New Orleans)

As part of an upcoming repaving project on Jackson Avenue, the portion of the street through the Garden District will be reduced from two travel lanes to one and a bike lane added on each side of the road, New Orleans city officials told nearby residents in a meeting Thursday evening. Continue reading »

Mar 312016
 
A row of new street lights and two lanes of traffic on Napoleon Avenue can be seen approaching Freret Street on the evening of March 31. Construction on this section will be finished in April, and on the entire avenue by the end of the year, officials said. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A row of new street lights and two lanes of traffic on Napoleon Avenue can be seen approaching Freret Street on the evening of March 31. Construction on this section will be finished in April, and on the entire avenue by the end of the year, officials said. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The long-awaited end of the Napoleon Avenue drainage-canal project is now expected to be the end of the year — all of it — and landscaping on the neutral ground should be done next year, officials with the Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers told neighbors Thursday night. Continue reading »

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Mar 212016
 
Owen Courrèges

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“You’re an idiot.”

It wasn’t much of an argument. These were the words written to me by Taylor Huckaby, a social media spokesman for Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART), the regional transit agency serving the San Francisco Bay area. Clearly, he didn’t like to be challenged. Continue reading »

Mar 142016
 
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Owen Courrèges

It’s not uncommon for something to sound wonderful that is ultimately a bad idea — “freemium” games, bacon-wrapped pizza, going to Bourbon Street — the list is endless. It’s easy to get whipped into a frenzy by hype or sexiness and ignore practical realities.

That’s the category to which the oft-debated commuter rail line between New Orleans and Baton Rouge belongs. Continue reading »

Feb 152016
 
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Owen Courrèges

Over the course of the past fifty years, we have been treated to advancements in information technology beyond our wildest imaginations. When it comes to computers and conveying data electronically, technological progress has proceeded rapidly. Virtually everything can be automated and accessed at the push of a touch screen.

This makes the City’s seeming inability to mete out parking citations in a fair and equitable manner all the more galling, if not downright suspicious. Continue reading »

Dec 182015
 
A construction worker guides a passing SUV across Prytania Street on Friday morning. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A construction worker guides a passing SUV across Prytania Street on Friday morning. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Property owners near the construction of major new drainage canals across Uptown New Orleans are asking a judge to intervene in the management of the project contracts, seeking an end to the interminable delays, they announced Friday morning. Continue reading »

Dec 162015
 

SWBA number of road closures and low water-pressure advisories have been issued this week for the areas around the drainage canal projects on Louisiana, Napoleon and Jefferson Avenues, according to the Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans. Continue reading »

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Nov 192015
 

SWB

Sections of Uptown can expect low water pressure, street closures and traffic delays for several days starting Thursday as the Sewerage and Water Board undergoes a series of repairs, officials announced in a series of press releases.

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Nov 112015
 
Charlotte Gill

Charlotte Gill

By Charlotte Gill

There’s a new sport in town, and it’s figuring out how to avoid road construction as you navigate across the city. As frustrating as it is for drivers trying to get from point A to point B every day, it is a matter of grave economic concern for New Orleans’ local independent retailers that live and die by the amount of foot traffic that walks through their doors, particularly over the holiday season. Continue reading »

Oct 232015
 

SWBSeveral blocks of the river-bound side of Broadway Street in the university area will close this weekend so that workers can begin repaving there, in anticipation of bad weather next week, the Sewerage & Water Board announced.

Pavement restoration will begin 7 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, and continue through 6 p.m. Sunday in the riverbound lanes of Broadway from Willow to Plum streets, as well was from Green to Birch, according to the S&WB announcement. The final roadway restoration is scheduled to take place Monday morning, the announcement states.

“Contractors working for the Sewerage and Water Board will perform surface restorations to last week’s water line repairs,” the announcement states. “Remaining work includes street surface removal and asphalt overlay. Full lane closures on the riverbound side of Broadway Street will expedite the restoration process in anticipation of inclement weather next week.”

Oct 202015
 

SWBCamp Street near Jefferson Avenue will close this week through the end of the year as part of the ongoing installation of a drainage canal there, according to the Sewerage & Water Board of New Orleans. Continue reading »

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Oct 022015
 
The newly announced design for Napoleon Avenue (via City of New Orleans)

The newly announced design for Napoleon Avenue (via City of New Orleans)

After public outcry over proposed changes to the configuration of Napoleon Avenue, New Orleans city officials announced Thursday that the road will keep two lanes of traffic in each direction, with a bike lane and parking lane on each side, and a walking path down the center of the neutral ground after drainage-canal construction concludes next year. Continue reading »

Oct 012015
 
Construction on Prytania Street stretches from one curb to the other, with an open trench down the middle. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Construction on Prytania Street stretches from one curb to the other, with an open trench down the middle. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

(image via U.S. Army Corps of Engineers)

(image via U.S. Army Corps of Engineers)

On a recent overcast Monday afternoon, the large pit that Prytania Street has become was almost completely quiet except for the gentle drip of water being pumped out of the bottom — fueling residents’ frustrations that the restoration of their roadway and their access to their homes has been delayed again until February of next year.

Officials with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, however, say that construction is still proceeding, and that they hope the February completion date is the last delay that segment of the project experiences. Continue reading »

Sep 302015
 
Parts of Arabella Street will become one-way as part of a city-enacted experiment, officials said Wednesday (Google Maps).

Parts of Arabella Street will become one-way as part of a city-enacted experiment, officials said Wednesday (Google Maps).

Navigating traffic may become a little easier for Uptown residents on Monday when parts of Arabella Street temporarily become one-way, as part of a six-month trial enacted by the City of New Orleans. Continue reading »

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