May 202015
 
The pothole killer working on State Street Drive in Marlyville, captured on video by YouTube user "VideoNOLA." (image used with permission)

The pothole killer working on State Street Drive in Marlyville, captured on video by YouTube user “VideoNOLA.” (image used with permission)

LaToya Cantrell

LaToya Cantrell

In a city where potholes are less a problem with streets and more a permanent fact of life along them, New Orleans residents all cope in their own ways — dodging them, reporting them, do-it-yourself fixing them or decorating them with adornments from the ironic to the obscene.

Many New Orleanians have also heard of the city’s “pothole killer,” a truck that fills potholes by spraying materials into them, though fewer have seen it in action.

On Wednesday night, however, Uptown residents and City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell discussed a new concept that might give them hope that the pothole killer will one day visit their streets — real-time online tracking that could at least show where the pothole killer is or has been. Continue reading »

May 202015
 
A side view of the house proposed for 518 Eleonore. (via nola.gov)

A side view of the house proposed for 518 Eleonore. (rendering by William Sonner Designs, image via nola.gov)

518 Eleonore Street (via Orleans Parish Assessor's Office)

518 Eleonore Street (via Orleans Parish Assessor’s Office)

The city panel overseeing demolitions in much of Uptown New Orleans split this week over a request to tear down what may be one of the oldest houses in the Audubon neighborhood and replace it with new construction, after the owner and preservationists debated whether or not it has deteriorated beyond repair. Continue reading »

May 192015
 
The Priestley campus, photographed in June 2014, fills an entire city block off Leonidas Street. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

The Priestley campus, photographed in June 2014, fills an entire city block off Leonidas Street. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

Article by Sarah Tan for UptownMessenger.com

With the purchase of the Priestley campus in Carrollton now complete, the Lycée Français de la Nouvelle-Orléans charter school plans to begin initial renovations on the long-vacant campus using a new $800,000 line of credit. Continue reading »

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May 182015
 
Passengers transfer from a shuttle bus on Melpomene Avenue to a streetcar on St. Charles Avenue during road construction in 2010. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

Passengers transfer from a shuttle bus on Melpomene Avenue to a streetcar on St. Charles Avenue during road construction in 2010. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

Streetcar service through the Uptown area will be interrupted in three phases over the summer in order to accommodate the SELA drainage project, RTA officials told Carrollton residents on Monday night. Continue reading »

May 182015
 

Owen Courreges

In the film Cool Hand Luke, a prison guard slaps the protagonist, played by Paul Neuman, into solitary.

“Sorry, Luke,” the guard explains. “I’m just doing my job. You gotta appreciate that.”

Luke responds laconically: “Nah – calling it your job don’t make it right, Boss.”

The phrase “just doing my job” has always been used to cover a multitude of sins. Indeed, when a man feebly attempts justify anything with those words, it’s almost dead-certain that he’s covering up for his own peccadilloes.

New Orleans, sadly, is full of these types. Continue reading »

May 182015
 

Our program at Summer Gate has been designed with a girl’s heart in mind. It’s a place where campers can let their hair down and just have fun with friends both new and old.

We have a little something for everyone: STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Math) projects, personalized arts & crafts, vocal & musical performance, educational games, as well as a healthy dose of sports & team challenges! We’ll have special sessions in the afternoons for yoga, animal care, pottery, coding, and much more! With so many exciting options, our offerings are sure to please even the most discerning camper. Continue reading »

May 182015
 

LaToya Cantrell

LaToya Cantrell

Susan Guidry

Susan Guidry

The two City Council members representing Uptown New Orleans — Susan Guidry in District A, and LaToya Cantrell in District B — will each meet with residents this week alongside representatives of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and other agencies as major road and drainage construction projects continue around the area. Continue reading »

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May 162015
 

A project to repair sidewalks on Coliseum Square near the International School of Louisiana accidentally punctured a still-functioning drainage canal dating back to the 1880s, reports Bill Capo of our partners at WWL-TV. The city is now working on a plan to repair the canal and complete the sidewalk project without damaging the nearby oak trees, Capo reports, though neighbors are worried about the unfinished construction site left so close to a school.

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May 152015
 
Cars wait to pass through the newly-reopened intersection of Freret and Jefferson on Friday afternoon, shortly after barriers were removed. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Cars wait to pass through the newly-reopened intersection of Freret and Jefferson on Friday afternoon, shortly after barriers were removed. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Ending the apparent blockade of the Freret commercial corridor, contractors for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers removed the barricades from the Jefferson Avenue intersection with Freret on Friday and reopened the street to two-way traffic. Continue reading »

May 142015
 
Tall tarps line both sides of Prytania Street, seen from Nashville Avenue. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Construction closes Prytania Street at Nashville Avenue, photographed in February. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

A group of Uptown property owners — three families to start, but expected to number in the hundreds as the case grows — filed suit this week against the Sewerage & Water Board of New Orleans, seeking compensation for damage to their homes from proximity to the installation of major new drainage canals along some of Uptown’s largest thoroughfares, their attorney said. Continue reading »

May 142015
 
Billy Nungesser speaks at the Lafourche Republican Women's Meet and Greet. (photo via facebook.com/BillyNungesserPage on April 28)

Billy Nungesser speaks at the Lafourche Republican Women’s Meet and Greet. (photo via facebook.com/BillyNungesserPage on April 28)

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

Whether someone is a Democrat or a Republican, it’s hard not to admire former Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser. If New Orleanian are asked the names of natural leaders who were on the scene fighting to rebuild New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina or to punch back after the BP oil spill, Nungesser’s name almost always comes up. The national media often flocked to this unabashedly outspoken but folksy businessman because of his obvious love for the region and his insistence that Louisiana deserves better. Continue reading »

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May 132015
 
A rendering of proposed early-childhood buildings in the 900 block of General Pershing.  (Rendering by Waggoner & Ball architects, via nola.gov)

A rendering of proposed St. George’s Episcopal School early-childhood buildings in the 900 block of General Pershing. (Rendering by Waggoner & Ball architects, via nola.gov)

The Louise S. McGehee School's future Mathilde Hall at 2318 St. Charles Avenue. (via the McGehee school)

The Louise S. McGehee School’s future Mathilde Hall at 2318 St. Charles Avenue. (via the McGehee school)

Two Uptown private schools — St. George’s Episcopal School on Napoleon Avenue and Louise S. McGehee School on St. Charles Avenue — both received approval Tuesday afternoon from city planners to expand their campuses, though the St. George’s request may involve the demolition of a shotgun house on General Pershing Street. Continue reading »