The day before his Ben Franklin High School graduation, a time when teenagers might engage in pranks or attend parties with buddies, Will McGrew helped organize a counter protest to the NOLA Needs Peace, Not More Abortion Coalition rally. The action was held on Monday afternoon near the proposed Claiborne Avenue Planned Parenthood site, a controversial new state-of-the art health facility slated to open in 2014. A groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled for next week.
Amid rumors, protests and petitions, a Lower Garden District neighborhood group is asking city recreation officials to hold a public meeting explaining changes for a facility at Annunciation Park.
Meanwhile on Monday night, the association also heard from a resident seeking to open a new coffee shop on Jackson Avenue, met one of the first candidates to begin campaigning openly for the at-large seat that will be open in next year’s New Orleans City Council elections and discussed the problem of loitering at a Magazine Street corner store.
The Broadmoor Improvement Association will present its plans for a network of surveillance cameras to aid police in making arrests and prevent crime at a meeting tonight.
Has the New Orleans Police Department been cooking the books on the city’s crime stats? That’s the intimation made by a recent “special report” from the Times-Picayune.
Mayor Mitch Landrieu and Police Superintendant Ronal Serpas often argue that while New Orleans has a sky-high murder rate, its violent crime rate actually isn’t that bad, and in fact is better than a wide range of cities from New Haven, Connecticut to Orlando, Florida. Hearing them speak, you might believe that the guy in the mouse suit at DisneyWorld is more likely to demand your wallet at gunpoint than the ribald denizens of Bourbon Street.
The Divine Ladies held their annual second-line parade through Central City as planned Sunday, in defiance of the violence that led to 19 people being shot on Mother’s Day — including Gambit correspondent and street-culture champion Deborah Cotton, to whom the Divine Ladies dedicated their parade, according to a report from our partners at WWL.
Audubon Charter School leaders heard a presentation on a $6.9 million budget for the coming school year that will include the addition of a new Chinese teacher for middle school students.
Despite official assurances that the removal of a ladder-equipped fire truck from the station on Arabella is part of the best possible future for the New Orleans Fire Department, Uptown residents who live nearby continue to worry that their level of fire protection is being reduced.
The century-old fire station on Laurel Street near Wisner Park, vacant since Hurricane Katrina, may be reborn as an apartment building after its sale for $280,000 at auction Friday morning.
As the weather gets a bit warmer and steamier this week, I’ve been turning my attention more to foods that leave us feeling a bit lighter and healthier. Fortunately, we’re headed into that perfect time of the year when the Creole tomatoes and similar fare will be very affordable and readily available.
There was a time when New Orleans was considered a great place to shop. Dozens of stores, most of them located on Canal Street or nearby, filled specific niches in the marketplace and shoppers from across the city, the region and the state came downtown, especially women in white gloves and high heels like Allan’s mother Miriam Pailet Katz, to shop, eat and enjoy the ambiance of New Orleans.
Then came the suburban flight, the rise of Lakewood Shopping Center and the development of Jefferson Parish as the retail center for the metro area, the region and the state. Most of Canal Street went into the dumps and there were only a few first-class stores in all of Downtown.
Now, eight years after Hurricane Katrina, corporate retailers, for the first time in 50 years, are looking at Downtown New Orleans as a “hot” place to invest their money.
A Tulane student called police early Wednesday morning and reported that she’d been shot at by a man who first made a menacing comment toward her, and investigators are trying to piece together what actually took place during the incident, authorities said.
So the iconic Camellia Grill may be getting a facelift, if you’ve kept up with recent current events? Apparently its new owners are in breach of contract with the previous owner to the degree that the pink-and-green flower paired with the title of the namesake diner may become a memory. While Camellia Grill has a longstanding line (pun intended) of devotees and tourists alike, I must say I am in that number. And if legal motions require a makeover then so be it. I mean what’s fair is fair, but there’s no use in crying over spilt chocolate freeze, is there? The essence of the grill would remain unchanged (I’d hope!), so call it whatever. Besides, who cares? I can think of two recent local brouhahas regarding rebranding. Starting with the Pelicans!
Amid an ongoing discussion of ways to permanently reduce crime in the Freret neighborhood, residents are hoping for a $6,000 grant to create a network of 12 ProjectNOLA surveillance cameras near hotspots for drug dealing and gunplay.