Feb 242015
 
A slide presented by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Tuesday night explaining timetables for work on Prytania Street. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A slide presented by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Tuesday night explaining timetables for work on Prytania Street. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Two-story black tarps around the drainage-canal construction site on Prytania Street in Uptown New Orleans create dark tunnels that residents must walk through after parking blocks from their home, creating a scenario so unbearable that neighbors begged officials Tuesday night to drop the project altogether and simply leave.

While abandoning the Prytania Street leg of the SELA project is not an option, officials with the city and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers promised that the work is now speeding up, with relief for residents in store in the weeks and months ahead. Continue reading »

Feb 242015
 
Firefighters prepare to enter a burning house at the corner of Philip and Chestnut streets in the Garden District on Tuesday afternoon. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Firefighters prepare to enter a burning house at the corner of Philip and Chestnut streets in the Garden District on Tuesday afternoon as water cascades from the upper floors. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The fire damaged the upper story of the house at Philip and Chestnut.  (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The fire damaged the upper story of the house at Philip and Chestnut. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A century-old, three-story Garden District home caught fire shortly after noon Tuesday on Philip Street, but the lone woman inside was able to escape unharmed and officials say much of the house can likely be rebuilt. Continue reading »

Feb 242015
 
Car2Go publicity photo (via daimler.com)

Car2Go publicity photo (via daimler.com)

Car2Go — a car-sharing service that allows drivers to rent small cars for on a per-minute or hourly basis for short trips around the city — continued its tour of New Orleans neighborhoods Monday night in the Lower Garden District, explaining its services and the parking agreement it hopes to reach with the city. Continue reading »

Feb 242015
 
A mangled bicycle sits near a stalled train near Leake Avenue following the discovery of a dead man's body there the morning of Feb. 4. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

A mangled bicycle sits near a stalled train near Leake Avenue following the discovery of a dead man’s body there the morning of Feb. 4. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

The man pushing a bicycle along the train tracks near Leake Avenue earlier this month has been identified by the Orleans Parish Coroner’s office, authorities said. Continue reading »

Feb 232015
 

Owen Courreges

Another week passes, and another vapid, unthinking ordinance begins snaking its way through the city council.

This round, it’s a “living wage” ordinance recently introduced by Councilman Jared Brossett.  At a legislative breakfast held earlier this month, Brossett depicted the law as a palliative for New Orleans’ notorious and persistent epidemic of poverty.

“Income inequality — I don’t need to tell y’all this. It’s vast. I mean, we were compared to Zambia, as far as income inequality,” Brossett said. “That is ridiculous, as we are part of one of the richest and strongest nations on this planet.” Continue reading »

Feb 232015
 
The 2015 Oscar Awards were screened at Prytania. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

The 2015 Oscar Awards were screened at Prytania. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

On Sunday evening, the 87th annual Oscar Awards were screened at the Prytania theatre. Complimentary food and beverage were provided for attendees. There were also glam and costume contests, as well as cinema trivia during commercial breaks.

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Feb 212015
 
Workers continue construction at the Audubon Charter School Broadway campus on Saturday, Feb. 21. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Workers continue construction at the Audubon Charter School Broadway campus on Saturday, Feb. 21. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Audubon Charter School is on track to return to its Broadway Street campus for the coming school year, school officials say, though they are still awaiting an exact timetable to receive the building and remain concerned about issues with the Milan Street campus. Continue reading »

Feb 212015
 
Workers patch up a section of Magazine Street on Friday afternoon after digging it up to find a sewer leak that shut down the street. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Workers patch up a section of Magazine Street on Friday afternoon after digging it up to find a sewer leak that shut down the street. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The majority of the repairs needed to an underground sewer line that was causing part of Magazine Street to sink should finished by Monday, but the street will remain closed to most drivers near Third Street through the weekend, officials said. Continue reading »