Jul 132016
 
A rendering by Mathes Brierre Architects of the expanded swimming area proposed for the Jewish Community Center. (via City of New Orleans)

A rendering by Mathes Brierre Architects of the expanded swimming area proposed for the Jewish Community Center. (via City of New Orleans)

The Jewish Community Center received initial permission Tuesday for an expansion that will reconfigure its popular pool area and add a new building, and city officials excused the center from having to add any new parking despite at least one neighbor’s request for it. Continue reading »

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Jul 122016
 
A protester holds a sign during a rally demanding justice for Eric Harris on Friday, July 8. (UptownMessenger.com file photo)

A protester holds a sign during a rally demanding justice for Eric Harris on Friday, July 8. (UptownMessenger.com file photo)

Owen Courrèges

Owen Courrèges

Louisiana became a flashpoint this week for the seemingly never-ending debate over police shootings. Alas, the general reaction has been to draw the wrong conclusions and debate the wrong issue. Continue reading »

Jul 122016
 
Mayor Mitch Landrieu speaks during the Katrina 10 commemoration at the Smoothie King Center on Saturday. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Mayor Mitch Landrieu speaks during the Katrina 10 Commemoration at the Smoothie King Center. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Mayor Mitch Landrieu and the New Orleans City Council is hosting a series of community meetings to discuss budget priorities as the City begins its 2017 budgeting for outcomes process. The meeting for District B will take place on Thursday, July 14 from 6 to 8 p.m. and will include Councilwoman Latoya Cantrell, New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) Superintendent Michael Harrison, and other city officials. Continue reading »

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Jul 122016
 
Three people were killed and four people were injured in other shootings since Friday. Not shown: Tuesday morning shooting on Fig Street. (map via NOPD)

Three people were killed and four people were injured in other shootings since Friday. Not shown: Tuesday morning shooting on Fig Street. (map via NOPD)

Three people were killed and four other people were injured in seven separate acts of violence around Uptown New Orleans since Friday evening, with the most recent shooting just after midnight Monday, police said Tuesday morning. Continue reading »

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Jul 122016
 
Aubrey Miller of PJ's Coffee with artist Simon of New Orleans (via StayLocal)

Aubrey Miller of PJ’s Coffee with artist Simon of New Orleans (via StayLocal)

The Shopkeeper Stories series shares the vision and personality of New Orleans business owners. Locally owned businesses infuse New Orleans neighborhoods with their unique character, and are a big part of why we want to live, work, eat and shop here.

While drainage system improvements and road construction make “shopping local” a bit more challenging in the short term, the critical improvements mean our city will be safer and stronger for generations to come. We hope you are inspired and continue to shop small and shop local—even if it takes a little extra time!

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Jul 092016
 
The mother of Eric Harris, who was shot to death Feb. 8 by Jefferson Parish deputies, marches with a sign demanding justice for her son following a rally in Central City on Friday. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The mother of Eric Harris, who was shot to death Feb. 8 by Jefferson Parish deputies, marches with a sign demanding justice for her son following a rally in Central City on Friday. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Exactly five months ago, while Lundi Gras parades rolled just a few blocks away, the street outside Thaunta Kirk’s front door rapidly devolved into bloody chaos after 22-year-old Eric Harris crashed into a utility pole and Jefferson Parish deputies shot him to death while he sat in his front seat.

On Friday, Kirk watched a very different scene unfold from her Phillip Street porch — a large group of people from all walks of life gathered not only to remember Harris, but to demand accountability from the police system that killed him. Continue reading »

Jul 082016
 

The No. 15 bus passes on Freret Street on Friday, July 8, 2016. The route is scheduled to be extended to Canal Street in September. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The No. 15 bus passes on Freret Street on Friday, July 8, 2016. The route is scheduled to be extended to Canal Street in September. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)


The “Freret Jet” bus route through Uptown New Orleans will be restored to its former end point on Canal Street in a change that transit advocates are hailing as a step toward a public-transportation policy that better balances the needs of both residents and tourists. Continue reading »

Jul 082016
 
(via https://www.facebook.com/events/286132271741029/)

(via https://www.facebook.com/events/286132271741029/)

The Family of Eric Harris, a man who was recently killed in the Central City by deputies from the Jefferson Parish Sherriff’s Office, and organizers for #JusticeForEricHarrisNOLA will hold a solidarity press conference, rally and community march at 6 p.m. on Friday, July 8.

According to organizers, the press conference is being held to communicate a stand of solidarity with the family and communities of both Alton Sterling of Baton Rouge, Louisiana and Philando Castile of St. Paul, Minnesota, who were both killed by police in recent days. Continue reading »

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Jul 082016
 
Summer Ramen (Kristine Froeba)

Summer Ramen (Kristine Froeba)

There are so many restaurants to frequent in our little hamlets of Uptown; we sometimes forget the one’s right around the corner. A walk to the neighborhood hardware store led me to stumble into Noodle and Pie. I’d been there before and enjoyed it, but now found a delightful Summer Menu with a few new additions. Continue reading »

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Jul 072016
 

backyard cut session

The fifth annual Backyard Cut Session on Saturday in the Freret neighborhood will feature three DJs spinning their favorite vinyl records with free food, raffles and dancing to support a senior center on Carrollton Avenue.

The party, hosted by the People Say Project, will start at 5 p.m. Saturday, July 9 at 4636 South Saratoga, with a $10 suggested donation.

“The party of the summer happens Saturday, July 9 when DJ’s Rik Ducci, Justin Thomas and Yamin return to the yard for our 5th annual Backyard Cut Session,” the announcement reads. “This year’s proceeds benefit Uptown Shepherd’s Center, a senior activity center on Carrollton Ave. Nothing but vinyl, BYOB, free food, raffles, dance contests and $10 suggested donation to benefit USC. Stay tuned and prepare to get sweaty!”

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Jul 072016
 

Maggie Hansen (via Tulane University)

Maggie Hansen (via Tulane University)

Maggie Hansen has been elevated from assistant director to the permanent director of the Tulane Small City Center which is based on Baronne Street in Central City, according to an announcement from the university. The Small City Center is the Tulane School of Architecture’s home for more than 80 outreach projects around the city, such as community gardens and public gathering spaces.

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Jul 072016
 
Felicia Kahn displays a framed note from Hillary Clinton. (photo courtesy of Danae Columbus)

Felicia Kahn displays a framed note from Hillary Clinton. (photo courtesy of Danae Columbus)

Danae Columbus

Danae Columbus

Most people about to celebrate their 90th birthday probably just want to take it easy, but not Felicia Schornstein Kahn. A passionate feminist, political activist and a lifelong advocate of citizen education and social justice, Kahn is preparing to attend this month’s Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia — her tenth since 1976 — where she will be the second oldest delegate pledged to Hillary Clinton. A 93-year-old Ohio woman beat Kahn out for the top spot, according to Clinton campaign official Harrison Morgan. Continue reading »

Jul 072016
 
(via StayLocal)

(via StayLocal)

StayLocal, the independent business alliance, will host a series of free social media sessions for business owners this month. The six sessions will take place between Tuesday, July 12, and Wednesday, July 27, and will cover Facebook, Instagram, and online reputations on Yelp and other sites.

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Jul 072016
 

At any community meeting involving New Orleans Police officers, their pleas to citizens to take the simplest steps to prevent crime are repeated as consistently as a mantra: Don’t leave your car doors unlocked. Don’t leave valuables inside your car.

Now, a video from an auto burglary on Coliseum Street in the Lower Garden District shows in crystal-clear quality how quickly an opportunistic thief can get in and of your unlocked vehicle with the belongings you left inside: less than 20 seconds. Continue reading »

Jul 062016
 
Village Coffee on Freret Street is closed and for lease. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Village Coffee on Freret Street is closed and for lease. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Village Coffee, one of the pioneering businesses in the Freret commercial corridor’s post-Katrina resurgence, is moving to Metairie, leaving their large corner building up for lease for a new tenant. Continue reading »

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Jul 062016
 
Children play dodgeball during the Freret Get-Together at Evans Park in December 2014. The event was hosted by the Evans Park Booster Club, with activities organized by Eric and Claudean Capers of Anytime Fitness. (Photo by Liz Jurey, courtesy of Freret Neighborhood Center)

Children play dodgeball during the Freret Get-Together at Evans Park in December 2014. The event was hosted by the Evans Park Booster Club, with activities organized by Eric and Claudean Capers of Anytime Fitness. (Photo by Liz Jurey, courtesy of Freret Neighborhood Center)

The Urban Conservancy and the national landscape architecture firm of Asakura Robinson will host a workshop this weekend aimed at bolstering the public outreach requirements and revenue goals for parks in New Orleans through amendments to the city’s master plan. Continue reading »

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