Jun 022014
 
Rendering of the new Krystal burger restaurant planned for South Claiborne Avenue. (Rendering by Mouton Long Turner Architects)

Rendering of the new Krystal burger restaurant planned for South Claiborne Avenue. (Rendering by Mouton Long Turner Architects)

A new Krystal Burger restaurant on South Claiborne Avenue received unanimous New Orleans City Council approval last week, the first in plans for a wave of a dozen or more new locations around the area. Continue reading »

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Jun 022014
 
(photo by Owen Courreges)

(photo by Owen Courreges)

Owen Courreges

Every now and again I drive past the intersection of Martin Luther King and Oretha Castle Haley in Central City. There, in the neutral ground, stands a statue that can only be described as a Lovecraftian horror. The ten-foot tall egg-shaped grotesque features several sets of hands with misshapen, distended fingers reaching out in bizarre fashion.

It’s a wonderfully disturbing statue, something straight out of movie “Beetlejuice.” Alas, there is no plaque on the statue, or other indication of what this nightmarish form was intended for. It simply appears to be a bit of random art with no specific purpose. Continue reading »

Jun 022014
 
Tulane President Scott Cowen speaks about the university's proposed stadium at City Hall in June 2012. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

Tulane President Scott Cowen speaks about the university’s proposed stadium at City Hall in June 2012. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

Tulane president Scott Cowen will discuss the impact that volunteerism has had on both his tenure at the university and New Orleans as a whole this evening (Monday, June 2) before the Junior League of New Orleans. Continue reading »

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May 302014
 
Commander Frank Young receives his promotion from NOPD Superintendent Ronal Serpas on Friday morning. (photo courtesy of NOPD Sgt. Walter Powers)

NOPD Commander Frank Young (left) receives his promotion from Superintendent Ronal Serpas on Friday morning. (photo courtesy of NOPD Sgt. Walter Powers)

The lieutenant who has led the investigations into a number of major Uptown crimes over the past two years was promoted Friday morning to take charge of the citywide anti-gang investigations, New Orleans police said. Continue reading »

May 292014
 

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

Snuggles is a New Orleans dog, born and bred — a 2-year-old mixed breed with probably more terrier in him than anything else. About a year ago, Snuggles was a lonely street dog, mostly eating out of garbage cans.

One day, a stranger swept him up and brought him to the Louisiana SPCA. After getting some really good food, shots, spayed and regularly bathed, Snuggles was ready to be adopted. Unfortunately, no matter how cute Snuggles was, he always seemed to come in second. Fortunately for Snuggles, fate smiled on him. SPCA Executive Director Ana Zorrila was getting calls from shelters in the Northeast and Midwest looking for puppies to be adopted. Continue reading »

May 282014
 

The International School of Louisiana'a Camp Street campus.

The International School of Louisiana’a Camp Street campus.

The International School of Louisiana will become the latest New Orleans charter school to offer healthcare benefits to its employees’ same-sex partners, after a vote Wednesday night that board members deemed “symbolic.” Continue reading »

May 282014
 

(image via projectnola.com)

(image via projectnola.com)

The Faubourg Delachaise Neighborhood Association is hosting an informational meeting tonight (Wednesday, May 28) about anti-crime cameras, and may pursue a grant from City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell’s office to help install them throughout the neighborhood. Continue reading »

May 272014
 
The Broadmoor Arts and Wellness Center will be at 3900 General Taylor Street. (image via Google maps)

The Broadmoor Arts and Wellness Center will be at 3900 General Taylor Street. (June 2011 image via Google maps)

In what advocates are calling a continuation of the revitalization of major neighborhood landmarks, a long-shuttered vocational school just off Broad and Napoleon is slated for transformation into the Broadmoor Arts and Wellness Center. Continue reading »

May 262014
 

Owen Courreges

A common practice amongst subordinates is to intentionally include extraneous steps in a plan to give a meddling boss something to change.  This way, the plan remains exactly the same, but the boss feels as though he’s made a contribution and the subordinate can point out that he compromised.  It goes like this:

PEON:   Here’s what my plan is: We’ll design the product, build a prototype, dispose of toxic waste in the executive washroom, and then launch the product.

BOSS:    Whoa! That third step is a problem. I don’t think we should dispose of toxic waste in the executive washroom.  That could harm our corporate executives.

PEON:   Hmmm… I’m still not sure about abandoning Step 3, but I see what you’re saying and value your guidance.  I’ll scrap Step 3.

BOSS:    Great!  Let’s move forward.

It was this kind of scenario that comes to mind when the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center makes its pitch to expand its facilities into the Lower Garden District as part of a public/private partnership. Continue reading »