Jun 052015
 
Residential structures from the former New Orleans Adolescent Hospital along Henry Clay Avenue will be torn down as part of the Children's Hospital expansion. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Residential structures from the former New Orleans Adolescent Hospital along Henry Clay Avenue were approved for demolition as part of the Children’s Hospital expansion. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Children’s Hospital won permission Thursday to tear down six buildings on the former New Orleans Adolescent Hospital campus along Henry Clay Avenue, but has agreed to participate beforehand in a federal process to determine whether their loss can be minimized or mitigated. Continue reading »

Jun 042015
 
2015 Housing Summit

(via GNOHA)

The Greater New Orleans Housing Alliance is hosting a community Housing Summit this Saturday, June 6, to launch the HousingNOLA planning process. The event will be an opportunity for community members to share and receive information on current housing realities. Family-friendly activities and free food will also be included.

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Jun 042015
 

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

Generally speaking, we like Police Chief Michael Harrison and the NOPD. We think Chief Harrison is at least trying to do a good job within the budget and directives set by Mayor Landrieu. But there are serious neglect-of-duty and abuse-of-power issues hovering over the NOPD including yesterday’s City Council dialogue on the mishandling of sex-crime and child-abuse cases.

It is unfortunate that Chief Harrison did not address this problem before being forced to do so by a scathing report from IG Ed Quatrevaux. Even though Deputy Chief Arlinda Westbrook complied some frightening statistics that found wide-ranging administrative policy violations, no officer has been disciplined in the seven months since Quatrevaux’s initial report because of the prevailing good-old-boys network inside the NOPD where they protect their own. Continue reading »

Jun 032015
 
A map of the Ninemile-Napoleon transmission upgrade project path. (courtesy of Entergy)

A map of the Ninemile-Napoleon transmission upgrade project path. (courtesy of Entergy)

Acknowledging the unpredictable maze of utility work and road closures that Uptown New Orleans has become, Entergy officials say their major upcoming project to replace transmission lines along Leake Avenue, Magazine and Annunciation streets will only require the streets to be shut down for hours at a time — not the days, weeks or months associated with other projects — and power is not expected to be shut off to any individual homes. Continue reading »

Jun 032015
 
An artist's rendition of the expansion of Children's Hospital onto the former New Orleans Adolescent Hospital site. (image by Eskew + Dumez + Ripple architects, courtesy of Children's Hospital)

An artist’s rendition of the expansion of Children’s Hospital onto the former New Orleans Adolescent Hospital site. (image by Eskew + Dumez + Ripple architects, courtesy of Children’s Hospital)

Children’s Hospital faces two key hearings before city officials this week as it prepares to tear down a cluster of dilapidated structures at the edge of the former site of the New Orleans Adolescent Hospital in anticipation of building a new parking garage and clinic space there, and shared more details about the development plans with neighbors on Tuesday night. Continue reading »

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Jun 032015
 

Back to The Ball Crawl

The 610 Stompers’ “Sixth Annual Ball Crawl: Back to the Ball Crawl” charity fundraiser next weekend will allow participants to be a Stomper for a night and dance through Uptown streets with stops at The Kingpin, F &M’s, Fat Harry’s, Superior Seafood, and Le Bon Temps, featuring dance-offs, prizes, Back to The Future-themed costumes and 80s attire. Continue reading »

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Jun 012015
 
The former fountain store at 7901 St. Charles Avenue. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The former fountain store at 7901 St. Charles Avenue. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A nearly 80-year-old building on St. Charles Avenue that was once a gas station, bagel shop and more recently a fountain store is slated to be torn down and replaced with a new house, less than a year after neighbors successfully protested plans for a condo development there. Continue reading »

Jun 012015
 
Owen Courrèges

Owen Courrèges

Plea bargaining is one of the hallmarks of an efficient criminal justice system. The prosecutor saves time and effort. The city collects a fine and court costs. The defendant receives a break on the offense charged. In theory, everybody is happy.

Alas, Mayor Landrieu is apparently not happy. His administration has decided to end the process in traffic court. Continue reading »

May 292015
 
The former Carrollton court house, photographed in June 2014. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

The former Carrollton court house, photographed in June 2014. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

The former Carrollton Courthouse awaiting a decision on whether it will be headed to the auction block is included on the Louisiana Landmarks Society’s 2015 list of most endangered historic places in New Orleans, along with a former utility building on Napoleon Avenue and two privately-owned Uptown homes. Continue reading »

May 292015
 
Entergy crews work on a transmission line on Pine Street near Olive Street in Gert Town during a brief outage in early May. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

Entergy crews work on a transmission line on Pine Street near Olive Street in Gert Town during a brief outage in early May. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

Entergy will be launching a $30 million upgrade to the major transmission lines running through Uptown this summer, and is holding a series of informational meetings next week to prepare residents for the construction impacts. Continue reading »

May 292015
 
(image via Southern Food and Beverage Museum)

(image via Southern Food and Beverage Museum)

The Southern Food and Beverage Museum on Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard is still accepting children for a five-week summer camp that begins next week, and also announced it has received a donation of the complete works of Lowcountry chef Louis Osteen to its culinary library. Continue reading »

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