May 072015
 
State Sen. J.P. Morrell (left) and state Reps. Helena Moreno and Walt Leger are introduced Thursday night at Publiq House for a Politics and Cocktails event and legislative briefing. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

State Sen. J.P. Morrell (left) and state Reps. Helena Moreno and Walt Leger are introduced Thursday night at Publiq House for a Politics and Cocktails event and legislative briefing. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The $664 million that the state House of Representatives dedicated Thursday toward higher education in Louisiana is both a major accomplishment in its own right, a trio of state lawmakers from New Orleans said — and yet still only a start toward preserving the state’s most essential services amid a major budget deficit.

“There are holes in the budget that need to be filled,” said state Rep. Walt Leger. “We made major steps in the right direction today, we’ve got a long way to go.” Continue reading »

 Comments Off
May 072015
 

Shop for mom while the champagne is flowing!

champagne-stroll-slide-banner

Magazine Street Merchants Association is proud to announce the annual Magazine Street Champagne Stroll, taking place Saturday, May 9! Locals and visitors are invited to this one-night-only event, with over 100 businesses providing FREE sparkling wine, and many offering special deals, promotional sales, and trunk shows.

Continue reading »

 Comments Off
May 072015
 
The front door of a home in the 2300 block of Octavia Street remains charred on Tuesday afternoon, with tatters of the American flag that was also burned. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The front door of a home in the 2300 block of Octavia Street remains charred on Tuesday afternoon, with tatters of the American flag that was also burned. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Shreds of charred red, white and blue fabric still sat on the scorched doorstep of an Octavia Street home on Tuesday afternoon, after a fire apparently started on an American flag temporarily displaced the family from their home and left neighbors both baffled and disturbed. Continue reading »

 Comments Off
May 072015
 

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

Our usually right-on-point Inspector General Ed Quatrevaux has been in the news twice this week — first with his remarks that maybe more, better-paid police is not the answer to our crime problems and then about his proposed “divorce” with Police Monitor Susan Hutson. Now it is true that Quatrevaux is white and that Hutson, most of the police and the people they are sworn to protect are not. Does Quatrevaux just see things differently or is there more to his feelings than meets the eye? Continue reading »

May 062015
 
Entergy crews converge on Pine Street near Olive Street in Gert Town, where a damaged transmission line knocked out power to much of the Carrollton area briefly on Wednesday. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Entergy crews converge on Pine Street near Olive Street in Gert Town, where a falling shield wire knocked out power to much of the Carrollton area briefly on Wednesday. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Damage to lines in the Gert Town area very briefly knocked out power Wednesday afternoon to a wide swath of neighborhoods around Carrollton in Uptown and Mid-City, but power was quickly restored, Entergy officials said. Continue reading »

 Comments Off
May 062015
 
(via loyno.edu)

(via loyno.edu)

Washington Post journalist Bob Woodward, who received a Pulitzer Prize for reporting with Carl Bernstein on the Watergate scandal, will be addressing Loyola University’s Class of 2015 during the spring commencement ceremony at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome this Saturday.

Loyola’s College of Law will also hold a commencement ceremony. Both events are free and open to the public. Continue reading »

 Comments Off
May 062015
 
The shotguns in the 2400 block of Cadiz -- before their demolition (top left, via Google Maps), then during and after their demolition (by Jean-Paul Villere for UptownMessenger.com)

The shotguns in the 2400 block of Cadiz — before their demolition (top left, via Google Maps), then during and after their demolition (by Jean-Paul Villere for UptownMessenger.com)

Jean-Paul Villere

Jean-Paul Villere

In 2002 local musical impresarios Benny Grunch and the Bunch released a song entitled “Ain’t Dere No More.”  In it the group collectively bemoan, as only the natives may, the loss of landmarks around the New Orleans metro area.  It played in my head over these last few days as I watched yet more apparently salvageable dwellings, in this case double shotguns, meet their untimely demise in the 2400 block of Cadiz.  What was more upsetting to me was that their demolition was supposedly not going to happen, and the structures were to be saved by their new owner Arnold Kirschman.  Even be occupied by him.  Except guess what?  They gone. Continue reading »

May 062015
 

independentbookstoredayJoin New Orleans independent bookstores and independent bookstores across the country for parties, author readings, in-store events, and exclusive day-of merchandise.

Following the runaway success of last year’s California Bookstore Day, bookstores across the country are now preparing for Independent Bookstore Day (IBD), a nationwide celebration of books and independent bookstores. On May 9th, activities in New Orleans will take place at three independent stores across the city: Garden District Book Shop, Tubby & Coo’s Mid-City Book Shop, and Octavia Books. Local book lovers should mark their calendars now for this special day of literary celebrations. Continue reading »

 Comments Off
May 052015
 
Children's Hospital's proposed master plan for the redevelopment of the former New Orleans Adolescent Hospital site. (via nola.gov -- click to enlarge)

Children’s Hospital’s proposed master plan for the redevelopment of the former New Orleans Adolescent Hospital site. (via nola.gov — click to enlarge)

City officials gave an initial endorsement Monday to Children’s Hospital’s plan to tear down a handful of long-dilapidated residential structures along the edge of the former New Orleans Adolescent Hospital campus and replace them with a new parking structure intended to unify the two medical campuses into one. Continue reading »

May 052015
 

Grab a friend and take a stroll down Magazine!

champagne-stroll-slide-banner

Magazine Street Merchants Association is proud to announce the annual Magazine Street Champagne Stroll, taking place Saturday, May 9! Locals and visitors are invited to this one-night-only event, with over 100 businesses providing FREE sparkling wine, and many offering special deals, promotional sales, and trunk shows.

Continue reading »

 Comments Off
May 042015
 
The building that formerly housed the Newcomb College Institute at Tulane University is slated to be replaced with a new building, but its demolition will require City Council approval. (UptownMessenger.com file photo from May 2014)

The building that formerly housed the Newcomb College Institute at Tulane University is slated to be replaced with a new building, but its demolition will require City Council approval. (UptownMessenger.com file photo from May 2014)

Almost exactly a year after it was first made public, Tulane University’s plan to tear down the former home of Newcomb College Institute for an expansion of its dining hall received initial approval from New Orleans city officials on Monday, after a prominent local architect told them that the design of the century-old building was less important than its central location on campus. Continue reading »

 Comments Off