Jun 152015
 
Owen Courrèges

Owen Courrèges

One of the chief headaches one gets from monitoring the news cycle relates to the fact that it isn’t self-correcting.  A tiny seed of disinformation grows to become a sturdy tree of conventional wisdom.

This is what happened with the so-called “Stand Your Ground” (SYG) laws following the shooting of Treyvon Martin in Florida by George Zimmerman.  Most recently, it was criticized in a recent column by Jarvis DeBerry after being invoked by Algiers Pastor W.L.T. Littleton, who is accused of shooting a fleeing copper thief in the back of the head. Continue reading »

Jun 122015
 
The Children's Hospital master plan, with buildings to be saved marked in blue, and new buildings in orange. (via City of New Orleans)

The Children’s Hospital master plan, with buildings to be saved marked in blue, and new buildings in orange. (via City of New Orleans)

The collection of nine former New Orleans Adolescent Hospital buildings acquired by Children’s Hospital will receive landmark protection, but the rest of the 17-acre site will not, a city panel ruled Thursday — effectively allowing the demolition of six dilapidated NOAH buildings in the near future and defining the path ahead for the expansion of Children’s Hospital. Continue reading »

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Jun 102015
 
A crack is visible in a foundation that attorney Michael Whitaker says is only 9 years old in the 2500 block of Napoleon Avenue. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A crack is visible in a foundation that attorney Michael Whitaker says is only 9 years old in the 2500 block of Napoleon Avenue. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Attorney Michael Whitaker (left) listens as the Rev. Tom Watson describes damage to Watson Memorial Teaching Ministries on Napoleon Avenue during a news conference Wednesday morning. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Attorney Michael Whitaker (left) listens as the Rev. Tom Watson describes damage to Watson Memorial Teaching Ministries on Napoleon Avenue during a news conference Wednesday morning. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A total of 74 plaintiffs have now joined the lawsuit alleging that their homes have been damaged by construction of new drainage canals under major thoroughfares through Uptown New Orleans, but their attorney says the costs of repairing these houses is already built into the project and won’t increase the costs for the Sewerage & Water Board. Continue reading »

Jun 092015
 
City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell raises a question with officials from the Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the Regional Transit Authority on Tuesday evening at First Presbyterian Church. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell raises a question with officials from the Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the Regional Transit Authority on Tuesday evening at First Presbyterian Church. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The road gets repaved, and then it’s dug up again to fix a broken pipe underneath. The streetcar tracks get replaced, then torn out again for a new drainage canal. Power lines are being replaced over a road about to be repaved, instead of buried underneath it.

“There seems to be no comprehensive oversight,” said a man in the audience at New Orleans City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell’s town hall on Uptown road construction. “There seems to be no brain center in the apparatus,” he said.

Is he right? Will the roads in New Orleans ever work? Continue reading »

Jun 092015
 

LaToya Cantrell

LaToya Cantrell

City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell has assembled a full lineup of representatives from the governmental agencies responsible for the many ongoing public works projects around Uptown New Orleans — drainage canals, road repaving, electrical upgrades and others — for a town hall meeting that begins at 6 p.m. today (Tuesday, June 9). Continue reading »

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Jun 082015
 
Valmont Investments' rendering of one of the homes planned for 4224 Fontainebleau Drive. (via City of New Orleans)

Valmont Investments’ rendering of one of the homes planned for 4224 Fontainebleau Drive. (via City of New Orleans)

A developer’s plan to build two houses at a long-vacant site on Fontainebleau Drive drew opposition Monday morning from a number of neighbors in Broadmoor who said a single house would better fit the character of the historic residential thoroughfare. Continue reading »

Jun 082015
 
Owen Courrèges

Owen Courrèges

There’s no getting around it: Central City is an impoverished neighborhood.

In 2013, Karen Gadbois and Craig Mulcahy summed up the situation in Central City nicely: “[Y]ou’re still within sight of the Superdome, but have no doubt about it: The tracks may be nonexistent, but you’re on the wrong side of them.”

With Central City’s depressed economic state, one would think that public officials and the nonprofit community would focus on promoting businesses that provide goods and services that serve a lower-income demographic. However, the opposite has been the case. Continue reading »

Jun 072015
 
(via issme2015.weebly.com)

(via issme2015.weebly.com)

Loyola University’s Department of Music Education is hosting their ninth annual International Symposium on the Sociology of Music Education (ISSME) together with the MayDay Group (MDG) Colloquium 27 research conference for the first time this Sunday, June 14, through Friday, June 19. Full registration for the collaborative event is $125 and $85 for students; banquet registration is $30. Continue reading »

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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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