Article by Jamal Melancon; photos by Zach Brien
Tulane may have lost against Georgia Tech 21-38, but the home game experience of Uptown tailgating, pregame festivities, and on-field energy all contributed to vibrant inauguration for Yulman Stadium.
Long before Yulman Stadium even received its name, questions of how football games would impact the neighborhoods around Tulane University dominated discussions about the return of college football to the Uptown campus.
On Saturday, those questions were finally answered: On-street parking may have been tough to find, but traffic was relatively light, and many neighbors were thrilled to revive the front-yard parties associated with memories of the old Sugar Bowl stadium.
“Going to the Dome spoiled my football experience at Tulane. I’m so glad, 40 years later, that we’re back, and I’m shocked at how quiet Audubon Boulevard is,” said Seph Dupuy, a 1970 Tulane graduate as he attended a small gathering there. “I’m pleasantly surprised how well controlled and easy it is to get around.”
The Tulane University Green Wave returns Uptown on Saturday, kicking off its inaugural game in the new on-campus Yulman Stadium against Georgia Tech at 3 p.m.
See below for live coverage of the stadium’s impact on the neighborhood before the game, and for live coverage of the game once it begins.
In early 2013 — barely a month after she was sworn into office — City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell issued a statement forcefully proclaiming her opposition to the demolition of a century-old house at 820 General Pershing that was essential to the “the residential fabric of the community,” she said.
On Thursday — citing an impasse that fellow Councilmember Stacy Head described as a more of a “hostage” situation — Cantrell voted to approve the demolition of the same property. Cantrell declined to explain the reason for her change of heart, but residents who met with her extensively leading up to the decision said it may have to do with concerns about the viability of the city’s overall process for denying the demolition of historic properties.
The board of directors overseeing Lycée Francais de la Nouvelle-Orleans have decided to make an offer to buy the old Alfred C. Priestley Junior High School building from the Orleans Parish School Board.
“We’re excited about the property and what we can do there,” said board member Mary Jacobs Jones, who is chair of the school’s facilities committee.
The board unanimously voted to submit an offer letter for the long-shuttered west Carrolton school building Friday, the day the bid closes to schools. Under state law, charter schools have first dibs at the Priestley building, because it is currently considered surplus by the OPSB and slated for public auction.
Two fast-food workers and a labor organizer were arrested during a protest demanding a $15 minimum wage Thursday afternoon at the Burger King on South Claiborne Avenue at Carrollton, organizers said.
After nearly two years of opposition by neighbors and repeated rejections from city officials, the demolition of a century-old home on General Pershing just off Magazine Street was approved Thursday by the New Orleans City Council.
African-American organizations and others are holding dialogues across America to bring home the lessons from Ferguson as a basis for creating change in their communities. Former Mayor Marc Morial, national president of the Urban League, is in the forefront of this movement through his weekly column which appears in newspapers and e-letters around the country and local action through the Urban League chapters.
Come to Freret Market for Free Live Music. Original Art. Great Food. Tailgating? Yes, Tailgating!
The busy intersection of South Claiborne and South Carrollton avenues will be reduced to one traffic lane in several directions starting at 7 p.m. tonight (Wednesday, Sept. 3) for repairs to a leaking water main, authorities said.
Music Under The Oaks is a free fall concert series taking place on four Friday nights in Audobon Park. The concert series is presented by Bellwether Technology, staged in partnership with the Loyola College of Music + Fine Arts and WWNO, in order to celebrate the new Audubon Conservancy.
The Advanced Auto Parts store on South Claiborne Avenue was robbed at gunpoint again Saturday afternoon for the second time in as many weeks, New Orleans police said.
Young Aspirations/Young Artists Inc. is holding a groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday, Sept. 3, for the new YAYA Arts Center that will open on LaSalle Street in June 2015.