Mar 192015
 

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

New Orleans streetcars are our version of light rail transit, and they have made living in the city’s core more attractive.

We know of a one-car family on Carrollton Avenue. The wife uses the SUV to ferry the three kids back and forth and handle the other daily necessities of life. The man of the house only needs to look as far as his neighborhood streetcar to give him access to downtown New Orleans. Continue reading »

Mar 182015
 

The new development proposed for Magazine Street between Richard and Felicity streets. (rendering by Studio WTA, courtesy of Wayne Troyer)

The new development proposed for Magazine Street between Richard and Felicity streets. (rendering by Studio WTA, courtesy of Wayne Troyer)

A large, long-vacant lot on Magazine Street in the Lower Garden District is now planned to become home to a new development with ground-floor commercial space and apartments above, the New Orleans-based developer told neighbors this week. Continue reading »

Mar 182015
 
The author and bride, still on honeymoon. (submitted photos by Jean-Paul Villere for UptownMessenger.com)

The author and bride, still on honeymoon. (submitted photos by Jean-Paul Villere for UptownMessenger.com)

Jean-Paul Villere

Jean-Paul Villere

My wife and I celebrated 17 years of marital bliss this past Saturday, Pi Day of Pi Days, 10 years more than that well-tread, betrothed bauble: the Seven Year Itch.  How do we do it?  Maybe the question is why?  Better, does it matter to the world at large?  Answer: I don’t know, maybe, and kinda.  A pearl I’ll toss in your general direction is this: never stop being on your honeymoon.  Sage advice?  The credit goes to the wise Carl Hampton, a native New Orleanian I met years ago who — without being prompted as I recall — wised me to what makes a marriage last. Continue reading »

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Mar 182015
 

3rd Annual Jazzin' on Jackson benefit

The Mercy Endeavors Senior Center will host their 3rd annual “Jazzin’ on Jackson” benefit Thursday evening at St. Alphonsus Art and Cultural Center. The gala will feature live music by Philip Manuel and special guests, food from local restaurants, and a silent auction. Funds from Jazzin’ on Jackson will go toward providing programs and services for the seniors of Mercy Endeavors Senior Center. Continue reading »

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Mar 172015
 
O'Henry's on South Carrollton. (March 2014 photo by Google Maps)

O’Henry’s Food and Spirits on South Carrollton. (March 2014 photo by Google Maps)

O’Henry’s Food and Sprits on South Carrollton agreed to pay the city a $500 fine Tuesday after allegedly selling beer to a teenager last month, and Avery’s Place on Willow Street was warned by the city alcohol board to be on its best behavior while awaiting a hearing on noise complaints. Continue reading »

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Mar 172015
 
A rendering of the new glass-and-steel facade of the Garden District Grocery slated for the former location of Zara's at 2042 Prytania. (by Lee Ledbetter, courtesy of the architect)

A rendering of the new glass-and-steel facade of the Garden District Grocery slated for the former location of Zara’s at 2042 Prytania. (by Lee Ledbetter, courtesy of the architect)

After its sale last year, the former Zara’s location on Prytania Street in the Lower Garden District will be dramatically renovated into a new, full-service Garden District Grocery, the property owners told neighbors on Monday. Continue reading »

Mar 172015
 

Data management may seem like a concept that applies only to giant corporations with millions of customers and plenty of money to spend on R&D when, in fact, it is a tool that businesses of all sizes can utilize and profit from if they understand how to fully take advantage of its capability. As a business, you have more information than you think. Why not learn how to harness the power of that information to make better decisions for the future of your business?

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At our March 25th New Orleans workshop,Using Your Data to Improve Business Operations“,we will spend the morning hearing from three presenters who will answer the “whats”, “hows”, and “whys” of collecting, understanding, and analyzing data. Continue reading »

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Mar 162015
 

Owen Courreges

Note: The author has once again suffered a mental break and lapsed into his s“Bland Landers: Advice Columnist” persona. The following is the grisly outcome.

Dear Bland,

I am a developer pitching plans for the old World Trade Center building. My proposal includes a plan for a some twisty-gondola things that go up to an observation deck, and then come back down. Remember those gondolas at the World’s Fair back in ’84? Well, it’s like those only instead of taking you across the river, it just takes you up and then back down again (kind of like an elevator, but without the utility). I guess my question is, what in the World Trade Center is wrong with me? Continue reading »

Mar 162015
 

13-0214 IOP Renwick Lecture Uptown Messenger Ad copyThe Loyola University Institute of Politics presents the 6th Annual Renwick Lecture tonight, with special guest Dean Baquet, Executive Editor of the New York Times.

Mission of Renwick Lecture Series

In pursuit of its mission of preparing men and women for ethical and effective participation in public life, theInstitute of Politics hosts an annual Lecture Series each Spring that attracts a nationally prominent figure to speak to the current Institute of Politics (IOP) class, all past fellows, Loyola faculty, staff, students, and members of the public. Continue reading »

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Mar 152015
 
Wild man of the Hard Head Hunters Mardi Gras Indians on LaSalle on Sunday afternoon. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Wild man of the Hard Head Hunters Mardi Gras Indians on LaSalle on Sunday afternoon. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

On Sunday afternoon, plumes of feathers, the ring of tambourines and the vibrant colors of Mardi Gras Indians’ hand-stitched suits filled the streets of Central City under pristine blue skies. Mardi Gras Indians from all over the city met at A.L. Davis park on LaSalle and Washington for the annual Super Sunday celebration.

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Mar 142015
 
Raury (Jamal Melancon, UptownMessenger.com)

Raury performs on the Power Plant stage at the BUKU festival. (Jamal Melancon, UptownMessenger.com)

The BUKU Music + Art Project came to a close Saturday evening (Mar. 14) with performances by Raury,Ghostface Killah with BADBADNOTGOOD, and ILoveMakonnen, as well as performances by Passion Pit, Bassnectar and other acts.

ILoveMakonnen (Jamal Melancon, UptownMessenger)

ILoveMakonnen (Jamal Melancon, UptownMessenger)

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Mar 142015
 

The Corner Club were one of many marching crews in Saturday’s parade. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Saturday afternoon, the annual Irish Channel parade ran Uptown from Jackson up to St. Charles, down Louisiana to Magazine and then back to Jackson. The crowds were thick on Magazine street as the sun shined strong. Dozens of male paraders on foot exchanged plastic flowers for kisses on the cheek from female crowd members. Parades threw standard Mardi Gras beads as well as signature cabbages and carrots.

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