The New Orleans City Council appears to be proposing that St. Claude Avenue be made into a pathetic two-lane road, but Mayor Landrieu is at least showing some sense on the issue.
Here’s the background: As most New Orleanians are aware, the Regional Transit Authority (RTA) recently promulgated preliminary plans for installing a new streetcar line along Rampart St. and St. Claude Avenue from Canal Street to Elysian Fields Avenue. As with the widely-panned Loyola-UPT Streetcar line, rather than restoring the historic norm of having the streetcar tracks running in the neutral ground, the plans call for slapping the tracks down in the traffic lanes adjoining the streetcar line (sharing the lanes with vehicles). It’s stupid, ahistorical and ugly.
The Broadmoor Improvement Association will focus its annual meeting tonight (Monday, March 18) on violent crime on Washington Avenue with a discussion with City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell, and the Coliseum Square Association will hold its monthly meeting as well.
Chef Greg Sonnier is abandoning his attempted resurrection of Gabrielle restaurant at The Uptowner reception hall on Henry Clay Avenue to return to a French Quarter kitchen, and the Funky Butt nightclub project has also halted, according to recent reports.
A 47-year-old man was shot to death in Central City on Sunday evening, and a 27-year-old man was gunned down just off South Carrollton Avenue a few hours later, authorities said.
The spirits of the Emerald Isle flowed freely on Third Street in the Irish Channel on Thursday afternoon for the annual block party launching St. Patrick’s Day weekend festivities.
As we get ready to open a new venture, we’re loading up the place with all the groceries and various other supplies needed to begin operations. We’re also hiring staff, assembling furniture, arranging shelves and working with various placements of things to make them as ergonomic as possible. At least we think so. But you can be sure we’re also forgetting plenty, and whatever it is will come quickly into sharp focus once paying customers start walking in the door.
Of course, this type of activity means lots of deliveries of various items from dry goods to produce to liquor to stainless steel tables. One of the unspoken truths about such deliveries is they show up when they show up. As much as we might want certain items delivered, say, “mid-morning,” the timing is usually no more specific than the cable company asking you to be home “between 8 a.m. and noon.” This is a sure clue they will show up at 2 p.m.
“We are just keeping the big picture in mind,” said Sophie B. Wright principal Sharon Clark after the meeting. “We’re getting a state-of-the-art facility to educate the children of New Orleans, and it doesn’t get any better than that.”
After the victim in a robbery on Magazine Street last week was able to help police find and identify his assailant, investigators were able to link him to the holdup of a GameStop store nearby in the Lower Garden District, authorities said.
Laura Cayouette, a local actress from Django Unchained, will answer questions from the Loyola Film Buffs Institute about her work tonight (Thursday, March 14) and present a free screening of Hell Ride, a biker movie she and Tarantino produced.
Members of the Carrollton-Riverbend Neighborhood Association will discuss Jimmy’s Music Club again at 7 p.m. tonight (Thursday, March 14), and in a separate meeting, the Carrollton Area Network will hold a town hall with state Sen. Karen Carter Peterson next week.
Tourism officials were smiling this week as new reports detailed the growing number of visitors attracted to Metro New Orleans in 2012 and the number of passengers who passed through Louis Armstrong International Airport.
Nine million visitors — spending an incredible $6 billion — came to Metro New Orleans in 2012, the most since 2004. It should be remembered that New Orleans back then was celebrating a record year that saw 10.4 million visitors come here. There was tremendous optimism until late August 2005 when Hurricane Katrina and poorly-constructed levees shattered everything.
Movie-goers will have the chance to catch a rare Irish film while downing a few pints of beer from the Emerald Isle!
For tonight only, the historic Prytania Theatre will screen Hear My Song, a classic romantic comedy set in Ireland starring legends from the silver screen such as Ned Beatty and Adrian Dunbar.
A 24-year-old man was found shot to death in the driver’s seat of a car around 7 p.m. at the busy intersection of South Claiborne Avenue and Earhart Boulevard, police said.
“I don’t want to further subsidize these businesses through an increase in property taxes,” said Soniat Street resident George Chaney.