May 312013

Map of areas that New Orleans Fire Department ladder trucks can reach within eight minutes presented at Thursday’s meeting.

Removal of a ladder truck from the fire station on Arabella Street will reduce the safety of the surrounding Uptown neighborhood and represents a dangerous trend of reducing the size of the New Orleans Fire Department, the president of the firefighters’ union said Thursday night in the latest round of debate over the issue.

City officials countered that the entire neighborhood will still be protected by the most important firefighting equipment — a pumper truck — and that the redeployment set to go into effect later this summer represents the best use of the city’s resources. But residents remained unconvinced, and are continuing their effort to keep the ladder truck in service.
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May 312013

Tulane President Scott Cowen speaks about the university’s proposed stadium at City Hall in June 2012. ( file photo by Robert Morris)

Tulane University President Scott Cowen — who led the university through Hurricane Katrina into a controversial rebuilding process and is bringing Tulane football back to the Uptown campus after decades in the Superdome — will retire at the end of the next school year, he announced Friday. Continue reading »

May 312013

Craig Giesecke

One of the good/bad things about being in the food business in one of the world’s great food cities is the competition. The upsides are many: the continued pressure for innovation and creativity, the consistent high quality of even the most basic places and the ability to socialize and work with some of the best chefs this nation has to offer. There are many, many other great things about the New Orleans food scene, not the least of which are talented colleagues and the very discerning and appreciative customers. Continue reading »

May 302013

This week, @Sweden is talking on Twitter about an industrial design conference and the proper playlist for an afternoon run. Last week it was scenes from a musician’s 900-kilometer walking tour around the country, and before that it was the minutiae of international hockey drama — each week, another unique view of life narrated by another Swede.

“I thought it was really interesting that they were taking people from one place that had different experiences,” said Champ Superstar, one of the better-known Twitter personalities in New Orleans, and a longtime follower of the @Sweden account. “I’ve been thinking for a long time, like for a year, that this would be cool to do for New Orleans. I kind of waited for someone else to start it and even mentioned it on Twitter from time to time, and finally I just thought, ‘Today’s the day.'” Continue reading »

May 302013

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

Food in many forms is hot in New Orleans right now.

For those of us who remember how awful and dead the city seemed after Katrina with no street lights, no house lights and only wreckage everywhere it’s quite a thrill to drive by the construction sites in Mid-City and Carrollton where three massive supermarkets are being built. Continue reading »

May 292013

Getting married is an exciting and romantic time for any couple and one to approach with great celebration. Often couples do not understand that in addition to the vows between spouses, marriage is an entry into a legal contract with attached obligations and privileges under the law of Louisiana. A consultation at the Law Office of Sarah Pfeiffer will provide individuals or couples with education and guidance to plan your life together, make fully-informed choices about your future and your property and determine whether a pre-marital agreement (“pre-nup”) is right for you. Continue reading »

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May 292013

Jean-Paul Villere

Hurricane season.  Here again.  And possibly the longest measurable annual event we as a society take the time to acknowledge and name its progeny.  It begins at the end of spring, sweats you out all summer, and finally gnaws into fall.  Daylight savings may be its only contender in terms of expanse, only when you lose or gain an hour it’s never as eventful as losing a week of electricity in the soupy humidity of the Crescent City.  Will last year’s Isaac excursion make you better prepared?  Or more ready to leave sooner?  And don’t tell me you’ve already forgotten or perhaps you’re a new New Orleanian? 

Ok, let’s run through some basics. Continue reading »

May 282013

jewel bush

I was first exposed to “patty pan squash,” an oddly shaped vegetable that somewhat resembles a bell pepper, at the Hollygrove Market three summers ago. A few of them came in the weekly produce box along with a recipe to cook the sunburst squash. For just 25 bucks, you get a grip of locally grown and produced fare, a rotating cast of fresh eats dependent upon the season. Continue reading »

May 272013

The old signs for the Frat House at 8200 Willow Street have been replaced by a banner for Jimmy’s Music Club. (Robert Morris,

When the New Orleans Alcoholic Beverage Control Board rejected a request by Jimmy’s Music Club last week, it may have seemed like the hand of The Man slapping down the former punk rock haven once again.

The reality, however, is that attorneys, city officials and even the club’s neighbors agree that Jimmy’s may be closer to reopening than it has in the last year. Continue reading »

May 242013

Craig Giesecke

With summer fast approaching, Kim and I are looking forward to something we haven’t been able to do in what seems like forever – taking a summer vacation.

It’ll only be five days and, though many of our friends will be heading to a beach or the mountains, we’re only going to around Peoria, Ill., for a family event. But, honestly, we could not be more excited if we were headed to St. Kitts or the Andes. We’re also planning to drive, and the 12 hours or so up and back (with an overnight each way) will be a long-overdue chance to explore some spots we’ve never seen. Or at least I’ve never seen, having not spent much time in the Great American Heartland outside of Kansas City, Chicago or St. Louis for business purposes. Continue reading »