Ahmad Sheppard, 33, was found bound, gagged and shot in the head inside his neighbor’s ransacked Prytania Street apartment in June, and his father and his friends described his generous nature in a celebration of the popular French Quarter DJ’s life this weekend, according to a report by Jaclyn Kelley and our partners at WWL-TV. A sketch of a man seen leaving the apartment that night has been released, and police are still looking for Sheppard’s neighbor’s white Jeep Cherokee that was stolen that night, Kelley reports.
The Uptown housing market, including the Garden District and Carrollton, had 132 homes listed in June, which would take about two months to be sold at the current sales pace, a seven-year low creating an extremely strong seller’s market, according to a report by Katherine Sayre of The Times-Picayune. A market is considered balanced when its supply of homes should take six months to sell at the current pace, and during the housing crisis of 2008 and 2009 the supply was between 10 months and two years, Sayre explains.
“In 2012, the average price-per-square-foot for all of the New Orleans metro area was $106. In the Uptown area, the average was more than $200,” Sayre writes. “But last week, several listings in the area were priced between $240 and more than $300 per square foot.”
Two homes on the market driving up that price-per-square foot include the “wildly artistic,” “Frank Lloyd Wright meets tiki magic” two-bedroom, two-bath home on Chestnut listed at $599,999 and the three-bedroom, three-bath home of John Goodman and Melissa Leo’s characters on Treme at 223 Lowerline, now listed at $989,000 (after selling for $170,000 in 1998) — both recently featured by Sarah Chase on the real-estate blog Curbed NOLA.
Amici Ristorante and McClure’s Barbecue have opened on Magazine Street, and Noodle & Pie is expected to join them this week, according to recent reports. Meanwhile, the legal battle over the Camellia Grill is now focused on the new owner’s application to become a historic landmark.
Detroit has gone bust, announcing that it will seek Chapter 9 bankruptcy protection. The Rust Belt icon of corruption, waste, and decay finally made the difficult decision to cut its losses.
In light of our own sordid history of corruption, waste, and decay, New Orleanians are understandably touchy about this development. First Deputy Mayor and Chief Administrative Officer Andy Kopplin recently penned an opinion piece for the Times-Picayune entitled “Detroit went bust, not New Orleans” which was ostensibly intended to reassure us that the Big Easy isn’t heading down the same road as the Motor City.
Personally, I did not find this very reassuring in concept alone. It’s vaguely unsettling that the moment a major American city goes belly-up , a major New Orleans official feels compelled to come out and say: “Don’t worry! We aren’t next!” It’s disconcerting because Kopplin senses that we have grounds to be worried.
A 39-year-old New Orleans man was sentenced to more than nine years in federal prison following an investigation into the sale of crack cocaine at a Central City address, authorities said.
The Alliance Française de la Nouvelle-Orléans will begin a five-week summer French class on Monday (July 29), and has a number of two-week sessions and specialized classes remaining on its calendar as well. The Alliance is located at 1519 Jackson Avenue.
Sophie B. Wright Charter School is looking for places for its sports teams to practice after the New Orleans Recreation Department Commission demanded $3,000 for the school to use Harrell Park. Meanwhile, construction has halted on the new gym at Eleanor McMain Secondary School amid a conflict over minority participation in the contract, and ENCORE Academy is enrolling more students than it originally expected, according to recent reports about Uptown schools.
Starting Monday (July 29), Freret Street drivers will be unable to cross Napoleon Avenue for about a month while a drainage canal is installed underneath the neutral ground there, officials said.
The People Say Project — an ongoing discussion of musicians’ culture and money in New Orleans — will host the second annual Backyard Cut Session, “an uptown party featuring four DJ’s spinning vinyl under the stars,” at a Freret home Saturday evening.
A traffic stop on Wednesday led narcotics officers to a home in Hollygrove with a stash of several thousand dollars in cash and a pound of marijuana, New Orleans police said.
A bagel shop and deli with house-made cheese and consignment boutique for plus-sized women plan to open side-by-side in two vacant storefronts in the center of the Freret corridor.
I’m writing this column while sitting in our front room, which looks like the love child of Chaos and Literacy. It is a complete mess of books, boxes, various packing materials, ladder, some no-longer-hanging artwork, disheveled furniture and other stuff. In other words, we have a sidewalk sale coming this Saturday as we continue clearing out the house ahead of the move.
This isn’t your normal, rent-a-trailer move. This is a begin-again, let it all go, roll with what you can fit in one minivan, complete disengagement. We arrived in New Orleans the same way nine years ago, and I’m amazed at how much we’ve collected. Anyone is, if they’re stayed in one spot more than a year or so. We have two cats, so we have to reserve space for them. There are a few electronic items and some valued personal possessions and we’ve done some severe reduction of our wardrobes. Only one small piece of furniture will make the trip. Add in a bin of paperwork and we’re pretty much full.
I thought the hardest part would be deciding which books to take, since we have many and I have a thing for real books over a Nook or similar device. But now, looking at the kitchen, it appears to toughest decisions are still to come.
On the instructions of a federal judge, the New Orleans City Council quietly retreated on Tuesday from its prohibition against overnight preaching on Bourbon Street.