If you live in New Orleans proper, chances are you or someone you know might suffer from being ‘hood bound. You know the type, the friend that you who won’t meet you for happy hour because they’d have to make a 10-minute drive. Or what about the guy who complains about how much of a trek the Bywater is from Uptown? People become restricted to their neighborhood for a number of reasons. Transportation issues, sheer laziness, or just the convenience factor are all factors that play into turning into a hyper-local. I’m definitely all too familiar with the n‘hood rat mentality because I suffer from periodic bouts of it myself.
For weeks, Freret and Milan residents have been enthusiastically planning for Saturday’s “Fight the Blight” day around Samuel Square. But on Friday morning, the combined forces of nature and neglect made a preemptive strike when a derelict house slated for demolition collapsed on South Saratoga Street.
“It sounded like an explosion,” said Elma Bridges, looking over her balcony to the flattened roof partially buried under 10-foot tall weeds across the street. “Look at that forest they have here, and all that mess is still here.”
This year’s parade begins at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Young Men Olympian Junior Benevolent Association Hall, 2101 South Liberty Street, then loops over to Louisiana Avenue, down South Claiborne and Martin Luther King Boulevard, before ending where it started. The full route, via the Backstreet Cultural Museum, is below:
Registration for the event begins at 8 a.m. at Shelter #10 by the Newman bandstand in Audubon Park and the walk to Napoleon Avenue and back begins at 10 a.m. Walkers who raise more than $250 in donations will be entered in a drawing for a week-long Caribbean vacation, the website says.
Patrols by off-duty NOPD officers around F&M Patio Bar and Grill near Tchoupitoulas and Lyons have been canceled while the department determine if its policy against officers working for bars has been violated, Brendan McCarthy of the Times-Picayune reports. F&M attorney Justin Schmidt told the newspaper that the officers are not associated with the bar and have already been exonerated, though that has not been confirmed.
The bars are already operating under a consent decree with the city over problems in past years.
“New Orleans is a safer city tonight because Telly Hankton is off the streets,” said NOPD Superintendent Ronal Serpas after the verdict, according to our partners at WWL-TV.
District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro cautioned that the fight against crime in Uptown New Orleans is still far from over, however.
“Hankton’s been in jail for several years now, and there is still a lot of violence that’s going on in this community, so his removal from that Uptown area has really not stopped the violence,” Cannizzaro said. “We’re going to take him off the streets for the rest of his life, but there are other people out there, there are other people that are still involved in the guns and violence.”
TODAY, Redeemer Presbyterian Church of New Orleans in partnership with International Justice Mission & Louisiana IJM Advocacy Group invite you to attend a special presentation on the global sex trafficking and human slave trade and “What It Means to Be a Modern Day Abolitionist.” Sat, Sept 24, 1 – 3pm, at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ 616 Eleonore Street, Uptown, (enter on Patton Street).
Applying to some of the highest-performing charter schools in New Orleans will be a little easier for parents this year, now that 10 schools will be using the same application forms and admission dates.
The city’s “Movies in the Park” series returns Uptown this weekend with a Saturday night showing of Disney/Pixar’s acclaimed animated feature “Up” at Taylor Park.
A house burglar police dubbed the “Refrigerator Bandit” for his penchant for snacking during break-ins was given a 20-year prison sentence for his lengthy record of convictions, court records show.
The Arts Market of New Orleans will host 115 visual artists as well as the usual assortment of food and drink vendors, live music and children’s activities from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in Palmer Park, at the corner of South Claiborne and Carrollton.
On Saturday morning, two of the Uptown New Orleans neighborhoods that have been most energetic in seeking their own revitalization will receive a shot in the arm from the city and hopefully hundreds of volunteers on “Fight the Blight” day at Samuel Square park.
In the rear of the store at Octavia Books is a little corner where literary figures make near-daily appearances, but a bit more space is going to be needed for the latest author they’ll be hosting: Stephen King.
After the appointment of interim Councilman Eric Granderson, a lengthy presentation on energy rates and a two-hour battle over the height of a Canal Street redevelopment project, the New Orleans City Council decided to postpone four Uptown property-use matters Thursday.
On Friday evening, the Lower Garden District wants you to come play in its parks.
At 5:30 p.m., the Arts Council of New Orleans will celebrate the installation of a new sculpture, Kim Bernadas’ “Birth of a Muse,” in the Terpsichore finger park near Prytania. After Hurricane Katrina, the Percent for Art program focused on restoration of public art, and “Birth of a Muse” is the first new work commissioned since then. The ceremony and reception will feature “live dancers and musicians, refreshments and hor d’oeuvres,” according to the Arts Council:
[The following letter to the editor was written by Tim Garrett, State Street Drive neighborhood activist and administrator of NOLAhoods.com and AskNOLA.com]
As the owner/manager of AskNOLA.com, I may be biased, but I suspect many other native New Orleanians share my assessment of the current “citizen complaint hotline” hosted by City Hall:
Its hours are too restricted: Try dialing 311 at 5:01pm or during the weekend. A recording asks you to call another day; you cannot leave a message. The operators are poorly trained: Many of my calls get routed to the wrong department (“I said street light, not traffic signal”), and I’m forced to redial. That’s quite an inconvenience, especially for tourists, drivers and cyclists.
Detectives on a drug raid found a stash of hundreds of pairs of designer jeans from a local boutique, apparently stolen by a store employee, police said.
Stung by the pain of a broken promise, members of the James Weldon Johnson Elementary School community did their utmost Wednesday night to convince the new chief of the Recovery School District to resurrect a plan to move their campus to a safer, more prestigious site a few blocks away.
The Priestley site on Leonidas would symbolize social change, many said — traditionally, white schools in New Orleans were built on major thoroughfares like Leonidas, while black schools were tucked behind them in the neighborhood, like Johnson. But more importantly, the Priestley site is in a safer part of the neighborhood, they said.
“The crime is very high here,” said Johnson principal Wanda Brooks. “This school year, we had a killing in the back by the cafeteria.”