Nov 292013
 

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

Recent complaints about the City’s Taxi Cab Bureau, its director Malachi Hull and several members of his staff lead us to ponder whether it is time to replace the Taxi Cab Bureau with a state-of-the-industry Taxi and Limousine Commission modeled after New York City’s, which was created more than 40 years ago. Continue reading »

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Nov 272013
 
From December 2012, the youngest Villere daughter pauses at play inside a backyard clawfoot tub. (by Jean-Paul Villere for UptownMessenger.com)

From December 2012, the youngest Villere daughter pauses at play inside a backyard clawfoot tub. (by Jean-Paul Villere for UptownMessenger.com)

Jean-Paul Villere

Reflecting on the all things I’m thankful for out of everything that has taken place over this last year, my 2-year-old’s brief dialogue with a stranger early one morning during our family walk to the neighborhood beignet purveyor takes the top spot.  The six of us were leisurely making our way down General Pershing one sun-drenched spring dawn when we happened upon some men with car hood popped quizzically troubleshooting an engine.  As we traded greetings, one of the men asked my youngest where we were going, and she paused with big smile and excitedly responded monosyllabically “Hey,” followed by a pause.  Then a “Beignets” came next, followed by another pause.  And then, with a slight nod if not an air of invitation, she finished with an “Eat.”  

“Hey. Beignets. Eat.” The purposefully chosen words have stuck with me in their complete, albeit disjointed, simplicity since, and here’s why. Continue reading »

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Nov 262013
 
An initial rendering of the Oak Lofts project sent to neighbors. (via the Carrollton-Riverbend Neighborhood Association)

An initial rendering of the Oak Lofts project sent to neighbors. (via the Carrollton-Riverbend Neighborhood Association)

A New Orleans developer presented his vision for a five-story condo building with a large ground-floor gym to Oak Street residents and neighbors Tuesday night, drawing questions and concerns about the scale of the project among expressions of general enthusiasm for the concept. Continue reading »

Nov 262013
 
Dr. Lishunda Franklin at Crescent City Pharmacy. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Dr. Lishunda Franklin at Crescent City Pharmacy. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The future home of Jaque's on Freret. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The future home of Jaque’s on Freret. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A new, locally-owned pharmacy has opened on Simon Bolivar Avenue in Central City, and a men’s fashion shop is planned for Freret Street in January, among the latest new retail offerings around Uptown New Orleans. Continue reading »

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Nov 252013
 

Owen Courreges

“Smart growth” is a concept that I have long derided.  Reduced to its essence, smart growth is an ideology borne of a single idea (that the rise of the suburbs is somehow evil), and dedicated to forcing people to live in dense cities.  Their boogeyman is sprawl, which they condemn endlessly.

Oversimplified?  A bit, sure, but then the rhetoric and policy proposals from smart growth advocates strike me as simplistic and single-minded. Continue reading »

Nov 252013
 

Spruce is a modern design studio and retail store located at 2043 Magazine Street. We carry vent-free, hassle-free fireplaces,extraordinary wallpaper, designer home goods and artist-made furniture and jewelry. We want to offer Uptown Messenger readers a special discount for the holiday season.

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Nov 242013
 
 Families navigate around the construction area on Napoleon Avenue to clamor for beads from the Krewe of Carrollton in January 2013. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Families navigate around the construction area on Napoleon Avenue to clamor for beads from the Krewe of Carrollton in January 2013. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

While it may be difficult to imagine Mardi Gras floats navigating around the cranes and construction fences that dominate an ever-growing swath of Napoleon Avenue, officials say the site should be secure in time for the coming year’s parades to pass without disruption.

As the construction zone grows past St. Charles Avenue in the next year, however, Carnival season in 2015 is expected to bring some changes. Continue reading »

Nov 242013
 

The 2013 Oak Street Po-Boy Festival kicks off with opening ceremonies at 9:30 a.m. See below for live coverage.

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Nov 232013
 

Palace Cafe's Oyster Rockefeller po-boy at the 2011 Oak Street Po-Boy Festival.  (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

Palace Cafe’s Oyster Rockefeller po-boy at the 2011 Oak Street Po-Boy Festival. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

More than 30 of New Orleans best purveyors of po-boys will serve up their latest ideas Sunday at the Oak Street Po-Boy Festival, accompanied by live music, history discussions and kids’ activities. Continue reading »

Nov 222013
 

Demetei Lewis (via opcso.org)

Demetei Lewis (via opcso.org)

A woman was badly beaten and robbed of her bag on Jeanette Street near South Carrollton early Tuesday, New Orleans police said.

In a separate case, a man accused of fighting a bicyclist last weekend in a robbery attempt on South Claiborne Avenue turned himself in after surveillance video caught an image of him, authorities said. Continue reading »

Nov 222013
 

Stop by our supporters this Sunday at the Oak Street Po-Boy Festival. Enjoy an Icy Hot Chocolate from Blue Frog Chocolates and a Duck Confit BLT Po-boy from Mahony’s. Satisfaction at its best!

Duck Confit BLT Po-boy from Mahony's Po-boys, and Icy Hot Chocolate by Blue Frog Chocolates

Duck Confit BLT Po-boy from Mahony’s Po-boys, and Icy Hot Chocolate by Blue Frog Chocolates

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Nov 212013
 

magazine street blues festival 5

The Fifth Annual Magazine Street Blues Festival in Lawrence Square park on Saturday will feature a music lineup headlined by Rockin’ Dopsie, plus food, an artist’s village and kids’ activities — all in an effort to raise money to support the officers of the New Orleans Police Department’s Uptown-based Second District. Continue reading »

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