The demolition of the former New Orleans Charter Middle School building at 3801 Monroe Street in Hollygrove is set to be finished in August, Firstline Schools officials said in a recent meeting reported upon by The Lens. Firstline operates Arthur Ashe Charter School, which holds now holds the New Orleans Charter Middle School’s charter.
Pastor John Raphael of New Hope Baptist Church, known for his “Thou Shalt Not Kill” signs and his hard line against violence, passed away at age 60 after a battle with bone cancer. His life was remembered in this report by our partners at WWL:
The NOPD anti-crime marches that have been postponed the last few months because of rain are scheduled for 6 p.m. tonight (Wednesday, June 26) in the Milan and Hollygrove neighborhoods.
The flow of blight remediation in New Orleans may be measured in a broken pendulum of hopscotched city blocks. Often changes in demography, population, and the chosen dwellings therein might find a more traditional barometric approach of build it and they will come, a law of attraction of sorts. Schools, pools, Starbucks, what have you. But for the Crescent City, the block by block measures, even house by house, may seem a little unusual to the inexperienced newcomer or curb loving suburbanite. And a wonderful example caught my eye the other afternoon, a glacial kinetic landscape too good to pass up. Enter Danneel and Foucher.
Gracious Bakery + Café will be participating in The Bread Bakers Guild of America’s 3rd Annual Guild-Wide Bakery Open House on Saturday, June 29th. The event takes place from 8 AM to 11 AM and is free and open to the public. This informal gathering is aimed at non-professionals curious about the bread-making process. Guests can view the kitchen as well as speak with chef/owner Megan Forman and baker Chris Kurts.
KIPP Central City Primary will increase its letter grade from a D to a C with a 10-point gain on its performance score, and KIPP Believe College Prep will remain a B-rated school despite a 9-point loss, officials with the school system are predicting.
A section of Cohn Street that collapsed in March has finally been repaired, according to a report by Bill Capo and our partners at WWL-TV.
Curtis Matthews, brother of a witness in the 2008 murder case, was subsequently gunned down in 2011 in what officials described as an act of retaliation for the testimony committed by a close Hankton associate.
“Music is one of the oldest forms of human expression. From Plato’s discourse in the Republic to the totalitarian state in our own times, rulers have known its capacity to appeal to the intellect and to the emotions, and have censored musical compositions to serve the needs of the state . . . The Constitution prohibits any like attempts in our own legal order. Music, as a form of expression and communication, is protected under the First Amendment.”
— Justice Kennedy, writing for the majority, Ward v. Rock Against Racism, 491 U.S. 781, 790 (1989).
“Noise can be regulated by regulating decibels. The hours and place of public discussion can be controlled. But to allow the police to bar the use of loud-speakers because their use can be abused is like barring radio receivers because they too make a noise. The police need not be given the power to deny a man the use of his radio in order to protect a neighbor against sleepless nights. The same is true here. Any abuses which loud-speakers create can be controlled by narrowly drawn statutes.”
— Justice Douglas, writing for the majority, Saia v. New York, 334 U.S. 558, 561-2 (1948).
This past week a coalition of thirteen neighborhood groups of varying levels of legitimacy proposed a seven-point scheme for controlling excess “noise” in the City of New Orleans, particularly in the French Quarter. They claim that their plans are eminently reasonable. I’ll summarize their proposals. I’ll leave it up to you to decide whether they are reasonable:
Now, finally settled into their long-promised new building on Marengo Street with a new operator preparing for next year, Crocker parents are now faced with yet another worry — enough peeling lead paint has been discovered in the campus where Crocker kids spent the longest part of their odyssey to warrant an emergency remediation before the building can be used again. But with lead poisoning known to affect intelligence levels, the broader question of how many other students are at risk around the city remains unanswered.
The Uptown Swingers will begin their second line at 1 p.m. Sunday at 4620 Loyola Avenue in the Freret neighborhood, then head up Valence Street to Magnolia, and from there through the Milan neighborhood through Broadmoor, the Hoffman Triangle, Central City and finish with a march down St. Charles Avenue, according to a route sheet published by Gambit.
A film shooting at the Market Street Power Plant in the Lower Garden District today (Saturday, June 22) will include simulated gunfire and explosions, city officials said.
As you read this, Kim and I will be off on a rare road trip, going to the Land of Lincoln (literally, since our 16th president had a law practice in the small town where we’re going. So did Adlai Stevenson, though his star has shone less bright in the galaxy of history).
A 30-year-old man was found fatally shot in the back yard of a Willow Street home in west Carrollton, authorities said, and they are seeking the public’s help finding a silver SUV seen fleeing the scene.