Aug 072014
 
The former James Weldon Johnson Elementary School (photographed in 2011) will eventually be refurbished and assigned to KIPP Believe Primary under a new configuration for Carrollton public schools announced Thursday morning. (UptownMessenger.com file photo)

The former James Weldon Johnson Elementary School (photographed in 2011) will eventually be refurbished and assigned to KIPP Believe Primary under a new configuration for Carrollton public schools announced Thursday morning. (UptownMessenger.com file photo)

The school options for Carrollton families will expand in the coming years as the Recovery School District announced a long-term plan Thursday morning to assign KIPP Believe and the operator Lafayette Academy to two campuses each along the Carrollton corridor. Continue reading »

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Aug 072014
 
A rendering of the proposed football stadium on Tulane's Uptown campus. (via TulaneStadium.com)

A rendering of the proposed football stadium on Tulane’s Uptown campus. (via TulaneStadium.com)

As Tulane’s first on-campus football season in years approaches, a trio of women’s groups at Tulane University are hosting a pre-season high tea and silent auction Sunday honoring alumni football wives. Continue reading »

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Aug 052014
 

Construction equipment sits in the 2500 block of  Jefferson Avenue in December 2013.  (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Construction equipment sits in the 2500 block of Jefferson Avenue in December 2013. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Several dozen homes around Jefferson Avenue are scheduled to lose power during the day Wednesday so that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers can proceed with drainage work, New Orleans officials said. Continue reading »

Aug 052014
 
Egyptologist Melinda Nelson-Hurst (center) examines a coffin housed at Tulane University. (photo by Rene Guitart for the Middle American Research Institute, reprinted with permission from Tulane University)

Egyptologist Melinda Nelson-Hurst (center) examines a coffin housed at Tulane University. (photo by Rene Guitart for the Middle American Research Institute, reprinted with permission from Tulane University)

Egyptologist Melinda Nelson-Hurst of Tulane University is “amazed at the amount of detail” she has been able to discover about the 3,000-year-old mummy of Djed-Thoth-iu-ef-ankh, a priest and overseer at the Temple of Amun in Thebes, according to an article by Carol Schlueter in the New Wave university news service. The mummy is one of two that have resided at Tulane since 1852, but the other — that of a 15-year-old girl — has not given up its secrets as easily, the article states.

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Aug 052014
 
The Intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus -- shown here on Oak Street in 2011 -- are stalwarts of the Mid-Summer Mardi Gras parade, which this year is set for Aug. 23. (UptownMessenger.com file photo)

The Intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus — shown here on Oak Street in 2011 — are stalwarts of the Mid-Summer Mardi Gras parade, which this year is set for Aug. 23. (UptownMessenger.com file photo)

Prepare to leave behind your summer doldrums — and perhaps most of your clothing — as the Krewe of O.A.K. has set (Saturday) Aug. 23 as the date for its annual Mid-Summer Mardi Gras parade. Continue reading »

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Aug 042014
 
The Future Land Use Map in the city of New Orleans' Master Plan identifies a lot at Constance and Harmony as "parkland" when it is actually a privately-owned lot. (via nola.gov)

The Future Land Use Map in the city of New Orleans’ Master Plan identifies a lot at Constance and Harmony as “parkland” when it is actually a privately-owned lot. (Source: nola.gov)

Owen Courreges

In literature, typically anything with the word “master” before it is going to be something both controlling and nefarious. For example, if a science fiction novel references a “master computer,” you can bet your last credit that it is either threatening the existence of humanity, or has already wiped us off the globe.

This is why the idea of a “Master Plan” for the City of New Orleans has always been viscerally unsettling to me. It’s as though there’s some cold, unfeeling entity out there that seeks to control every aspect of using property in the city.

Gut feelings can be off, of course, but this one is not. Continue reading »

Aug 012014
 
Dozens of Entergy volunteers are joined by City Councilmen Jared Brossett and Jason Williams as they prepare the playground at the former Benjamin Banneker campus for KIPP Believe students to move in next week. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Dozens of Entergy volunteers are joined by City Councilmen Jared Brossett and Jason Williams as they prepare the playground at the former Benjamin Banneker campus for KIPP Believe students to move in next week. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The former Benjamin Banneker campus will become home to KIPP Believe Primary this month, returning open-admissions elementary education to the Carrollton corridor after a number of recent school closings. Continue reading »

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Aug 012014
 

A homeless woman was beaten and robbed of her backpack as she walked through Central City, a bicyclist was beaten by a homeless man underneath the Pontchartrain Expressway overpass and New Orleans police are investigating a rash of recent shootings committed against homeless people around the Central Business District, in a trio of recent crimes that demonstrate the violence that can be a part of life on the streets. Continue reading »

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