Jitney is probably a word few New Orleanians are familiar with, although historians believe that the work may have originated here.
Back in the early 20th century, systems of shared taxis, appeared in cities throughout America. The cost for using one of these shared cabs was usually a nickel, or jitney. The French Creole term “jeton,” which refers to a small coin or token, is widely believed to have been the inspiration for the word “jitney.” Accordingly, the word probably came from New Orleans.
The basic scheme behind jitneys was simple: An ordinary citizen could buy a used car or bus and run passengers around, usually far more cheaply and quickly than streetcars could. Eventually, some jitney operators formed jitney companies and even jitney drivers’ unions.
An on-duty New Orleans Police SUV crashed into a beauty salon on Louisiana Avenue on Sunday evening, but no one was inside at the officer was not harmed, authorities said.
Stay Local, Greater New Orleans’ independent business alliance, is pleased to announce their “Retail Therapy” summer workshop series for retailers. Every Tuesday and Wednesday in July, selected speakers will cover topics geared to help both existing and aspiring local, independent retailers of all skill levels run better businesses and connect with fellow retail entrepreneurs. Each workshop will be from 8:30-10:00 AM in Good Work Network’s Franz Conference room, at 2022 O.C. Haley Blvd. For more information on the series, click here.
A woman in her early 30s was raped at gunpoint Thursday night in the Hoffman Triangle area of Central City, New Orleans police said.
Two new and free blight-fighting tools will be unveiled at an event in Zion City this Saturday (June 28), and Councilmember LaToya Cantrell will be featured as a guest speaker.
The woman, who was visiting New Orleans from out-of-town with a group of people, had stepped off the St. Charles Avenue streetcar near Erato Street around 11:50 p.m. Saturday (June 21) when she was hit in the hip by a bullet, said NOPD Commander Bob Bardy.
“The victim was in the wrong place at the wrong time,” said NOPD Sgt. Daniel Scanlan. “She gets off the streetcar and she’s standing there, when a gun battle breaks out down the street.”
Police found 27 .45-caliber shell casings on Erato closer to Carondelet, Scanlan said. The only video recovered so far appears to show two groups of two people each shooting at one another, Scanlan said, and investigators are trying to get the footage enhanced so it will be more useful to investigators.
Sixth District police were called to another shooting not far away on Danneel Street about 20 minutes after the St. Charles Avenue incident, and originally considered the possibility that the gun battle had simply moved locations, Bardy said. Investigators have since determined that the Danneel Street shooting was unrelated, possibly tied to a dispute between two men over a woman, Bardy said.
Saturday’s shooting was latest outbreak of gun violence on St. Charles near Erato Street. In 2012, two people were injured in a shooting during a Mardi Gras parade at the same intersection. During parades, police regularly make gun arrests there as well — such as in 2012, in both the first weekend and second weekend of parades in 2013, and again in 2014.
Bardy said Saturday’s shooting shows the need for participation in the new Safecam NOLA program that will create an index of private surveillance cameras around the city. Theoretically, Bardy said, such a system would allow investigators in the Sixth District station to track the suspects after they ran off on Erato Street, possibly finding a better image of them on the way.
Anyone who can help with the investigation is urged to call Sixth District detectives at 658-6060, or to call CrimeStoppers at 822-1111 to leave an anonymous tip that could be eligible for a cash reward.
The men who stole a car from a South Claiborne gas station Wednesday with a 2-year-old girl inside are suspected of a similar heist two days earlier, targeting cars left with the keys inside even though the owner was nearby, New Orleans police said.
Since Mayor Landrieu did not succeed in getting the Legislature to approve many of the new taxes he wanted to pay for the police consent decree, the firefighters’ lawsuit, the jail consent decree, etc, it is no surprise that he is punting to the voters to choose.
After a car was stolen Wednesday night from a South Claiborne Avenue gas station with a 2-year-old girl in the back seat, the child was found wandering on a street corner in the Treme afterward, New Orleans police said.
Bringing an unexpected leadership transition to a speedy resolution, the International School of Louisiana governing board voted Wednesday night to offer a contract as Head of School to current Camp Street principal Melanie Tennyson.
New Orleans officials levied approximately $30,000 in fines against an Uptown landlord Tuesday for code violations at 18 rental properties on some of the city’s most prominent streets, in what attorneys characterized as a shift toward stronger enforcement against occupied — rather than vacant — buildings.
ENCORE Academy’s move downtown will happen more gradually than expected, as the school will spend a year in the John Dibert building in Mid-City while renovations proceed at ENCORE’s eventual home at the Shaw building in the St. Roch neighborhood, officials announced Tuesday night.
“We’ll have the building to ourselves, and there’s plenty of room for all of our kids,” said ENCORE school leader Terri L. Smith. “It’s a great location for our families.”
“There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics,” according to the century-old adage. Demonstrating the premise that numbers and data can still be manipulated to suit any argument, New Orleans was named one of two “most livable” cities in the country last week — based on, of all things, our crime rates.