Jan 222015
 
(via nomala.org)

(via nomala.org)

The National Organization of Minority Architects will be holding its first annual year-end retrospective this evening (Thursday, Jan. 22) at the Tulane City Center on Baronne Street. The reception will celebrate achievements in 2014 and also look forward to launching programs and events in 2015. The event is free and open to the public. Continue reading »

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Jan 212015
 
Andrew H. Wilson Charter School principal Logan Crowe speaks to more than 100 people gathered at the school Tuesday night. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Andrew H. Wilson Charter School principal speaks to more than 100 people gathered at the school Tuesday night. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The impending loss of the charter at Andrew H. Wilson charter school in Broadmoor — one of New Orleans’ most deeply established and celebrated charter schools, but also one of the city’s lowest ranked campuses in state scores — has parents in the community deeply upset.

The school’s strengths, they said at a heated public meeting Tuesday night, run far deeper than superficial and unfairly-calculated test scores show, and they fear that the individualized care they are used to their children receiving will give way to a cookie-cutter approach if a larger operator takes over. Continue reading »

Jan 212015
 

Are your friends and family missing New Orleans and that Mardi Gras spirit?  Show them how much you care by shipping a fresh King Cake with Parcels and Post this season!

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Bring in cakes from your favorite bakery and we will carefully pack them in our special King Cake boxes.  We always provide a choice of carriers and rates to fit your budget. Add a little lagniappe to the care package – we have Mardi Gras themed greeting cards, jewelry, magnets, fascinators, bow ties and lots of locally made products.

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Jan 212015
 
Business robberies from Jan. 9-20 along South Claiborne. Wednesday's case has not yet been placed on the NOPD crime maps. (map via NOPD)

Business robberies from Jan. 9-20 along South Claiborne. Wednesday’s case has not yet been placed on the NOPD crime maps. (map via NOPD)

The Circle K convenience store on South Claiborne Avenue in the university area was robbed at gunpoint early this morning, making the sixth business along the corridor to be struck in less than two weeks. Continue reading »

Jan 202015
 
Surveillance image from the Jan. 18 robbery of the Subway restaurant on South Claiborne. (via NOPD)

Surveillance image from the Jan. 18 robbery of the Subway restaurant on South Claiborne. (via NOPD)

(map via NOPD)

(map via NOPD)

The Subway sandwich shop on South Claiborne Avenue was robbed at gunpoint on Sunday evening and the Dollar General store a block away was robbed Monday night, New Orleans police said. Continue reading »

Jan 192015
 
David Augustine Jr., the artist known as Dee-1, gives the keynote address during Monday's Martin Luther King celebration at New Orleans City Hall. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

David Augustine Jr., the artist known as Dee-1, gives the keynote address during Monday’s Martin Luther King celebration at New Orleans City Hall. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Art that expresses the African-American experience — from spirituals more than a century old to a new graffiti exhibit that closes today — has a power across generations to both create change and inspire the young, artists and officials said Monday morning in New Orleans in celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

“We are the generation of messengers,” said rapper Dee-1, Ben Franklin High School graduate David Augustine Jr. “We all have a platform, we all have an audience, we all have a flock we’ve been entrusted with. We have to decide, what is our message?” Continue reading »

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Jan 192015
 

Owen Courreges

‘Twas a clash of titans. In this corner, Mayor Mitch “the glitch” Landrieu, the scion of a Louisiana political dynasty, who has disappointed many by presiding over a sudden spike of crime in the French Quarter and a corrupt, ineffectual NOPD.

And in the next corner, Sidney “the insufferable” Torres, part-time New Orleans resident and garbage robber baron, who is always kvetching nauseatingly about any real or perceived threat to his property values. Continue reading »

Jan 162015
 

A man in his late 60s was robbed at gunpoint of his money and medicine Thursday night on Laurel Street, shortly after a man tried to rob the Burger King on South Carrollton and two women were robbed during a home invasion on South Robertson Street, New Orleans police said. Continue reading »

Jan 162015
 
King William Taylor III leads the Krewe of Carrollton is it rolls through Uptown Sunday afternoon. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

King William Taylor III leads the Krewe of Carrollton is it rolls through Uptown in 2011. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

The Krewe of Carrollton Carnival Club will host its Royal Walkabout this Saturday night, proceeding down Oak street with the Krewe of Carrollton’s King and Queen on a mini float led by a brass band. Continue reading »

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Jan 152015
 

Despite the Airbnb “horror stories” — 50 frat boys packing a tiny house for a weekend of debauchery — the real danger of short-term rentals, critics say, is the evisceration of neighborhoods, where greedy landlords displace long-time tenants for the quick buck of well-heeled weekenders. As New Orleans’ residents are replaced with tourists, the businesses that once served the neighborhood lose their customer base, and they too are replaced with overpriced establishments catering to the wealthy from elsewhere.

That view, supporters of the industry counter, gets the entire picture backwards. Airbnb actually allows residents to keep their homes amid rising prices by providing them with a small but significant supplementary source of income. Meanwhile, because the residents remain at the house, they have more money to spend at their favorite neighborhood establishments — and their guests often choose to spend money at the same places, strengthening the business community. Continue reading »

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Jan 152015
 
City Councilwoman Susan Guidry reiterates her promise to continue activist Jonah Bascle's fight to make the St. Charles Avenue streetcar line accessible to the disabled at the Jan. 8 City Council meeting. (via nolacitycouncil.com)

City Councilwoman Susan Guidry reiterates her promise to continue activist Jonah Bascle’s fight to make the St. Charles Avenue streetcar line accessible to the disabled at the Jan. 8 City Council meeting. (via nolacitycouncil.com)

When City Councilwoman Susan Guidry visited comedian and activist Jonah Bascle in the hospital last month shortly before his death at age 28, she vowed to carry his fight forward to make public transportation in New Orleans accessible to the disabled — specifically, the St. Charles Avenue streetcar line.

Last week, with Bascle’s friends and supporters gathered in the City Council chambers, Guidry reiterated that she intends to make good on that promise sooner rather than later. Continue reading »

Jan 152015
 

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

Poor Mayor Mitch Landrieu. Winner of two landslide elections, seemingly one of America’s most successful and articulate mayors, architect of a New Orleans post-Katrina renaissance, he has to be wondering what hit him. It seems like his plunge from the penthouse to the outhouse took place almost overnight.

The big punch, of course, began with a sudden surge in Vieux Carre crime that quickly got completely out of control. Gangs of thugs began roaming French Quarter streets, beating people up as well as robbing them. The Vieux Carre community responded with fury, holding rallies, complaining that they were living in Landrieuville where no one is safe for even a moment. Continue reading »

Jan 152015
 

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Jan 142015
 
Protesters chant on the corner of Freret and Cadiz. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Protesters chant on the corner of Freret and Cadiz. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Article by Robert Morris; photos by Zach Brien

A group of local environmental activists huddled against the cold wind Tuesday night to create an audiovisual protest against a proposed expansion of an oil pipeline from Canada visible to Freret Street drivers. Continue reading »