District A City Councilwoman Susan Guidry will propose a new ordinance Thursday that would require major college campus construction projects — such as the football stadium Tulane plans for its Uptown campus, which has generated significant opposition along Audubon Boulevard — to be reviewed by the City Planning Commission. Tulane has issued a statement in response decrying the idea as “an unnecessary, unfair and discriminatory reaction to complaints from a neighborhood organization that is really focused on Tulane’s planned on-campus football stadium,” and includes opposition from Loyola and Xavier leadership on the grounds that it could delay all manner of construction projects.
For more on the issue, see reporting by Scott Satchfield of our partners at WWL-TV.
The governing board of the International School of Louisiana will meet at 6 p.m. tonight (Wednesday, May 2) at its Westbank campus, 502 Olivier Street, for its monthly meeting. Among the discussion topics will be the status of the Camp Street building, progress on the Jefferson Parish expansion and the installation of modular buildings at the Algiers site.
Brandon Adams was fatally shot in the Desire neighborhood Friday night, and Christine Marcelin’s body was found Monday morning in New Orleans East. The two 15-year-old students at KIPP Believe College Prep on South Carrollton, were dating, and on Tuesday night their school community held a peace vigil to mourn the young couple, according to reporting by Tania Dall and our partners at WWL-TV.
I am a recovering hoarder. I just am. I’ve slid back a few times, and rebuilding for years after Katrina I felt to be on par with the path of excess leading to the palace of wisdom. Between cast-off architectural salvage pieces to simply the strewn-about trappings of our daily lives in front of gutted houses, those days weren’t so much a test of will as they were a competition with myself. On a daily basis with my long departed ratty old truck invariably I’d return home each evening with amazing things often more interesting than the day before. Doors. Molding. Bricks. Patio furniture. More doors. Books. Lots of books. Framed art. Sculpture. Or just random boxes filled with ceramics, flatware, or even laserdiscs.
A man was shot to death Tuesday evening in Central City at a party in front of more than a dozen children, police and witnesses said.
Encore Academy, the newest charter school to open in Uptown New Orleans, will spend its first year in the “brand new, state of the art” building under construction for Crocker Arts and Technology School in the Milan neighborhood, officials said Tuesday night.
With a dedicated room in Dinwiddie Hall, the mysterious mummies donated to Tulane University in 1852 are now being studied by an Egyptologist from Pennsylvania, with special focus on hieroglyphics in their coffins and a sheet of papyrus entombed with the male mummy, according to the university’s New Wave news service.
The Audubon-Riverside Neighborhood Association will holds its monthly meeting at 6:45 p.m. tonight (Tuesday, May 1) at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, 616 Eleonore Street. Discussion will include an update on Johnny V’s restaurant, the city’s outdoor film screening program and the status of upgrades to the association’s website.
Encore Academy, the charter school opening this fall with an emphasis on music and individualized instruction, will hold its first board meeting tonight since receiving approval to share space next year with the Crocker Arts and Technology School site in the Milan neighborhood.
Police are seeking the public’s help in identifying a man accused of stealing $76 worth of soap from the Family Dollar store on South Carrollton Avenue and, in a separate case, a wig-wearing man who tried unsuccessfully to rob a convenience store on South Claiborne Avenue.
In another unrelated case, a suspicious-person call in the Garden District led to the discovery of a gun that had just been stolen, authorities said.
“You might beat the rap, but you won’t beat the ride.”
That’s what she told me. She was right, of course. I was being stubborn, doing something I normally advise people not to do: resting on my rights and the fact that I was doing absolutely nothing illegal. So like a mule, I stayed put on the corner, doing nothing and minding my own business.
The two iconic New Orleans marching bands will participate in a Battle of the Bands outside Tipitina’s during the outdoor portion of the Instruments A Comin’ benefit, which begins at 6 p.m. tonight.
Meanwhile, despite two robbery-related arrests in the area this week, yet another mugging took place at Washington and Chippewa about 2 a.m. Friday, the same place where a woman was robbed at gunpoint 48 hours earlier.
Here we are at JazzFest time once again and the city is full of tourists in Hawaiian shirts and unusual headgear. It’s also the one time of the year many locals tend to look and act like tourists because they can get away with it.
JazzFest is a tremendous boon to the city’s economic engine, but only one of many we’re seeing before next year’s Super Bowl. We’re seriously glad about and appreciative of the influx of business. Thank you. Those of us in the service industry are literally here to serve and our goal is for all of us to have a good time while doing it. There are few greater feelings for a restaurant crew than to look back on the day/evening and think, “Wow. I made some money AND had a good time with some really nice folks.”
In the interest of everyone having a good time and being served as expeditiously and professionally as possible, I offer a few tips to those planning on dining out during this busy time of the year: