The Pontchartrain Expressway homeless encampment is no more. This past Friday morning, police swept the remaining homeless people from the encampment in the underpass that separates the Central Business District from Uptown New Orleans. The number of persons removed was 55 persons by the city’s count, but closer to 100 according to the New Orleans Mission, which adjoins the expressway. By either count, it was a significant encampment.
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Perfect weather, a strong music lineup and an ideal location at one of the most prominent intersections in Uptown New Orleans combined Saturday to draw what by all accounts was the largest crowd yet for the Magazine Street Blues Festival.
Bridge House and Grace House will host a Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday, Nov. 22, for New Orleans’ homeless population.
In a sign of the unusual dynamics at play in this year’s District B election, LaToya Cantrell picked up the endorsements of one formal rival, third-place finisher Eric Strachan, while Dana Kaplan was endorsed by the fourth candidate in the race, Marlon “Buck” Horton.
Nearly a year after Audubon Charter students moved out of their Broadway Street campus in preparation for a major renovation and expansion project there, major construction efforts will begin there Monday and end in time for students to return in the fall of 2014, officials say.
When the Master Plan for distributing a $2 billion FEMA payment for school rebuilding was approved last year, officials hailed it as a panacea of sorts that would ensure every Orleans Parish student is at least in a building that is “warm, safe and dry.”
Now, school leaders are unsure the money will even go that far.
“Unless construction is under way, every project might see some cuts,” said Orleans Parish School Board member Lourdes Moran. “The Master Plan has to be reopened.”
By Dana Kaplan
Elections are about choices and about the path voters determine is best for their community. This is true on a national level and on a local level. On November 6, voters in District B chose two people to compete in the runoff to be their councilperson. I am honored to be one of those candidates.
Bricolage Academy, the new proposed charter school that aims to offer an innovation-based curriculum to a diverse student base, received an enthusiastic recommendation for approval Thursday before an Orleans Parish School Board committee.
After review by the National Association by Charter School Authorizers, the application from Bricolage was found to be “outstanding,” said OPSB Deputy Superintendent Kathleen Padian.
A man on Lowerline Street was robbed of his truck by an attacker armed with a semi-automatic rifle Wednesday evening, police said.
After a pair of armed robbers knocked a bicyclist to the ground with their car Friday afternoon before taking his belongings at gunpoint on an Uptown street, the same suspects appear to have repeated the crime with another victim on a bicycle in the Treme area the following night, New Orleans police say.
This month marks the 35th anniversary of the election of Ernest Nathan “Dutch” Morial, the first African-American mayor in New Orleans history, who swung the doors open at City Hall for minorities and women.
It was an epic campaign, and it changed the city forever.
Walter Porter, accused of being the hitman for the violent Hankton gang located in the Central City area of Uptown New Orleans, is “unusually and uncharacteristically agitated” and may not be able to assist in his own defense on federal murder and conspiracy charges, a primary criteria for mental competency to stand trial, his attorneys said in court filings Tuesday, according to a report from Brendan McCarthy and our partners at WWL-TV.
The carjackers are still at large, but the victim says that with her dog and her SUV both recovered amid an outpouring of community concern, she now feels a sense of triumph about the case, according to a report from our partners at WWL-TV:
Six New Orleans charter schools — including two immersion schools in the Uptown area, the International School of Louisiana and Lycee Francais de la Nouvelle Orleans — will have their admissions controlled by a central, citywide process for students enrolling in the fall of 2014, state officials decided Monday night.
Now in its fourth year, the Magazine Street Blues Festival returns to Laurence Square on Saturday with performances by Rockin’ Dopsie, the Soul Rebels and other bands, as well as food trucks, art sales and a kids’ area — all to raise money for a citizens’ group that supports the New Orleans Police Department’s Uptown-based Second District.
Academy of the Sacred Heart will host more than 70 vendors and two book signings during its Avenue Marketplace all day Friday (Nov. 16).
Officials from the Isidore Newman School envision a new, larger preschool building on the Soniat Street side of campus to open in 2014, as well as the renovations to athletic and science facilities farther down the road, they told the Freret Neighbors United group Tuesday evening.
Members of the association, meanwhile, are continuing preliminary discussions about creating a security district to increase the number of officers patrolling the area.