Jul 302014
 
A black iron fence surrounds a green space at Constance and Harmony owned by Ruppert Kohlmaier. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A black iron fence surrounds a green space at Constance and Harmony owned by Ruppert Kohlmaier. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Approximate area of green space highlighted. (map by Uptown Messenger via Google Maps)

Approximate area of green space highlighted. (map by Uptown Messenger via Google Maps)

From the front window of the woodworking shop just off Magazine Street his father bought in 1930, Ruppert Kohlmaier can see a little wedge-shaped green space he also owns, and what he sees is a problem. Over the years, he has been threatened with lawsuits by people who claimed to be injured playing under its shady oaks, and now that he wants to build on it, his neighbors are angry at him.

When the neighbors around Constance and Harmony see the same space, they see a beloved pocket park, a crucial buffer between the modest homes of the Irish Channel and the busy commercial activity on Magazine Street. If Kohlmaier replaces the open area with a large building, they say, it will mean the removal of one of the few remaining green spaces in a neighborhood already under heavy redevelopment pressure.

Those conflicting viewpoints — simmering for weeks since Kohlmaier closed off the property with a sturdy iron fence — came to a head Tuesday afternoon at an unusually contentious meeting of the city’s architectural review committee. Continue reading »

Jul 302014
 

Ernest J. Gaskin Jr. (via opcso.org)

Ernest J. Gaskin Jr. (via opcso.org)

New Orleans police arrested an alleged heroin dealer with a stash of heroin valued at nearly $18,000 early Tuesday morning, on a stretch of Washington Avenue notorious to Irish Channel residents for its frequent bursts of violence, authorities said. Continue reading »

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Jul 302014
 
A man who met this woman, "Ali W," on a social network earlier this month was robbed on St. Anthony Street in a case similar to Monday's carjacking on Danneel Street. (image via NOPD)

A man who met this woman, “Ali W,” on a social network earlier this month was robbed on St. Anthony Street in a case similar to Monday’s carjacking on Danneel Street. (image via NOPD)

Don’t go looking for love in all the wrong places — or at least, use some caution in arranging dates with strangers met online, New Orleans police warned on Tuesday after the carjacking of another luckless suitor in Central City. Continue reading »

Jul 292014
 
A rendering of the Oak Lofts complex included in the demolition application. (via nola.gov)

A rendering of the Oak Lofts complex included in the demolition application. (via nola.gov)

A request to demolish the landscaping business at 8616 Oak Street was approved by a city panel last week, clearing the way for the proposed Oak Lofts condominium development to begin construction. Continue reading »

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Jul 282014
 
Second District police officers and New Orleans residents march down Annunciation St. near Louisiana Ave. during the Uptown Anti-Crime Walk Tuesday evening in 2010 (UptownMessenger.com, Sabree Hill)

Second District police officers and New Orleans residents march down Annunciation St. near Louisiana Ave. during the Uptown Anti-Crime Walk Tuesday evening in 2010 (UptownMessenger.com, Sabree Hill)

The New Orleans Police Department is planning anti-crime marches on both Laurel Street and in Hollygrove, according to authorities. Both the Sixth District and Second District’s anti-crime walks will be held at 6:00 p.m. this Wednesday (July 30). Continue reading »

Jul 282014
 

The bayou facade of the proposed Deutsches Haus building on Moss Street (via Mathes Brierre architects)

Owen Courreges

We can now officially say that the New Orleans City Planning Commission is insane.  This week, the Planning Commission asked members of the Deutsches Haus to revisit the plans for their new building in Mid-City — because it is too Germanic-looking.

Yes, you read that correctly.

Now, when you go car shopping, you don’t say to the salesman: “I like this car, but it looks too much like, you know, a car.  Don’t you have anything that looks like a bicycle?” Continue reading »

Jul 282014
 

David Lewis (via NOPD)

David Lewis (via NOPD)

Everis Hilton (via NOPD)

Everis Hilton (via NOPD)

A 35-year-old man is wanted on a robbery charge after taking an acquaintance’s bulldog from him at gunpoint this weekend in Central City, and a teen has been identified in an armed robbery in the Irish Channel from last month, New Orleans police said. Continue reading »

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Jul 262014
 
Kara Morgan's partner Trey Bornmann, clasps hands on the steps of the Lyons Center in front of a sea of her friends and supporters during a second line celebration of her life on Saturday. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Kara Morgan’s partner Trey Bornmann, clasps hands on the steps of the Lyons Center in front of a sea of her friends and supporters during a second line celebration of her life on Saturday. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Kara Lynn Morgan (submitted photo)

Kara Morgan on the parade route in 2014. (photo courtesy of Cher Groves)

Kara Lynn Morgan died of melanoma July 15, the day before her 41st birthday, but the tireless neighborhood leader is far from finished with her battle against skin cancer.

She is still fighting it — she and her many allies in New Orleans and beyond — on the fields in the park of her beloved Irish Channel. Continue reading »

Jul 262014
 
The Bridge House sign at Grace House, decked out for the holidays. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Marta Jewson)

The Bridge House sign at Grace House, decked out for the holidays. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Marta Jewson)

The Bridge House / Grace House substance-abuse center on Camp Street will be hosting its annual Christmas In July dinner for the homeless and indigent population of New Orleans on Sunday, serving a meal prepared by Mother’s Restaurant and handing out packages of donated clothing and toiletries. Continue reading »

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