Mar 302013

The Pigeontown Steppers and the Stooges Brass Band second line through Carrollton in 2012. ( file photo by Sabree Hill)

The Pigeontown Steppers’ annual Easter Sunday second-line will make its way through Carrollton tomorrow, beginning at the Maple Leaf bar and winding into east Carrollton, Fontainebleau, Gert Town, Hollygrove before ending in west Carrollton, according to a route sheet published by Gambit’s Red Cotton.

Green represents the start, yellow are stops along the way and the red marker is at the end. (map via Google.)

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Mar 292013

Craig Giesecke

One of the main issues faced by any budding restaurant operation can be the most challenging, controversial and oft-criticized or loved aspect of the entire business. It is the pride or bane of the place, often within the same day, and it is the post on which the entire hat of the business rests.

It is, of course, The Menu. Continue reading »

Mar 282013

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

One of the region’s most interesting and not-yet-fully-covered stories is the rejuvenation and re-energizing of the University of New Orleans.

UNO’s tortuous ties to LSU in Baton Rouge have been severed. A new University of New Orleans President is in place. He is Dr. Peter Fos, a 1972 graduate of UNO. The university at the lakefront is now part of the University of Louisiana system which will likely be a more agreeable relationship than the old one with Baton Rouge where the Tiger bosses tended to see UNO as a threat rather than as a promising protégé. Continue reading »

Mar 282013

Dear Friends:

Juvenile crime in New Orleans is out of control. We have seen all too recently, youths as young as thirteen committing armed robberies, murders and other violent crimes. I am running for Judge of Juvenile Court because I want to make New Orleans a safer city for all of our families. As a husband and father of three, there is nothing more important to me than ending this cycle of violence and despair.

I have the education, background and experience to reform our Juvenile Justice System and to make sure that all of our children are given the opportunity to succeed in life and become productive citizens.

That is why I have received the overwhelming support of so many of our community organizations and elected officials.

I am proud to have the endorsements of the Alliance for Good Government, the AFL-CIO, the Orleans Parish Republican Executive Committee, the Crescent City Democratic Association (CCDA), the Greater New Orleans Republicans (GNOR), the Regular Democratic Organization(RDO) and the Forum for Equality.

Additionally, I have also received the support of our District Attorney, Leon Cannizzaro,Jr.; City Council President Stacy Head; City Council At Large Member Jackie Clarkson; District B City Council Member Latoya Cantrell; District C, City Council Member, Kristin Giselson Palmer; District D City Council Member, Cynthia Hedge Morrell; Clerk of Civil District Court, Dale Atkins; Clerk of Criminal District Court, Arthur Morrell; Constable, Lambert C. Boissiere Jr.; Coroner, Dr. Frank Minyard; State Senator, Dr. David Heitmeier; State Representative Jeff Arnold; Public Service Commissioner Lambert Boissiere III; Orleans Parish School Board Members Woody Koppel and Seth Bloom; and Former Civil Sheriff Paul R. Valteau, Jr.

Please join our campaign and help me to get the job done to make our city a safer place. The final day for early voting is this Saturday from 8:30am-6:00pm at New Orleans City Hall, the Algiers Courthouse and 8870 Chef Menteur Highway.


[This advertiser’s message is paid political advertising by the Hammel Campaign. does not endorse candidates for election.]

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Mar 272013

Jean-Paul Villere

I’m no newshound, but of late I’ve noticed more than a few comments on pieces detailing the present tense of some older, and until recently, largely overlooked New Orleans neighborhoods.  Some call it a white tea pot effect, and others have expounded on this, even hyping it up with modified phrasing like re-gentrification or super-gentrification.  But the tone often leans toward a woeful finger wagging on that whispery word unto itself: gentrification.  

And all I keep coming back to is, do we not live in a free market society?  Are the choices made by the citizenry not their own?  To live somewhere or not.  To embrace risk versus reward in prospecting or strict investment, whether as an owner occupant or out and out landlord?  Yes, incentive can come in the form of local, state, and federal tax incentives, and yes, re-zoning has been known to kickstart a movement.  But these benefits are not exclusive to any one demographic, and they never will be.  Quite simply, population migrations happen. Continue reading »

Mar 272013

An early version of the plan for the O.C. Haley Boulevard streetscape project. An updated version is slated for release in April. (Click to enlarge.)

The latest delay in long-awaited plans for a $1 million upgrade to the appearance of O.C. Haley Boulevard sparked frustration among a group of residents and merchants Tuesday night about the prolonged uncertainty around the project’s scope after six years of discussion. Continue reading »

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