Apr 172013

Jean-Paul Villere

On my first real-deal roadtrip as a teenager across America, I remember driving past a little ramshackle, two-bit of a motel as I zipped through Clarendon, Texas; the name of the establishment was the It’ll Do Motel.  At the time, I chuckled to myself wondering on the possible success the warts-and-all-approach to luring passers-by this overnighter might have.  Just up the road, we quickly passed through yet another faceless Texas town in Claude, and my thoughts fast turned to why a town might end up with the name Claude.  And really, the It’ll Do stayed largely out of my thoughts until this past Monday morning while waiting in queue at the bank.  Why 20 years went by and suddenly I’m thinking about the Texas panhandle a lifetime ago isn’t so curious, but here’s how it went down. Continue reading »

Apr 172013

Police surround a white car that was later towed from the scene of a fatal shooting at General Ogden and Olive streets on Tuesday evening. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A 51-year-old man was shot to death Tuesday night on General Ogden Street in Hollygrove, authorities said. Continue reading »

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Apr 162013

jewel bush

We live in an age of carnage where we have a front row seat to view tragedy –- domestic and foreign — on loop via stills of blood splattered sidewalks and footage of the resulting chaos.

As we struggle to make sense of the escalating violence in the world, add the Boston Marathon bombings to the grisly list of sadistic markers of our generation. Continue reading »

Apr 152013

A watercolor rendering of the new event venue proposed by Joel Dondis for 1911 Magazine Street.

A new event venue from the founder of La Petite Grocery and a new “third wave” coffee shop from the owners of the Saint bar are both planned within a block of each other off the Lower Garden District section of Magazine Street. Continue reading »

Apr 152013

(Cartoon by Owen Courreges for UptownMessenger.com)

Owen Courreges

“Occupy the lane,” they say.  By “they” I mean an increasing number of bicycling enthusiasts who don’t want to be relegated to keeping to the far right of the street to allow motorists to sneak by, thus allowing themselves to be frequently “buzzed” by motorists.

This is a genuine concern, and it’s a good argument for educating motorists, but it’s just not the law.  New Orleans Municipal Code Section 154-1415 provides that “[e]very person operating a bicycle upon a roadway shall ride as near to the right-hand side of the roadway as practicable[.]” Continue reading »

Apr 152013

Update, 2:42 p.m. Monday: This event has been postponed yet again, Tulane officials announced this afternoon. A makeup date will be announced later.

“Walk a Mile in Her Shoes: The International Men’s March to Stop Rape, Sexual Assault and Gender Violence” will be held at 5 p.m. tonight (Monday, April 15) at Tulane after being rescheduled because of the last week’s rains. Continue reading »

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Apr 132013

The property on Thalia Street, no longer available for use by ISL. (UptownMessenger.com file photo)

A hard-won plan to create a satellite building for the International School of Louisiana’s Camp Street campus in a Thalia Street office complex fell through this week when the site was unexpectedly sold, officials said. Continue reading »

Apr 132013

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

We’ve known Marlin Gusman for a long time and we have a high regard for him. Marlin is a smart guy who graduated from Jesuit High School and the Wharton School of Business. He was an excellent Chief Administrative Officer in the Marc Morial administration and a pretty good City Councilman.

But our friend Marlin Gusman has had nothing but trouble at the Orleans Parish Prison. His allegation in a recent interview in the New Orleans Tribune that people are being critical of him because he’s African-American is strongly agreed with in many quarters of the black community. Our African-American friends – including several elected officials – say that Gusman has acknowledged the problems at the prison by accepting the terms of the Consent Decree and that Mayor Landrieu should focus his attention on Police Chief Ronal Serpas and our city’s ongoing crime problems so that fewer cab drivers, grandmothers, or young children become victims. Continue reading »

Apr 122013

Craig Giesecke

I’ve got to give a tip of the hat to my fellow columnist Jean-Paul Villere for his recent piece about real estate and which neighborhoods around the city are next in line for gentrification.

Restaurants and other food operations usually follow but can sometimes lead the redevelopment of neighborhoods. Indeed, New Orleans East and some other areas are still sadly lacking in full-service grocery operations. But this summer’s planned reopening of the Circle Food Store will be a beacon in Treme, and the original Juan’s Flying Burrito on Magazine was one of the landmarks in the comeback of the Lower Garden District. Continue reading »

Apr 112013

A dove painted on Eagle Street marks the place where Joseph Massenburg was shot to death on April 1, 2013. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

With the somber silence of Sunday’s candlelight vigil for an AmeriCorps volunteer slain in their neighborhood still fresh in their minds, a group of Carrollton neighbors spent Thursday evening looking for ways to bring a lasting peace to their streets. Continue reading »