Mar 312012

Craig Giesecke

The other day, I inadvertently got into a conversation with a guy I’ll call The Haughty Culinary School Graduate. I say “inadvertently” because I was prattling on about what I’ve been doing lately and suddenly I’m hit with all kinds of questions about where I studied and where I’ve worked. I’m answering and could feel the guy stifling a sniff at my lack of real “training.” Continue reading »

Mar 302012

Walt Leger

The negotiations with the U.S. Department of Justice that will result in a long-awaited order governing the operations of the New Orleans Police Department are now at a standstill, after the resignation of a federal prosecutor involved in the process over his copious online commenting about his work, a state lawmaker told a group of Uptown constituents Thursday night. Continue reading »

Mar 302012

(Photo by Meghan Wright)

There’s been a lot of buzz about the small yet growing fashion industry in New Orleans. From local designers, manufacturing facilities, and two fashion weeks, the future is bright for fashion in the Crescent City. What’s that? Two fashion weeks? Yup, you heard that right. The names are similar, if not near identical — New Orleans Fashion Week and Fashion Week New Orleans — but each group aims to distinctly define itself. Continue reading »

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Mar 302012

The proposed Upper Marleyville Security District would run along both sides of the street along Vendome Place, State Street Drive, Walmsley and Fontainbleau. (map via

A second meeting to discuss creating a new tax on homes along several Fontainebleau-area streets to hire additional security patrols did little Thursday night to bridge the divide between the idea’s strongly committed supporters and opponents.

Most of the 30 or so residents who attended seemed to leave the meeting with the same opinions they brought. Some see a security district as an obvious safety measure for crime-weary residents, while others view it as an expensive burden with no measurable results. Continue reading »

Mar 292012

With guns drawn, the NOPD SWAT team preparees to enter a house where a mentally ill man had locked himself inside Thursday afternoon. (Robert Morris,

A young man suffering from mental problems and initially believed to be waving a sword kept police at bay for nearly six hours outside his Upperline Street home on Thursday afternoon before surrendering.

The man’s weapon turned out not to be a sword, but a long wooden object, said Officer Frank Robertson. No other weapons were found on the man or in his home, and no one was harmed in the confrontation, Robertson said, though police did deploy tear gas into the home in an attempt to force the man out. Continue reading »

Mar 292012

A group of Maple Street and Carrollton-area residents who oppose an iron fence blocking traffic from entering Newcomb Boulevard at Freret Street won an initial round of their court battle this week, when a Civil District Court judge ruled that the street was closed improperly. Continue reading »

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Mar 292012

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., is up for reelection to her fourth term in the U.S. Senate in 2014. She has won often in her political career when it wasn’t thought likely, but her upcoming race – should she choose to run – could be the toughest of her career. Continue reading »

Mar 282012

My first home purchase was a shotgun in the Riverbend on Dublin St. It faced west, sat in the middle of the block, and was a stone’s throw to the streetcar and not much further from all the other things a 23-year-old finds indispensable (read: Cooter Brown’s). At the time, I didn’t think much of my new residence. I clearly liked it enough to buy it, but frankly I was mostly happy not to be paying rent any longer. Continue reading »

Mar 272012

A rendering of the LaSalle school on Perrier Street, renovated into condo units with outside balconies. (image via

Exterior balconies and additional living space proposed as part of the redevelopment of the century-old LaSalle school into luxury condominiums have drawn the opposition of nearby neighbors, so city officials have ordered a historical review of the plans before any decision is made on the project. Continue reading »