Jun 292012

Three hikers in the Grand Canyon (photo by Christy Lorio).

Christy Lorio (photo by Leslie Almeida)

When I was a kid, my family packed into the car National Lampoon-style every year for vacation. Dad would always drive with Mom playing co-pilot and navigator. We’d take a train up Pike’s Peak, drive over the Hoover Dam, cruise the Las Vegas strip, and peer down into the Grand Canyon. My Dad always wanted to go back to the Grand Canyon to hike to the bottom, but cancer took him away from us unexpectedly in his mid-40s and he never got the chance.

So I decided to do it for him — 10 times, actually. Continue reading »

Jun 282012

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

Today’s announcement that young people are moving to New Orleans in greater numbers than other Southern cities is just another notch in our city’s new success story. While there is an overall trend toward Southern migration, we are the most desirable city on the nation’s must-move-to list. Where else can you dine at a different fabulous restaurant or food truck every night and hear a wide range of live music in dozens of clubs? Or spend hours taking in the sights from a streetcar, pedicab or paddlewheeler? Continue reading »

Jun 282012

After a presentation by Costco officials on Thursday morning, the New Orleans City Council enthusiastically and unexpectedly took a vote to approve the Carrollton Avenue project and grant the wholesale retailer’s design requests.

“I knew we were doing OK when at one of the neighborhood meetings somebody stood up and said, ‘Enough outreach already. Let’s build it,’” Costco vice president Jackie Frank said during his presentation to the city council. Continue reading »

Jun 272012

Adonis I. Harris (via opcso.org)

Investigators have identified and arrested a man they say wore a dress and wig to rob a record store on Broadway Street over the weekend.

Meanwhile, in addition to the carjacking and shooting in the Riverbend, another robbery was reported in the Milan neighborhood on Tuesday. Continue reading »

Jun 272012

Jean-Paul Villere

“Scare the hell out of ‘em,” my grandfather used to routinely yell at the TV during the weather under a hurricane watch.  Louis was a funny, old guy.  Spot on, too.  Laying back in his ratty, leather Lazy Boy, he’d peer at the precipitation prognosticators through his thick glasses and maybe shake his right index figure counterbalanced by a crooked pinky a la an old football injury incurred when shoes were still and truly spiked.  This phrase accompanied every foreboding forecast while my grandmother Mireille would counter his groans with a dismissive “Oh Louis . . .” Continue reading »

Jun 262012

New Orleans police walk crime-scene tape around the site of a shooting in the parking lot of a McDonald’s on South Carrollton Avenue. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

In the thick heat just before the sun began to set Tuesday afternoon, a middle-aged man stood on the Carrollton Avenue sidewalk with his wife and 8-year-old son and watched as crime scene technicians counted shell casings in the parking lot of McDonald’s.

“Sometimes I hate that I ever came back to New Orleans,” said 44-year-old Kenny Smith, a Gert Town resident who lives about three blocks from the latest shooting in his neighborhood. “You can’t even come to McDonald’s to get something to eat without worrying about getting shot at.” Continue reading »

Jun 262012

Detectives wait for crime-scene technicians to come examine an SUV stolen in a carjacking on Dublin Street that was later found stashed in a carport behind a vacant home on Cambronne. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A woman who was being robbed of her SUV just off of Oak Street was shot at by her attacker when she tried to run away, police said. The woman was not hit and her vehicle was found minutes later in a west Carrollton yard, but the gunman remains at large. Continue reading »