Mar 152012
 

As Councilmember Stacy Head drives around New Orleans neighborhoods and business districts, she seems significant progress but also knows much remains to be done.

“During the last few months, I have visited with dozens of neighborhood groups and business organizations,” said Councilmember Head. “Without fail, citizens speak out about the lingering effects of blighted properties, the need for street repair, the need for street signs and for the repair of street lights,” she continued.

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Mar 152012
 

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

The victory in the 2012 Presidential race may very well go to the side that does the best job of organizing and mobilizing its women voters and supporters.

It is expected that 53 percent or more of the voters who will go to the polls in the 2012 Presidential election will be women. In 2008, 56 percent of female voters cast their ballots for Barack Obama. From his point of view, it was a good thing they did — because the majority of male voters cast their ballots for John McCain. In the 2010 Congressional elections, a narrow majority of women rejected the Democrats and cast their ballots for Republican candidates, costing the Democrats their majority in Congress. Continue reading »

Mar 142012
 

Two officers search for explosives around the exterior of the NOPD Second District station after a bomb threat was called in Wednesday night. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

New Orleans police are investigating two hoax calls received Wednesday night in the Uptown-based NOPD Second District, one of an officer down and one of a bomb threat at the police station that briefly closed a block of Magazine Street, authorities said. Continue reading »

Mar 142012
 

The Singha Song restaurant on Maple Street. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

Alcohol sales could return to a Maple Street building that currently houses a new Thai restaurant, despite neighbors’ concerns that its history as a college bar could repeat.

The Singha Song restaurant in the 7700 block of Maple won approval Tuesday from the City Planning Commission to serve alcohol, after agreeing to restrict drink sales to food orders and to continue its current closing times of 9 p.m. on weekdays and 10 p.m. on weekends. Continue reading »

Mar 142012
 

Jean-Paul Villere

Whether you realize it or not, there’s an annual gathering in Austin, Texas, this week called South by Southwest, abbreviated SXSW for all those in the know.  Like all successful annual gatherings I’m sure it started out small, maybe in someone’s garage, maybe in a cow pasture; afterall, it is Austin.  Its primary purpose remains to promote new musical talent and revisit some icons of various genres as well.  Over the years SXSW has morphed from just music to music and movies to for the last little while, well, music, movies, and media, the latter a no brainer given the IT juggernaught the city is.  All in all, a perfect amalgamation for the Texas capital known as “The Live Music Capital of the World” that has spawned cinematic wonderment from big screen director darlings Richard Linklater, Robert Rodriguez, and even Mike Judge.  So what if anything does SXSW have to do with New Orleans?  In my estimation, two, and now even three, things really: Continue reading »

Mar 142012
 

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Mar 132012
 

Tracey's in 1961 on Magazine and Third St.

Be there as Tracey’s Irish Channel Bar celebrates its annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration on Saturday, March 17, 2012.  The Irish Channel Annual Block Party begins at 11:00am.  Tracey’s will serve up its world famous roast beef poor boys along with cabbage and corned beef and plenty more goodies from the kitchen.

 

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Mar 132012
 

By Nick Kindel

Over a year ago, to the surprise of nearly everyone in the surrounding neighborhood, construction began on the Romney Pilates Studio on Magazine Street.

In hindsight, this situation is a clear example of how the city lacks a formal structure to communicate and inform residents about projects and proposals that will affect them — at the beginning of these processes, instead of after a project is already under construction. For many years, the Committee for a Better New Orleans has been working on a formal communications system that would address the types of problems highlighted by the Romney Pilates Studio development.  Called a Citizen Participation Program (CPP), it will protect neighborhoods while moving good economic development projects forward. Continue reading »

Mar 122012
 

Owen Courreges

I never knew. Apparently, in Jefferson Parish you need an occupational license to hand out free water.

The source of this revelation was an incident that occurred during Carnival, or “Family Gras” as they call it in Metairie (the literal translation of which is “fat family,” which seems ominously appropriate if you believe in popular stereotypes about suburban families). Continue reading »

Mar 122012
 

New Orleans City Councilmember Stacy Head and community partners donated two fully equipped Fuji Patrol Police Bikes to the NOPD Sixth District last week.

Councilmember Head understands that crime in our neighborhoods is one of the most pressing concerns facing our city. “I am committed to improving the quality of life of all New Orleanians,” she said. “As a champion for safe communities, I appreciate the importance of increased police presence and visibility to combat crime.” Continue reading »

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Mar 112012
 

Benjamin Morris

One of the nicest aspects of Mardi Gras is the way that it doesn’t end. Among friends, family, coworkers, and even strangers, the slightest mention of a costume or a parade or a meal is enough to set off hours of conversation and delight. I had to miss much of the season this year, unfortunately, due to work, but since returning these past few weeks have still been grateful for ample opportunity to share in the fun.

In such a spirit, I’d like to share a story: a story about Wookiees.

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Mar 102012
 

Craig Giesecke

I think pretty much any of us who live and eat in New Orleans (and I mean IN New Orleans) would agree we try to keep things as local as we can. Our dining places are largely locally owned and most of our grocery choices are at least regional. Not that any of us haven’t been into a Wal-Mart or Winn-Dixie when it’s convenient or we’re trying to get several things in one stop. But we’d usually rather get our burgers at Bud’s than Burger King and, thankfully, it’s usually easier to get to a local place than to some chain. Continue reading »