Jun 162014
 
(via habananeworleans.com)

The corner of Esplanade and Rampart, site of the proposed Habana Outpost. (via habananeworleans.com)

Owen Courreges

Put a fork in it.  The Louisiana Landmarks Society is done.  They’ve bought the farm, cashed in their chips, and kicked the proverbial bucket.

I could go on listing aphorisms signifying death or obsolescence, but the gist is that the Louisiana Landmarks Society has become a joke.  They have abandoned their mission of helping preserve landmarks in favor of the far less laudable enterprise of hawking restrictive zoning for the benefit of local NIMBYs.

I have reached this conclusion following the society’s release of its annual “New Orleans Nine Most Endangered List,” which lists “at-risk historic properties.”  The Louisiana Landmarks Society as a whole was founded in 1950 in order to promote historic preservation, and the list was envisioned as a means to highlight certain properties at risk of being lost.

After this year’s list, it’s clear that is no longer the society’s agenda. Continue reading »

Jun 142014
 

southern rep new plays

Southern Rep’s annual “Work Hard Play Hard” fundraiser at Il Posto on Dryades Street will feature live music, an all-you-can-eat buffet, an open bar, and a silent auction/raffle of donated items and services from local artists and businesses, all to benefit the 6×6 and 3×3 programs that support the development of new plays. Continue reading »

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Jun 132014
 
Will Bradshaw (center), president of Green Coast Enterprises, leads a tour of the old pharmacy building at Washington and Broad slated to be reborn this fall as South Broad Health Clinic. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Will Bradshaw (center), president of Green Coast Enterprises, leads a tour of the old pharmacy building at Washington and Broad slated to be reborn this fall as South Broad Health Clinic. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The South Broad Health Clinic in the renovated pharmacy at Washington and Broad will be operated by Access Health Louisiana, a 20-site network of community health centers across the state, when it opens later this year, officials announced Thursday. Continue reading »

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Jun 122014
 
Two robberies and a home invasion were reported Wednesday in the Uptown area. (map via NOPD)

Two robberies and a home invasion were reported Wednesday in the Uptown area. (map via NOPD)

Two men were tied up by gunman robbing in a Milan Street home on Wednesday afternoon, while two other armed robberies were reported less than 20 minutes apart around the Irish Channel on Wednesday night, New Orleans police said. Continue reading »

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Jun 122014
 

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

As someone who grew up in Hot Springs, Arkansas, Danae has been a Bill and Hillary watcher for more than 40 years, really since Hillary gave her first stump speech at her Wellesley graduation.  Hillary was outspoken and quite direct that day. For better or worse, she still is. Continue reading »

Jun 122014
 

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Church Alley Coffee Bar has reopened at a new location on Oretha Castle Haley Blvd! We are back to serving up freshly roasted, freshly brewed speciality Coffee. We grind and pour each cup to order; no more hours-long old coffee or weeks-old stale coffee beans! Our new location is only three blocks down the road, but we have so many more things to celebrate! Continue reading »

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Jun 122014
 
Barbara Griffin and John Wettermark of the International School of Louisiana examine roof damage on the third floor of the Priestley building. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Barbara Griffin and John Wettermark of the International School of Louisiana examine roof damage on the third floor of the Priestley building. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Leaders of several growing charter schools are weighing the potential of moving into vacant former campuses in the Carrollton area, the former Carrollton courthouse and the old Priestley school, as the Orleans Parish School Board led tours of both on Wednesday in preparation to sell them and other campuses around the city. Continue reading »