May 152014
 

State Rep. Neil Abramson at a town hall in Carrollton in 2013. (UptownMessenger.com file photo)

State Rep. Neil Abramson at a town hall in Carrollton in 2013. (UptownMessenger.com file photo)

Two environmental activists called for state Rep. Neil Abramson to recuse himself from bills that would affect the wetlands-loss lawsuits against the oil and gas industry because his law firm represents one of the companies being sued, but Abramson defended his conduct with regard to the bills and said it has been ethical and without bias. Continue reading »

May 152014
 
Apartments on Jena Street where a man allegedly forced his mother to play Russian roulette on Sunday, wounding himself in the process, police say. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Apartments on Jena Street where a man allegedly forced his mother to play Russian roulette on Sunday, wounding himself in the process, police say. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A man in his mid-20s is wanted on a charge of attempted murder after allegedly forcing his mother to play Russian Roulette in her Jena Street home over the weekend, shooting himself in the process, New Orleans police said. Continue reading »

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May 152014
 
City workers remove pieces Thursday morning of a large tree that fell across Short Street near Sycamore during Wednesday evening's wind storms.

City workers remove pieces Thursday morning of a large tree that fell across Short Street near Sycamore during Wednesday evening’s wind storms.

A large tree and several power poles were knocked down on Short Street during Wednesday night’s wind storm in the Carrollton area, but weather officials say it is unclear what exactly caused the tree to fall. Continue reading »

May 152014
 

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

The Krewe of Banana is returning to the Port of New Orleans and we couldn’t be happier. The Port of New Orleans has undergone a great resurgence in recent years – at least they are one agency that Governor Bobby Jindal cuts less frequently than most others. Continue reading »

May 152014
 
Police are looking for Milton Carter, 23, in connection with a robbery just off South Claiborne last week. (photo via NOPD)

Police are looking for Milton Carter, 23, in connection with a robbery just off South Claiborne last week. (photo via NOPD)

A man in his 50s was robbed at gunpoint Wednesday afternoon on Jackson Avenue near St. Charles Avenue, police said, and they are seeking the public’s help in finding an armed robber in a case from South Claiborne Avenue last week. Continue reading »

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May 142014
 

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Smoothie King Franchises, Inc. is opening new locations in New Orleans! The first is located at 2801 Magazine St. and is a 1,903 sq. ft. store featuring the new Smoothie King store design developed by WD Partners. The second is a kiosk location in the new Outlet Collection at Riverwalk.

“Smoothie King was born in New Orleans and it is the ongoing support we’ve received from this community that has propelled us to be the leading smoothie franchise concept for the past 20 years,” said Smoothie King Global CEO Wan Kim. “Our three corporate locations in New Orleans will feature our new store design giving guests an opportunity to experience where Smoothie King is headed nationally and internationally.” Continue reading »

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May 132014
 
Arnold Kirschman holds a painting of his plan for the buildings in the 4500 block of Freret Street. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Arnold Kirschman holds a painting of his plan for the buildings in the 4500 block of Freret Street. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The former Frank's Steak House buildlings, photographed in 2012. (UptownMessenger.com file)

The former Frank’s Steak House buildlings, photographed in 2012. (UptownMessenger.com file)

The former Frank’s Steak House — the last, largest remaining building on Freret Street untouched by the commercial renaissance there — has a new potential owner whose family has been prominently associated with New Orleans retail for a century, and a new redevelopment plan that calls for demolishing a major part of the old building. Continue reading »

May 132014
 
Students present their plans at the Contemporary Arts Center. (photo by jewel bush for UptownMessenger.com)

Students present their plans at the Contemporary Arts Center. (photo by jewel bush for UptownMessenger.com)

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With the unleashing of their imaginations and mentorship from the National Organization of Minority Architects, four teams from Kids Rethink New Orleans Schools, Sci Academy and Urban League College Track spent the last year analyzing the needs of various neighborhoods around the city and then developing architectural plans designed to meet those needs.

Security, transportation, employment, shelter and food were among areas the youth considered during the urban planning process. They sought to define space and place and answer questions like: Does a church fall under the category of public space, entertainment or education?

And what the budding architects, ranging in ages 11 to 18, envisioned is nothing short of thoughtful, innovative and really, really sweet. Continue reading »

May 132014
 

Police surround a carjacked Mercedes Benz parked in the 200 block of North Salcedo after an apparent suicide. (Della Hasselle, MidCityMessenger.com)

A Mercedes Benz sedan taken in a carjacking shortly before noon Monday was found on the scene of an apparent suicide on a Mid-City side street a few minutes later, according to a report by Della Hasselle of Mid-City Messenger. The Mercedes was taken from its owner by force in the 1600 block of Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard around 11:50 a.m., and just after noon it arrived in the 200 block of North Salcedo Street in Mid-City, where a man got out, retrieved a gun from another nearby car, and fatally shot himself in the head, Mid-City Messenger reports.

May 122014
 

Owen Courreges

Uptown New Orleans is renowned for its urban green space. Some of it consists of public parks, places, and neutral grounds, but most of it is private – yards and gardens abutting buildings. These spaces aren’t only aesthetically pleasing, but also help manage storm runoff and reduce the need for drainage infrastructure.

However, Uptown also plays host to numerous apartment buildings whose owners want to provide the amenity of off-street parking. Where space is lacking for a proper parking lot, these owners would prefer to just pave over everything.

And sometimes, they do just that. Continue reading »