The city is considering auctioning off a century-old fire station on Laurel Street and a vacant lot in Broadmoor for what would likely be a residential renovation, but the City Planning Commission must first hold a hearing Tuesday on the prospect of releasing the publicly-held property into private hands.
Over the past few days, New Orleans has played host to several “Jane Jacobs walks” in which residents walk or ride bicycles in their neighborhoods to better appreciate ground-level interactions between residents and businesses. These are a show of solidarity against isolation and atomization that often permeates modern society, and, a celebration of older, denser urban development schemes.
Neighbors United will meet Tuesday evening to begin a discussion of how many more alcohol permits should be awarded along Freret Street, association officials said. A potluck gathering will start at 6 p.m. at Samuel J. Green Charter School (2319 Valence Street), with the actual meeting starting at 6:30 p.m.
I have a confession to make: I’ve always loved leaving New Orleans. Not just for the rush of packing suitcases, or the expectation of visiting a new place, or the pleasures of going to see family and friends. Nor just for the sense of mental refreshment you get when you break out of your routine, or the wonder and delight at a novel landscape. Nor even just for the thought of what to eat elsewhere. All of these things play into it, but there’s another reason entirely.
It’s that you get to come back.
For decades, Freret Street was a thriving commercial corridor in the heart of Uptown New Orleans, but the murder of Bill Long in 1984 in front of his bakery was a “death knell” that sent the street into a spiral of decay and neglect, said Andy Brott and Lauren Anderson, two guides for about a dozen people Saturday morning on a “Jane Jacobs Walk” to discuss the history and evolution of the street.
After years of work by community leaders, the destructive flooding after Hurricane Katrina and a permissive rezoning, the corridor suddenly sprang back to life with a flurry of new restaurant openings over the last two years, and Saturday’s walk served to explore some of the factors that led to the renaissance.
A Friday night raid on The Hangar nightclub at 1511 S. Rendon by state Alcohol and Tobacco Control agents found 39 minors inside, including a 4-year-old, though none were caught drinking, according to a report by Monica Hernandez of our partners at WWL-TV. A manager told WWL that the young people were there for a wrestling match intended as a family event, but authorities said the bar was warned the match could not be an all-ages event.
As this column is published, TBK and I are off on an adventure, albeit a brief one. We’ll be in Pensacola, watching my oldest graduate from college. While this launch was somewhat delayed, it is every bit as wonderful as anticipated and, bursting with pride, it also allows us to indulge ourselves in one of our favorite pastimes.
The Freret Market in May will be held a week later than its usual first Saturday of the month to make way for Jazzfest, market organizers said.
Amid escalating concerns about dark neighborhood roads creating hideouts for criminals and hazards for drivers, Mayor Mitch Landrieu pledged this week to repair every streetlight in New Orleans by the end of 2012, according to our partners at WWL-TV.
The Jane Jacobs Walk, a yearly tradition intended to strengthen neighborhoods through shared, ground-level observation of what makes them work, will return this weekend to three thriving spots in Uptown New Orleans: the Irish Channel and Freret Street on Saturday, and Oak Street on Sunday.
A 17-year-old has been arrested and another teen is wanted by police in the Wednesday afternoon shooting in Hollygrove that apparently caught a 13-year-old student at Benjamin Banneker student in the crossfire, police said.
An acrimonious presentation by Tulane supporters that included insinuations of corruption and racism did little to derail the New Orleans City Council’s creation Thursday of a new review process for the proposed Tulane football stadium and other major construction projects on university campuses.
Tulane University is one of New Orleans’ finest institutions, biggest employers and a national leader in education. But the proposed new Green Wave stadium has riled up Tulane’s neighbors like never before.
Also never before has a member of the New Orleans City Council (in this case District A Councilwoman Susan Guidry) challenged Tulane in defense of its neighboring residents, many of whom are deeply concerned about how plans for the proposed new Green Wave stadium will affect them.
District A City Councilwoman Susan Guidry will propose a new ordinance Thursday that would require major college campus construction projects — such as the football stadium Tulane plans for its Uptown campus, which has generated significant opposition along Audubon Boulevard — to be reviewed by the City Planning Commission. Tulane has issued a statement in response decrying the idea as “an unnecessary, unfair and discriminatory reaction to complaints from a neighborhood organization that is really focused on Tulane’s planned on-campus football stadium,” and includes opposition from Loyola and Xavier leadership on the grounds that it could delay all manner of construction projects.
For more on the issue, see reporting by Scott Satchfield of our partners at WWL-TV.
The governing board of the International School of Louisiana will meet at 6 p.m. tonight (Wednesday, May 2) at its Westbank campus, 502 Olivier Street, for its monthly meeting. Among the discussion topics will be the status of the Camp Street building, progress on the Jefferson Parish expansion and the installation of modular buildings at the Algiers site.