May 072012
 

The vacant fire station at 4877 Laurel Street. (photo via the Preservation Resource Center, prcno.org)

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. Continue reading »

May 072012
 

Owen Courreges

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. Continue reading »

May 062012
 

Benjamin Morris

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.

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May 052012
 

Participants in a "Jane Jacobs Walk" on Freret Street file past a building owned by the Barreca family, described by business leaders as one of the last major blighted properties on the booming commercial corridor. The Jane Jacobs Walk, held on the celebrated urbanist's birthday, is intended to foster ground-level discussion about the forces that shape neighborhoods. "New ideas need old buildings," said walk organizer Andy Brott, citing one of Jacobs' famous statements. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

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. Continue reading »

May 052012
 

Computer-generated sketch of the suspect in a robbery on Chestnut Street (via NOPD)

Police are seeking the public’s help identifying a man who attacked a woman and stole her purse on Chestnut Street just off Napoleon and, in a separate case, finding a man accused of a home burglary on Coliseum Street nearby, authorities said. Continue reading »

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May 052012
 

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. Continue reading »

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May 052012
 

Craig Giesecke

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.

Junk food. Continue reading »

May 032012
 

Tulane University President Scott Cowen addresses the New Orleans City Council. (image via nolacitycouncil.com)

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. Continue reading »

May 032012
 

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

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. Continue reading »

May 032012
 

Tyrone A. Williams (via opcso.org)

The man accused of attacking a woman as she jogged through Audubon Park last month has been ordered to undergo a second evaluation so that he can be committed to a state psychiatric facility, but his attorney says the case shows yet another shortcoming of the local mental health system. Continue reading »

May 022012
 

The International School of Lousiana's Olivier Street campus in Algiers. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

As International School officials plan for growth next year at the Camp Street and Algiers campuses and prepare to open a third school in Jefferson Parish, a small group of parents attended Wednesday night’s school board meeting to voice their concerns about plans for continued expansion. Continue reading »

May 022012
 

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.

May 022012
 

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. Continue reading »