Mar 012012
 

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

Mitt Romney had hoped to have the Republican Presidential nomination wrapped up with a big bow by now. But he doesn’t.

Rick Santorum hoped to change the momentum of the GOP battle with a huge upset win in Michigan. But he didn’t. Continue reading »

Feb 292012
 

A warehouse at 4400 Washington Avenue is Encore Academy's first choice for a school location. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Encore Academy, the newest charter school approved by the Orleans Parish School Board, has set its sights on converting a warehouse on Washington Avenue into a school building to serve Uptown families when it opens this fall. Continue reading »

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Feb 292012
 

Move out day for a double shotgun in the Bywater. (Jean-Paul Villere for UptownMessenger.com)

Being in real estate, I respond to inquiries about moving to New Orleans almost every day.  Some are here presently and somewhat homeless while some won’t be here till Fall.  The average inquiry looks like someone new to the area, and excitedly shopping for May or June, because of a new job in queue.  The hardest to manage are the parental inquiries seeking accommodations for their barely out of the house undergrad child and their three “closest” friends.  Sigh.  Really?  Sounds like a thankless journey, that one.  Do you know how hard it is to get a 19-year-old and – or even 24-year-old – and their friends du jour to show up to an appointment at the same time?  Much less get them to agree on anything.  Who gets the biggest room?  Who gets which bathroom and who will they share it with?  It’s messy and overly time-consuming at best. Continue reading »

Feb 282012
 

The proposed Upper Marleyville Security District would run along both sides of the street along Vendome Place, State Street Drive, Walmsley and Fontainbleau. (map via google.com)

A proposal to hire more security officers to patrol a small section of Fontainebleau through a mandatory surcharge on property tax bills in the area drew both ardent supporters and opponents Tuesday night in its first public airing. Continue reading »

Feb 282012
 

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Feb 272012
 

Though often cautious when it comes to approving new alcohol-selling businesses within its boundaries, the Coliseum Square Association voted overwhelmingly Monday night to oppose the idea of banning 18-to-20-year-olds from existing bars. Continue reading »

Feb 272012
 

Police block the end of South Miro as they investigate a shooting incident in the Felipe's parking lot. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

[Correction appended]

A vehicle fleeing a restaurant parking lot and dragging an employee trying to stop it Monday afternoon was shot at by another man, authorities said.

The vehicle escaped, and it is unknown whether anyone inside it was wounded, police said. The employee was treated for injuries sustained in the dragging, and his condition was not immediately available. Continue reading »

Feb 272012
 

The New Orleans City Council is considering an ordinance that would raise the age to enter a bar to 21 across the city, instead of the minimum age of 18 that many bars currently allow, according to our reporting partners at WWL-TV. Reporter Monica Hernandez finds that some people running Uptown college bars oppose the idea, saying it would unfairly restrict younger patrons from participating in other activities the bars offer, while other bar managers believe it would help them prevent underage drinking.

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Feb 272012
 

A teen was shot several times around 1:30 a.m. Sunday at the Shell gas station at 3101 S. Carrollton Avenue, according to a news alert from the NOPD Second District. The boy was taken to the hospital and listed in stable condition after the shooting, police said.

Anyone with information is asked to call Second District detectives at 658-6020 or CrimeStoppers at 822-1111 to leave an anonymous tip that could be eligible for a cash reward.

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Feb 272012
 

The owners of Mayas restaurant plan to add tapas, live music and salsa dancing to the offerings at their Magazine Street restaurant, and will discuss the idea with the Coliseum Square Association at a meeting tonight. Continue reading »

Feb 272012
 

Owen Courreges

New Orleans received a much-needed bit of positive economic news last week as the General Electric finance division announced that it would be opening an information technology office here, bringing an estimated 300 jobs in this city. GE also claimed that the office would lead to 301 “‘indirect jobs’” around New Orleans (which is a bit more dubious because it seems to assume that every new employee will create at least one additional job, as if each will hire their own personal assistant).

In any event, this news was especially good because it fit the narrative announced by Reuters news service last December – that New Orleans is becoming a “Silicon Valley on the Bayou.” Continue reading »