Tulane University has unveiled new plans for a campus focusing on coastal science on the riverfront property now occupied by Mardi Gras World; small local vendors are thriving at the weekly LaSalle market; a 146-year-old synagogue on Jackson Avenue in the Irish Channel is slated for redevelopment as luxury apartments, and an illegal parking space on Octavia Street has been removed, according to recent development reports.
In the wake of recent high-profile complaints about the New Orleans Taxi Bureau, one suggestion has been for New Orleans to emulate New York’s system for regulating taxi cabs by creating a new taxi/limousine commission and adopting a medallion system. In my view, this is a monumentally bad idea.
An impetus for this proposed change is related to complaints against the New Orleans Taxi Bureau and its chief, Malachi Hull, including an incident I wrote about previously when a Taxi Bureau inspector, Wilton “Big Will” Joiner, slammed a tour guide in the side of a parked car full view of a crowd of appalled tourists. This was troubling because Taxi Bureau investigators aren’t peace officers; they lack authority to detain or arrest anybody.
It’s clear that the Taxi Bureau is ill-managed and corrupt, and institutional changes certainly shouldn’t be rejected out of hand. However, New York’s supposed “reforms” are not something New Orleans should replicate.
Workers preparing Jefferson Avenue for installation of a major new drainage canal will spend the next several weeks before Christmas trimming trees and removing the neutral ground, New Orleans officials said.
If the mall-induced delirium of Black Friday isn’t your holiday shopping style, “Merriment on Magazine Street” offers an alternative from 5 to 9 p.m. tonight (Saturday, Nov. 30) — dozens of local merchants offering sales on local art, high fashion and designer home furnishings accompanied by refreshments and appetizers.
As the holiday shopping season begins, the Arts Market of New Orleans will bring 170 local artists to Palmer Park this weekend (from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday), plus live music from Margie Perez and others, and hands-on activities for children.
A 30-year-old man was shot to death early Saturday morning on an Erato Street sidewalk, New Orleans police said.
Recent complaints about the City’s Taxi Cab Bureau, its director Malachi Hull and several members of his staff lead us to ponder whether it is time to replace the Taxi Cab Bureau with a state-of-the-industry Taxi and Limousine Commission modeled after New York City’s, which was created more than 40 years ago.
Reflecting on the all things I’m thankful for out of everything that has taken place over this last year, my 2-year-old’s brief dialogue with a stranger early one morning during our family walk to the neighborhood beignet purveyor takes the top spot. The six of us were leisurely making our way down General Pershing one sun-drenched spring dawn when we happened upon some men with car hood popped quizzically troubleshooting an engine. As we traded greetings, one of the men asked my youngest where we were going, and she paused with big smile and excitedly responded monosyllabically “Hey,” followed by a pause. Then a “Beignets” came next, followed by another pause. And then, with a slight nod if not an air of invitation, she finished with an “Eat.”
“Hey. Beignets. Eat.” The purposefully chosen words have stuck with me in their complete, albeit disjointed, simplicity since, and here’s why.
A man was shot several times Wednesday morning on Louisiana Avenue Parkway in Broadmoor, New Orleans police said.
A New Orleans developer presented his vision for a five-story condo building with a large ground-floor gym to Oak Street residents and neighbors Tuesday night, drawing questions and concerns about the scale of the project among expressions of general enthusiasm for the concept.
A handgun went off inside a band room at Sophie B. Wright Charter School last week, prompting the arrest of two teenage students who allegedly had the weapon, New Orleans police said.
A new, locally-owned pharmacy has opened on Simon Bolivar Avenue in Central City, and a men’s fashion shop is planned for Freret Street in January, among the latest new retail offerings around Uptown New Orleans.
It’s the holiday season, and Zeus’ Place on Freret Street has just the thing to warm your hearts.
“Smart growth” is a concept that I have long derided. Reduced to its essence, smart growth is an ideology borne of a single idea (that the rise of the suburbs is somehow evil), and dedicated to forcing people to live in dense cities. Their boogeyman is sprawl, which they condemn endlessly.
Oversimplified? A bit, sure, but then the rhetoric and policy proposals from smart growth advocates strike me as simplistic and single-minded.
While it may be difficult to imagine Mardi Gras floats navigating around the cranes and construction fences that dominate an ever-growing swath of Napoleon Avenue, officials say the site should be secure in time for the coming year’s parades to pass without disruption.
As the construction zone grows past St. Charles Avenue in the next year, however, Carnival season in 2015 is expected to bring some changes.
The 2013 Oak Street Po-Boy Festival kicks off with opening ceremonies at 9:30 a.m. See below for live coverage.