When I was kid growing up in Southeast Texas, each morning my dad would drive us to school. We lived in the West End of Beaumont and took a main street, Dowlen, to get across town. At the intersection of Dowlen and Gladys was a school (at that time Marshall Middle School) and subsequently a school zone. Each day as we turned off of Shakespeare onto Dowlen toward Gladys, my dad quickly slowed the car to a crawl – as did most of the other informed drivers. Why? Because not only was this a school zone, it was an enforced school zone, and like clockwork there was always an over-eager officer sitting idly in the median just itching for you to go just a hair over the posted limit. Now, I’m sure my dad got a ticket or two on this very stretch of road, but that’s what happens when you break the law – you change your behavior. At least, that’s what society hopes you do.
Zoning on Magazine Street may not be as accommodating to a Walgreens pharmacy as was originally assumed, members of the adjacent neighborhood association said Tuesday evening as they began preliminary discussions of the proposed development.
The old American Legion in the 5500 block of Magazine is zoned B-2, which allows for a variety of general retail uses, said Peggy Adams, an attorney on the board of the Audubon-Riverside Neighborhood Association. Although B-2 does not specifically prohibit drug stores, pharmacies with drive-through lanes are specifically mentioned in a separate section of the city zoning code, C-1A. And in some cases, Adams said, the fact that one type of development is specifically mentioned in a certain zoning has been used to preclude it in other zonings.
Upcoming construction to rework Clara and Jena streets in the Freret neighborhood near Ochsner Baptist Medical Center will be the subject of a public meeting hosted by the city Department of Public Works at 6 p.m. tonight at Samuel J. Green Middle School on Valence Street.
The two suspects in a robbery and shooting outside The Saint bar on St. Mary Street two weeks ago remain at large, and police are seeking the public’s help in finding them.
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During the two-day break in the parading calendar in Uptown New Orleans, the Audubon-Riverside Neighborhood Association will meet Tuesday night to discuss how it handles zoning matters moving forward.
After lively discussions over Romney Pilates and The Gabrielle restaurant, the association is increasing the responsibilities of its zoning committee, which will handle upcoming issues including both the proposed Walgreens on Magazine and a request from Whole Foods to change details of its good-neighbor agreement with the city. Because of the large crowds at recent ARNA meetings, this month’s will be held at Milestone Sabis Academy, 5951 Patton Street, at its usual 6:45 p.m. time Tuesday.
See our calendar below for details on other Uptown events and cultural offerings.
Signs are cropping up in Uptown: “Uptown Boycott! NO Walgreens at 5500 Magazine St.” Nestled in the windows of businesses and homes, these placards mark the initial stages of a grassroots opposition to the construction of a new Walgreens Pharmacy in the old American Legion building on Magazine. In their own eyes, these wary residents play the David to Walgreens’ Goliath.
There’s only one problem with this opposition. It isn’t coherent.
Rev. Hiatt will lead an upcoming workshop on justice and mercy, on Saturday, March 12, from 10.00-11.30am, at the Redeemer Presbyterian Church main office at 5937 Magazine Street. The following morning, Sunday, March 13, Rev. Hiatt will preach at the regular Sunday worship service at Redeemer, located at 6200 St Charles Avenue.
For more information about Redeemer Presbyterian Church of New Orleans, visit RedeemerNola.com. Redeemer Presbyterian Church of New Orleans: Celebrating Christ, Serving New Orleans.
Investigators have identified the two men who shot a man outside a popular Uptown bar in an apparent robbery of his cell phone, and they are now searching for the suspects to arrest them, police said.
Tracey’s Original Irish Channel Bar invites you to come and celebrate Mardi Gras in style this year. A perfect Mardi Gras party stop, Tracey’s is only four blocks off the parade route on St Charles, and has a wide selection of cold beers, drinks, and po-boys available all day long, so owners Jeff and Jaimee Carreras invite you to come and celebrate with them before and after the parades. Home of the Best Roast Beef Po-Boy on Earth, Tracey’s has everything you need to make Mardi Gras memorable this year.
Tracey’s is located on Magazine and Third, in the heart of the Irish Channel, and opens at 11am daily. More information at traceysnola.com.
Carnival will begin this weekend along the Uptown parade route, as the Krewe of Oshun rolls Friday evening under perfect skies, Ponchartrain rolls Saturday afternoon, Sparta and Pygmalion roll Saturday evening, and the krewes of Carrollton and King Arthur roll Sunday afternoon.
See our weekend calendar below for details, as well as Oscar parties, the Palmer Park Arts Market and a handful of other events.
Tim LaCrosse is a local artist who has been hand carving jewelry for the last 10 years in the New Orleans area. LaCrosse’s designs vary from traditional fleur-de-lis jewelry, to more unique organic pieces that express the beauty of Louisiana.
LaCrosse will be featuring his latest line of jewelry, which is Louisiana sunken cypress hand inlaid in sterling silver at the Palmer Park Arts Market this Saturday, February 26. The cypress used in LaCrosse’s jewelry was sunken in the local bayou for over 100 years.
The International School of Louisiana is hoping to launch a pre-kindergarten program that could begin accepting 4-year-olds as early as next year at its new West Bank campus, school officials said Wednesday night.
As the resurfacing of Magazine Street nears its lengthy second phase, officials tried to assure business owners that interruptions to their specific stores will be minimal.
While the resurfacing between St. Andrew Street and Napoleon Avenue is expected to take several months, construction moves rapidly down the street and should not be disruptive to any one business for a prolonged period of time, officials said at a Tuesday evening meeting at St. George’s Episcopal School.
State Department of Transportation and Development public outreach representative Meghan Legaux answered questions from an audience of more than 30 people alongside Ray Samolin, project contractor, and Michael Assaf, project manager, both of Plus Concrete. Their answers are presented below in Q-and-A format.
Q: What is the progress of the lower Magazine Street construction?
A: It is currently on schedule to be completed by Mardi Gras or the week after.
Q: How will parking be affected and how will residents be notified?
A: We will post no parking signs the day prior to entering an area.
Q: Will parking be off limits for months at a time?
A: Absolutely not. In the first phase, parking was restricted for a couple of days at a time, depending on the repairs needed in that area, and then during the repaving. It is a pretty quickly moving operation.
Thursday night the Gabrielle will open one night only for “Gabrielle in Purgatory,” a special food and wine event hosted by Vintage Orleans (www.vintageorleans.com). Other Uptown events include book signings, meetings, parties, lectures and even salsa dancing. There is never a dull moment in Uptown.
See below for details of everything happening Uptown.
Common Ground Health Clinic announces new Youth-Initiated After-School Workshops. These workshops, conceived and developed by youth from the Algiers Riverview neighborhood, are an exciting addition to the lineup of events and services that CGHC hosts. See below for details of all the workshops and more.