As the New Orleans tourism industry grows, the Prytania Park hotel is slated for a major, two-phase expansion into a 200-room hotel called “The Avenue Oaks Hotel” that will encompass most of a city block on St. Charles Avenue, according to plans shared with Lower Garden District neighbors on Monday night.
Standardized test scores may be rising in the city’s public schools, but those gains on paper do not translate into any meaningful improvements in the lives of the city’s poorest students, said former New Orleans education official and activist Dr. Andre Perry. Challenging school reformers’ beliefs that a wholesale restructuring of the education system will create a better society, Perry added that all social conditions that plague New Orleans’ poor and African-American neighborhoods still persist even after 10 years of school reforms.
The best first step the city can take to real improvements for the African-American community, Perry said, is to begin searching for a way to reconcile with the thousands of teachers who were wrongfully fired after Hurricane Katrina.
Join Tipitina’s next Saturday, September 27, for the Rhythm & Blues 5K Run benefiting Tipitina’s Foundation.
The first 500 registrants get goody bags and T-shirts, and the first 500 finishers receive finisher medals. An outside festival on the neutral ground outside of Tipitina’s Uptown will follow the run. Enjoy food, drinks, and live entertainment, all sponsored by East Jefferson General Hospital, Fest Cola, and New Belgium Brewing. Costumes are encouraged and prizes for “Best Individual Musical Costume” and “Best Musical Group Ensemble” will be announced at the post-race party.
Following the launch of the Losing Ground project on coastal erosion in South Louisiana, journalists from The Lens and ProPublica are holding a panel discussion Tuesday about how they reported the story.
I’ve written a lot of columns since I started to write for Uptown Messenger in January of 2011. Sometimes I look back over them and realize: “You know, there have been some interesting developments with this since I put pen to paper.”
Accordingly, every now and again, I revisit a few old columns to provide brief updates on some of the topics I’ve written about. Some have happy endings, some less so.
So, without further ado, I give you The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.
Yulman Stadium made some noise for the Tulane Green Wave in their well-deserved 35-20 victory over the Southeastern Lions. Tulane’s defense was tight, and quarterback Tanner Lee secured touchdowns through big plays.
The Rising Tide “Conference on the Future of New Orleans” takes place today (Saturday, Sept. 13), with panels on the “lost historical memory” of New Orleans, organizing in marginalized communities, government waste at the Treme Center, religion in the city and a keynote address by Dr. Andre Perry.
See below for live coverage.
The annual Rising Tide “Conference on the Future of New Orleans” will host educator Dr. Andre Perry as its keynote speaker, with panel discussions on the lost histories of New Orleans’ Palmer Park, community organizing, government waste and finding religion in the city, as well as “tech school” sessions on using social media in publishing.
The Du Mois gallery on Freret Street is holding an opening reception for Rachel DePauw and William DePauw’s exhibition “Collaborations: Vessels” on Saturday afternoon.
The Orleans Parish School Board property committee recommended that Lycee Francais be approved to purchase the former Priestley campus Thursday, sending the proposal to the full school board next week for what could be final approval.
With the court challenge period mostly over and marginal candidates having dropped out, the hard-ball campaigns for various judgeships, the DA, and State Representative have begun in earnest. Though several organizations like the AFL-CIO, RDO and LIFE, the group founded by former mayor Dutch Morial, completed their endorsements early, we attended three public forums in the last week — the Orleans Parish Republican and Democratic Executive Committees and the Independent Women’s Organization — to get a first-hand look at all the remaining candidates.
Last night’s contest at OPDEC (the Democrats) was a real slug fest with numerous candidates hurling allegations of impropriety at each other which made that crusty audience gasp. One of the moderators, Jason Coleman, found himself inviting candidates up for the next round, as if it were a boxing match.