New Orleans Police officials modeled the new cameras Friday that will be part of all on-duty officers’ uniforms this year, as efforts continue to recruit more officers to shore up the ranks of the shrinking police force.
The preparation for installation of a new drainage canal under the Jefferson Avenue neutral ground will require closing both lanes of the road at Clara Street for two months starting on Monday, New Orleans officials announced.
The controversial fence closing Newcomb Boulevard from Freret Street will be removed “without delay,” according to an announcement by the attorney for the neighborhood groups who have sought its removal for seven years.
In a world of electronic ink, instant-prime shipping and streaming digital video, January 2014 will bring the final chapter for McKeown’s Books and Digital Music, the little Tchoupitoulas Street refuge from the modern world where the music was meant to be heard quietly and the most important feature was a round table in the center where patrons could sit, read and talk together.
Maggie McKeown, the shop’s irrepressible proprietress, announced in a New Year’s Day email to supporters that the store will close at the end of the month, with all used books 50 percent off until then. Even the book shelves are for sale.
The former Freret Veterinary Hospital is slated to be torn down next week, and the Barreca family is courting two new offers for their large empty structures a few blocks away — after the city fined them in December for allowing a public nuisance there — in what could represent major changes this year for the two largest remaining vacant buildings on the commercial corridor.
Happy new year, all! If recent real estate activity in the New Orleans metro area keeps pace with present trends, 2014 should prove even more interesting than maybe any one might imagine. But not to get too ahead of the proverbial realty crystal ball, let’s look at a flip that took place in the last six weeks at 2509 Napoleon. I’ve written in the past about other nearby flips, including one next door at 2505 Napoleon, but make sure you are sitting down if you continue to read on about 2509. Seriously, you won’t believe me. And for clarity/disclosure, I did not participate in any part in any of these sales; effectively, I am only an observer.
Starting next week, daytime buses on South Claiborne Avenue and nighttime buses on Jackson Avenue will run more frequently as part of a series of upgrades to New Orleans bus service around the city for 2014, officials said.
That old Morial magic still works.
When the invitations went out from National Urban League CEO Marc Morial’s office for a Friday luncheon at Dooky Chase’s Restaurant, you could feel the stir in the political community. Last Friday, with the restaurant closed for the private event, there wasn’t an empty chair in the place.
With New Year’s Eve a scant day away, it is only fitting that I commit this column to a particularly relevant topic: Driving Under the Influence (DUI).
First, I’d like to preface this piece by observing that nobody actually supports drunk driving. It’s a contributing cause to innumerable auto accidents and fatalities. It frustrates law enforcement and makes mothers M.A.D.D.
However, in spite of popular efforts to present a DUI as the moral equivalent of nun beating, activists and local governments are committed participants in a conspiracy to presenting driving drunk as a mere peccadillo – a “petty offense” that does not merit significant concern.
The Uptown breakfast and bakery scene has seen a flurry of activity of late, with Live Oak Cafe slated to revamp the former Oak Street Cafe, Toast by the owners of Tartine in the former Laurel Street Bakery slot, Ye Olde Bake Shoppe opening on Carrollton and even a Haydel’s Bakery pop-up on Magazine.
A member of the gang associated with the 2012 killing of 5-year-old Briana Allen has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for other crimes, and two men have been indicted on murder charges related to the fatal Aug. 29 shooting of 1-year-old Londyn Samuels.