Jan 242012
 

Cecile Tebo

My last call for service before leaving my post with the NOPD Crisis Unit was a 24-year-old hanging from the rafters of his apartment, a clear and tragic sign that my advocacy work with the mentally ill was far from over. In my 10 years with the crisis unit, I was exposed to a large world of chronically mentally ill who live in our city, and their needs continue to be great, as witnessed in this last call. Continue reading »

Jan 232012
 

In its first public hearing on a plan to effectively double water and sewer rates over the next five years, the Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans faced an audience skeptical about the agency’s efficiency and worried about the impact of such a large increase on residents with fixed incomes. Continue reading »

Jan 232012
 

Owen Courreges

Things at Whole Foods are starting to get real.

Last week, on January 11th, a man met his wife for lunch at Whole Foods on Magazine Street. Apparently, he committed the grand, obscene offense of parking over the yellow line. As a result, when he returned he was confronted by a watchful Samaritan who proceeded to engage him in a calm, fruitful discussion on the subject of proper parking etiquette and its role in civil society. Continue reading »

Jan 232012
 

Police have made two recent gun arrests in the Lower Garden Distict, including one during a repast for the victim of a recent homicide at Jackson and Tchoupitoulas.

A man was found with a stolen gun last week at a repast for the victim of this month’s fatal shooting at Jackson and Tchoupitoulas, and he was arrested after a brief pursuit down Chippewa Street, police said. Continue reading »

Jan 222012
 

Benjamin Morris

Empires rise and fall. Nations abide with the tides. Even glaciers and mountains shift their positions over time. In the grand scheme of things, there are certain forms of change about which we can do little, and which we must learn to accept. But then – sometimes – there are presences whose passage is worthy of our closest attention. After a brief break for the holidays, one of those has returned.

His name is Wheels.

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Jan 212012
 

The fifth grade class of Audubon Charter School held a garage-sale fundraiser at their Carrollton campus, which is now line for a $2.2 million renovation. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

The Orleans Parish School Board’s operations team is recommending $2.3 million in renovations to Audubon Charter School’s Carrollton campus, officials said Saturday. Continue reading »

Jan 202012
 

The route starts at the Turning Point bar on Washington Avenue, heads into Milan, up Toledano, and back down Claiborne and Martin Luther King Boulevard to finish a few blocks away from the starting point.

The Ladies and Men of Unity second line will roll through Central City and Milan starting at noon Sunday at the Turning Point Lounge on Washington Avenue, according to Gambit’s Red Cotton, who also provides turn-by-turn directions and a video from 2010.

Jan 202012
 

Robberies reported in the Uptown area since Friday, Jan. 13. (via NOPD.com)

At least 20 teenagers have been arrested on robbery charges in the last two weeks, but the surge in Uptown robberies has continued unabated, police officials said Thursday.

One case alone yielded the arrest of a gang of nine teens who were allegedly involved in stealing a man’s laptop as he walked on Prytania Street. In another, a group of teens suspected in a series of Carrollton-area muggings were caught breaking into a house in the Milan area. Other cases involved cross-town car chases and block-by-block manhunts, almost always involving teens not much older than 16 or 17. Continue reading »

Jan 202012
 

Christy Lorio (photo by Leslie Almeida)

All-Star Marching Band, summer of 1997: We were out there sweltering in the heat on LSU’s practice field, memorizing music, remembering to mark time while staying in formation. We’d literally practice from when the sun came up to well after dusk, just like the All-Star Football Team. Except instead of running laps we were working on getting syncopated rhythms right. Our reward? Donning our school marching band uniforms in 90-degree humidity to keep the game watchers entertained, and earning a coveted patch for our letterman jackets. Continue reading »

Jan 202012
 

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

It was a political reunion Wednesday at the funeral services for the late State Senate President Sammy Nunez as a generation of leadership from across Louisiana came to pay their respects to a man whose vision and determination helped create the downtown we know today. Continue reading »

Jan 182012
 

The "new part" of the NOPD Sixth District includes the neighborhoods between Louisiana and Napoleon avenues, from Freret Street to the river.

Residents of the Uptown neighborhoods that were moved into the NOPD Sixth District at the beginning of the year turned out Wednesday evening for an introduction to the officers who will now be patrolling their neighborhoods. Continue reading »

Jan 182012
 

Jean-Paul Villere

In the world of real estate, when it comes down to brass tacks, the future lessee or buyer and their expectations of market value often meet incongruously. The New Orleans area has experienced significant activity and attention over the past 7 years and not just through our own hurricanes, oil spills, or fantastic football (next year, y’all – when the city again hosts the Super Bowl – ka-blammy!), but the collapse of the lending world delivered a mighty wollop, as has the recession overall. A vertiable rollercoaster, very much unpredictable. Yes, hurricane season is a season. But even each year’s forecast can be so ridiculous, and as my grandfather used to yell at the evening news more as a taunt and less of a command “Scare the hell out of ‘em.” Honestly, he would have made a great Wal-Mart greeter. Continue reading »

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Jan 172012
 

Amid a chorus of upset voices raised over escalating violence around New Orleans, a volunteer at Johnson Elementary School asked police officials Tuesday night what could be done to keep schoolchildren safe, since a man was gunned down in the street just outside her campus late last year.

“There’s nothing you can do,” piped up another woman, a longtime teacher: All you can do is teach the children to drop to the floor quickly when the shooting starts. Continue reading »

Jan 172012
 

Top: 7008 and 7016 Zimple, both owned by Tulane, were cleared for demolition. Bottom: A request to demolish 5514 and 5518 Tchouptioulas was denied Tuesday. (all photos via Preservation Resource Center, blog.prcno.org)

A pair of homes next to a carwash on Tchoupitoulas face a steeper path to commercial redevelopment after a request for their demolition was denied Tuesday.

With little to no opposition, however, the city did approve demolitions of two homes owned by Tulane University to make room for an expansion of the library, as well as part of the Booker T. Washington school on South Rampart and a caretaker’s cottage at the former LaSalle school being redeveloped near Audubon Park. Continue reading »

Jan 172012
 

Attendees gather for a preview seating at Superior Seafood & Oyster Bar Saturday, Jan. 14. The restaurant, a Parisian-inspired bistro located on Napoleon and St. Charles Ave., is scheduled to open for dinner Tuesday night. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

Quite literally years in the making, Superior Seafood finally makes its official debut tonight at one of Uptown’s most prominent street corners. Continue reading »