Aug 262014
 
Streetlight repairs have been completed in neighborhoods marked in green, are underway in pink areas, and still to come in orange zones, as of August. (source: nola.gov/DPW)

Streetlight repairs have been completed in neighborhoods marked in green, are underway in pink areas, and still to come in orange zones, as of August. (source: nola.gov/DPW)

When New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu asked the residents of City Council District B how the city should spend their tax money Tuesday night, the answers nearly all involved streets: the holes in them, the lack of light on them, and the people who sleep on them.

Most of those problems — like all of those before the 300-year-old city — lack easy answers, and have been compounding for decades, Landrieu replied. But on at least one complaint, there is a glimmer of hope: the long-darkened streetlights along St. Charles Avenue are scheduled for repair in September. Continue reading »

Aug 262014
 
Work continued on Yulman Stadium (seen from Ben Weiner Drive) in August. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Work continued on Yulman Stadium (seen from Ben Weiner Drive) in August. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

With Tulane University’s first on-campus home game less than two weeks away, university officials and residents in the Uptown areas are discussing the details of the central question about the once-controversial stadium: What will game day look like in the neighborhoods around the stadium?

Will it be a return to the front-yard cocktail parties of the old Sugar Bowl days? A crasser, modern version, more akin to the obnoxious abuses of public property that draw complaints every Carnival season? Or will the parties largely follow the elaborate on-campus plans envisioned by university officials? Continue reading »

Aug 262014
 
City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell delivers her "State of District B" address Tuesday night (2013) at City Hall. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell delivers her “State of District B” address at City Hall in April 2013. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu and City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell will host a public meeting on the coming year’s budget tonight (Tuesday, Aug. 26) at Touro Synagogue, and residents of Council District B are encouraged to come and share their thoughts on how the city’s tax revenue should be allocated. Continue reading »

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Aug 252014
 
The king's throne in the Krewe of Oak parade on Saturday was stolen, krewe members say. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The king’s throne in the Krewe of Oak parade on Saturday was stolen, krewe members say. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Krewe of OAK’s Mid-Summer Mardi Gras parade is intended to be “Outrageous and Kinky,” but not larcenous — so krewe members are genuinely outraged that the tricycle and cart with the king’s throne disappeared from in front of the Maple Leaf Bar after Saturday’s parade. Continue reading »

Aug 252014
 

Owen Courreges

I’m just going to come right out and say what everything is thinking: What the @#$% is going on with home prices in Orleans Parish?

It’s getting crazy out there. I’ve been seeing listings of renovated homes for over $300 per square foot on the edge of Central City.  A “fixer-upper” needing a “total renovation” on the edge of City Park recently hit the market for $700,000. Continue reading »

Aug 242014
 
Scenes from the Krewe of Oak parade Saturday. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A merman and a mermaid pose before the Krewe of OAK’s Mid-Summer Mardi Gras parade begins to roll on Oak Street on Saturday evening. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

With costumes to match their theme of “Rub it All Over Your Body,” the Krewe of OAK’s Mid-Summer Mardi Gras parade rolled Saturday evening through Carrollton and the Riverbend.

Scenes from the Krewe of Oak parade Saturday. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A parade-goer in stilts marches up Carrollton Avenue. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

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Aug 222014
 

Jawan Fortia (via U.S. Attorney's office)

Jawan Fortia (via U.S. Attorney’s office)

Alfred Cobbins (via U.S. Attorney's office)

Alfred Cobbins (via U.S. Attorney’s office)

Jacobi Boyd (via opcso.org)

Jacobi Boyd (via opcso.org)

Eleven alleged members of a Central City gang known as the “Young Melph Mafia” conspired to distribute crack cocaine and used guns to protect their trade, according to a federal indictment made public on Friday afternoon. Continue reading »

Aug 222014
 

(via NOPL)

(via NOPL)


The New Orleans Public Library Children’s Resource Center on Napoleon Avenue will hold a back-to-school fun fest and open house for children Saturday (Aug. 23), featuring special appearances by the New Orleans Fire Department and their fire truck, the Washitaw Mardi Gras Indians, and a reading of a bilingual Spanish/English book by Denise Woltering from the Tulane Stone Center for Latin American Studies. Continue reading »

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Aug 222014
 
NOPD Sixth District Commander Bob Bardy and Barbara Lacen-Keller speak on a Central City sidewalk Wednesday. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

NOPD Sixth District Commander Bob Bardy and Barbara Lacen-Keller speak on a Central City sidewalk Wednesday. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Sixth District Commander Bob Bardy — the longest-serving district commander in the New Orleans Police Department — was promoted Friday morning to Deputy Chief for Operations in the new administration of Superintendent Michael Harrison. Continue reading »

Aug 212014
 
Joseph Bouie, who is running for the state House of Representatives seat vacated by City Councilman Jared Brossett. (Photo by Danae Columbus for UptownMessenger.com)

Joseph Bouie, who is running for the state House of Representatives seat vacated by City Councilman Jared Brossett, reviews his paperwork with attorney Jennifer Medley. (Photo by Danae Columbus for UptownMessenger.com)

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

It’s always fun to hang around Criminal Court when candidates are qualifying for office, and yesterday was no exception. Although qualifying did not begin until 8 a.m., embattled judge Yolanda King entered the building at 7:15 to ensure first place in line.

Even though King arrived extra early, it took her three tries to get her domicile listed correctly on the sworn affidavit. Domicile is the ongoing problem that might yet land King in jail or at least unable to serve another term. Continue reading »

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Aug 212014
 

Every house in New Orleans has a story to tell.
New Orleans House Histories wants to tell yours. 

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Liz Warner, with thirty years experience in researching houses, neighborhoods, and cities, is the owner of New Orleans House Histories, a new local business.  “The whole history of New Orleans can be written through the stories discovered while researching a house and its surrounding neighborhood,” Warner explained.  “It’s not only the histories of the high-style houses which draw tourists that are important.  Every house contributed to the development of this city and each owner had an impact on what happened here.” Continue reading »

Aug 212014
 
Crime-scene technicians photograph evidence marked by yellow cones in the road and on the sidewalk after a shooting Wednesday afternoon at the intersection of St. Andrews and South Liberty streets in Central City. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Crime-scene technicians photograph evidence marked by yellow cones in the road and on the sidewalk after a shooting Wednesday afternoon at the intersection of St. Andrews and South Liberty streets in Central City. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A man was left in critical condition Wednesday after being shot several times near a Central City intersection, New Orleans police said. Continue reading »

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Aug 202014
 
City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell speaks to the Coliseum Square Association at Felicity Church on Monday, Aug. 18. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell speaks to the Coliseum Square Association at Felicity Church on Monday, Aug. 18. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

After residents complained that an initial sweep of a homeless encampment under the Pontchartrain Expressway simply moved the collection of tents and panhandlers from one side of St. Charles to the other, New Orleans City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell is requesting city officials to return and clean out the area closer to the river as well.

Cantrell is also introducing a change to the city law that more specifically prohibits camping on public property, but said she is still looking to residents for answers to the larger question of how to get homeless people off the streets instead of moving them from one spot to another. Continue reading »