Apr 142014
 

Owen Courreges

An interesting column appeared last month in the Winston-Salem Journal  entitled “About that Desire for Streetcars.”  Winston-Salem (famous for being the headquarters of R.J. Reynolds Tobacco) is moving forward with a contentious $179 million boondoggle to build a streetcar line through downtown.  And apparently New Orleans’ streetcar system is being cited as an exemplar.

The column, which was written by the aptly-named John Railey, takes the form of a parody of the Tennessee Williams masterpiece “A Streetcar Named Desire.”

“What we really need is a real streetcar line, like the one we had in New Orleans,” says the thickly satirized protagonist. “Such a streetcar line would be worth any cost. It’s just silly that some critics say we should first spruce up and expand the city bus lines. Silly taxpayers, being so pettily pessimistic about the streetcar line prospect.” Continue reading »

Apr 142014
 

(map via NOPD)

(map via NOPD)

A woman riding on Washington Avenue was hit in the back of the head by a flurry of gunfire Saturday night, New Orleans police said.

The victim, a woman in her early 20s, was traveling on Washington near Dryades Street around 11:30 p.m. Saturday when someone shot 12 to 15 rounds into the vehicle, according to the initial police report. She was hit in the back of the head and taken to the hospital in critical condition, the report states.

The victim, later identified as Lanisha Scott, died Sunday morning, according to a report in the Times-Picayune.

Anyone with information is urged to call NOPD Sixth District detectives at 658-6060 or CrimeStoppers at 822-1111 to leave an anonymous tip that could be eligible for a cash reward.

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Apr 112014
 
Josh Epworth and Jean-Paul Villere constructing The Chick Inn.

Josh Epworth and Jean-Paul Villere constructing The Chick Inn.

Jean-Paul Villere

Jean-Paul Villere

It began innocently enough.  Years ago, spring 2009, while rebuilding, my wife elected to get a batch of chicks to raise.  Pairing her love of gardening with the future production of yard eggs, these were the things she loved and that her parents had shown her growing up.  And now being a mother herself she wanted the same for her own growing family.  Except we didn’t live in once-sleepy River Ridge but still drying out New Orleans, and well, chickens weren’t the norm yet. Continue reading »

Apr 102014
 

The building at 1020 Erato is slated to become the home of The Courtyard Brewery. (submitted photo)

The building at 1020 Erato is slated to become the home of The Courtyard Brewery. (submitted photo)

After months through the city’s regulatory systems, it took only a few very short minutes before the New Orleans City Council for the Courtyard Brewery to win final approval for their Lower Garden District taproom. Continue reading »

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Apr 102014
 

Percy Brown (via opcso.org)

Percy Brown (via opcso.org)

A man arrested Monday after leading police on a chase through the Milan neighborhood in a stolen truck is now a suspect in a shooting in the Irish Channel on March 29, but investigators say a separate shootout that injured a man this week in the Irish Channel appears to be unrelated. Continue reading »

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Apr 102014
 

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

The City’s announcement last week that after months of meetings, negotiations were still ongoing with Gatehouse Capital should prompt the New Orleans Building Corporation to re-open the bid process and invite new proposers.

This is especially true with several new Council and NOBC members coming on board in a few weeks and the change of NOBC leadership when Deputy Mayor Cedric Grant moves on to the Sewerage & Water Board.  With the multi-million dollar high-end outlet mall by the Howard Hughes Corporation set to open at the Riverwalk next month, the WTC development project would attract new bidders – possibly including the Hughes group. Hughes’ portfolio is very diverse and the WTC could be a good fit for them, especially if they do not choose to build condos or a hotel on top of the Riverwalk in a second phase. Continue reading »

Apr 092014
 

tulanelogoWe want to thank everyone in the community for their patronage at Mid City’s newest gay watering hole. Anytime you’re looking for a place to play in the neighborhood, don’t forget to check us out on one of our amazing evenings of entertainment. We are open on Mondays from 6p-11p, Thursday-Saturday 4p-12a and Sunday from 4p-11p. Continue reading »

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Apr 092014
 
Cedric Martin (left) and David Y. Martin Jr. stand by the former Baronne Street location of Martin Wine Cellar in the mid 1980s. (submitted photo)

Cedric Martin (left) and David Y. Martin Jr. stand by the former Baronne Street location of Martin Wine Cellar in the mid 1980s. (submitted photo)

MartinWineCellarAfter nine years closed since Hurricane Katrina, Martin Wine Cellar’s Baronne Street location will start construction next week and be open “in late 2014,” the company announced Wednesday morning. Continue reading »

Apr 082014
 
Police investigate a home-invasion robbery reported in the 1800 block of Adams Street on Tuesday evening. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Police investigate a home-invasion robbery reported in the 1800 block of Adams Street on Tuesday evening. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Two men were robbed at gunpoint — one of them pistol-whipped — in an Adams Street home Tuesday afternoon, New Orleans police said, the latest in a rash of attacks on residents in their homes around the Carrollton corridor in the last few days. Continue reading »

Apr 082014
 
More than 100 people turned out Tuesday for the City Planning Commission hearing on the proposed sale of Newcomb Boulevard. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

More than 100 people turned out Tuesday for the City Planning Commission hearing on the proposed sale of Newcomb Boulevard. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Pedestrians pass by the Newcomb Boulevard fence in early February. (UptownMessenger.com file photo)

Pedestrians pass by the Newcomb Boulevard fence in early February. (UptownMessenger.com file photo)

By a 6-1 vote Tuesday, members of the City Planning Commission said they saw a clear public need for Newcomb Boulevard to be open to drivers and the public, rejecting an effort by the street’s residents to buy it and make it private.

What will become of the controversial iron gate blocking the boulevard at Freret Street remains unclear, however. Unlike most City Planning decisions, Tuesday’s vote will not automatically be forwarded to the City Council for review — though officials said it was unclear whether additional avenues remain open for the Newcomb residents. Continue reading »

Apr 082014
 
Police speak to neighbors on Dec. 18, 2013, after a large SUV was found ditched in an Adams Street backyard following a deadly robbery at a nearby bank. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Police speak to neighbors on Dec. 18, 2013, after a large SUV was found ditched in an Adams Street backyard following a deadly robbery at a nearby bank. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

DNA evidence on a screwdriver that may have been used to steal an SUV later used in the deadly armed robbery of a Carrollton bank led investigators to an arrest warrant for a suspect, according to a report by Jim Mustian of The New Orleans Advocate. Lilbear George, 24, is wanted on a charge of illegal possession of stolen things, and is believed to have fled the state after the Dec. 18 robbery at the Chase bank that killed armored-truck driver Hector Trochez, Mustian reports.

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Apr 082014
 
Police investigate a crash on Freret Street near Amelia after a pursuit that damaged two NOPD vehicles. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Police investigate a crash on Freret Street near Amelia after a pursuit that damaged two NOPD vehicles. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A stolen truck that led New Orleans police on chase around the Milan neighborhood on Monday and damaged two NOPD vehicles may have been involved in a shooting in the Irish Channel a week earlier, authorities said. Continue reading »

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