Feb 112015
 

Kate Scott

Kate Scott

By Kate Scott, Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center

New Orleans has a troubling legacy to overcome when it comes to the condition of its rental homes, even though more than half the City’s residents are renters. Such conditions have wide-ranging effects on everything from health to educational outcomes. Many renters find themselves having to move because they can’t get dangerous housing conditions addressed. When people have to move a lot, neighborhood stability goes down and so does public safety.

In a City where rents have skyrocketed beyond the reach of many working families, New Orleans renters deserve assurances that the homes they live in meet basic standards of quality and safety. A rental registry program would be good for New Orleans and can be designed in a way that is not overly cumbersome for the many landlords in the City that are just trying to do the right thing. Continue reading »

Feb 092015
 

Owen Courreges

Stacy Head did not appear happy this past week with her colleague on the city council, LaToya Cantrell.  Without any real warning, Cantrell announced vague plans to rapidly introduce an ordinance to create a rental inspection bureaucracy with regular inspections and a comprehensive online database.

“I reiterate my position that this ordinance is not ready for introduction next week,” Head frustratedly wrote in an email to the council. “The lightning speed with which this is moving as well as the apparent insular nature of the discussion is disconcerting.” Continue reading »

Feb 082015
 
The Krewe of Carrollton's "The Masked Ball" float rolls on Magazine Street. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Krewe of Carrollton’s “The Masked Ball” float rolls on Magazine Street. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A spectator catches beads during the Krewe of King Arthur parade. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A spectator catches beads during the Krewe of King Arthur parade. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Four parades — the krewes of Carrollton, King Arthur, Alla and Femme Fatale — rolled on the Uptown route Sunday afternoon.

Riders strike a pose on the Krewe of Alla "Women at War" float on Magazine Street. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Riders strike a pose on the Krewe of Alla “Women at War” float on Magazine Street. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A dancer from Samuel J. Green Charter School marches in the Mystic Krewe of Femme Fatales parade. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A dancer from Samuel J. Green Charter School marches in the Mystic Krewe of Femme Fatales parade. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

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Feb 072015
 
A rider on Sparta's "Get Me to the Church on Time" float toys with the Napoleon Avenue crowd. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A rider on Sparta’s “Get Me to the Church on Time” float toys with the Napoleon Avenue crowd. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Knights of Sparta was “In the Mood” for classic tunes and the Krewe of Pygmalion explored the “Spectrum of Emotions” in Saturday night parades on the Uptown route.

The "Harold and the Purple Crayon" float in the Krewe of Pygmalion. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The “Harold and the Purple Crayon” float in the Krewe of Pygmalion. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

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Feb 062015
 
Capetown South Africa float in Oshun. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Capetown South Africa float in Oshun. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

The Krewes of Oshun and Cleopatra were the first parades to roll down the Uptown route in Mardi Gras 2015. The Krewe of Oshun’s theme was “Carnival Around the World,” with floats depicting cities around the world with Carnival traditions. Cleopatra’s theme was “A Stroll Down the Avenue.” This year is Cleopatra’s 40th anniversary.

A rider on the Krewe of Cleopatra's Skeleton float. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A rider on the Krewe of Cleopatra’s Skeleton float. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

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Feb 062015
 
New Orleans police take a trash can into evidence (after the body of a woman found in it was removed) from an alleyway off Danneel Street on Nov. 26. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

New Orleans police take a trash can into evidence (after the body of a woman found in it was removed) from an alleyway off Danneel Street on Nov. 26. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

Evangelisto Ramos (via opcso.org)

Evangelisto Ramos (via opcso.org)

Offshore worker Evangelisto Ramos told police back in December that he had been with Trinece Fedison the night before her body was discovered in an out-of-place trash can in Central City, so they knew to expect his DNA on her body.

But when laboratory testing confirmed that the 42-year-old man’s DNA was also on the outside of the trash can, police secured a warrant on a murder charge and arrested him from Port Fourchon on Wednesday night. Continue reading »

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Feb 062015
 
(Source: Enrollment figures provided by individual schools to Uptown Messenger)

(Source: Enrollment figures provided by individual schools to Uptown Messenger)

Earlier this week, the French consul general — his government’s top representative in New Orleans — announced that he has been actively exploring options to advance the creation of a French high school in the city.

The French flag flies between the American and Louisiana flags outside the front door of Ecole Bilingue. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

The French flag flies between the American and Louisiana flags outside the front door of Ecole Bilingue. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

Officials at a number of elementary schools that offer French immersion programs have long discussed such an idea, but one of the fundamental concerns has always been the same: that there are not enough students fluent in French to justify a high school.

A review this week of the enrollment at area French immersion programs, however, suggests that may be changing. Continue reading »

Feb 052015
 

NOPD Second District Commander Paul Noel, photographed in October 2014. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

NOPD Second District Commander Paul Noel, photographed in October 2014. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

With armed robberies around Uptown on the wane following the arrests of several alleged serial robbers, New Orleans police are now focusing patrols around the construction areas where residents having to park in unfamiliar spots are targeted by opportunistic auto burglars, police officials said this week. Continue reading »

Feb 052015
 

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

Mirror, mirror on the wall…who’s the fairest of us all? Even if Governor Bobby Jindal did not suggest to artist Tommy Yow that the portrait big-time donor Henry Shane was commissioning should portray Jindal with a more fair complexion, the painting was hung in a very prominent place at the governor’s office.

While Jindal is probably not trying to lighten his skin à la Michael Jackson, the presidential candidate Jindal apparently did not mind being depicted with a more fair complexion.  Are people with lighter skin considered better, safer, more desirable, more “American”? Continue reading »