Jun 252015
 
The International School of Louisiana's Camp Street campus. (UptownMessenger.com)

The International School of Louisiana’s Camp Street campus. (UptownMessenger.com)

The International School of Louisiana will renew its lease for the former Andrew Jackson school building on Camp Street for the next 10 years, and officials are now preparing for long-awaited renovations to the building to begin in November. Continue reading »

Jun 252015
 

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

Conservative religious-freedom advocates still exist in America, and Gov. Bobby Jindal must connect with every single one of them if he is going to break out from the bottom of the pack to become a real player in the Republican presidential nomination race.

The ballroom at the Pontchartrain Center was packed to the gills yesterday with mostly white, flag-waving believers as Jindal made his highly structured announcement for President of the United States. The event started out with recorded messages from Archie Manning and former Gov. Mike Foster, Jindal’s mentor and former employer. His logo is a sparkling red and blue “J” that almost looks like a Christmas decoration. Continue reading »

Jun 242015
 

Sandra Stokes of the Louisiana Landmarks Society speaks in front of the Carrollton Courthouse on Wednesday, June 24. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Sandra Stokes of the Louisiana Landmarks Society speaks in front of the Carrollton Courthouse on Wednesday, June 24. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A day after the former Carrollton Courthouse was named to a prominent list of endangered national landmarks, New Orleans city and school officials gathered on its lawn pledging to seek a public use for the shuttered building that properly honors its history. Continue reading »

Jun 232015
 
Izzo's Illegal Burrito on Magazine Street (April 2015 photograph by Google Maps)

Izzo’s Illegal Burrito on Magazine Street (April 2015 photograph by Google Maps)

The request by Izzo’s Illegal Burrito to sell beer and margaritas at their Magazine Street location split the City Planning Commission on Tuesday — even with tight restrictions on the operations there — so the New Orleans City Council will have to decide whether a restaurant considered “fast food” should be compatible with alcohol sales. Continue reading »

Jun 232015
 
Construction netting surrounds the exposed drainage canal revealed under the Coliseum Square sidewalks in mid-May. (image via WWL-TV)

Construction netting surrounds the exposed drainage canal revealed under the Coliseum Square sidewalks in mid-May. (image via WWL-TV)

The project to improve the sidewalks around Coliseum Square and the International School of Louisiana — halted by the unexpected discovery of 1880s-era drainage canals underneath them — will now fall under a federally-mandated review by the state office of historic preservation, officials confirmed. Continue reading »

Jun 222015
 
Izzo's Illegal Burrito on Magazine Street (April 2015 photograph by Google Maps)

Izzo’s Illegal Burrito on Magazine Street (April 2015 photograph by Google Maps)

Izzo’s Illegal Burrito — the Baton Route-based franchise that moved into the former Popeye’s building on Magazine Street — now wants to sell beer and margaritas as it does elsewhere in the state, and the City Planning Commission will have to decide between a favorable recommendation from its staff against the wishes of a number of nearby neighbors. Continue reading »

Jun 212015
 
Harold Baquet (photo by Patrick Jackson, courtesy of Loyola University)

Harold Baquet (photo by Patrick Jackson, courtesy of Loyola University)

Harold Baquet — whose career as a photographer took him from visual storytelling on the streets of New Orleans to City Hall, and as the official photographer of Loyola University for the last quarter century — died Thursday of cancer at age 56, and the university will celebrate his life and mourn his passing at services on Wednesday. Continue reading »

Jun 202015
 

(map via City of New Orleans)

(map via City of New Orleans)

A portion of Drexel Drive will temporarily close this week to allow the construction of a new pedestrian bridge serving Xavier University students, followed by the temporary closure of Washington Avenue next week, the city of New Orleans announced. Continue reading »

Jun 182015
 
A NOPD officer guards a house where a man died of a gunshot that police say may have been self-inflicted. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A NOPD officer guards a house where a man died of a gunshot that police say may have been self-inflicted. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Nicole Dukarm (via opcso.org)

Nicole Dukarm (via opcso.org)

A 20-year-old woman was charged with negligent homicide Thursday afternoon in the death of her boyrfriend, after she accidentally killed him while playing with a gun inside their Walmsley Avenue home, New Orleans police said. Continue reading »