Aug 262015
 

PointAbove-HerbCarverIt was Herb Carver’s first time being the victim of a major catastrophic event and the irony of the situation was not lost to him. At the end of August 2005, Carver, along with many others living along the Gulf Coast of the United States had his life changed forever by Hurricane Katrina.

The storm, one of the fiercest hurricanes to make U.S. landfall in recent history, reformed the landscape of many lives. For Carver, the devastation and turmoil would inspire a journey with mindfulness culminating in inner peace and profound self-awareness. Continue reading »

Aug 252015
 
Attorney Rick Richter holds up a picture of the former McDonogh No. 8 building that was on the vacant land now at 3139 Constance Street, arguing that it represents the large-scale development that should be allowed there. (photo via nola.gov)

Attorney Rick Richter holds up a picture of the former McDonogh No. 8 building that was on the vacant land now at 3139 Constance Street, arguing that it represents the large-scale development that should be allowed there. (photo via nola.gov)

A small plot of land on Constance Street in the Irish Channel long mistaken for a pocket park should be developed into single-family or double houses, not the condo building that the owner wants there, said New Orleans city planners on Tuesday. Continue reading »

Aug 252015
 
Attendees gather at Isidore Newman School to celebrate the opening of the new Green Trees early-childhood education building. (photo via Isidore Newman School)

Attendees gather at Isidore Newman School to celebrate the opening of the new Green Trees early-childhood education building. (photo via Isidore Newman School)

Dale M. Smith, Head of School at Newman, speaks at the ribbon cutting for the Green Trees facility. (via Isidore Newman School)

Dale M. Smith, Head of School, speaks at the ribbon cutting for the Green Trees facility. (via Isidore Newman School)

The Isidore Newman School has completed construction on its $6.5 million new “Green Trees” early-childhood education building, and its first students arrived at the building this month. Continue reading »

Aug 242015
 
Rosalind Peychaud, immediate past president of the Climana Neighborhood Association, holds a sign encouraging her neighbors to email photos of local quality of life problems to the association. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Rosalind Peychaud, immediate past president of the Climana Neighborhood Association, holds a sign encouraging her neighbors to email photos of local quality of life problems to the association. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

As she recently ended her term as president of the Climana Neighborhood Association in the Milan area, Rosalind Peychaud found herself grappling with the same issue that many neighborhood leaders do: New Orleans residents are the first ones to notice street-level problems with crime, blight, and other issues, but are often frustrated with how hard it is to get something done about it.

So, Peychaud whipped up her own solution: a grassroots campaign encouraging the use of the ubiquitous cell-phone camera for something more useful than selfies, positioning the neighborhood association as the advocate for reporting the problems captured in a photo and tracking their results. Continue reading »

Aug 242015
 
Black Lives Matter Katrina memorial

(via Ashé Cultural Center)

 

The Ashé Cultural Arts Center will be hosting “Forum: 10 Years Later: We’re Still Recovering- Black Lives Matter” this Thursday, August 27, in order to commemorate ten years since Hurricane Katrina. The event is free to the public and will feature Alicia Garza, a coufounder of #BlackLivesMatter. The event will focus on the reform to ultimately end the school-to-prison pipeline. Continue reading »

Aug 242015
 
Owen Courrèges

Owen Courrèges

We’re coming up on the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, in case you’ve been locked in a closet for the past few weeks and have thus been spared the maudlin, self-indulgent navel-gazing of every commentator that comes down the pike.

For some, Katrina was an opportunity seized. The guiding narrative is that of a city in decline that took advantage of adversity and emerged stronger. It’s a characterization of Katrina that’s equal parts appalling and inaccurate. We are not in a better position as entire swaths of neighborhoods lay in ruin and our population is greatly reduced. Continue reading »

Aug 222015
 
Lusher school operations director Frank Israel (at right) leads members of the school's governing board Saturday morning on a tour of renovations to the Fortier campus. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Lusher school operations director Frank Israel (at right) leads members of the school’s governing board Saturday morning on a tour of renovations to the Fortier campus. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Lusher administrators are actively negotiating with Orleans Parish School Board leaders about an upcoming reworking of the requirements of charter schools in the district, they said Saturday morning. Continue reading »

Aug 212015
 

(image via NOPD)

(image via NOPD)

(image via NOPD)

(image via NOPD)

New Orleans Police detectives have released surveillance video and photographs of the suspects who robbed Patois restaurant and 15 to 20 patrons Thursday night at gunpoint, and announced that they recovered a car with some of the victims’ belongings in the Milan neighborhood. Continue reading »

Aug 212015
 
Alliance Francaise Open House 2015

(via Alliance Francaise)

The Alliance Françiase is hosting a free open house this Saturday, August 22. The event will include the chance to meet Alliance Françiase native-speaking, French teachers, take a free trial class, enjoy French wine and cheese, and use an open house-only discount on Fall French classes. Attendees can also learn about new early childhood classes when they attend the event. Continue reading »

Aug 212015
 
Police officers speak to patrons inside Patois restaurant on Laurel Street following a robbery there Thursday night. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Police officers speak to patrons inside Patois restaurant on Laurel Street following a robbery there Thursday night. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A late-summer evening at Patois restaurant, with the final patrons chatting with the doors open — what should have been about as close to a perfect night in New Orleans as possible — instead turned into one of Uptown’s most brazen robberies in recent memory Thursday night when three men carrying guns barged in and took valuables from the nearly 20 people inside.

Almost simultaneously, police were pursuing suspects in a series of three carjacking incidents across the Uptown area, ultimately leading to several arrests. Continue reading »

Aug 202015
 
A section of the construction site on Prytania Street, photographed in February 25. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A section of the construction site on Prytania Street, photographed in February 25. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Nearly 150 property owners have now joined the lawsuit seeking damages from the Sewerage & Water Board of New Orleans related to the construction of major drainage canals through the Uptown area, while the agency is now casting blame for the problems on two of the contractors on the projects, legal documents show.

“Ten years after Katrina, the Plaintiffs are horrified to now find their homes and businesses, often newly renovated or refurbished, in the midst of another disaster,” the property owners’ attorney wrote in a recent court document. “…Delayed years beyond original dates of completion, their homes and neighborhoods are being wrecked by the project. They are being forced to live in damaged homes and pay for their own repairs, for years and years with no end in sight.” Continue reading »

Aug 202015
 

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers needs to do a better job of estimating the risks of flooding around the U.S. With the upcoming 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina – much of whose destruction was caused by poorly engineered and maintained levees – we naturally think about the heavy losses to our region, what it has taken to rebuild, and all the people who died or have not been able to return. Continue reading »

Aug 182015
 
Ecole Bilingue is developing a formerly vacant lot at 820 General Pershing into a school garden. (submitted photo by Faye Lieder)

Ecole Bilingue is developing a formerly vacant lot at 820 General Pershing into a school garden. (submitted photo by Faye Lieder)

For years, neighbors and preservationists fought to save a century-old home at 820 General Pershing Street from the wrecking ball, and despaired when it was finally demolished late last year.

But instead of the commercial parking lot they once dreaded, the vacant lot is instead becoming a school garden for the nearby Ecole Bilingue de la Nouvelle-Orléans, and neighbors say they are unexpectedly pleased by its appearance. Continue reading »

Aug 172015
 
Audubon Charter School principal Janice Dupuy (center) -- flanked by two students and officials from the OPSB, the city, the state and federal governments -- cuts a ceremonial ribbon at Audubon Charter School's Broadway campus on Monday morning. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Audubon Charter School principal Janice Dupuy (center) — flanked by two students and officials from the OPSB, the city, the state and federal governments — cuts a ceremonial ribbon at Audubon Charter School’s Broadway campus on Monday morning. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Work still continues on Audubon Charter School even as students return this week. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Work still continues on Audubon Charter School even as students return this week. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

After years of construction and struggle, Audubon Charter School will welcome students back to its newly renovated campus on Broadway Street this week.

“This is a long-awaited day, to be back on Broadway,” Audubon Charter School principal Janice Dupuy said during a Monday-morning ribbon cutting ceremony. Continue reading »