Jul 242015
 
A rendering of the proposed Jackson Oaks development on display Friday morning. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A rendering of the proposed Jackson Oaks development on display Friday morning. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The long-shuttered, grafitti-covered former Sara Mayo hospital on Jackson Avenue is slated for redevelopment into a 211-unit, eight-story apartment complex with ground-floor restaurants and offices, neighbors learned Friday morning.

The vacant former Sara Mayo hospital, seen from Josephine Street. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The vacant former Sara Mayo hospital, seen from Josephine Street. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

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Jul 232015
 

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

Scrappy New Orleans entrepreneur Kishore “Mike” Motwani’s $8.175 million purchase this week of Oz, New Orleans premiere gay dance club, this week is another sign that this often-despised self-made millionaire puts his money where his mouth is. Much to the dismay of ardent preservationists, Motwani is living the American Dream by remaking downtown New Orleans in his own image. Continue reading »

Jul 222015
 

Saints Tight End Benjamin Watson will be the Saints celebrity dogmaker on Thursday, July 23rd from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Dat Dog on Freret. Watson will dress dogs, sign autographs and greet fans to raise money for Son of a Saint, a non-profit organization that enhances the lives of fatherless boys, providing guidance through mentors.

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Jul 222015
 

By Brendan Valentine, David Brown and Kevin Caldwell

According to Dr. Ken Roy, the passage of Louisiana’s Senate Bill 143 is “a sad day for science, a sad day for medicine and a sad day for the State of Louisiana.” Dr. Roy is concerned that it isn’t currently feasible to expect physicians to prescribe a Schedule I substance, due to FDA regulations. He also strongly implies that there are no legitimate therapeutic uses for marijuana in a natural form. Continue reading »

Jul 212015
 
The houses at (top row) 1600 Carondelet and 1032 Upperline, and (bottom row) 1020 Upperline and 5922 Patton were all discussed by the Neighborhood Conservation District Advisory Committee on Monday. (graphic by UptownMessenger.com; images via City of New Orleans.)

The houses at (top row) 1600 Carondelet and 1032 Upperline, and (bottom row) 1020 Upperline and 5922 Patton were all discussed by the Neighborhood Conservation District Advisory Committee on Monday. (graphic by UptownMessenger.com; images via City of New Orleans.)

The debate between historic preservation and private-property rights flared again Monday as a panel of New Orleans officials considered requests to tear down four more Uptown homes, pitting preservationists against property owners and neighbors against neighborhood associations. Continue reading »

Jul 212015
 

City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell listens to a question during a panel discussion in late May at Tulane Hillel. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell listens to a question during a panel discussion in late May at Tulane Hillel. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Amid statistics showing that mental illness goes untreated at far higher rates in minority populations than among whites, City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell will host a forum this evening with a panel featuring Coroner Jeffrey Rouse and other experts to discuss ways of finding more ways of addressing the issue before it turns to tragedy. Continue reading »

Jul 202015
 
The beginnings of the house at 4621 Chestnut Street (via City of New Orleans)

The beginnings of the house at 4621 Chestnut Street (via City of New Orleans)

The city's property maps show the narrow lot at 4621 Chestnut Street. (via City of New Orleans)

The city’s property maps show the narrow lot at 4621 Chestnut Street. (via City of New Orleans)

A 12-foot-wide house planned for Chestnut Street was recently granted approval to continue construction despite the objection of a number of nearby neighbors. Continue reading »

Jul 202015
 

oo-logoNew Orleans-based digital marketing agency Online Optimism is proud to announce its participation in upcoming premier business development event Sage Summit, that will be held at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center July 27-30, 2015.

Hosted by Sage North America, a leading provider of business management software and services, Sage Summit began in 2003 as a product-training event. Last year, Sage Summit was successfully re-imagined with a mission to be the most valuable gathering for small and mid-sized businesses and accountants – with a deeper layer of thought leadership and more purposeful learning, and attendance more than doubled. This year’s conference is expected to draw more than 7,500 attendees live and 15,000 virtually.

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Jul 182015
 

Kendall Tate (via opcso.org)

Kendall Tate (via opcso.org)

A man who suffered a gunshot wound to the shoulder early Friday morning on Adams Street in Carrollton actually shot himself, and made up a story of being robbed, New Orleans police say, and they have arrested him on charges of filing a false police report and illegal possession of a firearm by a felon. Continue reading »

Jul 172015
 
A house under construction by architect Jonathan Tate and developer Charles Rutledge on a tiny lot on St. Thomas Street. (photo by Sarah Tan for UptownMessenger.com)

A house under construction by architect Jonathan Tate and developer Charles Rutledge on a tiny lot on St. Thomas Street. (photo by Sarah Tan for UptownMessenger.com)

Article by Sarah Tan for UptownMessenger.com

The city of New Orleans shows the comparatively tiny size of the 880-square-foot lot on St. Thomas Street. (via nola.gov)

The city of New Orleans shows the comparatively tiny size of the 880-square-foot lot on St. Thomas Street. (via nola.gov)

Throughout the city of New Orleans, more than 5,000 irregularly-shaped empty lots of land have traditionally been seen as too tiny to be built upon, so they just sit. One architecture firm and developer team, however, have been looking to make use of these lots by turning them into small, but affordable housing stock.

“The lot on St. Thomas ‘wasn’t worthy of a house’ is what the neighbors said,” architect Jonathan Tate said. Continue reading »