Recent complaints about the City’s Taxi Cab Bureau, its director Malachi Hull and several members of his staff lead us to ponder whether it is time to replace the Taxi Cab Bureau with a state-of-the-industry Taxi and Limousine Commission modeled after New York City’s, which was created more than 40 years ago.
Reflecting on the all things I’m thankful for out of everything that has taken place over this last year, my 2-year-old’s brief dialogue with a stranger early one morning during our family walk to the neighborhood beignet purveyor takes the top spot. The six of us were leisurely making our way down General Pershing one sun-drenched spring dawn when we happened upon some men with car hood popped quizzically troubleshooting an engine. As we traded greetings, one of the men asked my youngest where we were going, and she paused with big smile and excitedly responded monosyllabically “Hey,” followed by a pause. Then a “Beignets” came next, followed by another pause. And then, with a slight nod if not an air of invitation, she finished with an “Eat.”
“Hey. Beignets. Eat.” The purposefully chosen words have stuck with me in their complete, albeit disjointed, simplicity since, and here’s why.
A man was shot several times Wednesday morning on Louisiana Avenue Parkway in Broadmoor, New Orleans police said.
A New Orleans developer presented his vision for a five-story condo building with a large ground-floor gym to Oak Street residents and neighbors Tuesday night, drawing questions and concerns about the scale of the project among expressions of general enthusiasm for the concept.
A handgun went off inside a band room at Sophie B. Wright Charter School last week, prompting the arrest of two teenage students who allegedly had the weapon, New Orleans police said.
A new, locally-owned pharmacy has opened on Simon Bolivar Avenue in Central City, and a men’s fashion shop is planned for Freret Street in January, among the latest new retail offerings around Uptown New Orleans.
It’s the holiday season, and Zeus’ Place on Freret Street has just the thing to warm your hearts.
“Smart growth” is a concept that I have long derided. Reduced to its essence, smart growth is an ideology borne of a single idea (that the rise of the suburbs is somehow evil), and dedicated to forcing people to live in dense cities. Their boogeyman is sprawl, which they condemn endlessly.
Oversimplified? A bit, sure, but then the rhetoric and policy proposals from smart growth advocates strike me as simplistic and single-minded.
While it may be difficult to imagine Mardi Gras floats navigating around the cranes and construction fences that dominate an ever-growing swath of Napoleon Avenue, officials say the site should be secure in time for the coming year’s parades to pass without disruption.
As the construction zone grows past St. Charles Avenue in the next year, however, Carnival season in 2015 is expected to bring some changes.
The 2013 Oak Street Po-Boy Festival kicks off with opening ceremonies at 9:30 a.m. See below for live coverage.