May 262014
 

Owen Courreges

A common practice amongst subordinates is to intentionally include extraneous steps in a plan to give a meddling boss something to change.  This way, the plan remains exactly the same, but the boss feels as though he’s made a contribution and the subordinate can point out that he compromised.  It goes like this:

PEON:   Here’s what my plan is: We’ll design the product, build a prototype, dispose of toxic waste in the executive washroom, and then launch the product.

BOSS:    Whoa! That third step is a problem. I don’t think we should dispose of toxic waste in the executive washroom.  That could harm our corporate executives.

PEON:   Hmmm… I’m still not sure about abandoning Step 3, but I see what you’re saying and value your guidance.  I’ll scrap Step 3.

BOSS:    Great!  Let’s move forward.

It was this kind of scenario that comes to mind when the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center makes its pitch to expand its facilities into the Lower Garden District as part of a public/private partnership. Continue reading »

May 222014
 

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

Let’s face it, New Orleans was not awarded the Super Bowl because NFL owners valued the financial investment the citizens of Minneapolis had made to build a new stadium. New Orleans has a reliable stadium that has served us very well over the decades, a stadium which in fact transformed New Orleans and helped create Poydras Street as a major business destination. We should all thank Doug Thornton, Ron Forman and Governor Jindal for continuing to keep our stadium up to par, within its physical footprint. The State of Louisiana can’t afford to build a new stadium at this time and we don’t have the corporate base of Minneapolis, Dallas, Houston or Milwaukee to even partially fund such a project. Nevertheless, we will win another Super Bowl bid — maybe not next year — but soon because New Orleans is still the best sports destination in America. Continue reading »

May 212014
 

Principal Melanie Tennyson (right) speaks to other International School administrators in May of 2011. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

Principal Melanie Tennyson speaks to other International School administrators in May of 2011. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

With the departure of its school leader little more than a month away, the International School of Louisiana is preparing to promote the current principal of its Camp Street campus to lead the school system for the next three years. Continue reading »

May 212014
 
Police investigate a fatal shooting on Milan Street. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Police investigate a fatal shooting on Milan Street. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Police investigate a fatal shooting on Milan Street. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Police investigate a fatal shooting on Milan Street. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A 24-year-old man was shot to death around 2 p.m. Wednesday behind a church on Milan Street, New Orleans police said. Continue reading »

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May 212014
 
A rendering of the upriver expansion of the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center (via mccno.com)

A conceptual drawing of the upriver expansion of the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center (via mccno.com)

The Ernest N. Morial Convention Center is on the cusp of returning to a major expansion with a new hotel and exhibit hall on long-vacant land in the Lower Garden District, officials said Wednesday morning. Continue reading »

May 202014
 
The Palms Bar and Grill (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Palms Bar and Grill (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

New Orleans city attorneys are seeking sanctions against the liquor license for The Palms bar in the university area — where an off-duty bartender is accused of raping a woman in April — alleging that the bar does too little to protect its patrons. Continue reading »

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May 202014
 

The Roly Poly location on Tchoupitoulas. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Roly Poly location on Tchoupitoulas. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

With demolition of its building looming on the horizon, the Roly Poly on Tchoupitoulas will close by the end of May, and the owners are looking for a buyer for the business or its kitchen equipment, they said. Continue reading »

May 202014
 

SSL415Summer is almost here; it’s time to get out and get active! Why not do so playing adult social sports? With Southern Sports Leagues, you can get back into the sports you enjoy. We offer everything from Softball and Flag Football to Dodgeball and Kickball as well. SSL runs several tournaments during the year, the next one being our Charity Social Softball Tournament on June 21st for the SPCA at City Park. Continue reading »

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May 192014
 
Firefighters battle a blaze on Camp Street on Monday afternoon. (photo courtesy of Bob Perrin)

Firefighters battle a blaze on Camp Street on Monday afternoon. (photo courtesy of Bob Perrin)

An Uptown home on Camp Street at the corner of Valmont was heavily damaged by fire Monday afternoon after an apparent explosion from a shed in the rear yard, New Orleans fire officials said.

Firefighters battle a blaze on Camp Street. (photo courtesy of Bob Perrin)

Firefighters battle a blaze on Valmont Street. (photo courtesy of Bob Perrin)

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