Mar 122015
 
The Carrollton and Uptown historic districts (the two large areas on the left) may be subject to stricter scrutiny for new construction. (map via nola.gov)

The Carrollton and Uptown historic districts (the two large areas on the left) may be subject to stricter scrutiny for new construction. (map via nola.gov)

Stacy Head

Stacy Head

New construction across much of Uptown, Carrollton and Broadmoor could be regulated as closely as it is in the Irish Channel or Garden District, based on the results of a study authorized by unanimous vote of the New Orleans City Council on Thursday morning. Continue reading »

Mar 122015
 
Immigration papers for the author's mother, Vera Columbus. (submitted photo)

Naturalization papers from 1944 for the author’s mother, Vera Columbus. (submitted photo)

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

My mother Vera was a scientist, a University of Pennsylvania-trained microbiologist to be exact, who integrated the miracles of science into her everyday life as a wife and mother. Unfortunately, all the recent advances in medicine could not protect her from the ravages of dementia which eventually robbed Mother of the ability to walk, talk or even feed herself. At 88, Mother succumbed to that often misunderstood disease last Saturday. Continue reading »

Mar 122015
 

Tracey's St Pats 2015

May the Luck o’ the Irish be with you as Tracey’s Original Irish Channel Bar celebrates its annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration all weekend long from Saturday, March 14th to Tuesday, March 17, 2015. The Irish Channel Annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration begins at 10:00am on the corner of Third Street and Magazine Street Saturday.  Tracey’s will serve up its world famous roast beef poor boys along with cabbage and corned beef and green beer!

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Mar 112015
 
Children play dodgeball during the Freret Get-Together at Evans Park in December. The event was hosted by the Evans Park Booster Club, with activities organized by Eric and Claudean Capers of Anytime Fitness. (Photo by Liz Jurey, courtesy of Freret Neighborhood Center)

Children play dodgeball during the Freret Get-Together at Evans Park in December. The event was hosted by the Evans Park Booster Club, with activities organized by Eric and Claudean Capers of Anytime Fitness. (Photo by Liz Jurey, courtesy of Freret Neighborhood Center)

Launched just three months ago by a mix of Freret neighborhood stalwarts and newcomers, the Evans Park Booster Club is now hosting regular activities for toddlers and a monthly neighborhood kickball game — filling a void left as the Freret Neighborhood Center scales back its direct youth services. Continue reading »

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Mar 112015
 
Jean-Paul Villere

Jean-Paul Villere

Prologue: Each Saturday at noon on WTUL 91.5 FM in New Orleans, Mark Tobler’s DJ set almost always opens with John Hartford’s song “Back in the Good Old Days.”  The song is a projection of a future population residing at a city dump, and while there — though they may imbibe as a community — the topic of discussion and conversation will be remembering when things were better and wondering how things became what they are.

The 21st century has been a veritable roller coaster thus far for the Crescent City.  Storms, diaspora, growth, crime, food highs, political lows, Hollywood South, hospital hubbub, even an entrepreneurial hotbed too.  It’s downright dizzying at times.  And then there’s our blight — and the quest to remedy that scourge, often via demolition.  We as a city often decry the Big Easy brand as slipping away via noise ordinances, smoking bans, whatever legal challenges and changes that float through City Hall.  But removing the landscape in the name of the greater good?  To be sure, there’s no faster way to becoming Anywhere, USA. Continue reading »

Mar 102015
 
The former Rachel Sims Baptist Mission on Second Street. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The former Rachel Sims Baptist Mission on Second Street. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The City Planning Commission gave its nod Tuesday to a developer’s plan to convert the former Rachel Sims Baptist Mission in the Irish Channel into condominiums, but required that he provide off-street parking behind the building. Continue reading »

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Mar 102015
 
An image from the trailer for the documentary "Little White Lie," screening Wednesday evening at the Jewish Community Center. (via littlewhiteliethefilm.com)

An image from the trailer for the documentary “Little White Lie,” screening Wednesday evening at the Jewish Community Center. (via littlewhiteliethefilm.com)

The Jewish Community Center will present a series of three free documentary screenings this month, starting with showing Wednesday evening of “Little White Lie,” a Jewish woman who unexpectedly discovers her African-American heritage. Continue reading »

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Mar 102015
 
Broken glass sits in the street near the scene of a shooting overnight on South Robertson Street in the Freret neighborhood. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Broken glass sits in the street near the scene of a shooting overnight on South Robertson Street in the Freret neighborhood. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The 5100 block of South Robertson. (map via NOPD)

The 5100 block of South Robertson. (map via NOPD)

One woman was killed and another woman was injured in a shooting overnight on South Robertson Street in the Freret neighborhood, New Orleans police said Tuesday morning. Continue reading »

Mar 092015
 

The Lycée Français de la Nouvelle Orléans campus on Patton Street.

The Lycée Français de la Nouvelle Orléans campus on Patton Street.

Under a new mandate from the state education board, a number of charter schools are expected to begin providing daily transportation for the majority of their students by 2018 — a piece of the public-education puzzle that has largely been left up to individual schools in New Orleans over the past decade, with wildly varying results.

At one of the schools that will be affected, Lycée Français de la Nouvelle-Orléans, school leaders said Monday night that they were already planning a pilot program to provide buses to one target neighborhood, and now anticipate phasing in other neighborhoods over the next three years. Continue reading »

Mar 092015
 
The former Rachel Sims Baptist Mission on Second Street. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The former Rachel Sims Baptist Mission on Second Street. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A century-old Baptist mission center in the Irish Channel that closed in 2010 is slated to become 10 condominiums in a redevelopment that is drawing praise from historic preservationists and neighborhood leaders but less enthusiasm from city planners. Continue reading »

Mar 092015
 

Owen Courreges

If there’s anything that probably deserves government attention, it’s preventing children from getting mowed down while they get to and from school. No politician has ever, to my knowledge, run on a platform of exposing children to the greater risk from Mr. Distracted McNeglient’s murder-mobile.

Thus, if you’ve been reading The Lens lately, you’ve been understandably disturbed by a series of articles regarding the operation (or rather, the lack thereof) of New Orleans’ school zone lights. The first article detailed the results of a Lens survey performed this January which revealed that “[s]ix out of 10 — 87 out of 147 in active school zones — were malfunctioning.” Continue reading »

Mar 082015
 

Bernard Noble, a 49-year-old father of seven children, is serving a 13-year sentence after an arrest for about two joints’ worth of marijuana, and Broadmoor residents rallied with New Orleans City Councilwoman Susan Guidry on Saturday on behalf of his release, according to a report by our partners at WWL-TV. Noble’s lengthy sentence is the result of habitual-offender enhancements on drug charges dating back to the 1990s, even though Orleans judges had urged a lower sentence, rally organizers say.

Mar 082015
 
Lusher Charter School Street’s Faculty Advisor Brad Richard with Student Editor Helene Lovett.

Lusher Charter School Street’s Faculty Advisor Brad Richard with Student Editor Helene Lovett

Lusher Charter School’s literary magazine Street — which includes students’ creative writing, artwork, photography, and graphic design — has received Louisiana’s highest award from the National Council of Teachers in English for 2014. Continue reading »

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