Apr 302014
 
A public phone stand lays damaged after an April 10 crash at Magazine and Napoleon. It's still there. (UptownMessenger.com file photo)

A public phone stand lays damaged after an April 10 crash at Magazine and Napoleon. It’s still there. (UptownMessenger.com file photo)

Jean-Paul Villere

Jean-Paul Villere

How are you doing?”

“Good”

“No, Superman does good; you’re doing well”

So goes the old exchange that quickly provides the context of good versus well, and how one should really use them properly.  Among the titles New Orleans carries, The City that Care Forgot remains very real despite the influx of the educated and employed.  And you can see it almost anywhere. Continue reading »

Apr 302014
 
Robert D. Steward (via opcso.org)

Robert D. Steward (via opcso.org)

A convicted drug dealer received 15 years in prison this week for possession of a gun following an April 2013 foot chase in the B.W. Cooper area of Central City, and his co-defendant was sentenced to seven years after agreeing to testify in the same case, New Orleans prosecutors said. Continue reading »

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Apr 302014
 

A dispute between a Prytania Street property owner and the city over the paving of a yard for parking at an apartment complex is headed to Civil District Court, according to a recent report by Karen Gadbois of The Lens. The yard paving took place after Katrina without city permission, and the Board of Zoning Adjustments has denied a request by property owner Henry Rosenblat to keep it, Gadbois reports, but attorney Joel Loeffelholz convinced a city hearing officer to delay any further administrative action for 90 days while the issue plays out in court.

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Apr 292014
 

(image via winterinstitute.org)

(image via winterinstitute.org)

The “Welcome Table,” a new effort led by the Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s office, intends to bring people together across racial lines and empower them with grant money to build their own projects to improve Central City and three other New Orleans communities.

“We’re going to get some things done,” said Deputy Mayor Judy Reese Morse said at New Hope Baptist Church in Central City. “The grant will provide seed money to groups who are interested in actually working together to achieve something positive in our city.”

When officials introduced the program Monday night, however, they were met with both skepticism that any real results will be accomplished and promises from participants that they will press forward despite their misgivings. Continue reading »

Apr 292014
 

jewel bush

The New Orleans Public Library System is in trouble.

Next year, the city has to find an additional $3 million just to keep the 13 current libraries open. That’s keep-the-lights-on money. Purchasing new books or investing in new library technologies are both out of the question under this scenario. Continue reading »

Apr 282014
 

The Welcome Table New Orleans — a grant-funded effort “to facilitate meaningful and honest discussions about race in respectful, safe and structured spaces” — will launch tonight (Monday, April 28) with an informational session at New Hope Baptist Church at 1807 Lasalle Street in Central City. Continue reading »

Apr 282014
 

Owen Courreges

Elk Place has seen better days, and poor transit planning is the most obvious culprit.  Near the intersection with Canal, transit users wait alongside derelict and ill-maintained structures with inadequate shelter and seating.  Drivers buzz by as throngs brave the elements to make their connections.

This is what happens when over 20 transit lines converge at one location, with over 5,000 riders boarding and disembarking streetcars and buses.

It’s a notorious disgrace.  The immediate area has been slow to redevelop.  The sidewalks are difficult to navigate and litter is an ongoing problem.  Not only have transit users suffered – local businesses and property owners are dissatisfied as well. Continue reading »

Apr 262014
 
A member of the St. Augustine Marching 100 plays in the Battle of the Bands for the Instruments A-Comin' benefit at Tipitina's in April 2012. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

A member of the St. Augustine Marching 100 plays in the Battle of the Bands for the Instruments A-Comin’ benefit at Tipitina’s in April 2012. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

The instruments are a comin’ to New Orleans school programs from the Tipitina’s Foundation benefit concert — in between two Jazz fest weekends — where attendees can enjoy food, an outdoor battle of the best local bands and a silent auction (Monday, April 28). Continue reading »

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Apr 252014
 
Philip Bialowitz is one of seven living survivors of the Nazi extermination camp, Sobibór, where 250,000 people perished between 1942 and 1943. (via JCC)

Philip Bialowitz is one of seven living survivors of the Nazi extermination camp, Sobibór, where 250,000 people perished between 1942 and 1943. (via JCC)

Join the New Orleans Jewish Community Center and pay homage to those lost during the Holocaust for the community-wide memorial program, Yom Hashoah. Philip Bailowits, one of seven Holocaust survivors living in New Orleans, will be a keynote speaker for the event Sunday (April 27). Continue reading »

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Apr 242014
 

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

Danae and Allan have different views of Jazz Fest at this time in their lives. Danae will be out there every day from sunup to sundown. Allan, who used to love listening to the performers in the Gospel Tent, will stay home and watch the news clips on TV. He can’t handle the crowds anymore and all the walking makes his back hurt.

This year’s festival brings four great stories to mind. Just a few weeks ago Danae stopped into the Subway sandwich shop across from Place St. Charles and met young, gregarious Di, a high school honors student attending Walker-Landry in Algiers. She was at Subway for two reasons – her hard-working mother makes sandwiches there and she had come from a job interview at the new Riverwalk Outlet Mall. Though just about to graduate from high school, Di boasted that working at Riverwalk would be her third job, having spent two summers employed through Mayor Landrieu’s youth job program. Continue reading »

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