Aug 312015
 
Owen Courrèges

Owen Courrèges

Last week I was running to grab a take-out order from a nearby tavern, and the only parking nearby was metered. This meant confronting one of the city’s new solar-powered parking meters. After hiking more than a half block to reach the nearest meter (it was not positioned ideally), I fumbled in my pocket for money to feed the proverbial beast.

“Fortunately, I have change,” I thought to myself. “A couple of quarters should do the trick.”

First, I pressed the keypad to activate the meter. It took a few seconds for the thing to power up, because apparently these meters boot from floppy discs. Then the screen told me to swipe a card or insert bills. For some reason, there was no option for inserting coins. Continue reading »

Aug 292015
 
Former President Bill Clinton speaks during the Katrina 10 commemoration at the Smoothie King Center on Saturday. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Former President Bill Clinton speaks during the Katrina 10 commemoration at the Smoothie King Center on Saturday.. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Stephanie Jordan sings during the Katrina 10 commemoration at the Smoothie King Center on Saturday. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Stephanie Jordan sings during the Katrina 10 commemoration at the Smoothie King Center on Saturday. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Over the last week, the 10th anniversary of New Orleans has a tale of two narratives: the city’s official story of recovery and a newly heralded “resilience,” contrasted with media accounts describing the growing disparities from neighborhood to neighborhood.

In an attempt to bridge both those perspectives, former President Bill Clinton used his keynote address during Saturday’s commemorative ceremonies to call for a “new unity” in New Orleans, saying the city should both celebrate the progress made since the floods and rededicate itself to overcoming the deeply-rooted challenges that remain. Continue reading »

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Aug 292015
 
Deb Cotton accepts Rising Tide's annual Ashley Morris award. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Deb Cotton accepts Rising Tide’s annual Ashley Morris award. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Rising Tide X, the tenth annual new-media conference on New Orleans, took place at Xavier University this morning. See below for live coverage. Continue reading »

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Aug 282015
 
A downed utility pole lays across a pickup truck that is partially atop two other vehicles in the 4500 block of Tchoupitoulas Street on Friday night. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A downed utility pole lays across a pickup truck that is partially atop two other vehicles in the 4500 block of Tchoupitoulas Street on Friday night. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

More than 1,700 Uptown addresses were without power Friday evening. (map via Entergy)

More than 1,700 Uptown addresses were without power Friday evening. (map via Entergy)

A power line was knocked down, and several vehicles and a house were heavily damaged after a crash late Friday night on Tchoupitoulas Street, and more than 1,700 Uptown addresses were left without power afterward. Continue reading »

Aug 282015
 
AJ De Leon, left, takes a selfie with Saints' quarterback Drew Brees during the post-practice autograph session. The Saints practiced in Yulman Stadium at Tulane University for their final practice of the week.  (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com

AJ De Leon, left, takes a selfie with Saints’ quarterback Drew Brees during the post-practice autograph session. The Saints practiced in Yulman Stadium at Tulane University for their final practice of the week. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

On Friday evening, the Saints took to practice at Tulane’s Yulman Stadium instead of their Metairie practice facility. This was the last practice before they take on the Houston Texans on Sunday afternoon in the Superdome. The Saints regular season begins September 13 at Arizona.

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Aug 282015
 

St. Katharine Drexel Prep

The St. Katharine Drexel Prep School is hosting a program to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina this Saturday, August 29. The event will feature a gospel extravaganza following the commemoration.  Continue reading »

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Aug 272015
 
A KIPP: Believe student describes her excitement for the new Dunbar building as Recovery School District Superintendent Patrick Dobard listens. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A KIPP: Believe student describes her excitement for the new Dunbar building as Recovery School District Superintendent Patrick Dobard listens. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The exterior of the new Dunbar school on Forshey Street in Hollygrove. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The exterior of the new Dunbar school on Forshey Street in Hollygrove. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Keenly aware of the eyes of the world on New Orleans this week, supporters of both the KIPP: Believe and Lafayette Academy communities came together Wednesday morning for a joint celebration of the opening of the long-awaited Paul Dunbar school building Wednesday morning on Forshey Street in Hollygrove. Continue reading »

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Aug 272015
 
Former Mayor Marc Morial and Mayor Mitch Landrieu discussion the state of New Orleans together. (photo via Danae Columbus)

Former Mayor Marc Morial and Mayor Mitch Landrieu discussion the state of New Orleans together. (photo via Danae Columbus)

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

For many New Orleanians life has never been the same since Hurricane Katrina destroyed their homes, their neighborhoods, their schools, and their sense of community. Katrina was an experience they do not want to relive on this or any other anniversary. For them, the grief process is ongoing. African Americans especially feel the rules were stacked against them, making their recovery even harder. Continue reading »

Aug 272015
 

COOLinary_300x250CELEBRATING DINING IN AMERICA’S MOST DELICIOUS CITY!

The New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) invites New Orleans residents to take advantage of the city’s many cultural attractions and world-class dining options through 2015 COOLinary New Orleans Restaurant Month. Experience cuisine that delights your palate and is an integral part of the history, fabric and culture of New Orleans.

During the month of August, enjoy 2-3 course lunch menus for $20 or less; 3 course dinner menus at $39 or less;  and 3 course brunch menus at $39 or less at over 80 award-winning restaurants. Don’t forget to ask for each Chef’s COOLinary Menu. It’s been a delicious summer!

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Aug 262015
 

(map via NOPD)

(map via NOPD)

A 16-year-old boy already in jail following his arrest in connection with a spree of three carjacking and robbery attempts across Uptown last week has now been charged in an additional carjacking from earlier this month on Prytania Street, New Orleans police said. Continue reading »

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Aug 262015
 
A home along Canal Boulevard, still scarred by floodwaters around 2010. (photo by Jean-Paul Villere for UptownMessenger.com)

A home along Canal Boulevard, scarred by floodwaters. (photo by Jean-Paul Villere for UptownMessenger.com)

Jean-Paul Villere

Jean-Paul Villere

The big exhale of 10 years has arrived as New Orleanians near and far reflect on the 2005 storm season that changed us all.  Personally, my experiences before, during, and after Hurricane Katrina pale in comparison to many others.  My journey to now may best be summed up from the wisdom of my stepfather who told me simply to “ride the horse in the direction it’s going.”  Not an easy thing to do when the unknown awaited, especially in the immediate aftermath of the devastatingly unexpected. Continue reading »

Aug 262015
 

PointAbove-HerbCarverIt was Herb Carver’s first time being the victim of a major catastrophic event and the irony of the situation was not lost to him. At the end of August 2005, Carver, along with many others living along the Gulf Coast of the United States had his life changed forever by Hurricane Katrina.

The storm, one of the fiercest hurricanes to make U.S. landfall in recent history, reformed the landscape of many lives. For Carver, the devastation and turmoil would inspire a journey with mindfulness culminating in inner peace and profound self-awareness. Continue reading »

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Aug 252015
 
Attorney Rick Richter holds up a picture of the former McDonogh No. 8 building that was on the vacant land now at 3139 Constance Street, arguing that it represents the large-scale development that should be allowed there. (photo via nola.gov)

Attorney Rick Richter holds up a picture of the former McDonogh No. 8 building that was on the vacant land now at 3139 Constance Street, arguing that it represents the large-scale development that should be allowed there. (photo via nola.gov)

A small plot of land on Constance Street in the Irish Channel long mistaken for a pocket park should be developed into single-family or double houses, not the condo building that the owner wants there, said New Orleans city planners on Tuesday. Continue reading »

Aug 252015
 
Attendees gather at Isidore Newman School to celebrate the opening of the new Green Trees early-childhood education building. (photo via Isidore Newman School)

Attendees gather at Isidore Newman School to celebrate the opening of the new Green Trees early-childhood education building. (photo via Isidore Newman School)

Dale M. Smith, Head of School at Newman, speaks at the ribbon cutting for the Green Trees facility. (via Isidore Newman School)

Dale M. Smith, Head of School, speaks at the ribbon cutting for the Green Trees facility. (via Isidore Newman School)

The Isidore Newman School has completed construction on its $6.5 million new “Green Trees” early-childhood education building, and its first students arrived at the building this month. Continue reading »

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