Mar 192014
 
(photo submitted by the Freret Neighborhood Center)

(photo submitted by the Freret Neighborhood Center)

By Liz Jurey, Freret Neighborhood Center

Have you ever wondered what happens in that yellow and red double shotgun house on Freret Street? You might be surprised to learn about the incredible work being done behind those blue doors! The Freret Neighborhood Center helps to offer resources to the Uptown / Central City area by providing access to a computer lab that is open to the public, conducting an afterschool program, organizing neighborhood clean-up efforts, and much more! We engage approximately 1,200 people, including residents, children, university students, as well as local and visiting volunteers.

This is a unique space where people from all walks of life are able to gather and work towards the betterment of this region. Show your support and celebrate our accomplishments by coming out this Thursday for an exciting event in our honor! Continue reading »

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Mar 182014
 

Sophie B. Wright’s return to its renovated home on Napoleon Avenue has been delayed by the discovery of more termite damage; two employees of the former Xavier University Preparatory School have been charged with embezzlement, middle-school grades are shifting between Crocker and Cohen College Prep, and a new principal is on the way to De La Salle, according to recent reports. Continue reading »

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Mar 182014
 
Precinct-level results in the sheriff's race runoff. (map by independent data analyst Brian Denzer)

Precinct-level results in the sheriff’s race runoff. (map by independent data analyst Brian Denzer; click to enlarge)

Sheriff Marlin Gusman won 40,068 votes in Saturday’s runoff election against Charles Foti — only about 500 fewer than he won in the Feb. 1 primary despite a dramatic decrease in turnout, suggesting that voters who chose other candidates initially and even some of Foti’s supporters simply stayed home. Continue reading »

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Mar 182014
 
Glenn Ford. (photo by jewel bush)

Former death-row prisoner Glenn Ford was released from prison last week, and is transitioning back to society at the Resurrection After Exoneration program in New Orleans. (photo by jewel bush)

jewel bush

What do you say to someone who has spent 10,950 days — 3 decades and his last 30 birthdays — wondering if today would be the day he would be put to death for a crime he did not commit?

“They give you a $20 debit card and say, ‘I’ll be waiting on you,’ ” said John Thompson, who spent 18 years in prison, 14 of them on death row, wrongfully convicted of murder.

On March 11, Thompson welcomed home fellow exoneree Glenn Ford, Louisiana’s longest-serving death row prisoner. Ford was released from death row and exonerated after an informant told police that the real killer — one of the original suspects — confessed to the 1983 murder. Continue reading »

Mar 172014
 
Plans for a new Regions Bank to replace the Roly Poly and an adjacent house on Tchoupitoulas by architect Richard Whitston of Kentucky. (via New Orleans City Council)

Plans for a new Regions Bank to replace the Roly Poly and an adjacent house on Tchoupitoulas by architect Richard Whitston of Kentucky. (via New Orleans City Council)

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

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

The Roly Poly restaurant on Tchoupitoulas Street is slated be torn down and replaced with a new Regions Bank at the corner of Jefferson Avenue, according to a demolition request pending before the city. Continue reading »

Mar 172014
 

Contractors working on the massive Uptown drainage projects along Jefferson, Napoleon and soon Louisiana avenues plan to fit their work crossing the St. Charles Avenue streetcar tracks from June to August of this year, and during those months, St. Charles Avenue will be reduced to two lanes of traffic, according to a report by Monica Hernandez of our partners at WWL-TV.

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Mar 172014
 
Architect's rendering of the LaSalle school on Perrier redeveloped into condominiums (via lasallenola.com)

Architect’s rendering of the LaSalle school on Perrier redeveloped into condominiums (via lasallenola.com)

All 12 condominium units in the former LaSalle School building on Perrier street have sold out at prices up to $3 million before the development even opens, showing the strength of the market for luxury homes in Uptown New Orleans, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal. “The average home price in New Orleans increased by 15% this January compared to a year ago,” the report notes, and in 2012, fully 8 percent of the city’s population had been here less than a year.

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Mar 172014
 
A map of results in the City Council At-Large race. Areas shaded dark green show precincts where Jason Williams improved his results by 25 percent or more. (map by Brian Denzer; click for larger PDF)

A map of results in the City Council At-Large race. Areas shaded dark green show precincts where Jason Williams improved his results by 25 percent or more. (map by Brian Denzer; click for larger PDF)

Jason Williams

Jason Williams

Although voter turnout decreased by 20,000 people in Saturday’s runoff election, Jason Williams actually increased his vote total by nearly 10,000 votes to secure his landslide victory — especially in precincts that Cynthia Hedge-Morrell had initially won in the Feb. 1 primary, an analysis of voting data shows. Continue reading »

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Mar 172014
 

Owen Courreges

Should the powers of New Orleans Municipal Court be expanded?   It’s already happening.  You just probably didn’t realizing it was going on.

It began a couple of years ago, in late January 2012.  Mayor Mitch Landrieu dispatched letters to the judges of Criminal District Court and Municipal Court asking them to impose higher bonds for release in gun cases.  Landrieu specifically pointed to a program initiated by Judge John Garvey in St. Louis, who began automatically requiring a $30,000 cash-only bond for youths arrested for illegally possessing firearms. Continue reading »

Mar 162014
 

Susan Guidry

Susan Guidry

The New Orleans City Council is seeking to place Councilwoman Susan Guidry on a new working group formed by Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s administration to consider building issues at the Orleans Parish Prison, according to a report by Della Hasselle at our sister site, MidCityMessenger.com. The Council continues to discuss which auxiliary buildings can be used for special-needs inmates at the jail after the new main building opens in May, the report states.

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Mar 162014
 
"Where Writers Wrote in New Orleans" by Angela Carll

“Where Writers Wrote in New Orleans” by Angela Carll

Author Angela Carll will sign her book, “Where Writers Wrote in New Orleans” — an exploration of how New Orleans attracted creative minds throughout history — at the Tulane University Book Store at 29 McAlister Drive from noon to 2 p.m. Friday (March 21). Continue reading »

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Mar 162014
 

The Lower Garden District watering hole Bridge Lounge will become the “Barrel Proof” bar next month under new ownership, the new Carrollton Market restaurant in the Riverbend is slated to open this week, and the Popeyes on Magazine and Artz Bagels have both closed unexpectedly, in recent dining news. Continue reading »

Mar 162014
 
(via Louisiana Secretary of State's office)

(via Louisiana Secretary of State’s office)

In Saturday’s runoffs, Jason Williams won the At-Large seat on the City Council and Sheriff Marlin Gusman was also re-elected, each winning with roughly two-thirds of the vote, and in the closest race of the evening, Jeff Rouse was elected coroner.

Meanwhile, the controversial tax for the Audubon Nature Institute was rejected by voters by a two-to-one margin. Continue reading »

Mar 162014
 
Spectators receive beads from one of the parades many floats.

Spectators receive beads from a float in the St. Patrick’s Day parade. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

On Saturday, the annual Irish Channel St. Patrick’s Day parade rolled Uptown. Crowds lined the streets of Uptown hoping for flowers and cabbages.

Dana Prados (right), receives a kiss on the cheek in exchange for a flower during Saturday's Irish Channel Parade.

Dana Prados (right), receives a kiss on the cheek from a member of the Corner Club in exchange for a flower during Saturday’s Irish Channel Parade. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Orleans Parrish district attorney throws beads to onlookers.

Orleans Parrish District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro throws beads to onlookers. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

A parade goer catches a cabbage, prize throw of the Irish Channel Parade.

A parade goer catches a cabbage, the prize throw of the parade. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Parade goers receive roses from "Eddies Irish Cajuns"

Parade goers receive roses from “Eddies Irish Cajuns.” (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

New Orleans Saints' pro bowl punter Thomas Morestead takes a "selfie" with fans during Saturday's Irish Channel parade. Morestead and Saints' defensive coordinator Rob Ryan both marched in Saturday's parade.

New Orleans Saints’ pro bowl punter Thomas Morestead takes a “selfie” with fans during Saturday’s Irish Channel parade. Morestead and Saints’ defensive coordinator Rob Ryan both marched in Saturday’s parade. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Saturday's costumes were nothing short of creative.

This man wears his heritage on his eyelids. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Ancient Order of the Siberians marching club member engages with the crowd.

An Ancient Order of the Hibernians marching club member dances with the crowd. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Jason Williams (right), newly elected City Councilman at Large, embraces a crowd member. Williams marched with heavyweight boxing champion Evander Holyfield (left).

Jason Williams (right), newly reelected Councilman at Large, embraces a crowd member. Williams marched with heavyweight boxing champion Evander Holyfield (left). (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Muggivan school of Irish dance.

Muggivan school of Irish dance. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

During the Irish Channel parade, on Third street off of Magazine, there’s the party within a party. Both Tracy’s and Parasol’s bars throw block parties that draw large crowds.

Crowd outside of Tracy's bar before the Irish Channel Parade.

Crowd outside of Tracy’s bar before the Irish Channel Parade. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Parasol's Bar

Parasol’s Bar. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Pete and Helen Dragon dress in head-to-toe green outside of Parasol's bar.

Pete and Helen Dragon dress in head-to-toe green outside of Parasol’s bar. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Face painting by Alexander the Greateness

Face painting by Alexander the Greateness. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Justin Mercer plays stump outside of Parasol's bar on third street.

Justin Mercer plays stump outside of Parasol’s bar on third street. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)