Dec 032013
 

Three Uptown elementary schools — Green Charter, Lafayette Academy and Singleton — have been granted multi-year renewals of their charters, and three other formerly-failing schools are being recommended for one-year extensions.

Meanwhile, Eleanor McMain Secondary School admitted nearly a quarter of this year’s freshmen class after telling OneApp applicants it was full, KIPP Schools are making news for a pricey employee retreat in Las Vegas, and New Orleans College Prep is willing to pay $10,000 help for finding a new elementary principal, according to recent reports. Continue reading »

Dec 022013
 

The Prytania Theatre is inviting local college and university students and faculty to a free screening of the new movie “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,” starring Idris Elba in a film version of the South African anti-apartheid revolutionary’s autobiography, on Tuesday evening in a red-carpet event with refreshments and prizes sponsored by Coca-Cola. Continue reading »

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Dec 022013
 

Tulane University has unveiled new plans for a campus focusing on coastal science on the riverfront property now occupied by Mardi Gras World; small local vendors are thriving at the weekly LaSalle market; a 146-year-old synagogue on Jackson Avenue in the Irish Channel is slated for redevelopment as luxury apartments, and an illegal parking space on Octavia Street has been removed, according to recent development reports. Continue reading »

Dec 022013
 

Owen Courreges

In the wake of recent high-profile complaints about the New Orleans Taxi Bureau, one suggestion has been for New Orleans to emulate New York’s system for regulating taxi cabs by creating a new taxi/limousine commission and adopting a medallion system.  In my view, this is a monumentally bad idea.

An impetus for this proposed change is related to complaints against the New Orleans Taxi Bureau and its chief,  Malachi Hull, including an incident I wrote about previously when a Taxi Bureau inspector, Wilton “Big Will” Joiner, slammed a tour guide in the side of a parked car full view of a crowd of appalled tourists.  This was troubling because Taxi Bureau investigators aren’t peace officers; they lack authority to detain or arrest anybody.

It’s clear that the Taxi Bureau is ill-managed and corrupt, and institutional changes certainly shouldn’t be rejected out of hand.  However, New York’s supposed “reforms” are not something New Orleans should replicate. Continue reading »

Nov 302013
 

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If the mall-induced delirium of Black Friday isn’t your holiday shopping style, “Merriment on Magazine Street” offers an alternative from 5 to 9 p.m. tonight (Saturday, Nov. 30) — dozens of local merchants offering sales on local art, high fashion and designer home furnishings accompanied by refreshments and appetizers. Continue reading »

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Nov 292013
 

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

Recent complaints about the City’s Taxi Cab Bureau, its director Malachi Hull and several members of his staff lead us to ponder whether it is time to replace the Taxi Cab Bureau with a state-of-the-industry Taxi and Limousine Commission modeled after New York City’s, which was created more than 40 years ago. Continue reading »

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Nov 272013
 
From December 2012, the youngest Villere daughter pauses at play inside a backyard clawfoot tub. (by Jean-Paul Villere for UptownMessenger.com)

From December 2012, the youngest Villere daughter pauses at play inside a backyard clawfoot tub. (by Jean-Paul Villere for UptownMessenger.com)

Jean-Paul Villere

Reflecting on the all things I’m thankful for out of everything that has taken place over this last year, my 2-year-old’s brief dialogue with a stranger early one morning during our family walk to the neighborhood beignet purveyor takes the top spot.  The six of us were leisurely making our way down General Pershing one sun-drenched spring dawn when we happened upon some men with car hood popped quizzically troubleshooting an engine.  As we traded greetings, one of the men asked my youngest where we were going, and she paused with big smile and excitedly responded monosyllabically “Hey,” followed by a pause.  Then a “Beignets” came next, followed by another pause.  And then, with a slight nod if not an air of invitation, she finished with an “Eat.”  

“Hey. Beignets. Eat.” The purposefully chosen words have stuck with me in their complete, albeit disjointed, simplicity since, and here’s why. Continue reading »

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Nov 262013
 
An initial rendering of the Oak Lofts project sent to neighbors. (via the Carrollton-Riverbend Neighborhood Association)

An initial rendering of the Oak Lofts project sent to neighbors. (via the Carrollton-Riverbend Neighborhood Association)

A New Orleans developer presented his vision for a five-story condo building with a large ground-floor gym to Oak Street residents and neighbors Tuesday night, drawing questions and concerns about the scale of the project among expressions of general enthusiasm for the concept. Continue reading »

Nov 262013
 
Dr. Lishunda Franklin at Crescent City Pharmacy. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Dr. Lishunda Franklin at Crescent City Pharmacy. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The future home of Jaque's on Freret. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The future home of Jaque’s on Freret. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A new, locally-owned pharmacy has opened on Simon Bolivar Avenue in Central City, and a men’s fashion shop is planned for Freret Street in January, among the latest new retail offerings around Uptown New Orleans. Continue reading »

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