Crime in New Orleans never ceases to become more shocking, as tragically shown again this weekend in the road-rage shooting death of beloved former Saints player Will Smith on Sophie Wright Place in the Lower Garden District that continues to make national headlines.
But 2016 could be quietly returning the overall downward trend in murders seen in the last few years — down 33 percent from 2015 — but also slightly down from the numbers in 2014, which were touted as the lowest number of murders New Orleans had recorded in decades.
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Richard Campanella was on his way to get his morning cup of coffee when he noticed an interesting addition to the Maple Street landscape: oyster shells.
Campanella, geographer and senior professor of practice at the Tulane School of Architecture, said he enjoys studying urban cityscapes and thought the pothole filled with oyster shells made an interesting subject to study.
Daily Brunch, Goat Cheese Enchiladas, and Mirlitons in a French Country Setting
The Standard. Did you ever stumble upon a restaurant so delightful you immediately wanted to text all of your friends, but also wanted to keep it all to yourself? I found one on Wednesday. The Standard. It was one of those cool rain drenched days in New Orleans–the kind where you can’t decide if outside is worth the effort.
Wellie-clad, I peered through the window of the new place across from Magasin Café. I saw a roaring fire. I was sold. Provencal décor at its most simple and elegant. Reclaimed wood. It looked expensive. It wasn’t. It should be.
Six months after opening, the El Pavo Real restaurant in Broadmoor easily won initial approval Tuesday to add the sale of alcoholic beverages to its menu.
New Orleans police repeatedly warn Uptown residents that unlocked cars make easy pickings for opportunistic thieves, and a recent surveillance video shows a group swarming around cars parked on Webster Street in what police say may have been a spree of more than a dozen auto break-ins.
The voters’ rejection of Mayor Landrieu’s tax proposal to fund additional police officers and pay firefighters’ back pensions was not a vote against the need for the tax but a clear sign of voter dissatisfaction and mistrust of Mayor Landrieu’s public safety policies and leadership. While the mayor obviously needs to address that anger, new sources of funding are still desperately needed if devastating cuts are to be avoided.
Landrieu and the City Council could shore up our tax base by ensuring New Orleans becomes the next American city to enact a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages. A “sin tax” on the purchase of carbonated soft drinks is on the books in many countries around the world including France, Barbados and Mexico, where consumption of sodas declined after the tax was enacted.
Alma Peters Park area residents who maintain the park will be painting and cleaning the park this Saturday, April 16, and for their maintenance projects this year, area residents are looking for donations for equipment and supplies, as well as volunteers. The park will not be available for use on this maintenance day and possibly longer, so the paint can dry.
The Crohn and Colitis Take Steps Walk will take place this Saturday, April 16 at Audubon Park. Proceeds will benefit Crohn’s and Colitis Disease research. The event is open to patients, family members, caregivers, and community members.
Seven of the bullets that killed former Saints player Will Smith on Saturday night entered through his back, and one entered through the side of his chest, Orleans Parish Coroner Jeffrey Rouse announced Wednesday afternoon.
The terrorists who call themselves the “Islamic State” are abusing the name of a religion that teaches peace and tolerance, creating a cycle of misunderstanding and fear that only feeds the violence, Muslim leaders and federal law enforcement officials said in a forum Tuesday night at Loyola University.
New Orleans police found a 9-mm handgun inside Will Smith’s Mercedes SUV on Tuesday morning and another revolver inside the Hummer driven by the man who allegedly killed him, though neither weapon appeared to have been fired, authorities said.
The Broadmoor Improvement Association will be hosting both their annual Metamorphosis benefit event and their annual Eatmoor food truck round-up event at the Rosa F. Keller Library & Community Center this month.
Teachers at Lusher Charter School are organizing a union affiliated with local and national groups, they announced today, becoming the third school in the city to do so as the New Orleans educational system rebuilds itself following Hurricane Katrina.
A 20-year-old man was shot in the leg on Willow Street in Central City overnight, New Orleans police said Monday morning.
On Saturday, around 11:30 p.m., former New Orleans Saints defensive end Will Smith was driving through my neighborhood. He was with his wife, Racquel. As he approached Felicity Street while driving eastbound on Sophie Wright Place, he was allegedly rear-ended by one Cardell Hayes.
Hayes and Smith exited their respective vehicles and got into a heated argument. Hayes pulled a gun, at which point Smith ostensibly turned. Hayes then sprayed out a hail of bullets, hitting Smith in his back and right torso. Smith bled out at the scene. Raquel was struck in her right leg.
Smith was much beloved in New Orleans, and this senseless act of violence has thus struck a chord with many. A makeshift memorial appeared Sunday near the scene of the shooting.
New Orleans police cleared a bomb threat at Superior Seafood on Sunday that turned out to be a hoax, authorities said.