Jul 162015
 

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

With qualifying less than 60 days away, local candidates are wanting lightning to strike to drive interest and money into the fall legislative races. Will lightning strike twice for School Board member Leslie Ellison as she takes on popular State Sen. David Heitmeier? As a physician and Chair of the state senate’s Health and Welfare Committee, Heitmeier played a leadership role in the passage of medical marijuana. Continue reading »

Jul 152015
 
The proposed reconfiguration of Napoleon Avenue, with a narrower neutral ground and a new bike lane in each direction. (via City of New Orleans)

The proposed reconfiguration of Napoleon Avenue, with a narrower neutral ground and a new bike lane in each direction. (via City of New Orleans)

After controversy arose over an announced plan to narrow the Napoleon Avenue neutral ground to allow for the creation of a bicycle lane in each direction of the roadway, the city has now created an online form to take feedback from residents on the project. Continue reading »

Jul 152015
 
A rendering of the renovated home by draftsman Stephen Perkins. (via City of New Orleans)

A rendering of the renovated home by draftsman Stephen Perkins. (via City of New Orleans)

The interconnected houses on Eight Street. (April 2015 photo via Google Maps)

The interconnected houses on Eighth Street. (April 2015 photo via Google Maps)

A new bed-and-breakfast proposed for a large Laurel Street home in the Irish Channel received initial approval Tuesday afternoon from the New Orleans City Planning Commission. Continue reading »

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Jul 152015
 

By Marc H. Morial

Nowhere else in the world but in the American South do a small and diminishing minority of citizens still celebrate and revere the military leaders who waged war and committed treason against the nation they claim to love. Most have moved on to an enlightened viewpoint of the New South – multicultural, diverse, dynamic and forward-thinking. Continue reading »

Jul 142015
 
(via StayLocal!)

(via StayLocal)

StayLocal, Greater New Orleans’ Independent Business Alliance, hosts NOLA Know-How, a Business-to-Business (B2B) resource fair culminating with TED-style presentations by five local business owners speaking on the theme of “What I Made with Lemons.” The event is this Thursday, July 16, at Eiffel Society (2040 St. Charles Ave) from 5pm to 8pm. Doors open at 5pm for networking and browsing at the resource fair; the talks will begin promptly at 6pm. Continue reading »

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Jul 132015
 
The Jefferson Davis monument on South Jefferson Davis Parkway and Canal Street (photo by Alicia Serrano, MidCityMessenger.com)

The Jefferson Davis monument on South Jefferson Davis Parkway and Canal Street (photo by Alicia Serrano, MidCityMessenger.com)

As the City Council voted last week begin discussing the removal of four Confederate statues throughout the city, they also outlined the legal process by which it will take place, and many Council members shared their views on the issue. Continue reading »

Jul 132015
 

Mayor Mitch Landrieu addresses District B residents about the city's budget Wednesday evening at KIPP Central City Academy. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Mayor Mitch Landrieu addresses District B residents about the city’s budget in the 2013 budget meeting at KIPP Central City Academy. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Mayor Mitch Landrieu will host his annual meeting to take input from City Council District B residents about the annual budget for the city of New Orleans this week, his office announced. Continue reading »

Jul 132015
 
Owen Courrèges

Owen Courrèges

Former New Orleans mayor and textbook narcissist Marc Morial has come out in favor of Mayor Landrieu’s plan to remove four Civil War memorials located throughout the city. The erstwhile mayor, now head of the Urban League, proceeded to immediately put his foot in his mouth.

“Those symbols represent division,” Morial explained. “I don’t think Robert E. Lee, Jefferson Davis and P.G.T. Beauregard really had ties to the city.”

Apparently Morial’s grasp of Civil War history, even as it directly concerns the city he led for two terms as mayor, is just as lacking as his humility. While Lee had no major ties to New Orleans in particular, Jefferson Davis died in New Orleans and was originally buried here. Continue reading »

Jul 122015
 
The Freret Garden Center is now for lease, after its longtime owners decided to sell the property and move the business to Broadmoor. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Freret Garden Center is now for lease, after its longtime owners decided to sell the property and move the business to Broadmoor. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Freret Service Center closed in early June. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Freret Service Center closed in early June. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Nearly six years ago, James Carville famously told Anderson Cooper on Hurricane Katrina’s fourth anniversary that “A little bit of a sense I have is how Freret Street goes, how goes New Orleans.”

At the time, Carville was speaking to all the optimistic signs of the city’s recovery — the reopening of storefronts that had long been shuttered, the return of longtime residents and the arrival of new ones. His words, however, remain just as poignant today — when Freret Street has become such prized real estate that some neighborhood and startup business owners have closed their doors, while new, deeper-pocketed investors line up to take their places. Continue reading »

Jul 122015
 
Stanley and Carolyn Baye dance to the J. Monque'D Blues Band. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Stanley and Carolyn Baye dance to the J. Monque’D Blues Band. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

On Saturday afternoon, St. Henry’s Church on General Pershing hosted their 26th annual block party after holding their anniversary mass earlier that afternoon. The party featured free food, drink and snowballs as well as music by the J. Monque’D blues band.

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Jul 112015
 
(via www.thepeoplesayproject.org)

(via www.thepeoplesayproject.org)

The Fourth Annual Backyard Cut Session will be held this Saturday, July 11 to support NOLA Mix, a program that teaches turntablism, and Seniors Connecting Seniors, an organization of elders based in the Freret Neighborhood. Five city DJs will be featured at the event. Continue reading »

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