The entrepreneurship boom in New Orleans is a real phenomenon, and a crucial factor in the city’s continued rebirth — but it must also be accompanied by more economic opportunities for the unsustainable number of jobless African-American men in the city, a panel of business leaders said Thursday evening.
“We can get there,” said Rod Miller, CEO of the New Orleans Business Alliance. “We are a ‘new’ New Orleans, but we’re not our best New Orleans.”
We have been watching with much interest the national and Louisiana debate regarding increasing the minimum wage to $10.10. The latest polls show that support is growing across the nation, although only seven states and the District of Columbia have raised starting pay.
According to today’s New York Times, Louisiana is one of five states – the others being Alabama, Mississippi, South Carolina and Tennessee – that currently does not have a minimum wage. Washington State has the highest wage ($9.32) currently with D.C. to move to $11.50 in 2016. While both those rates might be too high for Louisiana’s economy, something must be done to give our lowest paid citizens a better opportunity to succeed in life.
There’s so much happening this weekend around Uptown New Orleans, you may wish you had an interactive map to plan your attack. And, if so, Uptown Messenger has you covered.
If you’ve never picked salad straight from your yard, it’s time to start living! And we mean off of your land! No yard, porch or balcony is too small to grow your own herbs, vegetables, fruits and flowers.
At NOLA Kitchen Gardens & Compost, we build tailored edible gardens and food forests, teach you how to be a successful gardener, and help you grow what you eat. Other services include garden makeovers, regular garden maintenance and composting services.
“I think I was 7 or 8 when I took apart my father’s radio,” says Cameron MacPhee, native New Orleanian and co-catalyst for this coming weekend’s Mini Maker Fair, recalling the first thing he remembers disassembling as a boy. “I was sure I had his permission,” he follows up, if not somewhat deadpanned. “I even got shocked, like one of the capacitors got me.”
MacPhee is now a father to a couple of young boys himself, and his story is likely all-too-familiar for the those participating in and attending Saturday’s first-ever event, the DIY and Maker movement is an all ages affair that extends beyond the boundaries of craft and convention.
Opponents of the controversial Newcomb Boulevard fence have won a preliminary round in the fight over the street’s future, as city planners are recommending against its sale and closure to the public.
New Orleans Police Lt. Shaun Ferguson — essentially second-in-command in the Uptown-based Second District — was promoted to commander of the Algiers-based Fourth District over the weekend, departmental officials said.
Residents of the City Council District B — which spans most of Uptown and the Central Business District from Jefferson Avenue to Canal Street, and also includes part of Mid-City — are invited to a hospitality tent at Wednesdays at the Square this week, hosted by Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell and featuring food by John Besh’s restaurant Luke.
Yes, WWE Wrestlemania XXX will be taking over the Superdome this weekend. But Uptown New Orleans will also get its dose of pro wrestling action from the World Wrestling Network, featuring six events at Tulane University that include tag-team competitions, female championship wrestling and a monster spectacle called the “Kaiju Big Battel.”
This week, I spotted two pieces of news that become quite unnerving when placed together.
First, this legislative session, no fewer than four lawmakers have filed bills seeking to authorize off-duty police officers to carry firearms in bars. The move comes in reaction to an opinion issued last summer by Attorney General Buddy Caldwell in which he advised that the practice is technically illegal under an existing Louisiana statute.
Secondly, former 6th District New Orleans police officer Desmond Pratt was sentenced to three years in prison after pleading guilty to two counts of sexual battery and one count of felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile. Pratt owed his light sentence to the reluctance of the victims to testify, a common factor in rape and incest cases.
Has post-Katrina rebuilding really created a new city out of New Orleans, or is the “boom” more of an artificial economic bubble that is bound to burst? This question will drive the next installment of Tulane Hillel’s occasional series of “The Big Issue” discussions, set for Thursday evening with the title “New Orleans 2.0: Fact or Fiction?”
After two rain delays, Mardi Gras Indians from across the city congregated at A.L. Davis park on the corner of LaSalle and Washington on Sunday for the annual Super Sunday. Aside from the Indians, food from local vendors and music were bountiful.
A man was shot on Laurel Street in the Irish Channel on Saturday morning, New Orleans police say.
Raising Cane’s now plans a total of three Uptown locations; a new ice-cream shop is opening on Freret Street; a new building on Magazine Street will host a location of the upscale Brick & Spoon chain; and Pizza Domenica is on track for an April opening, according to recent reports.
Enjoy rhythm and blues on multiple stages, food and drinks, and a silent auction next weekend at the Xavier Prep Alumni Association “Remember When” music festival at St. Katharine Drexel Prep on April 5.