Dec 202015
 
Police investigate a fatal shooting in 2011 on Monroe Street just outside an elementary school while classes were in session. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

Police investigate a fatal shooting in 2011 on Monroe Street just outside an elementary school while classes were in session. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

On a Thursday in late November, the entire indomitable city of New Orleans recoiled in shared horror at security video of a young medical student collapsed on the sidewalk just off Magazine Street, clutching his bleeding torso, as a hooded assailant stood over him with a gun aimed at his head. The film’s dreadful silence only amplified the menace as the gunman apparently tried to squeeze the trigger, twice, to finish off his already-incapacitated victim, giving up only when a mechanical mercy intervened and the gun refused to fire.

Two nights later, Bunny Friend park in the Ninth Ward — its almost comically benign name a memorial to a teen who died in an accident in the 1920s — became the scene of the city’s next headline-grabbing gun battle. A block party and planned music-video shoot were rent apart by a hail of gunfire, leaving 17 people wounded, and at least a half dozen people have been named as suspects as investigators try to piece together how the celebration turned to chaos.

The bloodshed continued the following weekend, when more young men’s lives would be claimed around some of the city’s most best-known places: 26-year-old Brandon Robinson killed on Bourbon Street, 19-year-old Richad Dowell on Canal Street and 19-year-old Devin Johnson near the newly opened Lafitte Greenway.

And yet, city officials continue to insist that the struggle against violent crime in New Orleans has made significant strides in recent years, and many measurements as well as newly-published academic studies back them up. But if things are getting better, why does the carnage still insist on making its way onto playgrounds, green spaces and tourist thoroughfares? If the violence is the work of a relatively small group of people, why are they so hard to stop? Continue reading »

Dec 182015
 

(map via NOPD)

(map via NOPD)

A woman returning to her Coliseum Street home Wednesday evening (Dec. 16) was attacked by three people wielding a stun gun and pepper spray after they asked for her help with car trouble, and a couple was robbed at gunpoint on Perrier Street on Thursday night, New Orleans police and authorities said. Continue reading »

Dec 182015
 
A construction worker guides a passing SUV across Prytania Street on Friday morning. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A construction worker guides a passing SUV across Prytania Street on Friday morning. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Property owners near the construction of major new drainage canals across Uptown New Orleans are asking a judge to intervene in the management of the project contracts, seeking an end to the interminable delays, they announced Friday morning. Continue reading »

Dec 172015
 
(via New Orleans Opera)

(via New Orleans Opera)

The annual Hansel & Gretel Children’s Opera, hosted by the Junior Committee of the Women’s Guild of the New Orleans Opera,will be a 45-minute costumed performance by the MetroPelican Opera. The event will take place Sunday, December 20, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Opera Guild Home, located at 2504 Prytania Street.

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Dec 172015
 
New Orleans mayor Mitch Landrieu celebrates his re-election with supporters on Feb. 2, 2014. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Zach Brien)

New Orleans mayor Mitch Landrieu celebrates his re-election with supporters on Feb. 2, 2014. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Zach Brien)

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

A former member of the New Orleans City Council, a high ranking NOPD officer and several uptown residents are among those who have told us that they were polled last weekend regarding Mayor Landrieu’s favorabilty and a possible third term campaign. Based on poll results, which have not been released, could Landrieu test the “3T” waters after the City Council’s expected vote today to remove several monuments? Continue reading »

Dec 162015
 

SWBA number of road closures and low water-pressure advisories have been issued this week for the areas around the drainage canal projects on Louisiana, Napoleon and Jefferson Avenues, according to the Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans. Continue reading »

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Dec 162015
 
Meredith Cherney

Meredith Cherney

You better watch out, you better not cry, you better shop small, I’m telling you why!

By Meredith Cherney

New Orleans is unlike any other city in the world, and shopping locally keeps it that way. You help maintain New Orleans’ diversity and distinctive flavor while building stronger neighborhoods by supporting local economies. With the proliferation of corporate chain stores and online shopping, the excitement of choosing the perfect gift in a local store and interacting with the owner is a shopping experience that is becoming increasingly rare. Continue reading »

Dec 162015
 

Grow Dat is a youth leadership program and farm in City Park that nurtures teenagers through the meaningful work of growing food. In its fourth year, our Farm Share program is a way for customers to enjoy chemical-free, fresh produce while investing in our farm and youth leadership program.

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Sign up for our Spring Farm Share to receive a box of fresh, local produce each week for 23 weeks.

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Dec 152015
 
Third Annual Calvin Johnson christmas concert

(courtesy of New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity)

 

Trinity Episcopal Church will host the third annual Christmas concert for local sax player and bandleader Calvin Johnson, this Sunday, December 20. The Christmas concert titled “Calvin Johnson with Strings Winter Wonder Jam: a Benefit for New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity” is free and will feature special guests Glen David Andrews and the Dirty Dozen Brass Band. Continue reading »

Dec 152015
 
The shade structure at Palmer Park. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The shade structure at Palmer Park. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Choir members of Mater Dolorosa and Central St. Matthew United Church of Christ will lead the Carrollton Area Network’s annual holiday caroling at Palmer Park this Sunday, Dec. 20, with free eggnog, hot chocolate, popcorn and other snacks in an effort to support Second Harvest Food Bank. Continue reading »

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Dec 142015
 
Owen Courrèges

Owen Courrèges

If there is any justice in this world, Mayor Scrooge McLandrieu will be visited this Christmas by three ghosts to help reform him of his callous ways. A recent event certainly evinces a “bah humbug” attitude on the part of our nefarious chief executive.

On Friday, the city began a regular sweep of the homeless encampment beneath the Pontchartrain Expressway. The city removes trash and debris weekly, rectifying code violations. On this occasion a homeless man, “John,” had placed a Christmas tree next to his tent and other belongings. City workers unceremoniously hurled it into a garbage truck as trash. Continue reading »

Dec 132015
 

Sugar Plum celebration Rosa F. Keller

The Rosa F. Keller Library and Community Center in Broadmoor will feature “Sugar Plum Celebration” this Saturday, Dec. 19, free children’s and teen’s books with holiday treats and activities.  Continue reading »

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Dec 122015
 

audubon symbolShould the schools under the control of the Orleans Parish School Board be funded more like those in the Recovery School District, or more like those in other parishes across the rest of the state?

That’s the question Audubon Charter School officials hope the public will consider as a proposed redistribution of state education money could cut as much as $750,000 from its budget, as well as that of other Orleans Parish schools.

“What we want is for OPSB schools to have the same funding formula as every other district in the state,” said Alisa Dupre, operations manager at Audubon Charter School. “We should not be the exception to the rule.” Continue reading »