May 292015
 
(image via Broadmoor Improvement Association)

(image via Broadmoor Improvement Association)

The Broadmoor Improvement Association’s long-awaited renovation of the former St. Mathias School on General Taylor Street into a new Arts & Wellness Center will open to the public Monday, June 1., officials announced. Continue reading »

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May 292015
 
Entergy crews work on a transmission line on Pine Street near Olive Street in Gert Town during a brief outage in early May. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

Entergy crews work on a transmission line on Pine Street near Olive Street in Gert Town during a brief outage in early May. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

Entergy will be launching a $30 million upgrade to the major transmission lines running through Uptown this summer, and is holding a series of informational meetings next week to prepare residents for the construction impacts. Continue reading »

May 292015
 
(image via Southern Food and Beverage Museum)

(image via Southern Food and Beverage Museum)

The Southern Food and Beverage Museum on Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard is still accepting children for a five-week summer camp that begins next week, and also announced it has received a donation of the complete works of Lowcountry chef Louis Osteen to its culinary library. Continue reading »

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May 282015
 
City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell gestures as she responds to a question Wednesday night at "The Big Issue" panel discussion on gentrification at Tulane Hillel, while Flozell Daniels of the Foundation for Louisiana listens. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell gestures as she responds to a question Wednesday night at “The Big Issue” panel discussion on gentrification at Tulane Hillel, while Flozell Daniels of the Foundation for Louisiana listens. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

As the cost of living in New Orleans continue to rise, pressuring low-income families to give up homes they have held for years, the city has a dedicated tax that raises nearly $4 million a year intended to promote affordable housing.

But that money, City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell told a standing-room only crowd Wednesday night, is instead being spent by the city on code-enforcement efforts — which can actually increase the pressure on poor families to sell their homes in gentrifying neighborhoods. Continue reading »

May 282015
 

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

Yesterday’s announcement by Mayor Landrieu that the MacArthur Foundation was providing $150,000 for a study regarding our high incarceration rates was good news indeed. New Orleans has the highest incarceration rate per capital of any jurisdiction in the country — quadruple the national average. Since 2010 we have jailed more than 10 out of every 1,000 residents. Why does New Orleans and Louisiana incarcerate so many people — especially African-American males, who make up 90% of the prison population? Continue reading »

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May 272015
 
(image used with permission of WWL-TV)

(image used with permission of WWL-TV)

The broad-daylight robbery of a UPS driver on Magazine Street on Tuesday was captured on surveillance video, according to our reporting partners at WWL-TV, and appears to show the gunman getting out of a SUV in the street to target the deliveryman. Continue reading »

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May 272015
 
A rendering depicting the approximate size and layout of the homes proposed for the former Turnbull Bakery site in the Irish Channel, though each house will be individually designed. (image courtesy of Pentek Homes)

A rendering from April depicting the approximate size and layout of the homes proposed for the former Turnbull Bakery site in the Irish Channel, though each house will be individually designed. (image courtesy of Pentek Homes)

The proposed redevelopment of the former Turnbull Bakeries site into a 17-home development stepped closer to approval Tuesday, when City Planning Commission voted unanimously to send the project to the New Orleans City Council with a favorable recommendation. Continue reading »

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May 272015
 

eddyfest 2015 flyerMark your calendar for Sunday, May 31. That’s when Hotel Storyville will present EDDYFEST III, an open-air garden marketplace where local and regional artists will exhibit and sell a wide selection of creative works – ranging from fine to quirky art.

This lively event is FREE, so join us in the beautiful gardens of Hotel Storyville! Continue reading »

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May 262015
 
The section in yellow is scheduled to be complete by the end of the year. (map via U.S. Army Corps of Engineers)

The section in yellow is scheduled to be complete by the end of the year. (map via U.S. Army Corps of Engineers)

Contractors with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are scheduled to finish the first major leg of the massive ongoing series Uptown drainage projects — the section of Napoleon Avenue between South Claiborne and Carondelet — by the end of the year, officials said, providing some measure of relief and hope to drivers weary of years of avoiding so many major thoroughfares. Continue reading »

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May 262015
 

Shared Housing is a non-profit, tax-exempt corporation that helps elderly and/or disabled adults remain in their homes by matching them with people who need a place to stay. These “homeseekers” provide light housekeeping and companionship. In exchange for their services, the homeowner provides free room and board. Shared Housing carefully screens applicants, facilitates appropriate matches, then formalizes each match in a rental contract.

Homeowner Dorothy and Homeseeker Joann

Homeowner Dorothy and Homeseeker Joann

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May 252015
 

The former Carrollton court house, photographed in June 2014. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

The former Carrollton court house, photographed in June 2014. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)


Owen Courrèges

Owen Courrèges

One of Aesop’s fables is that of the young crab and his mother.

“Why in the world do you walk sideways like that?” said the mother crab to her son. “You should always walk straight forward with your toes turned out.”

“Show me how to walk, mother dear,” answered the little Crab obediently, “I want to learn.”

Mother crab tried in vain to walk straight forward, but she could walk only sideways, like her son. When she wanted to turn her toes out she tripped and fell on her nose.

The moral of the fable? Don’t tell others how to act unless you can set a good example. And local government could learn something from it. Continue reading »

May 222015
 
The former Robert site in the 1300 block of Annunciation. (April 2014 image via Google maps)

The former Robert site in the 1300 block of Annunciation. (April 2014 image via Google maps)

As the new Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance approached approval by the City Council earlier this month, a last-minute effort to change the zoning around the former Robert grocery property on Annunciation Street has Lower Garden District residents wondering what the future holds for the property. Continue reading »

May 202015
 
The pothole killer working on State Street Drive in Marlyville, captured on video by YouTube user "VideoNOLA." (image used with permission)

The pothole killer working on State Street Drive in Marlyville, captured on video by YouTube user “VideoNOLA.” (image used with permission)

LaToya Cantrell

LaToya Cantrell

In a city where potholes are less a problem with streets and more a permanent fact of life along them, New Orleans residents all cope in their own ways — dodging them, reporting them, do-it-yourself fixing them or decorating them with adornments from the ironic to the obscene.

Many New Orleanians have also heard of the city’s “pothole killer,” a truck that fills potholes by spraying materials into them, though fewer have seen it in action.

On Wednesday night, however, Uptown residents and City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell discussed a new concept that might give them hope that the pothole killer will one day visit their streets — real-time online tracking that could at least show where the pothole killer is or has been. Continue reading »