Oct 152013
 

jewel bush

Over the last year, I’ve met dozens of incredible people both personally and professionally, and I’ve followed up most of these encounters with some sort of thank you — digital, but more often tangible.

I’ve sent greeting cards and handwritten notes, which are no easy task being that my penmanship has never been even mediocre and the physical act of writing sometimes pains me. Not only have I sent notes to the new folks who have entered my life, but I’ve also mailed a variety of correspondence to my old friends and colleagues as well to remind them how amazing I believe they are. Continue reading »

Oct 142013
 
An overview of the Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance in Planning District 2, which covers part of Uptown. The St. Charles and Magazine corridors, where a design-review committee will evaluate major projects, is highlighted in light blue. (via nola.gov)

An overview of the Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance in Planning District 2, which covers part of Uptown. The St. Charles and Magazine corridors, where a design-review committee will evaluate major projects, is highlighted in light blue. (via nola.gov)

Any planned development larger than 40,000 square feet or with a substantial presence on a major thoroughfare will be specifically evaluated on whether its design meets city standards under the new Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance, which New Orleans officials hope to ratify as law by February — after years of planning and public meetings. Continue reading »

Oct 142013
 

Owen Courreges

Update, Oct. 25: Subsequent to writing this piece, I was notified by the mayor’s office the woman in the WWL story upon which this piece was based had rented the car she was ticketed for, and that she was thus still responsible for the ticket. While that information does change the story, it still presents some issues about the camera system, which are addressed in a postscript below.

Those traffic cameras certainly are insidious.  It was once assumed that you could avoid getting a red-light camera ticket, at the very least, by simply not owning a car.  That commonsense presumption has now been proven false. Continue reading »

Oct 132013
 

A woman who sold her car in March received a red-light ticket in June from the camera at Carrollton and Palmetto, but the ticket showed another vehicle that was not hers at all, according to a report by Jaclyn Kelly of our partners at WWL-TV. And in order to appeal the ticket, the woman must pay a $50 administrative fee, Kelly reports.

Update, Oct. 23: After city officials determined that the car in the photo was a rental, the woman acknowledged to WWL that she had rented it during that time.
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Oct 132013
 

“The Orleans Parish School Board has been forced to bring Ellis Construction back to finish the new gym at [Eleanor McMain High School] on South Claiborne Avenue — after staff kicked Ellis off the job for inadequate disadvantaged business participation,” writes Danielle Dreilinger of The Times-Picayune in a review of recent Orleans Parish school facilities issues. Ellis is charging $10.2 million to return — 7 percent higher than the original $9.5 million contract — and will have less participation from disadvantaged businesses, saying that the available subcontractors have changed, Dreilinger reports.

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Oct 132013
 

Police officers stand amid shell casings marking the scene of a fatal shooting on Chippewa Street in the Irish Channel on Feb. 21, 2013. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

Police officers stand amid shell casings marking the scene of a fatal shooting on Chippewa Street in the Irish Channel on Feb. 21, 2013. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

Investigators from the New Orleans Police Department are looking for four people for questioning in connection with an unsolved homicide in the Irish Channel from February of this year, authorities said. Continue reading »

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Oct 132013
 
Planning District 2 (via nola.gov)

Planning District 2 (via nola.gov)

A public meeting for residents of the Central City, Garden District and adjacent Uptown neighborhoods will be held at 6 p.m. Monday on the latest draft of the new Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance. The meeting will be at the Dryades YMCA at 2220 Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard, and it will cover changes in Planning District 2, which runs generally from Napoleon Avenue to the Pontchartrain Expressway. Continue reading »

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Oct 132013
 

Joshua Rockwood (via opcso.org)

Joshua Rockwood (via opcso.org)

A man who was allegedly masturbating in a women’s restroom at Children’s Hospital and slid into one woman’s stall was arrested on charges of voyeurism and indecent-behavior with juveniles, according to a report by Helen Freund of The Times-Picayune. Joshua Rockwood, 20 years old and already a registered sex offender, hid in a stall when a mother brought three young children into the restroom, and then when a hospital employee came in, slid along the ground into her stall while masturbating, Freund reports.

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Oct 122013
 
Map of Prince of Wales second line route (via Google maps)

Map of Prince of Wales second line route (via Google maps)

The Prince of Wales/Lady Wales 85th annual second line will roll Sunday afternoon down Magazine Street, through Central City and into the Garden District, according to a post by Big Red Cotton for Gambit. The second line will start at 1 p.m. at its usual spot, the Rock Bottom Lounge at 3801 Tchoupitoulas, and end there at 5 p.m.

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Oct 112013
 

Family and friends of pedestrians killed while trying to cross South Claiborne at night blame the lack of streetlights from Napoleon Avenue to Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard, according to a report by Tania Dall of our partners at WWL-TV. City officials say they are converting lighting on the stretch to energy-efficient lights and should be finished in the coming weeks.

Oct 112013
 

Stephanie Carter (via opcso.org)

Stephanie Carter (via opcso.org)

Verquan Carter (via opcso.org)

Verquan Carter (via opcso.org)

Verquan Carter, 21, was charged with two counts of attempted first-degree murder in Sunday evening’s shooting near Jackson and South Claiborne avenues that wounded a 14-year-old and an 18-year-old, according to a report by Danielle Bell of The Times-Picayune. Carter’s mother, 48-year-old Stephanie Carter, was arrested as an alleged principal to the crime based on witness statements and a video that shows her giving her daughter a loaded gun moments before she opened fire, Bell reports.

Oct 112013
 

Although the signs on Freret say "no parking," drivers may actually park on the Freret corridor after construction ends at 5:30 p.m. each day, city officials say. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Although the signs on Freret say “no parking,” drivers may actually park on the Freret corridor after construction ends at 5:30 p.m. each day, city officials say. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

In spite of a maze of construction projects that make Freret Street and its row of new businesses a challenge to reach, there is one silver lining for drivers: parking is allowed on both sides of Freret after construction is finished each day. Continue reading »

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