Jun 142012
 

A rendering of the proposed Tulane stadium. (via TulaneStadium.com)

Seeking to build on favorable momentum created by the City Planning Commission’s vote Tuesday to recommend against a special zoning district that would require Tulane to seek the city’s permission to build a football stadium on its Uptown campus, university president Scott Cowen publicly urged city council members Wednesday to either withdraw the motion altogether or vote on it before the month is out. Continue reading »

Jun 132012
 

As part of the ongoing celebrations of Louisiana’s Bicentennial, the Nix Branch Library (1401 S Carrollton Ave.) will present a program of jazz and blues at 6 p.m. Friday featuring Estelle Campagne and the Uptown Beaux, with Dr. Guitar on guitar, Spike Perkins on bass and Dave Thomas on percussion. Continue reading »

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Jun 132012
 

The Recovery School District and the Urban League of Greater New Orleans will release “The Ultimate Guide to Summer” and discuss options for children in New Orleans during a public meeting Thursday evening at the Dryades YMCA on O.C. Haley Boulevard. Continue reading »

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Jun 132012
 

Workers "clear the air" on Napoleon Avenue. (photo by Jean-Paul Villere for UptownMessenger.com)

A neighbor returned from a road trip last week, and their first text to me upon being back in New Orleans said, “What’s with the hack job on the oak trees on Napoleon between Freret and St Charles???”  Indeed. Continue reading »

Jun 122012
 

Tulane President Scott Cowen urges members of the City Planning Commission to reject an interim zoning district that would prohibit major construction projects on university campuses. (Robert Morris, UptownMessener.com)

The law that allows Tulane to build a football stadium on campus without any oversight from city leaders may be out of date, and the construction project may raise serious issues that need more scrutiny, but the university ought not to be made to follow regulations that are not yet on the books, the city planning commission ruled on Tuesday.

By a 7-1 vote, the commissioners will recommend against creating an interim zoning district that would require universities to seek city permission for large construction projects. What remains to be seen is whether Tulane’s victory Tuesday is fleeting — as the same City Council members who voted to begin the IZD process can ignore the recommendation and vote to approve it — or if it provides a spark of momentum that builds into a win before the City Council as well. Continue reading »

Jun 122012
 

By Nick Kindel

The City Planning Commission (CPC) is about to take a big step forward in getting resident participation in its decision making process. City Planning is working on its Neighborhood Participation Program (NPP), which is one important part of the City Charter’s call for “a system of organized and effective neighborhood participation in land use decisions and other issues that affect quality of life.” Continue reading »

Jun 112012
 

Lycee Francais' new St. Francis of Assisi campus on State Street. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

With its first year on the books, Lycée Français de la Nouvelle Orléans approved the coming year’s budget Monday night and prepared to expand to a new campus with nearly three times as many students. Continue reading »

Jun 112012
 

Construction barriers and ripped-up sidewalk wrapped around the front door of the High Hat Cafe for 28 calendar days, running off potential customers for nearly a full month during the new Freret restaurant’s first JazzFest. A few blocks down, the owner of Kehoe Automotive believes his employees could do the work faster with hand shovels than city employees have. And another Freret restaurant owner has threatened that if construction in front of his front door lasts more than 10 days, he’s actually going to finish it himself.

“Our anger comes from a very honest place,” Michelle Ingram, owner of Zeus’ Place, told city officials during a Monday night meeting with The New Freret business and property owners’ association. Continue reading »