Launched just three months ago by a mix of Freret neighborhood stalwarts and newcomers, the Evans Park Booster Club is now hosting regular activities for toddlers and a monthly neighborhood kickball game — filling a void left as the Freret Neighborhood Center scales back its direct youth services.
Prologue: Each Saturday at noon on WTUL 91.5 FM in New Orleans, Mark Tobler’s DJ set almost always opens with John Hartford’s song “Back in the Good Old Days.” The song is a projection of a future population residing at a city dump, and while there — though they may imbibe as a community — the topic of discussion and conversation will be remembering when things were better and wondering how things became what they are.
The 21st century has been a veritable roller coaster thus far for the Crescent City. Storms, diaspora, growth, crime, food highs, political lows, Hollywood South, hospital hubbub, even an entrepreneurial hotbed too. It’s downright dizzying at times. And then there’s our blight — and the quest to remedy that scourge, often via demolition. We as a city often decry the Big Easy brand as slipping away via noise ordinances, smoking bans, whatever legal challenges and changes that float through City Hall. But removing the landscape in the name of the greater good? To be sure, there’s no faster way to becoming Anywhere, USA.
The City Planning Commission gave its nod Tuesday to a developer’s plan to convert the former Rachel Sims Baptist Mission in the Irish Channel into condominiums, but required that he provide off-street parking behind the building.
The Jewish Community Center will present a series of three free documentary screenings this month, starting with showing Wednesday evening of “Little White Lie,” a Jewish woman who unexpectedly discovers her African-American heritage.
One woman was killed and another woman was injured in a shooting overnight on South Robertson Street in the Freret neighborhood, New Orleans police said Tuesday morning.
At one of the schools that will be affected, Lycée Français de la Nouvelle-Orléans, school leaders said Monday night that they were already planning a pilot program to provide buses to one target neighborhood, and now anticipate phasing in other neighborhoods over the next three years.
Robert Gallo, a biomedical researcher who helped discover the cause of AIDS, will give a presentation called “Journey with Blood Cells and Viruses” this week at Tulane University.
A century-old Baptist mission center in the Irish Channel that closed in 2010 is slated to become 10 condominiums in a redevelopment that is drawing praise from historic preservationists and neighborhood leaders but less enthusiasm from city planners.
If there’s anything that probably deserves government attention, it’s preventing children from getting mowed down while they get to and from school. No politician has ever, to my knowledge, run on a platform of exposing children to the greater risk from Mr. Distracted McNeglient’s murder-mobile.
Thus, if you’ve been reading The Lens lately, you’ve been understandably disturbed by a series of articles regarding the operation (or rather, the lack thereof) of New Orleans’ school zone lights. The first article detailed the results of a Lens survey performed this January which revealed that “[s]ix out of 10 — 87 out of 147 in active school zones — were malfunctioning.”
The Mercy Endeavors Senior Center is one step closer to moving out of the old St. Alphonsus convent and into a new home, after recently breaking ground on the new facility on Jackson Avenue.
The Nix Public Library and Carrollton Area Network (CAN) are inviting all amateur shutterbugs to submit photos that capture the “Spirit of Carrollton” for their 2015 photo contest.
Bernard Noble, a 49-year-old father of seven children, is serving a 13-year sentence after an arrest for about two joints’ worth of marijuana, and Broadmoor residents rallied with New Orleans City Councilwoman Susan Guidry on Saturday on behalf of his release, according to a report by our partners at WWL-TV. Noble’s lengthy sentence is the result of habitual-offender enhancements on drug charges dating back to the 1990s, even though Orleans judges had urged a lower sentence, rally organizers say.
Lusher Charter School’s literary magazine Street — which includes students’ creative writing, artwork, photography, and graphic design — has received Louisiana’s highest award from the National Council of Teachers in English for 2014.
On Saturday, Planned Parenthood held the “Stand with Louisiana Women Rally” at the First Presbyterian Church on Claiborne and Jefferson Avenue. At the rally, city councilwomen LaToya Cantrell and Susan Guidry, doctors, student activists, religious leaders and Planned Parenthood leaders all discussed the benefits a Planned Parenthood center would provide for the New Orleans community and the opposition the center and the organization faces amongst other topics.
Academics and artists alike will gather on Saturday afternoon at Tulane University to celebrate the life of the New Orleans-born “Queen of Gospel,” Mahalia Jackson, with panel discussions and a concert in her honor featuring some of the city’s most celebrated musicians.
The Freret Market will make its annual spring reappearance Saturday afternoon, and it will be followed by a showcase of music, art and film at a variety of venues along the corridor into Saturday evening.