May 042012

The Jane Jacobs Walk, a yearly tradition intended to strengthen neighborhoods through shared, ground-level observation of what makes them work, will return this weekend to three thriving spots in Uptown New Orleans: the Irish Channel and Freret Street on Saturday, and Oak Street on Sunday. Continue reading »

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May 042012

Georval Lewis (via NOPD)

Ronald Brooks (via NOPD)

A 17-year-old has been arrested and another teen is wanted by police in the Wednesday afternoon shooting in Hollygrove that apparently caught a 13-year-old student at Benjamin Banneker student in the crossfire, police said. Continue reading »

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May 032012

Tulane University President Scott Cowen addresses the New Orleans City Council. (image via

An acrimonious presentation by Tulane supporters that included insinuations of corruption and racism did little to derail the New Orleans City Council’s creation Thursday of a new review process for the proposed Tulane football stadium and other major construction projects on university campuses. Continue reading »

May 032012

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

Tulane University is one of New Orleans’ finest institutions, biggest employers and a national leader in education. But the proposed new Green Wave stadium has riled up Tulane’s neighbors like never before.

Also never before has a member of the New Orleans City Council (in this case District A Councilwoman Susan Guidry) challenged Tulane in defense of its neighboring residents, many of whom are deeply concerned about how plans for the proposed new Green Wave stadium will affect them. Continue reading »

May 032012

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The man accused of attacking a woman as she jogged through Audubon Park last month has been ordered to undergo a second evaluation so that he can be committed to a state psychiatric facility, but his attorney says the case shows yet another shortcoming of the local mental health system. Continue reading »

May 022012

The International School of Lousiana's Olivier Street campus in Algiers. (Robert Morris,

As International School officials plan for growth next year at the Camp Street and Algiers campuses and prepare to open a third school in Jefferson Parish, a small group of parents attended Wednesday night’s school board meeting to voice their concerns about plans for continued expansion. Continue reading »

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May 022012

District A City Councilwoman Susan Guidry will propose a new ordinance Thursday that would require major college campus construction projects — such as the football stadium Tulane plans for its Uptown campus, which has generated significant opposition along Audubon Boulevard — to be reviewed by the City Planning Commission. Tulane has issued a statement in response decrying the idea as “an unnecessary, unfair and discriminatory reaction to complaints from a neighborhood organization that is really focused on Tulane’s planned on-campus football stadium,” and includes opposition from Loyola and Xavier leadership on the grounds that it could delay all manner of construction projects.

For more on the issue, see reporting by Scott Satchfield of our partners at WWL-TV.

May 022012

The governing board of the International School of Louisiana will meet at 6 p.m. tonight (Wednesday, May 2) at its Westbank campus, 502 Olivier Street, for its monthly meeting. Among the discussion topics will be the status of the Camp Street building, progress on the Jefferson Parish expansion and the installation of modular buildings at the Algiers site. Continue reading »

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May 022012

Brandon Adams was fatally shot in the Desire neighborhood Friday night, and Christine Marcelin’s body was found Monday morning in New Orleans East. The two 15-year-old students at KIPP Believe College Prep on South Carrollton, were dating, and on Tuesday night their school community held a peace vigil to mourn the young couple, according to reporting by Tania Dall and our partners at WWL-TV.

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May 022012

Jean-Paul Villere

I am a recovering hoarder. I just am. I’ve slid back a few times, and rebuilding for years after Katrina I felt to be on par with the path of excess leading to the palace of wisdom. Between cast-off architectural salvage pieces to simply the strewn-about trappings of our daily lives in front of gutted houses, those days weren’t so much a test of will as they were a competition with myself. On a daily basis with my long departed ratty old truck invariably I’d return home each evening with amazing things often more interesting than the day before. Doors. Molding. Bricks. Patio furniture. More doors. Books. Lots of books. Framed art. Sculpture. Or just random boxes filled with ceramics, flatware, or even laserdiscs. Continue reading »

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May 022012

As police investigate a fatal shooting at a party at Second and Clara streets in Central City, someone watches from a window over a table with a balloon-pattern tablecloth and a scooter discarded on the sidewalk. (Robert Morris,

A man was shot to death Tuesday evening in Central City at a party in front of more than a dozen children, police and witnesses said. Continue reading »

May 012012

Ongoing construction at the Crocker Arts and Technology School on Marengo Street in the Milan neighborhood. (Robert Morris,

Encore Academy, the newest charter school to open in Uptown New Orleans, will spend its first year in the “brand new, state of the art” building under construction for Crocker Arts and Technology School in the Milan neighborhood, officials said Tuesday night. Continue reading »

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