Apr 262012

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

Many political pundits are analyzing how Stacy Head won the city-wide election for council at large, despite the endorsements for Cynthia Willard Lewis by Mayor Mitch Landrieu and Congressman Cedric Richmond. Continue reading »

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Apr 262012

Robberies reported in the Uptown area since last Thursday. (map via NOPD.com)

A robbery victim in the Irish Channel this week was forced to remove his shoes and shorts at gunpoint, and another victim in the Milan neighborhood was fired upon and pistol-whipped by his assailant, a teenage girl, police said.

The spike in Uptown robberies over the last week can be traced to several seemingly unrelated suspects, police say, including one man looking for easy targets around the Oak Street corridor and a determined carjacker in the Fontainebleau area.

But after a number of recent arrests on gun charges, police are hoping that the pattern of robberies will subside almost as quickly as it started. Continue reading »

Apr 262012

The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra will perform a free concert tonight at the Mahalia Jackson Early Childhood Center in Central City that will also feature the New Hope Baptist Dance Ministry and the Creole Wild West Mardi Gras Indians. Continue reading »

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Apr 252012

Jean-Paul Villere

Among other highlights of this year’s JazzFest?  Why, the premiere of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers at the Fairgrounds, of course.  That’s right: premiere.  The band has played the city many times before but never in this setting, and while I’m not saying I had a hand in their headlining this coming Saturday, I’m, well, er – – – that’s exactly what I’m saying.  About a year ago, I lamented in this very column the fact the band had never played the festival, among other national acts I hope will be corrected one day soon (insert robust coughs here overlaid with a hearty and throaty “Beck! Beck! Beck!”).  And voila, a year later it’s happening.  I don’t know about you, but I don’t believe in coincidences.  And maybe just maybe it just might be a coincidence (if you believe in them), and if so, then just chalk me up as having my thumb on the pulse of what’s what and not the impetus for this gig. Continue reading »

Apr 242012

A beagle named Maggie plays with a tennis ball at sunset Wednesday at Wisner Park. Maggie's owner, William Thacker, says he'd love for NORD to convert a vacant lot nearby into a new place for Maggie to play. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Vacant publicly-owned property or portions of existing parks around New Orleans could become as many as 20 new fenced-off play areas for dogs, officials told Uptown residents at a meeting Wednesday evening. Continue reading »

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Apr 242012

The most recent revisions to the proposed LaSalle school redevelopment won over city planning commissioners Tuesday afternoon, but a sandwich shop proposed for Maple Street split the commission and a request for alcohol sales at a Jackson Avenue chicken-wings restaurant was deferred for two weeks. Continue reading »

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Apr 242012

The sexton's cottage at Carrollton Cemetery No. 1 is slated to be torn down and replaced as part of improvements to the site. (photo via Preservation Resource Center, blog.prcno.org)

The city is planning improvements to two cemeteries on Washington Avenue, two in Carrollton and one on Valence Street, but part of the work includes tearing down the historic maintenance cottages at several of those locations. Continue reading »

Apr 242012

Do you want a Magazine Street postal address, without paying exorbitant rent? Private mailboxes are available at Parcels and Post New Orleans. Available for three months, six months, or a year at reasonable rates, you’ll receive a private key and friendly, accurate service. Mailboxes are tax-deductible for businesses, too: call today or stop by for rates and more details.

Now under new ownership, Parcels and Post is located at 5721 Magazine St between Jefferson and Nashville. Open Mon – Fri 9am-6pm and Saturday 9am-2pm, Parcels and Post has lots of parking in the back, making it easy to get your shipping done and on with your day. For more information call 504-891-8402 or visit parcelsandpost.com.

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Apr 232012

Owen Courreges

New Orleans received a shout-out last week in the Wall Street Journal from an unlikely source: Joel Kotkin, professor of Urban Studies at Chapman University and one of the nation’s leading demographers. According to Mr. Kotkin, we are doing some things right that put his own state of California to shame.

Mr. Kotkin observed that in the past two decades, nearly 4 million more people have left California than have migrated from other states. Kotkin largely blames government for this state of affairs, particularly development restrictions that artificially limit housing supply. Continue reading »