Aug 242015
 
Owen Courrèges

Owen Courrèges

We’re coming up on the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, in case you’ve been locked in a closet for the past few weeks and have thus been spared the maudlin, self-indulgent navel-gazing of every commentator that comes down the pike.

For some, Katrina was an opportunity seized. The guiding narrative is that of a city in decline that took advantage of adversity and emerged stronger. It’s a characterization of Katrina that’s equal parts appalling and inaccurate. We are not in a better position as entire swaths of neighborhoods lay in ruin and our population is greatly reduced. Continue reading »

Aug 222015
 
Lusher school operations director Frank Israel (at right) leads members of the school's governing board Saturday morning on a tour of renovations to the Fortier campus. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Lusher school operations director Frank Israel (at right) leads members of the school’s governing board Saturday morning on a tour of renovations to the Fortier campus. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Lusher administrators are actively negotiating with Orleans Parish School Board leaders about an upcoming reworking of the requirements of charter schools in the district, they said Saturday morning. Continue reading »

Aug 212015
 

(image via NOPD)

(image via NOPD)

(image via NOPD)

(image via NOPD)

New Orleans Police detectives have released surveillance video and photographs of the suspects who robbed Patois restaurant and 15 to 20 patrons Thursday night at gunpoint, and announced that they recovered a car with some of the victims’ belongings in the Milan neighborhood. Continue reading »

Aug 212015
 
Traceys-foozballTracey’s Original Irish Channel Bar & Ufooz present New Orleans’ own Human Foozball Tournament August 22-23. Please join us for what is sure to be a local sports spectacle. All proceeds benefit Connor Wilken’s road to wellness.

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Aug 212015
 
Alliance Francaise Open House 2015

(via Alliance Francaise)

The Alliance Françiase is hosting a free open house this Saturday, August 22. The event will include the chance to meet Alliance Françiase native-speaking, French teachers, take a free trial class, enjoy French wine and cheese, and use an open house-only discount on Fall French classes. Attendees can also learn about new early childhood classes when they attend the event. Continue reading »

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Aug 212015
 
Police officers speak to patrons inside Patois restaurant on Laurel Street following a robbery there Thursday night. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Police officers speak to patrons inside Patois restaurant on Laurel Street following a robbery there Thursday night. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A late-summer evening at Patois restaurant, with the final patrons chatting with the doors open — what should have been about as close to a perfect night in New Orleans as possible — instead turned into one of Uptown’s most brazen robberies in recent memory Thursday night when three men carrying guns barged in and took valuables from the nearly 20 people inside.

Almost simultaneously, police were pursuing suspects in a series of three carjacking incidents across the Uptown area, ultimately leading to several arrests. Continue reading »

Aug 202015
 
A section of the construction site on Prytania Street, photographed in February 25. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A section of the construction site on Prytania Street, photographed in February 25. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Nearly 150 property owners have now joined the lawsuit seeking damages from the Sewerage & Water Board of New Orleans related to the construction of major drainage canals through the Uptown area, while the agency is now casting blame for the problems on two of the contractors on the projects, legal documents show.

“Ten years after Katrina, the Plaintiffs are horrified to now find their homes and businesses, often newly renovated or refurbished, in the midst of another disaster,” the property owners’ attorney wrote in a recent court document. “…Delayed years beyond original dates of completion, their homes and neighborhoods are being wrecked by the project. They are being forced to live in damaged homes and pay for their own repairs, for years and years with no end in sight.” Continue reading »

Aug 202015
 

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers needs to do a better job of estimating the risks of flooding around the U.S. With the upcoming 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina – much of whose destruction was caused by poorly engineered and maintained levees – we naturally think about the heavy losses to our region, what it has taken to rebuild, and all the people who died or have not been able to return. Continue reading »

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Aug 182015
 
Ecole Bilingue is developing a formerly vacant lot at 820 General Pershing into a school garden. (submitted photo by Faye Lieder)

Ecole Bilingue is developing a formerly vacant lot at 820 General Pershing into a school garden. (submitted photo by Faye Lieder)

For years, neighbors and preservationists fought to save a century-old home at 820 General Pershing Street from the wrecking ball, and despaired when it was finally demolished late last year.

But instead of the commercial parking lot they once dreaded, the vacant lot is instead becoming a school garden for the nearby Ecole Bilingue de la Nouvelle-Orléans, and neighbors say they are unexpectedly pleased by its appearance. Continue reading »

Aug 172015
 
Audubon Charter School principal Janice Dupuy (center) -- flanked by two students and officials from the OPSB, the city, the state and federal governments -- cuts a ceremonial ribbon at Audubon Charter School's Broadway campus on Monday morning. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Audubon Charter School principal Janice Dupuy (center) — flanked by two students and officials from the OPSB, the city, the state and federal governments — cuts a ceremonial ribbon at Audubon Charter School’s Broadway campus on Monday morning. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Work still continues on Audubon Charter School even as students return this week. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Work still continues on Audubon Charter School even as students return this week. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

After years of construction and struggle, Audubon Charter School will welcome students back to its newly renovated campus on Broadway Street this week.

“This is a long-awaited day, to be back on Broadway,” Audubon Charter School principal Janice Dupuy said during a Monday-morning ribbon cutting ceremony. Continue reading »

Aug 172015
 

Armed robberies were reported on Josephine Street in Central City and at the Magnolia Discount on South Carrollton Avenue overnight, New Orleans police said Monday morning. Continue reading »

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Aug 172015
 
Owen Courrèges

Owen Courrèges

The City of New Orleans is sending a message, loud and clear: Free public parking lots? You’ve had a good run, but your days are over.

I worked in the CBD a few years back, and initially I opted to utilize the free parking underneath the U.S. 90/Pontchartrain Expessway overpass. Although homeless people tended to congregate in the area nearest to the New Orleans Mission, the area further down by St. Charles Avenue tended to be wide open. Continue reading »

Aug 152015
 
NOPD Second District Lt. Jennifer Dupree speaks to a resident on Harmony Street after the nearby discovery of  a car believed to be stolen in a robbery. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

NOPD Second District Lt. Jennifer Dupree speaks to a resident on Harmony Street after the nearby discovery of a car believed to be stolen in a robbery. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

By MATT SLEDGE | The New Orleans Advocate

Larry Vail (via opcso.org)

Larry Vail (via opcso.org)

For more than a week, authorities say, Larry Vail outran the New Orleans Police Department, taking part in a string of Uptown armed robberies.

But Vail’s luck ran out Thursday night, minutes after he took part in two more stickups and then bailed out of a Honda CR-V, police said. Continue reading »

Aug 142015
 
City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell and property owner Ruppert Kohlmeier (seated, front row) listen to a question from the audience at the Irish Channel Neighborhood Association meeting Thursday. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell and property owner Ruppert Kohlmeier (seated, front row) listen to a question from the audience at the Irish Channel Neighborhood Association meeting Thursday. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Just when the Irish Channel had come to accept that the little plot of land on Constance Street just off Magazine is not a park, on Tuesday — through the most tortured machinations of New Orleans bureaucracy — it became a park.

Of course, the little patch of ground is still not really a park. But what it will become after it stops being not-a-park remains stubbornly unclear, leading to a heated discussion Thursday night among the property owner, the Irish Channel Neighborhood Association and City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell. Continue reading »

Aug 132015
 
A NOPD patrol officer confers with a detective on Joseph near Prytania following an armed robbery there Thursday night. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A NOPD patrol officer confers with a detective on Joseph near Prytania following an armed robbery there Thursday night. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Two separate robberies were reported within minutes of one another Thursday night a few blocks apart on Prytania Street and St. Charles Avenue, followed by a third case hours later on Willow Street, New Orleans police said. Continue reading »

Aug 132015
 

New Orleans Police are looking for a ‘person of interest’ recorded on surveillance video to interview about the armed robbery two weeks ago of the Crescent City Pharmacy on Simon Bolivar Street in Central City, authorities said. Continue reading »

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Aug 132015
 

VFW final 2015 Vista Print

The New Orleans VFW is holding both a patron party at Grits Bar and a fundraiser event at F & M’s this Saturday, August 15. Both venues will feature special food, drink, and a silent auction. All proceeds go towards the VFW’s veterans’ outreach projects and its capital campaign. Continue reading »

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