With the unleashing of their imaginations and mentorship from the National Organization of Minority Architects, four teams from Kids Rethink New Orleans Schools, Sci Academy and Urban League College Track spent the last year analyzing the needs of various neighborhoods around the city and then developing architectural plans designed to meet those needs.
Security, transportation, employment, shelter and food were among areas the youth considered during the urban planning process. They sought to define space and place and answer questions like: Does a church fall under the category of public space, entertainment or education?
And what the budding architects, ranging in ages 11 to 18, envisioned is nothing short of thoughtful, innovative and really, really sweet.
A Mercedes Benz sedan taken in a carjacking shortly before noon Monday was found on the scene of an apparent suicide on a Mid-City side street a few minutes later, according to a report by Della Hasselle of Mid-City Messenger. The Mercedes was taken from its owner by force in the 1600 block of Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard around 11:50 a.m., and just after noon it arrived in the 200 block of North Salcedo Street in Mid-City, where a man got out, retrieved a gun from another nearby car, and fatally shot himself in the head, Mid-City Messenger reports.
The Hangar 13 nightclub in Broadmoor was gutted by fire Monday afternoon, but the Rendon Inn lounge immediately next door emerged from the blaze without any damage, firefighters said.
The Fountainheas, an internationally known Israel performing group, will commemorate Israel’s 66th Independence Day as part of a free Yom Ha’atzmaut celebration today (Monday, May 12) at the Jewish Community Center on St. Charles Avenue.
Uptown New Orleans is renowned for its urban green space. Some of it consists of public parks, places, and neutral grounds, but most of it is private – yards and gardens abutting buildings. These spaces aren’t only aesthetically pleasing, but also help manage storm runoff and reduce the need for drainage infrastructure.
However, Uptown also plays host to numerous apartment buildings whose owners want to provide the amenity of off-street parking. Where space is lacking for a proper parking lot, these owners would prefer to just pave over everything.
And sometimes, they do just that.
The ROMP! fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity in Palmer Park scheduled for today (Saturday, May 10) has been postponed until June because of the threat of rain, organizers said.
Shoppers who enjoy the unique charms of Uptown’s local businesses may have a busy day Saturday, with the Oak Street “Garage Sale” and the monthly Freret Market in the daytime, followed by the Magazine Street Champagne Stroll in the evening — and all three events are scheduled to proceed as planned, rain or shine.
After several months of redesigns based on conversations with Oak Street neighbors, developers will seek the city’s permission this month to build a four-story condo near Leonidas Street with a gym on the first floor.
Magazine Street’s Premier Springtime event!
The annual Magazine Street Champagne Stroll takes place tomorrow, May 10 from 5 to 9pm. Stroll the six-mile stretch of shops, restaurants, galleries, and businesses along Magazine Street. Our shops will stay open late to welcome visitors with champagne, events, special offers and music!
After the Freret Market on Saturday afternoon, stop by the Du Mois Gallery for an opening for the new summer exhibit, Voyages, featuring artists Ken Kenan and Harriet Burbeck.
What does it take to be the healthiest possible for your age? Gain a new view of wellness Saturday morning during the Lambeth House free Fitness Expo (for adults age 55 and older), with massage therapy demonstrations, physical activities, free physical health screenings and much more.
The Freret Neighborhood Center will host a block party this evening (Thursday, May 8) in the Neighborhood Housing Service parking lot to honor a group of more than 1,500 volunteers from technology company Ingram Micro who will be working on projects around the area.
The City Council is expected to withdraw a proposal to designate traffic on the newly-reopened Newcomb Boulevard as one-way, one of the chief opponents to the plan said.
Now that all the glitz and glamour of Monday’s inauguration is over, it’s time to get down to business. First on the list should be how the Mayor and Council are going to come up with all the millions to fund the two consent decrees and the firefighters’ judgment while keeping money flowing to other agencies in need, like the public libraries and the Sewerage and Water Board.