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I lost a new client the other day, but I didn’t know it at the time. I had gotten a voicemail from a blocked call. Generally I don’t answer blocked calls for obvious reasons of the brazen telemarketer or opinion pollster, so I let it go to voicemail.
The effort to “Keep Tchoup Residential” (as the yard signs say) will get a public hearing next week, when one Uptown neighborhood group plans to ask for land-use rules that will prevent a large apartment complex from undergoing any sort of commercial transformation.
Editor’s note: We had originally intended to do a listing of “most popular” posts on UptownMessenger.com in 2011, but in the process decided that a focus on the most important stories of the year in Uptown New Orleans would be more substantive. What follows is our assessment of the stories we’ve covered over the past year that continue to matter the most, with some commentary explaining our thinking. And, for anyone curious, those “most popular” posts are included at bottom as well. Thank you to everyone who read us in 2011, and we look forward to another year.
In a few places around the city, some citizen with a flair for the dramatic has pasted up posters featuring black-and-white photographs of traffic cameras emblazoned with the word “OPPRESSION.” Given the news that continues to come out about New Orleans’ “safety camera” program, these posters appear more accurate with each passing day.
A car careening down Nashville Avenue on Saturday afternoon narrowly missed a group of people standing on the sidewalk and uprooted a fire hydrant before crashing into a parked car, witnesses said.
Daria Youngblood suffered brain injuries and broken bones in the January crash that killed Mariah Woods when a suspect in a drug case fleeing police ran into the car the two women were sitting in on Milan Street. The officer, Justin Ferris, was fired in September for allegedly disregarding traffic rules, violating NOPD chase policy and lying about his actions afterward — and now Youngblood has filed suit against the city, Ferris and his supervisor, Sgt. Ron Dassel, seeking damages for her injuries, according to a report by Kyle Barnett in the legal journal louisianarecord.com.
The camera on Henry Clay Avenue at Coliseum issued 40,000 tickets this year, and the camera on Jackson Avenue at Chestnut issued 25,000 — both overlooking 25-mph zones “where drivers tend to think the speed limit is higher — often for good reason,” reports Gordon Russell of The Times-Picayune.
New Year’s resolutions are as entertaining as the parties in which we make them. There’s an art form to them, however, in that they can effectively be broken down into three main categories: those you make to keep, those you make for the sport of it, and my favorite of all, those you make with full awareness that your vow will last only until Mardi Gras, or if you’re having a particularly good time, the arrival of the Phunny Phorty Phellows. A few years ago, however, I finally found one that stuck.
I resolved to run for fifty percent fewer trains.
With the New Year in full swing and festival season – Mardi Gras, French Quarter Fest, and Jazz Fest –just around the corner, there’s no better way to show how much you love New Orleans than with a NOLA Til Ya Die Survival Pack. Full of everything you could possibly need in NOLA – from dog tags to bottle openers –the Survival Pack is the perfect gift for you or someone else! Keep reading for more details of what’s inside, AND a 10% discount code.
Perfect Gentlemen Social Aid and Pleasure Club president Travis Lyons will be the lone member of his club Sunday to roll from Canal Street through Central City and into Broadmoor, but with the support of the TBC Brass Band, Lyons plans to carry the day in style, reports Gambit’s Red Cotton.