Nov 182013
 

Owen Courreges

Thirteen years.  That’s how long New Orleanians have been paying $1.25 fares for one-way trips on streetcars and buses.   In an era characterized by major increases in city fees and taxes, transit fares have remained relatively low.

Now, it appears that $1.25 fares may not be quite enough.  Veolia Transportation Services Inc., the French corporation contracted to manage services for the Regional Transit Association (RTA), revealed this past Tuesday that there will not be enough money left in reserves to fund services by 2015 unless a fare increase is enacted. Continue reading »

Nov 182013
 

Struggling With Your Mortgage Payment?Are you worried about making loan payments on your house? Have you fallen behind, and are struggling to get back on track? Or are you preparing to buy, but unsure how you’ll finance every penny of your new home? Neighborhood Housing Services New Orleans announces its new, federally-sponsored Making Home Affordable loan program for homeowners just like you. Secure, confidential, and comprehensive! Continue reading »

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Nov 142013
 

A rendering and tenant list of the Magnolia Marketplace shopping complex planned for South Claiborne Avenue. (via City of New Orleans)

A rendering and tenant list of the Magnolia Marketplace shopping complex planned for South Claiborne Avenue. (via City of New Orleans)

Neighbors of the proposed Magnolia Marketplace retail development got their first chance Thursday evening to publicly air their questions about the project and the tax increase that supports it, as city officials prepare for a public hearing next week that will likely lead to the tax being officially levied. Continue reading »

Nov 142013
 

noahs floodThis weekend’s New Orleans Opera performance of “Noah’s Flood” at Trinity Episcopal Church will include veteran New Orleans news anchor Norman Robinson in the speaking role of God, a cast of professional artists and musicians, and a chorus of students from public and private schools around the city. Continue reading »

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Nov 142013
 

The one-day “After Katrina: Transnational Perspectives on the Futures of the Gulf South” conference Friday at the New Orleans Center for the Gulf South at Tulane University will feature keynote presentations by Richard Campanella and Kalamu ya Salaam, as well as a range of other local cultural figures, neighborhood leaders, activists and academics. Continue reading »

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Nov 142013
 

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

Things that work well in other cities often don’t work in New Orleans. The recent dust-up about the Vera Institute and their lucrative Pre-Trial Services contract funded by the City of New Orleans boils down to a lack of trust on the part of criminal justice officials.  

The Vera Institute (VI for short) analyses each arrested individual’s record and determines their likelihood to return for trial if allowed bail. VI provides this information and their recommendation on bail to the court, whose officials make a final bail decision. Continue reading »

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Nov 142013
 
Rev. Elizabeth Lott and family

Rev. Elizabeth Lott and family

Rev. Elizabeth Lott will officially begin her pastorate the week of Nov. 12 and will preach for the first time this Sunday, Nov. 17, which happens to be the date on which we celebrate the church’s 115th birthday. Founded in 1898, St. Charles Avenue Baptist Church has been blessed with many excellent pastors known for strong preaching and innovative leadership. In calling Rev. Lott, the church acknowledges she follows in this esteemed tradition. Continue reading »

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Nov 132013
 

"That one time I saw them in the snow," writes Jeffrey Bostick. (via http://librarychronicles.blogspot.com, used with permission)

“That one time I saw them in the snow,” writes Jeffrey Bostick. (via http://librarychronicles.blogspot.com, used with permission)

Library Chronicles author Jeffrey Bostick (also sometimes known as “a prolific local tweeter, who calls himself Skooks”) posts an elegiac photo essay on the changing of the recently-removed Napoleon Avenue crepe myrtles through the seasons, writing of his “habit of keeping time by those trees.”

Nov 132013
 
Napoleon Avenue neutral ground, minus crepe myrtles. (photo by Jean-Paul Villere)

Napoleon Avenue neutral ground, minus crepe myrtles. (photo by Jean-Paul Villere)

Jean-Paul Villere

For as long as I’ve known her my wife has had it out for ligustrums, while I’ve always found crepe myrtles to be, well, creepy.  But I’m also a weirdo who doesn’t see the need to willy-nilly go Lawnmower Man on Mother Nature in the name of progress. Or, maybe I’m just quizzical as to why in the lower leg of the Napoleon Ave drainage project the neutral ground trees were decimated recently, while earlier in the project above St. Charles Avenue the greenery was saved and replanted nearby in Samuel Square.  Incongruity and the decisions made by bureaucrats and contractors go together like peas and carrots, I tell ya.  (Still waiting on that oak to be trimmed across the street from me, but I digress.) Continue reading »

Nov 122013
 
The owners of Oak wine bar plan to convert the former medical supply store into a gastropub called Ale, with a courtyard replacing the driveway next door. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The owners of Oak wine bar plan to convert the former medical supply store into a gastropub called Ale, with a courtyard replacing the driveway next door. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

oak logoThree years after opening the popular Oak wine bar, the owners are planning to expand with a new gastropub next door on Oak Street called Ale, joined with a courtyard between them. Continue reading »