I’ve written a lot of columns since I started to write for Uptown Messenger in January of 2011. Sometimes I look back over them and realize: “You know, there have been some interesting developments with this since I put pen to paper.”
Accordingly, every now and again, I revisit a few old columns to provide brief updates on some of the topics I’ve written about. Some have happy endings, some less so.
So, without further ado, I give you The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.
Yulman Stadium made some noise for the Tulane Green Wave in their well-deserved 35-20 victory over the Southeastern Lions. Tulane’s defense was tight, and quarterback Tanner Lee secured touchdowns through big plays.
The Rising Tide “Conference on the Future of New Orleans” takes place today (Saturday, Sept. 13), with panels on the “lost historical memory” of New Orleans, organizing in marginalized communities, government waste at the Treme Center, religion in the city and a keynote address by Dr. Andre Perry.
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The annual Rising Tide “Conference on the Future of New Orleans” will host educator Dr. Andre Perry as its keynote speaker, with panel discussions on the lost histories of New Orleans’ Palmer Park, community organizing, government waste and finding religion in the city, as well as “tech school” sessions on using social media in publishing.
The Du Mois gallery on Freret Street is holding an opening reception for Rachel DePauw and William DePauw’s exhibition “Collaborations: Vessels” on Saturday afternoon.
The Orleans Parish School Board property committee recommended that Lycee Francais be approved to purchase the former Priestley campus Thursday, sending the proposal to the full school board next week for what could be final approval.
With the court challenge period mostly over and marginal candidates having dropped out, the hard-ball campaigns for various judgeships, the DA, and State Representative have begun in earnest. Though several organizations like the AFL-CIO, RDO and LIFE, the group founded by former mayor Dutch Morial, completed their endorsements early, we attended three public forums in the last week — the Orleans Parish Republican and Democratic Executive Committees and the Independent Women’s Organization — to get a first-hand look at all the remaining candidates.
Last night’s contest at OPDEC (the Democrats) was a real slug fest with numerous candidates hurling allegations of impropriety at each other which made that crusty audience gasp. One of the moderators, Jason Coleman, found himself inviting candidates up for the next round, as if it were a boxing match.
New Orleans officials are aware that the city’s tap water has an “unusual odor,” but it is safe to drink and possibly related only to algae in the Mississippi River, they announced Wednesday afternoon.
The fourth session in Home Care Solutions and Poydras Home’s six-part free lecture series on elder care will discuss long-term care insurance on Thursday evening.
When Lt. Gen. Russell Honore led 20,000 federal troops into the city of New Orleans for search-and-rescue missions in the aftermath of the collapse of the federal levees following Hurricane Katrina, he instructed his soldiers not to let the contaminated water touch them.
Nine years later, Honore said, the risk of pollution to New Orleanians is coming not from the failures of the federal government, but from decisions made by leaders right here in the city and state — such as the plan to rebuild Booker T. Washington High School in Central City on top of heavily contaminated soil at the old Clio Street dump. State documents show that in some locations, cancer-causing compounds are present in levels more than 100 times what is considered acceptable.
“As we worked nine years ago to help save this city, we’re going to work now to help save this city from itself,” Honore said. “Because you know what? It’s not the White House doing this. It’s not President Bush doing this. It’s the leaders in New Orleans doing this, and it’s people we did not put in the office — the RSD.”
Many alumni of Booker T. Washington, however, believe that the Recovery School District’s plan for treating the contamination is sufficient, that Honore’s concerns are an unnecessary excess of caution, and that it is time to move the long-delayed construction of a state-of-the-art school forward.
As Freret residents continue to organize an “official” booster club that would make Evans Playground eligible to host city-sponsored events such as free Movies in the Park and organized sports, they are hoping to attract support and sponsorships from the businesses on the commercial corridor.
The Freret Neighborhood Center and the NOLA TimeBank are partnering to create a lending library of home-repair tools for Uptown residents, and Gasa Gasa is hosting a party this evening to help raise money for the project.
Armed only with flashlights and imbued with a bare modicum of power, they’re soon to hit the streets of the French Quarter. These proud few will deal with parking issues and other quality-of-life complaints. They will respond to traffic accidents not resulting in injury. They will give directions to tourists.
They are… The NOLA PATROL.
Late last month, Mayor Landrieu made the grand announcement that his office would be forming the NOLA Patrol, a force of approximately 50 civilian employees . The operations of these young bucks are slated to be funded with a 0.25-percent hotel/motel tax instituted last year, which will bring in an estimated $200,000 per month.