Dec 102013
 

The house at 2247-2249 O.C. Haley Boulevard. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The house at 2247-2249 O.C. Haley Boulevard. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

City officials and neighborhood have proudly trumpeted their fight against blight and the revitalization of O.C. Haley Boulevard, but a request to convert a small shotgun house on the street into a commercial office or shop ran into reluctance from city planners Tuesday. Continue reading »

Dec 102013
 

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LaTanya Killingworth was fresh out of Alfred Lawless High School when she found out she was HIV positive. She casually took a test while visiting a health center with a friend. Weeks later, after she had forgotten all about it, she was called in to get the results.

“The day I found out I was positive I cried because I thought I would never have kids. It was a death sentence at that time,” Killingworth says. “I thought my whole life was gone at 19.”
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Dec 102013
 

Shared Housing is a non-profit, tax-exempt corporation that helps elderly and/or disabled adults remain in their homes by matching them with people who need a place to stay. These “homeseekers” provide light housekeeping and companionship. In exchange for their services, the homeowner provides free room and board. Shared Housing carefully screens applicants, facilitates appropriate matches, then formalizes each match in a rental contract.

Homeowner Dorothy and Homeseeker Joann

Homeowner Dorothy and Homeseeker Joann

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Dec 092013
 

Owen Courreges

There is little uglier in this world than rent seeking, particularly when it’s specifically aimed at eliminating competition by reducing opportunity for others.  Longstanding, established businesses can be especially guilty of this.  After all, why beat your competition fairly and squarely when you’ve been around so long that you can simply send in the cops?

Recently, rent-seeking has come to Frenchman Street. Continue reading »

Dec 092013
 

Kentucky Bourbon BarrelOur Kentucky Woods Bourbon Barrel Cake is great for holiday parties, corporate gifts and holiday gifts. It is 10 inch, 3 pounds 2 ounces of rich moist brown sugar cake with chocolate, walnuts, maple, caramel, and more. The cake is packed in a made in America hand-made real wood barrel box and serves 12-14. Blue Frog Chocolates has the perfect gift for everyone on your list. Who doesn’t love chocolate?? Continue reading »

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Dec 072013
 

Franky & Johnny’s has reopened under new management on Arabella Street, the NOLA Smokehouse barbecue popup plans to open on Jackson Avenue in February, the Aline Street Beer Garden has a new permanent Dat Dog counter and the recent opening of Ivy on Magazine Street has prompted a contemplation of the restaurant industry’s place in the New Orleans economy by The New York Times. Continue reading »

Dec 052013
 

A concrete-batching plant under construction on a lot about a block from the South Broad Street overpass has been halted temporarily amid opposition from residents of the Zion City neighborhood; rapidly rising home prices in the Irish Channel made the area the focus for a recent case study of post-Katrina gentrification; and the dramatic reduction in appraised value of an assisted-living center on Magazine Street is being questioned, according to recent reports. Continue reading »

Dec 052013
 

The fire station on Laurel Street near Wisner Park. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The fire station on Laurel Street near Wisner Park. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The proposal to create a coffee house called “Engine 37″ in the former Laurel Street fire station near Wisner Park won unanimous approval Thursday from the New Orleans City Council, whose members cited the support for it among neighbors and the benefits it will bring to the area. Continue reading »

Dec 052013
 

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

Kristin Gisleson-Palmer had to make a tough decision this week about her future on the New Orleans City Council — a decision she may not have been planning to make even days before. Kristin thought she was doing a good job. She enjoyed the support of Mayor Mitch Landrieu and had carried some of his key legislation — especially Mitch’s ideas about changes in the taxicab industry — but also made enemies along the way.

Then came retired Judge Nadine Ramsey and the realities of the changing demographics in Algiers. Still, Kristin was carrying around a new poll from a nationally recognized Democratic pollster that showed her with a healthy lead over Nadine. Some insiders doubted the numbers but that didn’t stop Kristin from showing it to heavy hitters. Continue reading »

Dec 052013
 

5KOn Saturday, December 7, the Junior League of New Orleans (JLNO) will celebrate the continued rebirth of New Orleans by holding its annual 5K race along Freret Street. JLNO’s Freret 5K and half-mile fun run showcase this vibrant and growing economic corridor, promotes family fitness, and raises funds for JLNO’s community projects and volunteer efforts. These community projects include Bayou District, Judgment Call, Kids in the Kitchen, Lafayette School Support, Lemonade Day University, Rebuilding Together, Safe Sitter, and Senior League. Continue reading »

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