Apr 202011

Jean-Paul Villere

In the marketplace and on the whole, Americans have too many choices. But, thankfully, when selecting housing, it usually comes down to two: buying or renting. You can only crash on a friend’s couch or play house for so long before an expectation of contribution surfaces, whether via rent or mortgage payment. And this time of year many are renewing their leases, but some are seeking new digs. Others are looking to invest in their future and buy their first home or maybe an income-producing multi. So what do you do? The real question is, “What headache do you want?” Continue reading »

Apr 202011

Officers and onlookers at a shooting scene on Chippewa Street in the Irish Channel on Saturday. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

After gunfire through the streets of the Irish Channel left at least one man wounded this weekend, neighborhood leaders are encouraging residents to attend tonight’s community meeting with the leaders of the NOPD Sixth District.

Kara Morgan, president of the Irish Channel Neighborhood Association, emailed residents Sunday with descriptions of three reported shootings around the area Saturday “all related to an argument between two groups of kids,” including the Chippewa Street shooting that injured a man, she said.

“In addition to yesterday’s events, we’ve seen a general increase in shootings over the past month or so, including a drive-by down my street while I was laying on the couch with my 6-year-old,” Morgan wrote. “This is incredibly disheartening and discouraging, especially given how hard we are working to improve the Channel and make it a safe and happy place for all to live.”

In response, Morgan suggested residents attend the Sixth District’s community meeting at 6:30 p.m. tonight at the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau on St. Charles Avenue for updates on the shootings. She also encouraged them to get more involved with recreation efforts in the neighborhood, “in the hopes of stopping the kids from ever having a gun.”

For details and links to other upcoming community meeting and events around Uptown New Orleans, see our full calendar listings below. Continue reading »

Apr 192011

Commander Darryl Albert of the NOPD Second District speaks during an anti-crime march in the Milan neighborhood in January. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

After months of beseeching the Uptown-based NOPD Second District for more individualized attention to their neighborhood, Milan residents finally saw the levels of police presence they were looking for this past weekend, they gratefully told officers Tuesday night.

One weekend of suppression through heavy-saturation patrols and walking beats won’t stop the drug trade or end the gun battles, they acknowledged. But it did create a sense of safety and peace long missing from the neighborhood – and an impression that the police are listening to their concerns.

“It is a huge step on the road toward getting the criminal element out of our neighborhood,” said Milan resident Veronica Sharkey. Continue reading »

Apr 192011

The owners of this home at 1431 Constance are seeking approval to operate a bed-and-breakfast. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

An antebellum mansion on Constance Street could become the Lower Garden District’s latest bed and breakfast after the neighborhood association gave the owner its blessing Monday night. Continue reading »

Apr 182011

Initial plans for use of a vacant Lower Garden District lot for a temporary campus for Audubon Charter School.A number of ongoing development projects and proposals in the Lower Garden District will be the subject of a Monday night meeting of the Coliseum Square Association.

Neighborhood residents will hear about the status of the proposed temporary campus of the Audubon Charter School, the architect’s office and condo development planned for 1476 Magazine and a bed and breakfast proposed for 1431 Constance, according to the meeting agenda. The YMCA of Greater New Orleans will also make a presentation on its plans, and residents will hear about the city’s new Office of Neighborhood Engagement.

A number of other cultural events are planned for the next two days around Uptown New Orleans. For details and links, see our full calendar listings below. Continue reading »

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Apr 182011

Owen Courrèges

The ongoing discussion about the future of the former Border’s location at St. Charles Avenue and Louisiana has gotten me thinking.  Whenever a major commercial site in Uptown goes vacant, there’s always a discussion of what it will become.  This is always an interesting debate where everybody suggests the ideal business they’d like to move in. Continue reading »

Apr 172011

Thousands gather at Crawfest 2011 at Tulane University Saturday afternoon. Crawfest had 16,000 pounds of crawfish, 10 local bands and many local artists. Crawfish and drinks were free for Tulane students, faculty or staff and for the public crawfish and unlimited drink cost $10 per person. Kids under 12 were $5.00. In past years, attendance has totaled between 6,000-8,000 people. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

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Apr 172011

Patricia Washington shows a doll with a hidden compartment that she crafted at "Pearls in the Pearl," the Uptown Triangle Neighborhood Association's annual community yard sale Saturday afternoon. Washington sold bible stands, holiday baskets, candy babies, hairclips, barrettes, socks, chapelcaps and many more crafts she made at the yard sale. This was Washington's 13th year in the yard sale. "Pearls in the Pearl" was held at 15 different Uptown Triangle Neighborhood residents homes and at Audubon Charter School. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

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Apr 152011

Tulane University offers its entry into the festival season on Saturday, as the fifth annual Crawfest spreads three stages over its Lavin-Bernick Center and Newcomb Quad.

Musical acts include Givers (Lafayette pop band recently returned from South by Southwest and tours with Ra Ra Riot and the Dirty Projectors), Anders Osborne, 101 Runners, the Roots of Music with Rebirth Brass Band, The Revivalists, Rockin’ Dopsie Jr. and The Zydeco Twisters.

The music festival is free, but access to the crawfish is $10 for people unaffiliated with Tulane. Alcohol is not sold at the event, and coolers are not allowed.

Elsewhere around Uptown New Orleans, the Uptown Triangle Neighborhood Association holding its “Pearls in the Pearl” yard sale, and local costumer Cree McCree will host a Jazzfest sale. For full details and links, see our weekend calender listings below. Continue reading »

Apr 152011

Can’t get enough of the crack of the bat and the roar of the crowd? Put on your team colors and come spend baseball season down in the Irish Channel, at Tracey’s! Tracey’s Original Irish Channel Bar features the full Major League Baseball package spread across 18 plasma TVs. Basketball fans can join in the fun for the NBA playoffs, with all Hornets games during the playoffs broadcast live, and for the non-sports fans in the family, Tracey’s is the perfect stop both before and after festivals, serving, as always, the Best Roast Beef Po-Boy on Earth.

Tracey’s is located on Magazine and Third, in the heart of the Irish Channel, and opens at 11am daily. More information at traceysnola.com.

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Apr 152011

An excavator pulls down a blighted house at 2706 South Derbigny Street on Thursday afternoon. The blighted house was featured on a "Treme" season-one poster and DVD packaging. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

The clash between neighbors’ urgent desire to rid themselves of dangerous, derelict properties and the threat of destroying the city’s character in the process played out in public on Thursday, when the city demolished a row of blighted Central City homes used in the iconic poster for the HBO series “Treme.” Continue reading »

Apr 142011

Base population counts for each City Council district, based on 2010 Census figures. Click to enlarge

As New Orleans begins the process of realigning its City Council districts to match post-Katrina population shifts, officials are holding a series of meetings around the city, including two in Uptown neighborhoods. Continue reading »

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Apr 142011

2328 St. Charles Avenue, planned for part of the McGehee School. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

A proposed architect’s office and condo project on Magazine Street and the use of a St. Charles Avenue mansion as a classroom building for the Louise S. McGehee school both took a step forward with approval from the City Planning Commission this week. Continue reading »

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