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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Apr 132011

Milan residents protest against crime during a January march through the neighborhood with police.

During the most recent shootout, gunmen ran through the streets firing, darting inside one house to reload when they needed more ammunition. Residents of the Milan neighborhood took cover in their own homes, frantically calling police for help, and after the gun smoke cleared, they found 25 shell casings on the ground and pulled bullets out of five different homes.

This gun battle took place only last month, despite months of organizing, replacing broken street lights, creating phone networks among neighbors, taking action against abandoned properties and holding a very public march against crime. On Wednesday night, they gathered again, asking City Councilwoman Stacy Head and leaders of the NOPD Second District, what more do they have to do? Continue reading »

Apr 132011

Current city council districts

With new district lines now drawn for state House and Senate seats, the New Orleans City Council will be the next governing body to participate in the redistricting process, and a town hall meeting has been scheduled for Thursday evening to introduce residents to the process.

Although Uptown’s post-Katrina population shifts were not as dramatic as elsewhere in the city, some of its council representation could still be subject to change. Susan Guidry’s District A, which stretches from Lakeview to Mid-City down to the Audubon neighborhoods, will have to be reduced by greater than 10 percent from its current population of 77,166. Stacy Head’s District B, which runs from Uptown to the Central Business District, has a population of 70,903 — the closest of any of the districts to the new target of 68,768 — but may have to shift to accommodate the more dramatic population changes in neighboring District C and possibly also District D.

The city is also planning a series of meetings to gather input about the process within in each district, and the dates and times of all those meetings will be provided Thursday.

Separately on Thursday, both the Irish Channel and the Carrollton-Riverbend neighborhood associations will have their own meetings. For more details and links, see our full calendar listings below. Continue reading »

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Apr 132011

Jean-Paul Villere

I ride my bike. A lot. I always have. When I was kid I used to ride all over Beaumont, Texas, the towniest of towns. I collected comics then, and there were few places that offered the medium. I’d hit Parkdale Mall, or I’d venture out to mom and pop shops like Mike’s Coins & Books in old town. Between there, the mall bookstores and Jack’s Pak-It I fed my comics craving well enough, and years later we finally got an honest-to-goodness comics shop, Comics Kingdom. But as a kid we never conceived of the monolithic book emporiums that now litter America’s landscape. And litter in the literal sense. Some are closing. With more to follow. Big, big boxed behemoths once bustling with beaming readers, now lay in wait for the next highest and best use of the space. Continue reading »

Apr 122011

Residents of Loyola Avenue between Napoleon Avenue and Bordeaux Street will see a drop in water pressure this afternoon as crews repair a fire hydrant with broken valves, officials said.

The low water pressure is expected to last about three hours, according to a Sewerage and Water Board news release posted just before 4 p.m.

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Apr 122011

Brandon Singleton (via NOPD)

Police are looking for an Uptown man for questioning in the Dec. 20 double shooting that killed the rapper known as Magnolia Shorty in New Orleans East.

Brandon Singleton, 24, “may have additional information about the murders of 28-year-old Renetta Lowe, known as ‘Magnolia Shorty,’ and 25-year-old Jerome ‘Man Man’ Hampton” in the 6300 block of Bridgehampton Drive, police wrote in a news release.

Anyone with information should call Homicide Detective Michael Cochran at 658-5300 or CrimeStoppers at 822-1111 to leave an anonymous tip that could result in a cash reward.

Apr 122011

The remainder of April’s weekly meetings of the NOPD Second District will be held at Xavier University, police said.

The meetings, which are open to the public, will be held at their usual 1 p.m. Wednesday times on April 13, 20 and 27, in room 115 of the pharmacy building at Xavier. Visitors are encouraged to get parking directions at the university police office at the corner of South Carrollton and Drexel.

The NOPD Second District spans much of Uptown from Louisiana Avenue to the Jefferson Parish line.

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Apr 122011

An off-duty rookie officer from the New Orleans Police Department’s Sixth District pulled a gun and threatened to hurt a man he was arguing with at a New Orleans East gas station over the weekend, leading to his resignation, police said. Continue reading »

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Apr 112011

The vacant lot at 1476 Magazine. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

The City Planning Commission will have its first look Tuesday at plans to put an office and condo building on the corner of Magazine and Race streets in the Lower Garden District.

A proposed three-story building there will require commercial zoning, and developers received initial support from the Coliseum Square Association last month. The project is scheduled to go before the City Planning Commission at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Separately on Tuesday evening, Freret Neighbors United will meet at Samuel J. Green Charter School to discuss neighborhood issues. For full details and links to other events planned for the next two days, see our full calendar listings below. Continue reading »

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Apr 112011

With the hot weather coming on, it’s time to look and stay cool. Essence Fashions is showcasing a full new range of churchwear and sundresses just in time for the season. With a brand new shipment of merchandise from all the hottest labels, Essence Fashions is ready to help you get ready for Easter Sunday, Mother’s Day, or any other day of the week. Full church ensembles — suit, hat, and handbag — start at just $79, and sun dresses start at just $19.99. See below for a photo gallery of some of the hottest new outfits from Essence Fashions.

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