Apr 042011

Villere Realty announces a new property now open for viewing, to accompany two others currently on the market. 2119 Soniat is a reinvented 3 bedroom/3 bath Uptown camelback, just off Freret. Click below for more details and photos of this beautiful home.

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Apr 042011

Owen Courrèges

At the risk of sounding melodramatic, and like a bit of a crank, I will now make a simple declaration: The New Orleans Administrative Hearing Center is the bane of my existence.

For those of you who have never had the opportunity to visit the Administrative Hearing Center, this is the place where the City of New Orleans holds hearings on parking tickets and “safety” camera violations.  In theory, you appear before a neutral judge, a hearing officer, who accepts the evidence submitted by the city, takes evidence from the accused (i.e., you) and then determines whether the city has proven its case by a preponderance of the evidence.

If the Administrative Hearing Center actually functioned in this fashion, I would have little problem with it.  It would be compliant with due process under the U.S. Constitution as it is understood by the courts.

However, the Administrative Hearing Center doesn’t function according to theory.  In practice, it is a kangaroo court that ignores proper legal procedure and acts as a rubber stamp on behalf of the city. Continue reading »

Apr 022011

Attendees of the Preservation Resource Center's Shotgun House Tour walk out of a home on Fourth St. Saturday afternoon. This was the first Shotgun House Tour since Hurricane Katrina. Participants toured shotgun houses in the Irish Channel and the Garden District. "I love New Orleans and I love New Orleans houses," said Chad Greci, while on the Shotgun House Tour. " We think they should have a blighted home tour, so people will want to fix up the houses to look like this one," said Graci. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

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Apr 022011

Bidders fill the auditorium at Xavier University and strain to hear or be heard during an auction of state-owned properties Saturday morning. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

An auction of nearly 100 state-owned houses around the city drew so many people to a Xavier University auditorium Saturday morning that the fire marshal raised concerns about capacity, prompting organizers to ask observers to leave and make room for actual bidders.

The hundreds of people at the auction represented a wide divergence of opinions on the Road Home process, however, from those thrilled to be getting the homes restored and back onto the market to others who questioned how they arrived on the auction block to begin with. Continue reading »

Apr 022011

Spring has arrived, and with the warmer temperatures and longer, sunnier days, Bee Sweet Cupcakes will start the season off with a lemon chiffon cupcake and a lemon zest buttercream frosting. This cupcake will make heads all over your house pop up like daffodils in delight!

Lemon chiffon cupcakes are $3 each, tax included. Only a limited number of cupcakes are available each day, so Bee Sweet Cupcakes invites you to come in early and get them while they’re hot. Bee Sweet Cupcakes is located at 5706 Magazine Street, and is open Monday-Saturday from 11-6. Or call ahead to reserve your cakes at 504.891.8333.

Apr 012011

Francis Fukuyama (via fukuyama.stanford.edu)

The competing demands of highly organized social groups can be debilitating to a relatively weak city government, hindering its ability to promote economic development and ultimately contributing to social decay – a pattern that political philosopher Francis Fukuyama says may be threatening New Orleans.

After a discussion before a Tulane University audience of hundreds about the concepts driving his new book, “The Origins of Political Order,” Fukuyama took a few minutes to describe the application of those ideas to the problems facing New Orleans. While cautioning that he has not studied New Orleans specifically, he said the future of a city with deep social divisions lies somewhere between that of Baltimore, an American city notorious for its failing institutions where Fukuyama formerly lived, and Medellin, a former epicenter of Colombian drug wars whose transformation into a tourist destination Fukuyama has been studying. Continue reading »

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Apr 012011

A full weekend of festivities and cultural event awaits this weekend, including the annual Freret Street Festival street party.

Highlights on Friday include political philosopher Francis Fukuyama speaking Friday afternoon at Tulane and the return of the monthly Friday Night Fights on Freret Street.

Saturday features the Freret Festival, the Preservation Resource Center’s shotgun house tour, a public auction of blighted properties and the Fête Française fundraiser for the Ecole Bilingue de la Nouvelle Orleans.

On Sunday, the International School of Louisiana will hold its Refrigerator Art Auction and Gala downtown, and the Du Mois Gallery will feature an exhibition of Hypothetical Development artists.

For full details and links, see our calendar listings below. Continue reading »

Apr 012011

NOPD Second District Commander Darryl J. Albert (center) poses with family members and Mayor Mitch Landrieu for a photo after Albert's promotion Thursday. Landrieu called Albert a "superb" officer. "He's been a great captain, and he's going to be great for the Second District," Landrieu said. Albert's sister, Garmanne Mack, brought a photo to the ceremony of their mother, who passed away in Feburary.

Three ranking officers from Uptown-based NOPD districts were promoted to the new rank of commander Thursday in a ceremony touted by the department as a “new day in leadership.”

Capt. Darryl Albert of the NOPD Second District (which runs from Jefferson Parish to Louisiana Avenue) and Capt. Bob Bardy of the NOPD Sixth District (from Louisiana Avenue to the U.S. 90 overpass) will each remain in their respective positions, albeit with the direct accountability to NOPD Superintendent Ronal Serpas that comes with the new rank. Continue reading »

Apr 012011

Police interview a woman about a shooting on Louisiana Avenue Parkway on March 18. The suspect in that shooting, Jeremy Williams, may be tied to a number of shootings over the last month, police said this week. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

Jeremy Williams (via NOPD)

The father of a toddler gunned down in a shootout after a Central City second-line last fall is now wanted in connection to a shooting that wounded a woman earlier this month, and police say he may have been involved in a spree of recent Uptown shootings from Gert Town to River Garden.

Jeremy “Noonie Man” Williams, 21, is wanted on a warrant as a principal to attempted second degree murder in a March 18 shooting near Louisiana Avenue Parkway and South Broad, police said Thursday. Two women were walking on the sidewalk about 7:30 p.m., when someone in a black vehicle on the street began firing in their direction, said Sgt. Sandra Contreras of the NOPD Sixth District persons-crime unit. Continue reading »

Mar 312011

Darnell Gillmore, 24, was found guilty of second-degree murder in the death of 20-year-old Alyssa Kovash in the 1700 block of Robert Street in April 2005, according to reporting by Danny Monteverde of The Times-Picayune. Gillmore faces an automatic life sentence during his April 8 sentencing.

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Mar 302011

Michael J. Dardar

A man who has already confessed to four business burglaries has been definitively linked to another, and more charges are still expected, investigators said Wednesday during the weekly meeting of the NOPD Second District’s ranking officers.

Meanwhile, as investigators continue speaking to Dardar, they are becoming more interested in his unusual personality and life story, they said as they reviewed his case Wednesday. Continue reading »

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Mar 302011

A panel of local media figures will roast the latest political scandals before a live audience and an educators’ group will hold a hiring fair over the next two days, in addition to the usual weekly meetings and gatherings around Uptown New Orleans.

For full details and links, see our calendar listings below. Continue reading »

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