Mar 222011
 

Uptown residents walk past 1476 Magazine St. Tuesday morning. Chenevert Architects and developers Charles Rutledge and Pierre Stouse met with the Coliseum Square Association to discuss plans for the three-story building to house a two-story office for the architects, as well as five condominium units. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

A new architect’s office with a handful of condos attached to it received the neighborhood’s tentative blessing for its proposed Magazine Street location during a Monday night meeting of the Coliseum Square Association that discussed a number of upcoming redevelopment projects in the Lower Garden District. Continue reading »

Mar 222011
 

Prosecutors’ efforts to keep an Uptown man in jail until his trial on rape charges were interrupted Monday when the defendant, Dean Kelly, collapsed in the courtroom during testimony and was taken to the hospital, multiple city media outlets reported. Continue reading »

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Mar 212011
 

Valerie Martin

Novelist Valerie Martin, known for her 1990 novel Mary Reilly, will give a public reading Monday night at Tulane.

The Coliseum Square Association will also meet Monday evening to discuss a number of land-use issues, including a zoning change at 1476 Magazine and a proposed movie studio on Constance.

For details and links on these events and others over the next two days, see our full calendar below. Continue reading »

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Mar 212011
 

Does your home feel a little drafty in the winter, and is it hard to cool in the summer? Are you spending too much on your energy bills? One simple solution can bring your bills down as much as 60%, and one local company can help you take that leap. GreenBean Insulation, an expert in home weatherization, invites you to bring your historic home into the 21st century. Says owner Kurt Buchert, “Everything we do to a home makes it greener and more efficient.”

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Mar 212011
 

Owen Courrèges

Zoning is a crutch, and an unnecessary one at that. Nevertheless, we often are led to believe that a simple zoning change is the difference between Beverly Hills and the Chicago meat-packing district. Without zoning, we are told, anything could move in next door.

This paranoia was recently expressed this past Tuesday, when Frank Cole of the Coliseum Square Association spoke at a meeting of the City Planning Commission. He expressed skepticism of a proposal for a zoning change to 1517 Constance St. to mixed use (MU-A) zoning.

Specifically, Mr. Cole described the switch to an MU-A designation as “too giant a step for this particular piece of property.” In support of his stance, he noted that “chicken slaughtering and processing” was a permissible use under MU-A. Continue reading »

Mar 202011
 

A St. Joseph's Alter at the home of Andrew Williams on Marengo St. Saturday afternoon. Williams and his wife Dianne Williams started having a St. Joseph's Alter at their home in 1989 after Dianne Williams was diagnosed with breast cancer and survived. The Williams had a St. Joseph's alter at their home every year until Hurricane Katrina. On April 12, 2010 Dianne Williams passed away from cancer of the liver and lungs. One of her dying wishes was for her family to start the St. Joseph's Alter again. Her family says the alter shows thanks for the 21 years they had with Williams since she was first diagnosed with cancer. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

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Mar 202011
 

Donovan Mohr, of the Lower Garden District, picks up large amounts of trash in a vacant lot that touches Taylor Park on Washington Avenue on Mayor Mitch Landrieu's second "Fight the Blight" day Saturday afternoon. "Fight the Blight" day at Taylor Park coincided with the Hoffman Triangle Neighborhood Association's fifth annual community fair, Hoffman Extravaganza, which had live music and family entertainment. "Fight the Blight" day took place at five locations across New Orleans Saturday. "I want all the areas of the city to look clean. It would be depressing if I was a kid and saw broken bottles and assorted junk around the park," said Mohr. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

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Mar 202011
 

The leadership of Lusher Charter School is frustrated by what they see as the Orleans Parish School Board’s apparent unwillingness to grant the full, 10-year renewal of their charter that the high-performing school has earned, they said in a board meeting Saturday.

Meanwhile, the admissions process for the small school district around the Lusher’s Willow Street elementary campus will likely become more strict next year, as officials say more families are trying to move into the district solely for the purpose of gaining guaranteed entrance to the school. Continue reading »

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Mar 202011
 

Super Sunday parades: The Single Men Social Aid and Pleasure Club route is shown in red, while the Mardi Gras Indians annual parade route is in blue.

The Single Men Social Aid and Pleasure Club will second-line through Central City on Sunday afternoon in a route that will roughly follow the Mardi Gras Indians Council’s annual parade. Continue reading »

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Mar 202011
 

State Sen. Julie Quinn, the Republican lawmaker from Metairie whose district also includes the Riverbend and Audubon neighborhoods in Uptown New Orleans, announced Saturday that she will not seek re-election, several media outlets are reporting.

On Friday, Senate President Joel Chaisson II released his draft of the Senate redistricting map. Under his plan, Quinn and neighboring state Sen. Conrad Appel would be in the same district, notes Bill Barrow of The Times-Picayune.

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Mar 182011
 

Police investigate a car crash on South Claiborne Ave. and State St. early Friday morning around 3:30 a.m. A Tulane student stole a car and crashed it into eight other vehicles, according to police. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

A Tulane student stole a car and crashed it into eight other vehicles early Friday morning before he was arrested, police said.

Ian Driskill

Ian Driskill, 21, stole the car in the 900 block of Audubon, then left a trail of collisions before officers caught him, said Sgt. Marc Amos of the NOPD Second District property-crimes division.

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