Mar 042011

The New Orleans Police Department has announced that due to the possibility of inclement weather tonight, the three Mardi Gras parades this evening will roll 30 minutes early. Hermes will roll at 5.30 p.m., d’Etat at 6 p.m., and Morpheus at 6.30 p.m. The routes of each parade will remain the same.

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Mar 042011

Carnival enters its last weekend as the weather takes a temporary turn. Friday, Hermes, Krewe d’Etat, and Morpheus will roll under a 80% chance of rain, according to the National Weather Service. Saturday morning, Iris and Tucks will roll under the threat of continued showers and possible thunderstorms, but the sky is forecast to clear again by Sunday morning, in time for Okeanos, Mid-City, Thoth, and Bacchus.

See below for details of all the parades taking place Uptown (updated with changes due to weather).

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Mar 022011

Construction has begun on a minor road project in the Freret neighborhood intended to improve access to Ochsner Baptist Medical Center prior to the major traffic disruptions that will accompany an upcoming drainage project on Napoleon Avenue. Continue reading »

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Mar 022011

Carnival parading resumes in Uptown New Orleans on Wednesday with the Krewe of Ancient Druids, followed by Babylon, Chaos and Muses on Thursday.

Meanwhile, the City Council will meet to discuss a handful of Uptown-area land-use issues, and the Uptown-based Second and Sixth Police Districts will have their regular weekly meetings.

See our calendar below for full details. Continue reading »

Mar 022011

Jean-Paul Villere

When I was kid growing up in Southeast Texas, each morning my dad would drive us to school. We lived in the West End of Beaumont and took a main street, Dowlen, to get across town. At the intersection of Dowlen and Gladys was a school (at that time Marshall Middle School) and subsequently a school zone. Each day as we turned off of Shakespeare onto Dowlen toward Gladys, my dad quickly slowed the car to a crawl – as did most of the other informed drivers. Why? Because not only was this a school zone, it was an enforced school zone, and like clockwork there was always an over-eager officer sitting idly in the median just itching for you to go just a hair over the posted limit. Now, I’m sure my dad got a ticket or two on this very stretch of road, but that’s what happens when you break the law – you change your behavior. At least, that’s what society hopes you do. Continue reading »

Mar 012011

The American Legion building on Magazine Street. (Sabree Hill,

Zoning on Magazine Street may not be as accommodating to a Walgreens pharmacy as was originally assumed, members of the adjacent neighborhood association said Tuesday evening as they began preliminary discussions of the proposed development.

The old American Legion in the 5500 block of Magazine is zoned B-2, which allows for a variety of general retail uses, said Peggy Adams, an attorney on the board of the Audubon-Riverside Neighborhood Association. Although B-2 does not specifically prohibit drug stores, pharmacies with drive-through lanes are specifically mentioned in a separate section of the city zoning code, C-1A. And in some cases, Adams said, the fact that one type of development is specifically mentioned in a certain zoning has been used to preclude it in other zonings. Continue reading »

Mar 012011

Upcoming construction to rework Clara and Jena streets in the Freret neighborhood near Ochsner Baptist Medical Center will be the subject of a public meeting hosted by the city Department of Public Works at 6 p.m. tonight at Samuel J. Green Middle School on Valence Street.

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Mar 012011

Shaquille Cooper (via NOPD)

Gregg Kagler (via NOPD)

The two suspects in a robbery and shooting outside The Saint bar on St. Mary Street two weeks ago remain at large, and police are seeking the public’s help in finding them. Continue reading »

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Feb 282011

Members of the Audubon-Riverside Neighborhood Association hold a meeting earlier this month. (Sabree Hill,

[Note: correction appended.]

During the two-day break in the parading calendar in Uptown New Orleans, the Audubon-Riverside Neighborhood Association will meet Tuesday night to discuss how it handles zoning matters moving forward.

After lively discussions over Romney Pilates and The Gabrielle restaurant, the association is increasing the responsibilities of its zoning committee, which will handle upcoming issues including both the proposed Walgreens on Magazine and a request from Whole Foods to change details of its good-neighbor agreement with the city. Because of the large crowds at recent ARNA meetings, this month’s will be held at Milestone Sabis Academy, 5951 Patton Street, at its usual 6:45 p.m. time Tuesday.

See our calendar below for details on other Uptown events and cultural offerings.

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Feb 282011

A "No Walgreens" sign sits in a Joseph Street yard near the American Legion building on Magazine Street. (Sabree Hill,

Signs are cropping up in Uptown: “Uptown Boycott! NO Walgreens at 5500 Magazine St.” Nestled in the windows of businesses and homes, these placards mark the initial stages of a grassroots opposition to the construction of a new Walgreens Pharmacy in the old American Legion building on Magazine. In their own eyes, these wary residents play the David to Walgreens’ Goliath.

There’s only one problem with this opposition. It isn’t coherent. Continue reading »