Feb 092017
 
The former Times-Picayune building at 3800 Howard Avenue (photographed in August 2016 by Google  Maps)

The former Times-Picayune building at 3800 Howard Avenue (photographed in August 2016 by Google Maps)

The former Times-Picayune building on Howard Avenue is under consideration for redevelopment as a “major amusement facility,” and its new owners received the first step of approval Tuesday from New Orleans city officials toward the rezoning that would allow such a project. Continue reading »

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Feb 092017
 

City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell (left) helps A.P. Marullo cut the ribbon on the new CC’s Coffeehouse in Mid-City. (photo by Danae Columbus for UptownMessenger.com)

Danae Columbus

Danae Columbus, opinion columnist

When supporters are asked why they think LaToya Cantrell might make a good mayor, they always talk about her commitment to the community, hard work after Katrina and willingness to take on issues others shy away from. In short, she is known as a fighter.

[Note: This is the first in a series of columns analyzing the potential candidates in the upcoming New Orleans mayoral race.] Continue reading »

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Feb 082017
 
A rendering of the proposed apartment development was on display at Monday's meeting of the Coliseum Square Association. (photographed by Claire Byun, UptownMessenger.com)

A rendering of the proposed apartment development was on display at Monday’s meeting of the Coliseum Square Association. (photographed by Claire Byun, UptownMessenger.com)

Marc Robert, owner of the former Robert grocery site on Annunciation Street, speaks to the City Planning Commission on Jan. 25, 2017. (via City of New Orleans)

The plan to redevelop the former Robert grocery site on Annunciation Street into a 211-unit apartment complex will now proceed to the City Council for a final decision, after it narrowly passed the City Planning Commission amid technical concerns about its height and density. Continue reading »

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Feb 082017
 

The LEAD Community Training Program is a workshop series by The Foundation for Louisiana (FFL) designed to empower its participants in the areas of Leadership, Engagement, Advocacy, and Development, for which the program is named. The seven-week program plans to teach participants skills in community organizing, advocacy, public policy, and land use and development.

The registration deadline for the 2017 LEAD program is Friday, Feb. 10.

For more information, see the full story from Gentilly Messenger.

LEAD students (LEADers) from a previous year (via foundationforlouisiana.org)

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Feb 072017
 

A panel of experts from Tulane Law School on Wednesday afternoon will discuss the executive order by President Trump that attempted to halt travel to the United States from seven Muslim countries before it was blocked by a federal judge. Continue reading »

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Feb 062017
 

Students from Sylvanie Williams College Prep marching band perform in the 2016 Martin Luther King Day parade. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The academic leader of the New Orleans College Prep charter network resigned unexpectedly last week as the organization struggles to improve test scores at its first campus enough to prevent the state from revoking its charter. Continue reading »

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Feb 062017
 

Homemade cinnamon filled King Cake, before and after decoration, by Houston pastry chef Ligny Hunter (photos Ligny Hunter).

This is the year of the homemade King Cake.

Locals are trying their hand at baking the glittery tradition at home for Mardi Gras. Many of our best chefs are also sharing homemade King Cakes and their recipes with a lucky few. These are not restaurant recipes; this is what is served on their own tables. Recipes can be original, complicated, easy, or from known cookbooks. The doughs may be dissimilar, but the toppings are always a dusting of sparkling purple, green, and gold. Continue reading »

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Feb 062017
 

Transdev shows off the red EZ10 self-driving shuttle at the Ernest Morial Convention Center. (image via our partners at WWL-TV)

Owen Courrèges

Owen Courrèges

New Orleans were given a glimpse of the future this past week, or at least one possible version of it. Alas, it appears that the future is a slow-moving red box.

The corporate operator of New Orleans public transit, Transdev, held an event with Mayor Mitch Landrieu on Monday to preview its self-driving vehicle, the EZ10 “Easy Rider” Autonomous Shuttle. The red, box-shaped EZ10, which is capable of holding 12 passengers, plodded along at roughly 8 miles per hour in front of the Morial Convention Center. Continue reading »

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Feb 062017
 

There was a house fire at 1500 Jefferson avenue on the corner of Pitt street on Saturday afternoon. Fire officials are investigating the cause of the fire. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

The upper floor of a Jefferson Avenue home caught fire Saturday, and firefighters’ effort to contain the blaze was complicated by a broken hydrant, authorities said.

There was a house fire at 1500 Jefferson avenue on the corner of Pitt street on Saturday afternoon. Fire officials are investigating the cause of the fire. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

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