Nov 252013
 

Owen Courreges

“Smart growth” is a concept that I have long derided.  Reduced to its essence, smart growth is an ideology borne of a single idea (that the rise of the suburbs is somehow evil), and dedicated to forcing people to live in dense cities.  Their boogeyman is sprawl, which they condemn endlessly.

Oversimplified?  A bit, sure, but then the rhetoric and policy proposals from smart growth advocates strike me as simplistic and single-minded. Continue reading »

Nov 242013
 
 Families navigate around the construction area on Napoleon Avenue to clamor for beads from the Krewe of Carrollton in January 2013. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Families navigate around the construction area on Napoleon Avenue to clamor for beads from the Krewe of Carrollton in January 2013. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

While it may be difficult to imagine Mardi Gras floats navigating around the cranes and construction fences that dominate an ever-growing swath of Napoleon Avenue, officials say the site should be secure in time for the coming year’s parades to pass without disruption.

As the construction zone grows past St. Charles Avenue in the next year, however, Carnival season in 2015 is expected to bring some changes. Continue reading »

Nov 242013
 

The 2013 Oak Street Po-Boy Festival kicks off with opening ceremonies at 9:30 a.m. See below for live coverage.

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Nov 232013
 

Palace Cafe's Oyster Rockefeller po-boy at the 2011 Oak Street Po-Boy Festival.  (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

Palace Cafe’s Oyster Rockefeller po-boy at the 2011 Oak Street Po-Boy Festival. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

More than 30 of New Orleans best purveyors of po-boys will serve up their latest ideas Sunday at the Oak Street Po-Boy Festival, accompanied by live music, history discussions and kids’ activities. Continue reading »

Nov 222013
 

Demetei Lewis (via opcso.org)

Demetei Lewis (via opcso.org)

A woman was badly beaten and robbed of her bag on Jeanette Street near South Carrollton early Tuesday, New Orleans police said.

In a separate case, a man accused of fighting a bicyclist last weekend in a robbery attempt on South Claiborne Avenue turned himself in after surveillance video caught an image of him, authorities said. Continue reading »

Nov 212013
 

magazine street blues festival 5

The Fifth Annual Magazine Street Blues Festival in Lawrence Square park on Saturday will feature a music lineup headlined by Rockin’ Dopsie, plus food, an artist’s village and kids’ activities — all in an effort to raise money to support the officers of the New Orleans Police Department’s Uptown-based Second District. Continue reading »

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Nov 212013
 

City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

As the New Orleans City Council voted Thursday evening to increase the sales tax by 1 percent in the shops in the new Magnolia Marketplace, Central City residents voiced concern that the city’s highest sales taxes will be in one of its poorest neighborhoods, and Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell responded with her vision of a retail renaissance that makes Claiborne Avenue a citywide shopping destination. Continue reading »

Nov 212013
 
Robbery and robbery attempts on Magazine and Baronne streets; incident on Third not shown. (via NOPD)

Robbery and robbery attempts on Magazine and Baronne streets; incident on Third not shown. (via NOPD)

Suspect in armed-robbery attempt in the 3200 block of Magazine. (via NOPD)

Suspect in armed-robbery attempt in the 3200 block of Magazine. (via NOPD)

New Orleans police are investigating two armed robberies and two armed-robbery attempts in the last two weeks around the edges of the Garden District area, including two incidents on Magazine Street, one on Third and one on Baronne, authorities said. Continue reading »

Nov 212013
 

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

We could not let this week pass without commenting on the 50th Anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s death. Allan was a reporter at the States Item Picayune when Kennedy died and actually met and talked with Lee Harvey Oswald during a trip to the newsroom just weeks before. Allan’s memory of Lee Harvey Oswald 50 years ago is that Oswald was considered a very weird, insignificant guy who was an advocate for Fidel Castro, not a very popular point of view in 1963 New Orleans. At the time, Danae was in junior high school in Hot Springs, Arkansas. Continue reading »

Nov 212013
 

broadmoor_boothNOLA TIL YA DIE POPS UP IN MID-CITY

Just in time for holiday shopping, and autumn’s cooler temperatures, NOLA Til Ya Die has announced its newest pop-up shop, an outdoor event at Mid-City hub Bayou Bicycles (3530 Toulouse St., 504-488-1946).

In addition to the apparel and accessories brand’s online store, the weekly pop-up – held every Saturday through the end of the year from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., weather permitting –  marks the line’s latest retail location, and another example of owner Kathleen A. McCall’s fun, irreverent approach to connecting with the community. Continue reading »

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Nov 202013
 

(image via projectnola.com)

(image via projectnola.com)

Residents around the Baronne Street corridor will soon have the opportunity to join the network of nearly 600 security cameras privately monitored by the Project NOLA nonprofit, with the cost offset by $100 per home or business contributed by the Delachaise Neighborhood Association. Continue reading »

Nov 202013
 
The 2000 block of Ursulines. (photo by Jean-Paul Villere for UptownMessenger.com)

The 2000 block of Ursulines. (photo by Jean-Paul Villere for UptownMessenger.com)

Jean-Paul Villere

I have always had a fascination with the written word in public places. Not street signs, business names or general advertising or billboards: you know, the traditional, formally executed kind via a municipality or organized venture, spreading whatever message usually of an identifying or sales nature.  I mean the taggers, whether via graffiti by marker on a bathroom wall or spraypaint under a bridge, or those working in fresh concrete getting the last laugh (no grey ghost will come around and buff out what’s set in mortar, at least not with any expediency).  What happened to Fred Ratke anyway?  I notice a lot of new work he’s leaving up longer than I’d expect. Continue reading »

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