Thirteen years. That’s how long New Orleanians have been paying $1.25 fares for one-way trips on streetcars and buses. In an era characterized by major increases in city fees and taxes, transit fares have remained relatively low.
Now, it appears that $1.25 fares may not be quite enough. Veolia Transportation Services Inc., the French corporation contracted to manage services for the Regional Transit Association (RTA), revealed this past Tuesday that there will not be enough money left in reserves to fund services by 2015 unless a fare increase is enacted.
Are you worried about making loan payments on your house? Have you fallen behind, and are struggling to get back on track? Or are you preparing to buy, but unsure how you’ll finance every penny of your new home? Neighborhood Housing Services New Orleans announces its new, federally-sponsored Making Home Affordable loan program for homeowners just like you. Secure, confidential, and comprehensive!
Irvin Mayfield and the Jazz Playhouse Revue will headline the free Central City Festival on O.C. Haley Boulevard on Saturday, topping a lineup of traditional music, Creole food and local vendors showcasing the rebirth of the boulevard.
The Southern Rep production of Jane Austen’s “Pride & Prejudice” is entering the first weekend of its run at Ursuline Academy on State Street, and every performance is themed with special events and promotions.
This weekend’s New Orleans Opera performance of “Noah’s Flood” at Trinity Episcopal Church will include veteran New Orleans news anchor Norman Robinson in the speaking role of God, a cast of professional artists and musicians, and a chorus of students from public and private schools around the city.
The fourth annual Children’s Book Festival will take place on the Latter Library lawn this weekend, with free concert of “music inspired by children’s literature” Friday night and free books and book-related activities from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
A deep pothole Olive Street that was tearing up cars turning off of Carrollton Avenue has mostly been repaired, but problems with the drains persist and a new pothole may be forming, reports Bill Capo of our partners at WWL-TV.
Gautreau’s chef Sue Zemanick has opened her Ivy restaurant on Magazine Street, Dolce Vita is now serving pizza on St. Charles Avenue, and Another Broken Egg Cafe plans a location in the Garden District.
The shooting of a 15-year-old boy Sunday evening on Dryades Street was prompted by a dispute over a “love triangle,” and a teenage suspect has been arrested, New Orleans police said.
The one-day “After Katrina: Transnational Perspectives on the Futures of the Gulf South” conference Friday at the New Orleans Center for the Gulf South at Tulane University will feature keynote presentations by Richard Campanella and Kalamu ya Salaam, as well as a range of other local cultural figures, neighborhood leaders, activists and academics.
Things that work well in other cities often don’t work in New Orleans. The recent dust-up about the Vera Institute and their lucrative Pre-Trial Services contract funded by the City of New Orleans boils down to a lack of trust on the part of criminal justice officials.
The Vera Institute (VI for short) analyses each arrested individual’s record and determines their likelihood to return for trial if allowed bail. VI provides this information and their recommendation on bail to the court, whose officials make a final bail decision.
A sexual act between two boys, ages 12 and 14, allegedly witnessed on a school bus in the Irish Channel on Tuesday evening has prompted a rape investigation, New Orleans police said.
Rev. Elizabeth Lott will officially begin her pastorate the week of Nov. 12 and will preach for the first time this Sunday, Nov. 17, which happens to be the date on which we celebrate the church’s 115th birthday. Founded in 1898, St. Charles Avenue Baptist Church has been blessed with many excellent pastors known for strong preaching and innovative leadership. In calling Rev. Lott, the church acknowledges she follows in this esteemed tradition.
For as long as I’ve known her my wife has had it out for ligustrums, while I’ve always found crepe myrtles to be, well, creepy. But I’m also a weirdo who doesn’t see the need to willy-nilly go Lawnmower Man on Mother Nature in the name of progress. Or, maybe I’m just quizzical as to why in the lower leg of the Napoleon Ave drainage project the neutral ground trees were decimated recently, while earlier in the project above St. Charles Avenue the greenery was saved and replanted nearby in Samuel Square. Incongruity and the decisions made by bureaucrats and contractors go together like peas and carrots, I tell ya. (Still waiting on that oak to be trimmed across the street from me, but I digress.)
Three years after opening the popular Oak wine bar, the owners are planning to expand with a new gastropub next door on Oak Street called Ale, joined with a courtyard between them.