Sep 102010

The New Orleans Police Department will be looking for drunk drivers at a traffic checkpoint somewhere in Uptown New Orleans from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. tonight, according to a news release. Officers may ask for driver’s licenses or proof of insurance.

The location was not specified.

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Sep 092010

Source: NOPD

A man’s attempt to kick in the back door of an Uptown home was foiled by the intended victim’s dog, police said, but video surveillance managed to capture his image in several photos.

The break-in attempt was recorded around 10:35 a.m. Sept. 1 in the 2200 block Wirth Place, which runs between Nashville Avenue and Joseph Street in the Uptown. Continue reading »

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Sep 092010

Kellie Grengs’ aspirations for Freret Street begin decades in the past and run years into the future, but Thursday they were hung on a single moment in time.

After a month of pouring all her energy into generating online votes for a $25,000 grant sponsored by a California winery, the competition closed Tuesday, and the results were supposed to be announced Thursday. Grengs’ proposal to revitalize Freret Street through a marketing program based around had run in first place up until the close of voting, so the anticipation for the final tally, she said, was killing her.

The suffering paid off. Just before she headed out the door at noon, she received a call from New York saying the group had won. Continue reading »

Sep 082010

Security camera image of suspect cab

Police are looking for an as-yet-unidentified cab driver in connection with a rape that reportedly took place in the Uptown in late July.

According to the New Orleans Police Department, an American Cab Company driver picked up a man and a woman shortly after 2 a.m. Saturday, July 31, from the corner of St. Phillip and Royal streets in the French Quarter. The cab drove the two to the corner of St. Charles and Louisiana avenues and dropped the man off, then continued to the 300 block of Cherokee Street in the Black Pearl area of Carrollton, where he raped the woman, police said.

Composite sketch of suspect

The driver was described as being of Middle Eastern descent, driving newer model white van, possibly a Dodge or Toyota. Anyone with information is asked to call Crimestoppers at 822-1111 or toll free  at (877) 903-7867.

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Sep 072010

Their message was clear: it didn’t have to happen.

In the second of an ongoing lecture series at Tulane on the subject of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, two experts on offshore drilling offered stern appraisals about the lessons learned and unlearned from the recent disaster. Speaking to an audience of over 100 law students, faculty, and members of the public, Professors Eric Smith of Tulane University and Robert Bea of the University of California, Berkeley, offered analyses of the sequence of events that led to the disaster as well as the implications for future drilling management and policy. Continue reading »

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Sep 072010

5338 Perrier, approved for demolition

A large Uptown home that has been vacant since Hurricane Katrina will be demolished with enthusiastic approval from both its neighbors and the city after a brief hearing Tuesday afternoon.

The Neighborhood Conservation District Committee, which oversees demolition applications, granted its permission with no opposing votes for the adjoining properties at 1222 Leontine and 5338 Perrier streets to be torn down, after receiving assurances from owner Michael Whelan that he plans to build one home on the adjoining lots where the two structures now stand. The home will be about half the size of the larger structure now there, Whelan said, and he plans to keep it himself, “for my inlaws,” rather than rent it. Continue reading »

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Sep 072010

Stacy Head

Uptown needs better parking enforcement in its residential areas and possibly more parking meters on several blocks of Magazine, the area’s city councilwoman told administrators in a Tuesday morning meeting that dealt with parking issues across the city.

District B Councilwoman Stacy Head, who chairs the city’s public-works committee, described a litany of parking-related complaints she’s received from some Uptown neighborhoods, including Delachaise, Broadmoor, Climana and several others. People park on the street too close to driveways, making it difficult for residents to pull out. They park over the sidewalks, making them difficult for pedestrians with baby strollers or in wheelchairs to pass. On one-way streets, they park the wrong way, making it difficult for others to pass. Continue reading »

Sep 062010

The New Orleans City Council’s public works committee and department director Robert Mendoza will discuss “adding parking meters to the 4600 block of Magazine to discourage long-term parking and increase retail traffic,” according to the agenda for a 10 a.m. meeting Tuesday in the city council chambers.

The 4600 block of Magazine Street is just upriver from Napoleon Avenue. The Landrieu administration’s decision to maintain Saturday parking meter enforcement on Magazine Street has been the subject of recent criticism by the Magazine Street Merchants Association.

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Sep 062010

Tuesday is the deadline to support‘s effort to secure a $25,000 grant to promote the Freret business corridor through Uptown.

The Freret Business and Property Owner Association is one of 10 finalists for the Mark of Distinction grant by Markham Vineyards, which will award $25,000 grants to two community-improvement as chosen by voters online.

The Freret association, which promotes the 32 businesses between Napoleon and Jefferson as a shopping district similar to Magazine and Oak streets and sponsors the monthly Freret Market, led voting with 29 percent of the votes on Monday evening, followed closely by a public-safety program in Erie, Penn., at 27 percent.