Oct 172013
 

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

It’s election season in New Orleans and we couldn’t be more excited!

Danatus King, a lawyer and nine-year president of the New Orleans chapter of the NAACP, announced his candidacy for Mayor last Sunday to members of the Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club.  It was a perfect place to start, in the heart of the black community which still hasn’t fully recovered from Hurricane Katrina. Continue reading »

Oct 172013
 

The westbound lanes of Earhart and the side streets will be closed Thursday and Friday. (via Google maps)

The westbound lanes of Earhart and the side streets will be closed Thursday and Friday. (via Google maps)

The westbound lanes of Earhart Boulevard will be closed Thursday and Friday around the former B.W. Cooper development (now called Marrero Commons) for filming, New Orleans officials said. Continue reading »

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Oct 162013
 

Santa Fe Tapas on St. Charles Avenue (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Santa Fe Tapas on St. Charles Avenue (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

After months of negotiations, New Orleans city attorneys finally reached an operating agreement with Santa Fe Tapas on Tuesday — but only after an 11th-hour dispute over the use of go cups at the establishment nearly brought the matter to trial. Continue reading »

Oct 162013
 
The former Dreamboat. (photo by Jean-Paul Villere for UptownMessenger.com)

The former Dreamboat. (photo by Jean-Paul Villere for UptownMessenger.com)

Jean-Paul Villere

On a sleepy stretch at Loyola and Third in the heart of Central City amid a myriad of churches (some with an active congregation, some not so much), there sits a veritable historic housing preservationist’s dream, a 19th Century relic in what would otherwise appear to might have been a corner grocery or barroom.  But not so fast, judges of book by covers!  Look closer at the empirical data and ask some of the older area locals, and this hiding-in-plain-sight wood frame structure was by all accounts (or those willing to provide accounts) once upon a time a place unequivocally identified as the neighborhood brothel, dba The Dream Boat Inn. Continue reading »

Oct 152013
 
The SWAT Team marches on Magazine Street. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The NOPD SWAT Team marches on Magazine Street during a robbery investigation. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

NOPD officers closed Magazine Street for several blocks around Byblos after an armed robbery Tuesday evening. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

NOPD officers closed Magazine Street for several blocks around Byblos after an armed robbery Tuesday evening. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

After a Magazine Street restaurant was robbed at gunpoint Tuesday evening, a manhunt for the suspect put neighboring establishments on lockdown with no one allowed to enter or leave, New Orleans police said. Continue reading »

Oct 152013
 

jewel bush

Over the last year, I’ve met dozens of incredible people both personally and professionally, and I’ve followed up most of these encounters with some sort of thank you — digital, but more often tangible.

I’ve sent greeting cards and handwritten notes, which are no easy task being that my penmanship has never been even mediocre and the physical act of writing sometimes pains me. Not only have I sent notes to the new folks who have entered my life, but I’ve also mailed a variety of correspondence to my old friends and colleagues as well to remind them how amazing I believe they are. Continue reading »

Oct 142013
 
An overview of the Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance in Planning District 2, which covers part of Uptown. The St. Charles and Magazine corridors, where a design-review committee will evaluate major projects, is highlighted in light blue. (via nola.gov)

An overview of the Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance in Planning District 2, which covers part of Uptown. The St. Charles and Magazine corridors, where a design-review committee will evaluate major projects, is highlighted in light blue. (via nola.gov)

Any planned development larger than 40,000 square feet or with a substantial presence on a major thoroughfare will be specifically evaluated on whether its design meets city standards under the new Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance, which New Orleans officials hope to ratify as law by February — after years of planning and public meetings. Continue reading »

Oct 142013
 

Owen Courreges

Update, Oct. 25: Subsequent to writing this piece, I was notified by the mayor’s office the woman in the WWL story upon which this piece was based had rented the car she was ticketed for, and that she was thus still responsible for the ticket. While that information does change the story, it still presents some issues about the camera system, which are addressed in a postscript below.

Those traffic cameras certainly are insidious.  It was once assumed that you could avoid getting a red-light camera ticket, at the very least, by simply not owning a car.  That commonsense presumption has now been proven false. Continue reading »

Oct 132013
 

A woman who sold her car in March received a red-light ticket in June from the camera at Carrollton and Palmetto, but the ticket showed another vehicle that was not hers at all, according to a report by Jaclyn Kelly of our partners at WWL-TV. And in order to appeal the ticket, the woman must pay a $50 administrative fee, Kelly reports.

Update, Oct. 23: After city officials determined that the car in the photo was a rental, the woman acknowledged to WWL that she had rented it during that time.
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Oct 132013
 

“The Orleans Parish School Board has been forced to bring Ellis Construction back to finish the new gym at [Eleanor McMain High School] on South Claiborne Avenue — after staff kicked Ellis off the job for inadequate disadvantaged business participation,” writes Danielle Dreilinger of The Times-Picayune in a review of recent Orleans Parish school facilities issues. Ellis is charging $10.2 million to return — 7 percent higher than the original $9.5 million contract — and will have less participation from disadvantaged businesses, saying that the available subcontractors have changed, Dreilinger reports.

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Oct 132013
 

Police officers stand amid shell casings marking the scene of a fatal shooting on Chippewa Street in the Irish Channel on Feb. 21, 2013. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

Police officers stand amid shell casings marking the scene of a fatal shooting on Chippewa Street in the Irish Channel on Feb. 21, 2013. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

Investigators from the New Orleans Police Department are looking for four people for questioning in connection with an unsolved homicide in the Irish Channel from February of this year, authorities said. Continue reading »

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Oct 132013
 
Planning District 2 (via nola.gov)

Planning District 2 (via nola.gov)

A public meeting for residents of the Central City, Garden District and adjacent Uptown neighborhoods will be held at 6 p.m. Monday on the latest draft of the new Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance. The meeting will be at the Dryades YMCA at 2220 Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard, and it will cover changes in Planning District 2, which runs generally from Napoleon Avenue to the Pontchartrain Expressway. Continue reading »

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