Jan 082014
 
The blue tent where people staying under the Pontchartrain Expressway said a woman was found dead Wednesday afternoon. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The blue tent where people staying under the Pontchartrain Expressway said a woman was found dead Wednesday afternoon. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A woman was found dead in a tent Wednesday afternoon underneath the Pontchartrain Expressway overpass at the edge of New Orleans’ Central Business District, after a night so cold that area homeless advocates were out trying to get as many people indoors as possible. Continue reading »

Jan 082014
 
Ladders form a backdrop to the Krewe of Proteus on Napoleon Avenue in 2012. A proposed new law would require all ladders be six feet back from the curb. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

Ladders form a backdrop to the Krewe of Proteus on Napoleon Avenue in 2012. A proposed new law would require all ladders be six feet back from the curb. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

All Mardi Gras ladders must be kept at least six feet back from the curb during parades, and may not be chained together, under a set of new laws being introduced this week before the New Orleans City Council. Continue reading »

Jan 082014
 

Jean-Paul Villere

At last! As of earlier this week Carnival has officially begun, and the dawn of the first day found me eating king cake for breakfast. No, this is not a tradition in our house, and while I can earnestly say in my 39 years I cannot recall my first taste of the seasonal treat as a boy, my joy for this pastry in general spans decades, leaving me to weep for the scores that remain uninitiated. But then that’s New Orleans all over to me. Red beans on Monday? Every chance I get. Poboys for lunch more than once a week? Absolutely. Editing my overall caloric intake this winter holiday season? Well, let’s not get too hasty, ‘kay? Continue reading »

Jan 082014
 

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A McGehee girl experiences academic rigor and personal attention in its small class sizes with direct access to faculty. Your daughter will learn about honor and service as well as leadership. The McGehee Advantage provides her with the opportunity to be…team captain, student body president, and star of her class musical – and she will enjoy not only equal opportunity but every opportunity. Continue reading »

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Jan 082014
 
David Capasso, Jason Coleman and Susan Guidry appear before the Independent Women's Organization on Monday. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

David Capasso, Jason Coleman and Susan Guidry appear before the Independent Women’s Organization on Monday. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Violent crime in neighborhoods, economic development and opportunity, balancing the city budget and even gay marriage and marijuana legalization were all discussed Tuesday night by Democratic candidates in the New Orleans city elections, many appearing on the same stage for the first time a mere three weeks before the Feb. 1 election day.

The pace was brisk and the tone was mostly — though not always — genial as the Independent Women’s Organization asked a handful of questions to more than two dozen Democratic candidates for mayor, City Council and other citywide offices. Continue reading »

Jan 072014
 
(photo by jewel bush for UptownMessenger.com)

(photo by jewel bush for UptownMessenger.com)

jewel bush

It’s 34 degrees at daybreak; and the temperature is rapidly dropping. The day is as dreary as it is gray, but not even the hawk — or the Housing Authority of New Orleans (HANO) — can keep Brandan “BMike” Odums away from the Florida Projects.

He’s not breaking and entering in the name of creation this time around. The visual artist, who is equally dexterous with spray paint as he is with acrylic and pen and ink, is there to reflect on #ProjectBe, an organic participatory art odyssey that began last summer. #ProjectBe sparked debates among the arties — and authorities – about what makes “legitimate” art and whether a weather-beaten public housing development can ever be more than an underground thrill. Continue reading »

Jan 072014
 

Following the holidays, New Orleans voters may feel like the Feb. 1 elections are coming on a compressed schedule, with Election Day just three weeks from Saturday. But several civic groups are quickly mobilizing to provide residents with opportunities to hear from the candidates first-hand in the next two weeks, starting today (Tuesday, Jan. 7). Continue reading »

Jan 072014
 

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Jan 062014
 
Wearing a streetcar tiara, a member of the Phunny Phorty Phellows wishes everyone a "Happy Mardi Gras" before boarding the St. Charles Avenue streetcar on Monday evening. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Wearing a streetcar tiara, a member of the Phunny Phorty Phellows wishes everyone a “Happy Mardi Gras” before boarding the St. Charles Avenue streetcar on Monday evening. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Despite temperatures that dipped below “phreezing,” the Phunny Phorty Phellows made their annual Twelfth Night ride down the St. Charles Avenue streetcar line Monday to mark the end of Christmas and the beginning of the Carnival season. Continue reading »

Jan 062014
 

By Louise Hoffman, St. Charles Avenue Association

All the discussions about how to – and how not to – change New Orleans’ sound management efforts is much like being in a bar with too much noise: A lot of raised voices, so you have to strain to understand what’s going on. So here is some context and additional information I hope you’ll find useful.

On December 19, 2013, the City Council introduced some amendments to the city’s current sound ordinances. All seven of the City Council members signed on as co-sponsors. No one, including and especially any New Orleans’ politician, wants to kill our local music scene as has been alleged on the Internet. If all the City Council members signed on, they don’t believe this will change music as we know it. It won’t. Continue reading »

Jan 062014
 
The New Orleans RTA is making good on their promise not to let streetcar track repairs interfere with the Phunny Phorty Phellows ride. (via Twitter)

The New Orleans RTA is making good on their promise not to let streetcar track repairs interfere with the Phunny Phorty Phellows ride. (via Twitter)

Although most passengers on the St. Charles Avenue streetcar line will be taking shuttles through the construction zone this year, the Phunny Phorty Phellows aren’t “most passengers” — and their ride tonight will proceed as normal, officials say. Continue reading »

Jan 062014
 

(map via NOPD)

(map via NOPD)

Five robberies at gunpoint were reported across the Uptown area over the weekend, from a carjacking at the edge of the Lower Garden District to a business robbery on the Garden District stretch of Magazine Street, and neighborhood robberies in Central City and East Carrollton, New Orleans police said. Continue reading »

Jan 062014
 

Owen Courreges

When it comes to noise laws, the constitutional issues arise on both ends.  The way the law is written is crucial, because it must be narrowly tailored.  The way the law is enforced is equally essential, because Courts will look to practical realities.

All of this is essential to understanding the problems inherent in New Orleans’ proposed revisions to its noise ordinances. Continue reading »