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 »

Jan 042014
 
A police lieutenant demonstrates an extension of the body cameras that can be mounted on a visor or helmet. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

NOPD Lt. Travis St. Pierre demonstrates an extension of the body cameras that can be mounted on a visor or helmet. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

NOPD Superintendent Ronal Serpas models a body camera during a news conference Friday. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

NOPD Superintendent Ronal Serpas models a body camera during a news conference Friday. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

New Orleans Police officials modeled the new cameras Friday that will be part of all on-duty officers’ uniforms this year, as efforts continue to recruit more officers to shore up the ranks of the shrinking police force. Continue reading »

Jan 032014
 
The Phunny Phorty Phellows prepare to leave from the streetcar barn on Willow on their Twelfth Night ride through Uptown New Orleans in January 2013. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Phunny Phorty Phellows prepare to leave from the streetcar barn on Willow on their Twelfth Night ride through Uptown New Orleans in January 2013. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Children play a layer of snow covering the front lawn of Loyola University in December 2012. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

Children play a layer of snow covering the front lawn of Loyola University in December 2012. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

On Monday, the Twelfth Night tradition of the Phunny Phorty Phellows streetcar ride to mark the start of Carnival season that dates back to 1878 will this year pass by a slightly newer annual event, the “Sneaux” at Loyola winter celebration. Continue reading »

Jan 032014
 
Maggie McKeown (right) talks to musician George Alvey Jr. on Thursday, the day after she announced that McKeown's Books and Difficult Music will close at the end of the month. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Maggie McKeown (right) talks to musician George Alvey Jr. on Thursday, the day after she announced that McKeown’s Books and Difficult Music will close at the end of the month. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

In a world of electronic ink, instant-prime shipping and streaming digital video, January 2014 will bring the final chapter for McKeown’s Books and Digital Music, the little Tchoupitoulas Street refuge from the modern world where the music was meant to be heard quietly and the most important feature was a round table in the center where patrons could sit, read and talk together.

Maggie McKeown, the shop’s irrepressible proprietress, announced in a New Year’s Day email to supporters that the store will close at the end of the month, with all used books 50 percent off until then. Even the book shelves are for sale. Continue reading »

Jan 022014
 

Mayor Landrieu shoots baskets in the rebuilt Lyons Center gym at the reopening ceremony in June 2013. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

Mayor Landrieu shoots baskets in the rebuilt Lyons Center gym at the reopening ceremony in June 2013. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

Mayor Mitch Landrieu used the Lyons Center — fully renovated and reopened this past summer after languishing since Hurricane Katrina — as a backdrop Thursday morning for a news conference touting New Orleans’ progress in public recreation in 2013. Continue reading »

Jan 012014
 
At left, the cluster of buildings owned by the Barreca family at Cadiz and Freret. At right, the former Freret Veterinary Hospital. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

At left, the cluster of buildings owned by the Barreca family at Cadiz and Freret. At right, the former Freret Veterinary Hospital. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The former Freret Veterinary Hospital is slated to be torn down next week, and the Barreca family is courting two new offers for their large empty structures a few blocks away — after the city fined them in December for allowing a public nuisance there — in what could represent major changes this year for the two largest remaining vacant buildings on the commercial corridor. Continue reading »

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Jan 012014
 
The profitably-departed house formerly at 2509 Napoleon. (via Google maps)

The profitably-departed house formerly at 2509 Napoleon. (via Google maps)

Jean-Paul Villere

Happy new year, all!  If recent real estate activity in the New Orleans metro area keeps pace with present trends, 2014 should prove even more interesting than maybe any one might imagine.  But not to get too ahead of the proverbial realty crystal ball, let’s look at a flip that took place in the last six weeks at 2509 Napoleon.  I’ve written in the past about other nearby flips, including one next door at 2505 Napoleon, but make sure you are sitting down if you continue to read on about 2509.  Seriously, you won’t believe me.  And for clarity/disclosure, I did not participate in any part in any of these sales; effectively, I am only an observer. Continue reading »

Jan 012014
 
The Claiborne bus line is shown in purple, and the Jackson route through Uptown is in tan. (via norta.com)

The Claiborne bus line is shown in purple, and the Jackson route through Uptown is in tan. (via norta.com)

Starting next week, daytime buses on South Claiborne Avenue and nighttime buses on Jackson Avenue will run more frequently as part of a series of upgrades to New Orleans bus service around the city for 2014, officials said. Continue reading »

Dec 302013
 

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

That old Morial magic still works.

When the invitations went out from National Urban League CEO Marc Morial’s office for a Friday luncheon at Dooky Chase’s Restaurant, you could feel the stir in the political community. Last Friday, with the restaurant closed for the private event, there wasn’t an empty chair in the place. Continue reading »

Dec 302013
 

Owen Courreges

With New Year’s Eve a scant day away, it is only fitting that I commit this column to a particularly relevant topic: Driving Under the Influence (DUI).

First, I’d like to preface this piece by observing that nobody actually supports drunk driving.  It’s a contributing cause to innumerable auto accidents and fatalities.  It frustrates law enforcement and makes mothers M.A.D.D.

However, in spite of popular efforts to present a DUI as the moral equivalent of nun beating, activists and local governments are committed participants in a conspiracy to presenting driving drunk as a mere peccadillo – a “petty offense” that does not merit significant concern. Continue reading »