Jun 242015
 

Sandra Stokes of the Louisiana Landmarks Society speaks in front of the Carrollton Courthouse on Wednesday, June 24. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Sandra Stokes of the Louisiana Landmarks Society speaks in front of the Carrollton Courthouse on Wednesday, June 24. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A day after the former Carrollton Courthouse was named to a prominent list of endangered national landmarks, New Orleans city and school officials gathered on its lawn pledging to seek a public use for the shuttered building that properly honors its history. Continue reading »

Jun 232015
 
Izzo's Illegal Burrito on Magazine Street (April 2015 photograph by Google Maps)

Izzo’s Illegal Burrito on Magazine Street (April 2015 photograph by Google Maps)

The request by Izzo’s Illegal Burrito to sell beer and margaritas at their Magazine Street location split the City Planning Commission on Tuesday — even with tight restrictions on the operations there — so the New Orleans City Council will have to decide whether a restaurant considered “fast food” should be compatible with alcohol sales. Continue reading »

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Jun 232015
 
Construction netting surrounds the exposed drainage canal revealed under the Coliseum Square sidewalks in mid-May. (image via WWL-TV)

Construction netting surrounds the exposed drainage canal revealed under the Coliseum Square sidewalks in mid-May. (image via WWL-TV)

The project to improve the sidewalks around Coliseum Square and the International School of Louisiana — halted by the unexpected discovery of 1880s-era drainage canals underneath them — will now fall under a federally-mandated review by the state office of historic preservation, officials confirmed. Continue reading »

Jun 232015
 

SWBMotorists on Louisiana Avenue will be detoured around St. Charles Avenue all day today (Tuesday, June 23) for repairs to a sewer line underneath the intersection, according to an emergency traffic advisory from the Sewerage & Water Board of New Orleans. Continue reading »

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Jun 222015
 
Izzo's Illegal Burrito on Magazine Street (April 2015 photograph by Google Maps)

Izzo’s Illegal Burrito on Magazine Street (April 2015 photograph by Google Maps)

Izzo’s Illegal Burrito — the Baton Route-based franchise that moved into the former Popeye’s building on Magazine Street — now wants to sell beer and margaritas as it does elsewhere in the state, and the City Planning Commission will have to decide between a favorable recommendation from its staff against the wishes of a number of nearby neighbors. Continue reading »

Jun 212015
 

(image via centralstmatthewucc.com)

(image via centralstmatthewucc.com)

Central St. Matthew United Church of Christ is hosting a prayer vigil this evening to seek healing for the people of the Emmanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston and for the United States as a whole following this week’s massacre of nine people there. Continue reading »

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Jun 212015
 
Harold Baquet (photo by Patrick Jackson, courtesy of Loyola University)

Harold Baquet (photo by Patrick Jackson, courtesy of Loyola University)

Harold Baquet — whose career as a photographer took him from visual storytelling on the streets of New Orleans to City Hall, and as the official photographer of Loyola University for the last quarter century — died Thursday of cancer at age 56, and the university will celebrate his life and mourn his passing at services on Wednesday. Continue reading »

Jun 202015
 

(map via City of New Orleans)

(map via City of New Orleans)

A portion of Drexel Drive will temporarily close this week to allow the construction of a new pedestrian bridge serving Xavier University students, followed by the temporary closure of Washington Avenue next week, the city of New Orleans announced. Continue reading »

Jun 202015
 

The 25-year-old man fatally shot on Thursday inside a Walmsley Street home while police say his girlfriend was playing with a gun has been identified, though the coroner said he is continuing to review evidence in the case. Continue reading »

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Jun 182015
 
A NOPD officer guards a house where a man died of a gunshot that police say may have been self-inflicted. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A NOPD officer guards a house where a man died of a gunshot that police say may have been self-inflicted. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Nicole Dukarm (via opcso.org)

Nicole Dukarm (via opcso.org)

A 20-year-old woman was charged with negligent homicide Thursday afternoon in the death of her boyrfriend, after she accidentally killed him while playing with a gun inside their Walmsley Avenue home, New Orleans police said. Continue reading »