Acknowledging the unpredictable maze of utility work and road closures that Uptown New Orleans has become, Entergy officials say their major upcoming project to replace transmission lines along Leake Avenue, Magazine and Annunciation streets will only require the streets to be shut down for hours at a time — not the days, weeks or months associated with other projects — and power is not expected to be shut off to any individual homes.
Children’s Hospital faces two key hearings before city officials this week as it prepares to tear down a cluster of dilapidated structures at the edge of the former site of the New Orleans Adolescent Hospital in anticipation of building a new parking garage and clinic space there, and shared more details about the development plans with neighbors on Tuesday night.
The 610 Stompers’ “Sixth Annual Ball Crawl: Back to the Ball Crawl” charity fundraiser next weekend will allow participants to be a Stomper for a night and dance through Uptown streets with stops at The Kingpin, F &M’s, Fat Harry’s, Superior Seafood, and Le Bon Temps, featuring dance-offs, prizes, Back to The Future-themed costumes and 80s attire.
A nearly 80-year-old building on St. Charles Avenue that was once a gas station, bagel shop and more recently a fountain store is slated to be torn down and replaced with a new house, less than a year after neighbors successfully protested plans for a condo development there.
The block of Prytania Street between Milan and Marengo that closed in March for underground repairs will remain inaccessible to all vehicular traffic for another eight weeks while Entergy relocates gas lines there, New Orleans officials announced.
Plea bargaining is one of the hallmarks of an efficient criminal justice system. The prosecutor saves time and effort. The city collects a fine and court costs. The defendant receives a break on the offense charged. In theory, everybody is happy.
Alas, Mayor Landrieu is apparently not happy. His administration has decided to end the process in traffic court.
The former Carrollton Courthouse awaiting a decision on whether it will be headed to the auction block is included on the Louisiana Landmarks Society’s 2015 list of most endangered historic places in New Orleans, along with a former utility building on Napoleon Avenue and two privately-owned Uptown homes.
The Broadmoor Improvement Association’s long-awaited renovation of the former St. Mathias School on General Taylor Street into a new Arts & Wellness Center will open to the public Monday, June 1., officials announced.
Entergy will be launching a $30 million upgrade to the major transmission lines running through Uptown this summer, and is holding a series of informational meetings next week to prepare residents for the construction impacts.
Seniors who need help with issues relating to social security, estate planning and other issues can receive free assistance from a lawyer during a legal fair Saturday at the AARP center on South Carrollton.
The Southern Food and Beverage Museum on Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard is still accepting children for a five-week summer camp that begins next week, and also announced it has received a donation of the complete works of Lowcountry chef Louis Osteen to its culinary library.
As the cost of living in New Orleans continue to rise, pressuring low-income families to give up homes they have held for years, the city has a dedicated tax that raises nearly $4 million a year intended to promote affordable housing.
But that money, City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell told a standing-room only crowd Wednesday night, is instead being spent by the city on code-enforcement efforts — which can actually increase the pressure on poor families to sell their homes in gentrifying neighborhoods.
Yesterday’s announcement by Mayor Landrieu that the MacArthur Foundation was providing $150,000 for a study regarding our high incarceration rates was good news indeed. New Orleans has the highest incarceration rate per capital of any jurisdiction in the country — quadruple the national average. Since 2010 we have jailed more than 10 out of every 1,000 residents. Why does New Orleans and Louisiana incarcerate so many people — especially African-American males, who make up 90% of the prison population?
The broad-daylight robbery of a UPS driver on Magazine Street on Tuesday was captured on surveillance video, according to our reporting partners at WWL-TV, and appears to show the gunman getting out of a SUV in the street to target the deliveryman.
A UPS driver was robbed on Magazine Street of packages he was delivering, and a Subway restaurant was robbed at gunpoint in separate incidents a few hours apart Tuesday afternoon, New Orleans police said.