Sep 272013
 

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

We were pleased to hear Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s remarks yesterday in Washington. The epidemic of youth committing crimes is a national problem that every city faces. New Orleans and many American cities are strapped for cash and don’t have the available resources to implement clear solutions. It would be great if Congress allocated funds to create innovative programs that would address the problem.

But we think the real issue lies in economic equity for young African Americans. With the unemployment rate of African-Americans in New Orleans reaching almost 50%, it is quite easy to see why young men (and young women) commit crimes every day. The future does not seem bright for them. Excellent programs like Each One Save One and the new male mentoring program at McDonogh #35 High School can and do address the problem. But much more is needed – jobs are needed for adult black males and females and for their children. Continue reading »

Sep 262013
 
The owners of Sylvain restaurant in the French Quarter are looking at the former Duke Morgan spa on Magazine Street for an Uptown expansion. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The owners of Sylvain restaurant in the French Quarter are looking at the former Duke Morgan spa on Magazine Street for an Uptown expansion. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The owners of Sylvain, the French Quarter gastropub that has drawn national accolades since opening in 2010, are looking at a location on Magazine Street for their next restaurant, they told neighbors this week, becoming the third proprietors of popular New Orleans downtown restaurants to announce an Uptown expansion in recent months. Continue reading »

Sep 252013
 
The NOPD Second District holds its monthly anti-crime march through west Carrollton on Wednesday evening. The Uptown-based district has one of the lowest numbers of officers in the city. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

The NOPD Second District holds its monthly anti-crime march through west Carrollton on Wednesday evening. The Uptown-based district has one of the lowest numbers of officers in the city. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

New Orleans has lost 300 more officers than it hired since 2010 amid what some city leaders are calling a staffing crisis, officials said Wednesday. Even with new recruitment efforts finally underway and the promise of hiring 100 new officers over the next year, the City Council is looking for new ways to put more police on the streets faster. Continue reading »

Sep 252013
 

The NOPD Second District will hold its monthly anti-crime walk in west-Carrollton and the NOPD Sixth District will march near A.L. Davis Park in Central City, both starting at 6 p.m. tonight (Wednesday, Sept. 25), authorities said. Both will pass near the sites of two children recently killed by stray gunfire. Continue reading »

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Sep 252013
 

Jean-Paul Villere

As I wrestled over what I might pen this week I read over the transcript from yesterday’s CPC meeting regarding the rezoning request of 4877 Laurel so that it might become realized as a coffeehouse.  And when I read the ridiculous decision crafted by the commission, my inner green apron got ruffled.  That the CPC voted against a rezoning by 6 to 1 and with very little if any support from attendees on the matter, frankly baffles me.  But then we are talking about a government entity in the City of New Orleans; maybe I shouldn’t be surprised?  Le sigh. Continue reading »

Sep 242013
 

New Orleans health commissioner Karen DeSalvo, MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry and Sterling Farms co-founder Troy Henry are introduced during a forum at the Prytania Theatre on Tuesday evening. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

New Orleans health commissioner Karen DeSalvo, MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry and Sterling Farms co-founder Troy Henry are introduced during a forum at the Prytania Theatre on Tuesday evening. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Major proposed cuts to the federal food-stamp programs could be devastating to a cycle of hunger and poverty that already exists in America, even while New Orleans is making strides in the right direction against those trends, a trio of panelists agreed Tuesday evening.

“We are represented by a Republican and a Democrat, and both of them need a call this week about this vote,” said MSNBC host and Tulane professor Melissa Harris-Perry. Continue reading »

Sep 242013
 
Sylvi Beaumont, owner of the proposed "Engine 37" coffee house in the former Laurel Street fire station, points to a photo of the building as she addresses the City Planning Commission on Tuesday. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Sylvi Beaumont, owner of the proposed “Engine 37″ coffee house in the former Laurel Street fire station, points to a photo of the building as she addresses the City Planning Commission on Tuesday. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A technicality in the city zoning code became a stumbling block for a coffee shop proposed for the former Laurel Street firehouse next to Wisner Park on Tuesday, but planning commissioners said they were opposing the project reluctantly as they passed the issue to the City Council for a final decision. Continue reading »

Sep 242013
 

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The city’s only indie, black-owned bookstore, Community Book Center is turning the big 3-0.

Over the last three decades, the operation that Vera Warren-Williams launched in her parents’ Lower Ninth Ward home has blossomed into a black literary hub hosting publishing world heavyweights such as Alice Walker, Octavia Butler, Dr. John Henrik Clark and Nikki Giovanni while serving as a home base to local authors like Dr. Gwendolyn Midlo Hall, Brenda Marie Osbey, Tom Dent as well as father-and-daughter writer pair: Kalamu ya Salaam and Kiini Salaam among others. Continue reading »

Sep 242013
 
Production crews transform Cure into a closed set for a movie filming on Saturday, Sept. 21, the second shoot in two weeks. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Production crews transform Cure into a closed set for a movie filming on Saturday, Sept. 21, the second shoot in two weeks. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A promotional image for "American Horror Story: Coven" which is set and filmed in New Orleans. (via Facebook.com/americanhorrorstory)

A promotional image for “American Horror Story: Coven” which is set and filmed in New Orleans. (via Facebook.com/americanhorrorstory)

Early last week, long white trailers with doors dramatically labeled “Fiona” and “Cordelia” slowly rolled up Freret Street, coming to a rest near the celebrated cocktail bar Cure.

Fiona and Cordelia, as the entertainment world was just discovering, are the names of Jessica Lange’s and Sarah Paulson’s characters in the upcoming third season of the notoriously macabre FX television series American Horror Story. Once again, Hollywood had returned to Freret Street. Continue reading »

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Sep 242013
 

The John A. Shaw Elementary School building in the St. Roch neighborhood. (via latterblum.com)

The John A. Shaw Elementary School building in the St. Roch neighborhood. (via latterblum.com)

The ENCORE Academy board will discuss their plan to move the charter school to the site of the former John A. Shaw Elementary School building in St. Roch in a meeting at 6:30 p.m. tonight (Tuesday, Sept. 24) in room 2203 of the Crocker building at 2301 Marengo Street. The meeting is open to the public.

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Sep 232013
 

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Second Harvest Food Bank, which helps feed a quarter of a million South Louisiana residents each year, is hosting a free screening Tuesday evening at the Prytania Theatre of “A Place at the Table,” a documentary about the struggles of Americans on food stamps. MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry, New Orleans Health Commissioner Karen DeSalvo and Troy Henry of Sterling Farms will participate in a panel discussion after the event. Continue reading »

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Sep 232013
 

Owen Courreges

This past Saturday, the new Costco Wholesale Store opened its doors in Carrollton.  The membership-only bulk retailer is a plum acquisition for New Orleans,  revitalizing an empty commercial lot and capturing more retail commerce within the city.  It also stands as a comfortable monument to domestic consumerism, where you can buy a gallon tub of mayonnaise because, gosh darn it, we’re Americans.

Although this opening is undoubtedly a blessing, Costco has become something of a political truncheon in recent years.  You see, Costco has situated itself as the poster child for high retail wages, placing other national retailers, particularly Walmart, on the defensive. Continue reading »