Aug 272013
 
A spray-painted welcome to President Bush on St. Claude Avenue on Aug. 29, 2006. (photo by jewel bush)

A spray-painted welcome to President Bush on St. Claude Avenue on Aug. 29, 2006. (photo by jewel bush)

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When President George W. Bush’s motorcade drove down St. Claude Avenue on August 29, 2006 — the first anniversary of Hurricane Katrina — there were many signs, like sentries, stationed along his route to Fats Domino’s house in the Ninth Ward, one stop on his itinerary of ceremonial rounds.

The messages, posted on signs lined along the neutral ground and on the actual storm-clobbered buildings, weren’t flattering greetings from the city’s welcome committee. The collective reverberation to the commander in chief’s obligatory pilgrimage to the place he neglected a year earlier was that of a shimmering rage, pithy and piercing in delivery.

One of the strongest indicators of this sentiment was a lop-sided, green Port-a-Potty positioned on the very edge of the neutral ground somewhere along St. Claude, a strategic locale sure to catch the eye of, if not, the president himself, someone in his party. Among protest notes scribbled in gold spray paint on all four sides of this freestanding structure, the standout read: “Reserved for Bush.”

Mr. President, welcome to New Orleans. Continue reading »

Aug 272013
 

Mayor Mitch Landrieu fields questions during a 2012 community meeting about the city budget. (UptownMessenger.com file photo via WWL-TV)

Mayor Mitch Landrieu fields questions during a 2012 community meeting about the city budget. (UptownMessenger.com file photo via WWL-TV)

Joined by City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell, Mayor Mitch Landrieu will host his final meeting on the coming year’s budget priorities for residents of District B at 6 p.m. Wednesday evening at KIPP Central City Academy (2514 Third Street). Continue reading »

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Aug 262013
 

The remaining trees along Jefferson Avenue between South Claiborne and Danneel will be removed starting this week. (UptownMessenger.com file photo from April 2013)

The remaining trees along Jefferson Avenue between South Claiborne and Danneel will be removed starting this week. (UptownMessenger.com file photo from April 2013)

The trees remaining in the Jefferson Avenue neutral ground between South Claiborne Avenue and Danneel Street will be removed starting today (Monday, Aug. 26) in preparation for the installation of a major new underground drainage canal, authorities said. Continue reading »

Aug 262013
 

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The official motto of the Landrieu Administration’s blight eradication efforts should probably be:  “We can’t do much, but we’ll do more of it!”

Case in point: A week ago, I read an Action Report from Bill Capo at WWL about a house in Central City that is nearly collapsing onto another.  An entire wall has become detached.  A couple of two-by-fours mounted between the homes is all that is preventing it from completely falling over. Continue reading »

Aug 262013
 

YNDIt is indeed that time of year again– back to school time!  Some of us view this time as a New Year in a way: a time to start again, with a clean slate. At Your Nutrition Delivered, we believe in starting anew with your health and nutrition at multiple points during the year.

There is never a bad time to get healthy! Here are five tips to jump start your health this school year:

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Aug 232013
 
D'Artanian Stovall's house on Upperline Street, where he is stripping and repainting one section at a time to avoid the ire of city inspectors. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

D’Artanian Stovall’s house on Upperline Street, where he is stripping and repainting one section at a time to avoid the ire of city inspectors. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Residents of the Freret neighborhood are banding together to help out two longtime homeowners, supporting one man in the struggle to keep the city from selling his home at sheriff’s auction and raising money with a fundraiser tonight to help repair another woman’s damaged roof. Continue reading »

Aug 222013
 
John Besh greets a neighbor of the his new Pizza Domenica restaurant proposed for 4933 Magazine Street. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

John Besh greets a neighbor of the his new Pizza Domenica restaurant proposed for 4933 Magazine Street. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Pizza Domenica is intended as a more casual, smaller-scale spinoff of the acclaimed Domenica restaurant downtown. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Pizza Domenica is intended as a more casual, smaller-scale spinoff of the acclaimed Domenica restaurant downtown. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Neighbors of celebrated New Orleans restaurateur John Besh’s proposed foray into Uptown got a literal taste of what’s to come Thursday night at an open house for the Pizza Domenica on Magazine Street. Continue reading »

Aug 222013
 

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

Several weeks ago, we wrote a column listing a number of reasons why Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s plan to move City Hall to the iconic but empty Charity Hospital was an excellent idea.

In the course of our interview with him, Pres Kabacoff said he hoped that the Civil District Court judges would reconsider their plans to build a new Civil District Court building in Duncan Plaza – adjacent to the current City Hall on Loyola Avenue – and instead decide to join Mayor Landrieu’s administration and the City Council in the move to Charity.

That all seemed reasonable enough to us, but then we received a visit from Civil District Court Judges Michael Bagneris and Kern Reese who told us the court is dead set on building their own structure and won’t be swayed by the mayor to move to Charity. Continue reading »

Aug 212013
 
Weeds grow in the fenced-off foundation laid three years ago for Martin Wine Cellar on Baronne Street. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Weeds grow in the fenced-off foundation laid three years ago for Martin Wine Cellar on Baronne Street. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

MartinWineCellarMartin Wine Cellar is back on track to rebuild next year its at its original New Orleans location, the massive lot on Baronne Street that has been empty for years, the store’s owner told the surrounding neighborhood association Tuesday evening. Continue reading »

Aug 212013
 
A surveyor outside the Barreca building on Freret Street. (photo by Jean-Paul Villere for UptownMessenger.com)

A surveyor outside the Barreca building on Freret Street. (photo by Jean-Paul Villere for UptownMessenger.com)

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PROLOGUE: In 2009 on Freret St at an open house I held, a septuagenarian realtor I can only imagine being more local than local sneered in my general direction as she exited, “Freret’s never coming back.”  Then being a believer myself, I felt at once insulted and repulsed, as if she’d purposely urinated on the floor and thought nothing of it.  After all, in many ways I came to feel it was her generation that had largely abandoned the city proper, swapping distinctive neighborhoods for blanched strip malls and multi-laned thoroughfares, leaving behind a devil-may-care swath of once vibrant stretches, the very core that the surrounding region’s commerce and population sprang from.  Now, in 2013, Freret crowns front pages, but without question there’s still much to be done. Continue reading »