Jun 302014
 

Owen Courreges

Jitney is probably a word few New Orleanians are familiar with, although historians believe that the work may have originated here.

Back in the early 20th century, systems of shared taxis, appeared in cities throughout America.  The cost for using one of these shared cabs was usually a nickel, or jitney.  The French Creole term “jeton,” which refers to a small coin or token, is widely believed to have been the inspiration for the word “jitney.”  Accordingly, the word probably came from New Orleans.

The basic scheme behind jitneys was simple:  An ordinary citizen could buy a used car or bus and run passengers around, usually far more cheaply and quickly than streetcars could.  Eventually, some jitney operators formed jitney companies and even jitney drivers’ unions. Continue reading »

Jun 302014
 

Stay Local Retail Workshop Series

Stay Local, Greater New Orleans’ independent business alliance, is pleased to announce their “Retail Therapy” summer workshop series for retailers. Every Tuesday and Wednesday in July, selected speakers will cover topics geared to help both existing and aspiring local, independent retailers of all skill levels run better businesses and connect with fellow retail entrepreneurs. Each workshop will be from 8:30-10:00 AM in Good Work Network’s Franz Conference room, at 2022 O.C. Haley Blvd. For more information on the series, click here. Continue reading »

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Jun 272014
 

(map via NOPD)

(map via NOPD)

A stray bullet that hit a woman stepping off the St. Charles Avenue streetcar last weekend was fired during a gun battle between two groups on a side street where New Orleans’ tourist community and street violence often clash, police said this week.

The woman, who was visiting New Orleans from out-of-town with a group of people, had stepped off the St. Charles Avenue streetcar near Erato Street around 11:50 p.m. Saturday (June 21) when she was hit in the hip by a bullet, said NOPD Commander Bob Bardy. Continue reading »

Jun 272014
 

Lt. Gen. Russell Honore speaks in February at the First Unitarian Universalist Church in New Orleans. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

Lt. Gen. Russell Honore speaks in February at the First Unitarian Universalist Church in New Orleans. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

Lt. Gen. Russell Honore, who has become one of Louisiana’s most prominent environmental-justice activists since his retirement from the U.S. Army, spoke Thursday night at a rally at the Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church against the rebuilding of the Booker T. Washington School on the 1930s-era Silver City waste dump site in Central City, where dangerous levels of arsenic, lead and other heavy metals reportedly remain in the soil. The Recovery School District says replacing the top layer of soil will be sufficient to make it safe for Walter L. Cohen High School to move in, reports Tania Dall of our partners at WWL-TV.

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Jun 262014
 

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

Since Mayor Landrieu did not succeed in getting the Legislature to approve many of the new taxes he wanted to pay for the police consent decree, the firefighters’ lawsuit, the jail consent decree, etc, it is no surprise that he is punting to the voters to choose. Continue reading »

Jun 252014
 
International School of Louisiana principal Melanie Tennyson accepts the 2014 school award from the national Coalition of Schools Educating Boys of Color. (photo via International School of Louisiana)

International School of Louisiana principal Melanie Tennyson accepts the 2014 school award from the national Coalition of Schools Educating Boys of Color. (photo via International School of Louisiana)

Bringing an unexpected leadership transition to a speedy resolution, the International School of Louisiana governing board voted Wednesday night to offer a contract as Head of School to current Camp Street principal Melanie Tennyson. Continue reading »

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Jun 252014
 
2005 Milan Street. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

2005 Milan Street. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

New Orleans officials levied approximately $30,000 in fines against an Uptown landlord Tuesday for code violations at 18 rental properties on some of the city’s most prominent streets, in what attorneys characterized as a shift toward stronger enforcement against occupied — rather than vacant — buildings. Continue reading »

Jun 242014
 
The former John Dibert school building in Mid-City will be the temporary home of ENCORE Academy next year. (image via Google maps)

The former John Dibert school building in Mid-City will be the temporary home of ENCORE Academy next year. (image via Google maps)

ENCORE Academy’s move downtown will happen more gradually than expected, as the school will spend a year in the John Dibert building in Mid-City while renovations proceed at ENCORE’s eventual home at the Shaw building in the St. Roch neighborhood, officials announced Tuesday night.

“We’ll have the building to ourselves, and there’s plenty of room for all of our kids,” said ENCORE school leader Terri L. Smith. “It’s a great location for our families.” Continue reading »

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Jun 242014
 

jewel bush

“There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics,” according to the century-old adage. Demonstrating the premise that numbers and data can still be manipulated to suit any argument, New Orleans was named one of two “most livable” cities in the country last week — based on, of all things, our crime rates. Continue reading »