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 »

Sep 232013
 

Struggling With Your Mortgage Payment?Are you worried about making loan payments on your house? Have you fallen behind, and are struggling to get back on track? Or are you preparing to buy, but unsure how you’ll finance every penny of your new home? Neighborhood Housing Services New Orleans announces its new, federally-sponsored Making Home Affordable loan program for homeowners just like you. Secure, confidential, and comprehensive: click below for more details!

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Sep 212013
 

Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell rides in the Krewe of Zulu on Mardi Gras day, 2013. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell rides in the Krewe of Zulu on Mardi Gras day, 2013. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

The changes to the laws surrounding Mardi Gras parades that some New Orleans residents have sought for years may soon become a reality, as City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell prepares to release a sweeping set of recommendations based on months of input from neighbors. Continue reading »

Sep 212013
 

Six years ago, Audubon Charter School launched one of the most unique and ambitious preschool programs in the city of New Orleans: it would welcome 100 3- and 4-year-old children, regardless of parents’ ability to pay and in spite of very limited state funding for them.

Now, school officials credit that program as a key element of its soaring test scores. But with the preschool running a significant deficit and no new funding for preschool in sight, school leaders are openly wondering how to continue those programs. Continue reading »

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Sep 202013
 

Costco cofounder Jeff Brotman (left), Costco New Orleans employee Henry Lagarde and Mayor Mitch Landrieu laugh together during the Costco grand opening ceremonies. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Costco cofounder Jeff Brotman, Costco New Orleans employee Henry Lagarde and Mayor Mitch Landrieu laugh together during the Costco grand opening ceremonies. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A row of cakes, cookies and desserts stretched down Costco's center aisle. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A row of cakes, cookies and desserts stretched down Costco’s center aisle. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Maybe it was the spirit of economic rebirth, maybe it was New Orleanians’ natural talent for celebrating, or maybe it was the enticing prospect of free samples, but the grand opening ceremony for Costco’s warehouse store on Carrollton Avenue drew a crowd of hundreds that company executives said surprised them.

For their 650 other stores around the country, they mostly just opened the doors and people started shopping, the executives said.

“We’ve never been treated like this before,” Costco cofounder Jeff Brotman said. “You guys know how to throw a party.” Continue reading »

Sep 202013
 

Gamaliel Patterson (via opcso.org)

Gamaliel Patterson (via opcso.org)

Tracy Skipper (via opcso.org)

Tracy Skipper (via opcso.org)

After two separate incidents in which suspects were caught on surveillance cameras — a rash of car burglaries around Amelia Street and a series of shopliftings at the American Apparel on Magazine Street — investigators have identified and charged suspects in both, New Orleans police said. Continue reading »

Sep 202013
 

The state Department of Transportation and Development’s attempt to auction off the closed Jackson Avenue ferry landing for $1.65 million ended with no bidders Thursday, according to a report from Baton Rouge in The Times-Picayune. The state “will now have to consider its other options for selling the property, including bringing it back up for sale at a later date,” the article states.

Neighbors of the property had mixed feelings about its potential sale, with some suggesting that public coffers could benefit from the money, and others expressing hope that it could be included in a broader redevelopment of the riverfront, according to a report by Tania Dall and our partners at WWL-TV on Wednesday evening prior to the sale.

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Sep 202013
 

Santa Fe Tapas on St. Charles Avenue (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Santa Fe Tapas on St. Charles Avenue (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Attorneys for the city of New Orleans and the owners of Santa Fe Tapas have reached the “1-yard line” in their negotations over new operating conditions governing the restaurant’s alcohol license, with the issue of security guards the last item that needs to be resolved, they said this week.

“We’re at the 1-yard line,” Halpern said. “We’re just one little piece apart, I think.” Continue reading »

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Sep 192013
 

 Irish Channel resident Mark Redding appeared before city council Wednesday with a map of all the blighted properties in his neighborhood. (Photo by Della Hasselle for MidCityMessenger.com)

Irish Channel resident Mark Redding appeared before city council Wednesday with a map of all the blighted properties in his neighborhood. (Photo by Della Hasselle for MidCityMessenger.com)

The city claims to have reduced blight by 8,500 properties since 2010, but 37,000 remain, officials said during a committee meeting Wednesday, according to a report by Della Hasselle for MidCityMessenger.com.

During the meeting, Irish Channel resident Mark Redding appeared with a map blighted properties in his neighborhood, including the former Sara Mayo Hospital on Jackson Avenue, and beseeched the city to do better, according to Mid-City Messenger‘s report: “We want to continue to invest in the area and we think it’s moving in a good direction, but we need the city to step up and do your job. Quite frankly, we’re tired of hearing the same things,” Redding said.

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Sep 192013
 

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

We were shocked and saddened this week about the latest developments in the Danzinger Bridge case.  Who are the worst perpetrators?  The cops who tried to cover up what they had done? The U.S. Attorney’s Office for using anonymous blogs to spin their tale? Or the Justice Department, while charged with providing oversight for local U.S. Attorneys, almost turned a blind eye to what might be going on here in the Big Easy. Continue reading »

Sep 182013
 
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)

ENCORE Academy, one of the city’s newer charter schools, plans to move to a permanent location at the former John A. Shaw Elementary School building in the St. Roch neighborhood next year, school leaders said. Continue reading »

Sep 182013
 
The Jackson Avenue ferry landing. (photo by Jean-Paul Villere for UptownMessenger.com)

The Jackson Avenue ferry landing could be yours for just a couple of million dollars. (photo by Jean-Paul Villere for UptownMessenger.com)

Jean-Paul Villere

Landmarks loom in high supply the Crescent City over as the landscape tends to change largely on a glacial pace.  Many distinctive structures over decades have transformed from their intended utilitarian to cozy home spaces, mostly commonly seen in the ever rarer still in commerce corner grocery turned primary residence for an owner occupant.  At auction tomorrow, if you’ve got the coin to spare, you may bid in what some may call a prime example of notable, public use spaces.  Ladies and gentlemen, may I present to you for your consideration: the Jackson Avenue Ferry Landing. Continue reading »