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 »

Sep 172013
 
John Hill, center, a former director of the Forum for Equality whose house was the target of anti-gay vandalism, introduces other victims of hate crimes at a forum at the Jewish Community Center on Tuesday. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

John Hill, center, a former director of the Forum for Equality whose house was the target of anti-gay vandalism, introduces other victims of hate crimes at a forum at the Jewish Community Center on Tuesday. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Laws that add additional punishments for crimes that are motivated by hate are necessary because they give equal protection to all citizens, not just “special groups,” an attorney for the Anti-Defamation League said Tuesday night.

Hate-crime laws punish acts of violence motivated by bias based on race, religion, sexual orientation or other characteristics, said ADL legal counsel David Barkey. And because everyone has a race, a gender or a sexual identification, everyone is protected, so everyone has a stake in making sure such incidents are reported and prosecuted, Barkey said in an educational session on hate-crime laws at the Jewish Community Center sponsored by his group and the Forum for Equality. Continue reading »

Sep 172013
 
Robert "Kool Black" Horton and Ameca Reali. (photo by jewel bush for UptownMessenger.com)

Robert “Kool Black” Horton and Ameca Reali. (photo by jewel bush for UptownMessenger.com)

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Ameca Reali joins a small group at the corner of Orleans Avenue and North Galvez Street near the Lafitte Housing Development. Donning oversized shades, Reali recognizes that this particular day in September is a scorcher and immediately thanks the volunteers for braving the high temperatures, especially on a Friday afternoon.

After Reali leads a quick huddle, everyone takes off in separate directions to begin the task of distributing fliers for a unique community event she is organizing: an expungement fair.
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Sep 162013
 

Owen Courreges

Since the 1920’s, the French Quarter has been represented by Vieux Carre Property Owners, Residents, and Associates, Inc., or VCPORA for short.  Given recent events, perhaps they should recast themselves as the “Vieux Carre’s Persnickety Oligarchs Representing Authoritarianism.”

Case in point: This weekend at Rising Tide 8, a local conference geared towards discussing New Orleans’ future, a panel was held on tourism in New Orleans.  During panel discussion, Meg Lousteau, Executive Director of VCPORA, noted approvingly that Bhutan has a limit on the number of tourists allowed into the country each year.

I wasn’t present, so I cannot attest to whether every jaw in the room hit the floor at that moment or not. The Kingdom of Bhutan, for those not aware, is an independent nation located in Asia.  In order to preserve their Buddhist cultural heritage, Bhutan requires tourists to acquire visas before entering the country, and limits the number of tourist visas offered per year. Continue reading »

Sep 162013
 

SharedHousingShared Housing of New Orleans is a program to help elderly and/or disabled adults, who do not need to be in Nursing Homes, remain in their own homes by matching them with people looking for a place to live. All Shared Housing services are free, and we are seeking new referrals! Applicants are carefully interviewed and evaluated by experienced registered nurses; they also undergo a police check and, in some cases, a medical history.
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Sep 152013
 
The casket  of 11-year-old Arabian Gayles is carried into the back of a hearse at the Prayer Tower Church of God in Christ on Willow St. Saturday. Gayles was shot multiple times, including in the head, after gunmen opened fire on a house in the 1300 block of General Ogden Street on Labor Day Weekend.  Two others were shot, but their injuries were not life threatening. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

The casket of 11-year-old Arabian Gayles is carried into the back of a hearse at the Prayer Tower Church of God in Christ on Willow St. Saturday afternoon. Gayles was shot multiple times, including in the head, after gunmen opened fire on a house in the 1300 block of General Ogden Street on Labor Day Weekend. Two others were shot,  including her 11-year-old cousin, but they both survived. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

Ashley Moffet, mother of Arabian Gayles, arrives at the Prayer Tower Church of God in Christ for her daughters funeral Saturday morning.  (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

Ashley Moffet, mother of Arabian Gayles, arrives at the Prayer Tower Church of God in Christ for her daughter’s funeral Saturday morning. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

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Sep 142013
 
(From left) Christopher Davis, Joseph Davis and Sheldon Jefferson (via opcso.org)

(From left) Christopher Davis, Joseph Davis and Sheldon Jefferson (via opcso.org)

Christopher Davis, 18, was sentenced to 35 years in prison and Sheldon Jefferson, 16, was sentenced to 30 years for their roles after pleading guilty this week in the February rape and kidnapping of a woman from in front of her Garden District home, according to a report by Mike Perlstein of our partners at WWL-TV. The third defendant, 17-year-old Joseph Davis, is set to be in court on Monday. Continue reading »

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Sep 142013
 
4609 Freret, the new home of Villere Realty, Du Mois Gallery and now Uptown Messenger. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

4609 Freret, the new home of Villere Realty, Du Mois Gallery and now Uptown Messenger. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Uptown Messenger and Mid-City Messenger have moved into the new location of the Du Mois gallery and Villere Realty at 4609 Freret, and the space will have its grand opening from 5 to 8 p.m. tonight (Saturday, Sept. 14) for the premiere of a new show at the gallery, “Bathworks,” featuring the art of Brett Reif and Arlyn Jimenez.

Come by, see our beautiful new home (right in the middle of the block with our great neighbors at Zeus’ Place, the Freret Neighborhood Center, Dennis Barber Shop and Bloomin’ Deals and across from Company Burger), enjoy some drinks and some live music. Hope to see you there!