An interesting column appeared last month in the Winston-Salem Journal entitled “About that Desire for Streetcars.” Winston-Salem (famous for being the headquarters of R.J. Reynolds Tobacco) is moving forward with a contentious $179 million boondoggle to build a streetcar line through downtown. And apparently New Orleans’ streetcar system is being cited as an exemplar.
The column, which was written by the aptly-named John Railey, takes the form of a parody of the Tennessee Williams masterpiece “A Streetcar Named Desire.”
“What we really need is a real streetcar line, like the one we had in New Orleans,” says the thickly satirized protagonist. “Such a streetcar line would be worth any cost. It’s just silly that some critics say we should first spruce up and expand the city bus lines. Silly taxpayers, being so pettily pessimistic about the streetcar line prospect.”
The victim, a woman in her early 20s, was traveling on Washington near Dryades Street around 11:30 p.m. Saturday when someone shot 12 to 15 rounds into the vehicle, according to the initial police report. She was hit in the back of the head and taken to the hospital in critical condition, the report states.
The victim, later identified as Lanisha Scott, died Sunday morning, according to a report in the Times-Picayune.
Anyone with information is urged to call NOPD Sixth District detectives at 658-6060 or CrimeStoppers at 822-1111 to leave an anonymous tip that could be eligible for a cash reward.
Following a series of home invasions over the last week, the Central Carrollton Association will be holding a crime-prevention forum tonight (Monday, April 14) with City Councilwoman Susan Guidry and representatives from NOPD and Project NOLA.
If you happen to have a green thumb, the Herb Society is having its spring plant sale at 2202 General Pershing Street Saturday morning (April 12).
It began innocently enough. Years ago, spring 2009, while rebuilding, my wife elected to get a batch of chicks to raise. Pairing her love of gardening with the future production of yard eggs, these were the things she loved and that her parents had shown her growing up. And now being a mother herself she wanted the same for her own growing family. Except we didn’t live in once-sleepy River Ridge but still drying out New Orleans, and well, chickens weren’t the norm yet.
Most of the busy intersection of Magazine and Napoleon closed for several hours Thursday after a multiple-vehicle traffic crash.
The City’s announcement last week that after months of meetings, negotiations were still ongoing with Gatehouse Capital should prompt the New Orleans Building Corporation to re-open the bid process and invite new proposers.
This is especially true with several new Council and NOBC members coming on board in a few weeks and the change of NOBC leadership when Deputy Mayor Cedric Grant moves on to the Sewerage & Water Board. With the multi-million dollar high-end outlet mall by the Howard Hughes Corporation set to open at the Riverwalk next month, the WTC development project would attract new bidders – possibly including the Hughes group. Hughes’ portfolio is very diverse and the WTC could be a good fit for them, especially if they do not choose to build condos or a hotel on top of the Riverwalk in a second phase.
We want to thank everyone in the community for their patronage at Mid City’s newest gay watering hole. Anytime you’re looking for a place to play in the neighborhood, don’t forget to check us out on one of our amazing evenings of entertainment. We are open on Mondays from 6p-11p, Thursday-Saturday 4p-12a and Sunday from 4p-11p.
After nine years closed since Hurricane Katrina, Martin Wine Cellar’s Baronne Street location will start construction next week and be open “in late 2014,” the company announced Wednesday morning.
Two men were robbed at gunpoint — one of them pistol-whipped — in an Adams Street home Tuesday afternoon, New Orleans police said, the latest in a rash of attacks on residents in their homes around the Carrollton corridor in the last few days.
What will become of the controversial iron gate blocking the boulevard at Freret Street remains unclear, however. Unlike most City Planning decisions, Tuesday’s vote will not automatically be forwarded to the City Council for review — though officials said it was unclear whether additional avenues remain open for the Newcomb residents.
DNA evidence on a screwdriver that may have been used to steal an SUV later used in the deadly armed robbery of a Carrollton bank led investigators to an arrest warrant for a suspect, according to a report by Jim Mustian of The New Orleans Advocate. Lilbear George, 24, is wanted on a charge of illegal possession of stolen things, and is believed to have fled the state after the Dec. 18 robbery at the Chase bank that killed armored-truck driver Hector Trochez, Mustian reports.
A stolen truck that led New Orleans police on chase around the Milan neighborhood on Monday and damaged two NOPD vehicles may have been involved in a shooting in the Irish Channel a week earlier, authorities said.