Nov 112014
 
An April 2014 image of the building at 8837 Willow, slated for redevelopment into the Carrollton Commissary commercial kitchen. (via Google Maps)

An April 2014 image of the building at 8837 Willow, slated for redevelopment into the Carrollton Commissary commercial kitchen. (via Google Maps)

A proposal to renovate a blighted Carrollton storefront into a commercial kitchen expanded into far broader discussion Tuesday of how the rapid rate of development in New Orleans affects the city’s long-time residents, but officials ultimately decided that those societal issues can’t be saddled onto an individual business owner and voted in favor of the project. Continue reading »

Nov 112014
 

NOFD logoOn the same morning that five people were killed in a house fire in Broadmoor, New Orleans firefighters rescued another man from a burning apartment complex on South Carrollton Avenue, and an elderly man’s bathrobe caught fire in Central City, burning him and his grandson. Continue reading »

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Nov 112014
 

Owen Courreges

Three years ago, on November 11, 2011, I published a column entitled “The O.C. Haley Non-Commercial District.”

Within that piece, I criticized the notion that O.C. Haley Boulevard, a noted commercial street in Central City, was ripe for private investment.  Led by Councilwoman Stacy Head, it had become a common trope that any business afflicted with zoning issues should simply move there, where City Hall wanted them to be.

In response, I suggested that the use of O.C. Haley as an example of an opportune destination for businesses crushed by obscenely unreasonable zoning restrictions was crass and, frankly, just added insult to injury.  The only virtue of O.C. Haley was that it was being pushed by government interests, which explained why only a handful of private businesses moved in.  The only major influx was the veritable cavalcade of nonprofit entities (i.e., non-taxpayers). Continue reading »

Nov 112014
 
Firefighters enter a house on South Miro to extinguish flames inside. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Firefighters enter a house on South Miro to extinguish flames inside. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Firefighters battle a blaze in Broadmoor. (UptownMessenger.com)

Firefighters battle a blaze in Broadmoor. (UptownMessenger.com)

Five people — two adults and three children — were killed in a fire overnight at a home on South Miro Street by General Pershing in Broadmoor, authorities said Tuesday morning. Continue reading »

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Nov 102014
 
The front door of the Priestley school building in west Carrollton. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The front door of the Priestley school building in west Carrollton. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Lycée Français de la Nouvelle-Orléans officials expect to sign a purchase agreement with the Orleans Parish School Board for the old Priestley campus in west Carrollton within a week or two, launching a 90-day evaluation period before the sale becomes final. Continue reading »

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Nov 102014
 
Tulane professor Charles Figely interviews retired Lt. Gen. Russell Honore at the School of Social Work on Monday, Nov. 10. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Tulane professor Charles Figely interviews retired Lt. Gen. Russell Honore at the School of Social Work on Monday, Nov. 10. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The United States enjoys the freedoms it does today because of the sacrifices of soldiers in previous generations, and the best way to honor them is by continuing to make the country a better place by learning first aid, or teaching a kid to read, retired Lt. Gen. Russell Honore told a Tulane class on Monday afternoon Continue reading »

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Nov 102014
 
An April 2014 image of the building at 8837 Willow, slated for redevelopment into the Carrollton Commissary commercial kitchen. (via Google Maps)

An April 2014 image of the building at 8837 Willow, slated for redevelopment into the Carrollton Commissary commercial kitchen. (via Google Maps)

A proposed commercial kitchen on Willow Street dubbed the “Carrollton Commissary” will return to the City Planning Commission this week, after city officials suggested two weeks ago that the business owners needed more time to discuss the project with neighbors who vocally opposed it. Continue reading »

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Nov 092014
 
People filled the Trinity Episcopal Church to hear the Orchestra's Tribute. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

People filled the Trinity Episcopal Church to hear the Orchestra’s Tribute. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

People filled in the Trinity Episcopal Church on Sunday afternoon to hear the New Orleans Ragtime Orchestra pay tribute to trumpeter Lionel Ferbos. Ferbos passed away in July at 103 years old. Ferbos joined the Ragtime Orchestra in the 1970s. Continue reading »

Nov 092014
 

powermovesnola

Six local startup companies have been chosen to receive up to $50,000 investments funded by Chevron as part of the PowerMoves.NOLA program, and the minority entrepreneurs behind them will hold an open house Monday evening at the program’s Lower Garden District headquarters. Continue reading »

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Nov 092014
 
(image via nojcc.org)

(image via nojcc.org)

A screening tonight of “Run Boy Run,” a film set during the Nazi occupation of Poland, will kick off a month of free cultural events at the Jewish Community Center on St. Charles Avenue, including a talk by columnist Ari Shavit, presentations by biographer Walter Isaacson and novelist Tova Mirvis, and concluding in December with a Channukah celebration featuring Israeli musician David Broza. Continue reading »

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Nov 092014
 
A suspect is arrested after trying to hide on the rooftop of a South Carrollton restaurant following a police pursuit that began in Jefferson Parish. (image via WWL-TV)

A suspect is arrested after trying to hide on the rooftop of a South Carrollton restaurant following a police pursuit that began in Jefferson Parish. (image via WWL-TV)

A man allegedly fleeing from Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s deputies in a stolen vehicle Saturday evening crashed into two other vehicles on South Carrollton Avenue in New Orleans, then tried to hide on the rooftop of a nearby restaurant before he was arrested, authorities said. Continue reading »

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Nov 092014
 

The New Orleans Ragtime Orchestra will perform a free concert this evening (Sunday, Nov. 9) at Trinity Episcopal Church in memory of Lionel Ferbos, the musician who had performed with them from 1970 until his death earlier this year at age 103. Continue reading »

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Nov 082014
 
Postcard from Civita by Don Fels. (via Du Mois Gallery)

Postcard from Civita by Don Fels. (via Du Mois Gallery)

The ceramics and collage work of artist Don Fels will be the subject of the next exhibit at Du Mois Gallery on Freret Street, starting with an opening tonight (Saturday, Nov. 8). Continue reading »

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Nov 082014
 

keller center youth day

A basketball clinic and other games, a woodworking workshop and art projects, and live music will all be a part of the Keller Center Youth Appreciation Day today (Saturday, Nov. 8) in Central City, according to an announcement by City Council members Stacy Head and LaToya Cantrell. Continue reading »

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Nov 072014
 
Investigators surround one of the cars that burned across the street from the house. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Investigators surround one of the cars that burned across the street from the house. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A number of fundraisers have been created to help the family apparently targeted by Thursday morning’s firebombing just off Prytania Street, many of which have been organized by the many community groups they belong to. Continue reading »

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