Nov 212013
 

City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

As the New Orleans City Council voted Thursday evening to increase the sales tax by 1 percent in the shops in the new Magnolia Marketplace, Central City residents voiced concern that the city’s highest sales taxes will be in one of its poorest neighborhoods, and Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell responded with her vision of a retail renaissance that makes Claiborne Avenue a citywide shopping destination. Continue reading »

Nov 212013
 
Robbery and robbery attempts on Magazine and Baronne streets; incident on Third not shown. (via NOPD)

Robbery and robbery attempts on Magazine and Baronne streets; incident on Third not shown. (via NOPD)

Suspect in armed-robbery attempt in the 3200 block of Magazine. (via NOPD)

Suspect in armed-robbery attempt in the 3200 block of Magazine. (via NOPD)

New Orleans police are investigating two armed robberies and two armed-robbery attempts in the last two weeks around the edges of the Garden District area, including two incidents on Magazine Street, one on Third and one on Baronne, authorities said. Continue reading »

Nov 212013
 

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

We could not let this week pass without commenting on the 50th Anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s death. Allan was a reporter at the States Item Picayune when Kennedy died and actually met and talked with Lee Harvey Oswald during a trip to the newsroom just weeks before. Allan’s memory of Lee Harvey Oswald 50 years ago is that Oswald was considered a very weird, insignificant guy who was an advocate for Fidel Castro, not a very popular point of view in 1963 New Orleans. At the time, Danae was in junior high school in Hot Springs, Arkansas. Continue reading »

Nov 212013
 

broadmoor_boothNOLA TIL YA DIE POPS UP IN MID-CITY

Just in time for holiday shopping, and autumn’s cooler temperatures, NOLA Til Ya Die has announced its newest pop-up shop, an outdoor event at Mid-City hub Bayou Bicycles (3530 Toulouse St., 504-488-1946).

In addition to the apparel and accessories brand’s online store, the weekly pop-up – held every Saturday through the end of the year from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., weather permitting –  marks the line’s latest retail location, and another example of owner Kathleen A. McCall’s fun, irreverent approach to connecting with the community. Continue reading »

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Nov 202013
 

(image via projectnola.com)

(image via projectnola.com)

Residents around the Baronne Street corridor will soon have the opportunity to join the network of nearly 600 security cameras privately monitored by the Project NOLA nonprofit, with the cost offset by $100 per home or business contributed by the Delachaise Neighborhood Association. Continue reading »

Nov 202013
 
The 2000 block of Ursulines. (photo by Jean-Paul Villere for UptownMessenger.com)

The 2000 block of Ursulines. (photo by Jean-Paul Villere for UptownMessenger.com)

Jean-Paul Villere

I have always had a fascination with the written word in public places. Not street signs, business names or general advertising or billboards: you know, the traditional, formally executed kind via a municipality or organized venture, spreading whatever message usually of an identifying or sales nature.  I mean the taggers, whether via graffiti by marker on a bathroom wall or spraypaint under a bridge, or those working in fresh concrete getting the last laugh (no grey ghost will come around and buff out what’s set in mortar, at least not with any expediency).  What happened to Fred Ratke anyway?  I notice a lot of new work he’s leaving up longer than I’d expect. Continue reading »

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Nov 202013
 

Montage Verdi-WagnerA free concert commemorating the 200th birthday of Giuseppe Verdi and Richard Wagner features the Loyola Symphony Orchestra and Loyola Chorus alongside special guests and Metropolitan Opera stars Alfred Walker ’96, Greer Grimsley ’76 and Luretta Bybee. The program will include selections from Verdi’s “Otello,” “Aida” and “La Traviata,” as well as Wagner’s “The Flying Dutchman” and “Die Walkure,” including the famed “Ride of the Valkyries.” Continue reading »

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Nov 192013
 
First GameStop shoplifting suspect (via NOPD)

First GameStop shoplifting suspect (via NOPD)

Claiborne Avenue person of interest. (via NOPD)

Claiborne Avenue person of interest. (via NOPD)

Investigators are seeking the public’s help in identifying several men photographed by surveillance cameras recently — one believed to have information about an attempted robbery on South Claiborne Avenue on Sunday morning, and two who allegedly stole several Playstation 3 units from the GameStop near the Walmart on Tchoupitoulas on Friday. Continue reading »

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Nov 192013
 

By Tracy A. Buccino

(image via norta.com)

(image via norta.com)

In response to Mr. Courreges’ recent piece regarding NORTA fare increases (“Necessary or not, RTA fare hike makes New Orleans two bits closer to unaffordable“), I suggest that one way to increase revenue without socking it to the poor, elderly, and others with no alternative would be to increase the single-ticket price while keeping the monthly-pass price the same or perhaps even lowering it. I would also suggest offering discounted monthly passes for the same categories (and perhaps others) that are currently offered for the single fares. Continue reading »

Nov 192013
 

The French government has issued a warning to travelers visiting New Orleans to avoid leaving the Garden District for Central City or the Irish Channel, according to our partners at WWL-TV. The notice urges French travelers not to stray north of St. Charles Avenue or south of Magazine Street (“au nord de l’avenue Saint-Charles et au sud de la rue Magazine“) when they are in the Garden District. Continue reading »

Nov 192013
 

jewel bush

Should applications for jobs with the City of New Orleans ask if a person has any previous felony convictions? Mayor Landrieu, to his credit, says no.

Referred to as “banning the box,” cutting this query from employment applications won’t do away with background checks. It would, however, prevent a “yes” answer from eliminating an otherwise qualified candidate from the interview process based on biases against those with criminal records. Background checks, as they should, would come down the line once that person is considered for hiring; and even then, a felony conviction won’t be an employment barrier. Continue reading »

Nov 192013
 

UC-StayLocal

This Friday, local nonprofit Urban Conservancy will recognize architect David Waggonner, festival producer Katrina Brees, and community activist Emelda Paul as 2013 Urban Heroes at its annual fundraiser at the Propeller Incubator in Broadmoor.
“Our 2013 Urban Heroes have inspired us to think about ways we can make New Orleans a more resilient city environmentally and economically,” said Dana Eness, Executive Director of the Urban Conservancy. “Attendees will be able to celebrate these visionary leaders while learning more about some of the most exciting and important projects underway in New Orleans today.” Learn more about our honorees. Continue reading »
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Nov 182013
 

Harry Shearer (from "The Big Uneasy")

Harry Shearer (from “The Big Uneasy”)

Loyola University artist-in-residence Harry Shearer, a humorist known for his work on “Spinal Tap,” “The Simpsons” and “Le Show,” will lead a free public forum on comedy in film titled “What’s So Funny About That” this evening (Monday, Nov. 18) on campus. Continue reading »

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Nov 182013
 

Owen Courreges

Thirteen years.  That’s how long New Orleanians have been paying $1.25 fares for one-way trips on streetcars and buses.   In an era characterized by major increases in city fees and taxes, transit fares have remained relatively low.

Now, it appears that $1.25 fares may not be quite enough.  Veolia Transportation Services Inc., the French corporation contracted to manage services for the Regional Transit Association (RTA), revealed this past Tuesday that there will not be enough money left in reserves to fund services by 2015 unless a fare increase is enacted. Continue reading »