Mar 172014
 
Architect's rendering of the LaSalle school on Perrier redeveloped into condominiums (via lasallenola.com)

Architect’s rendering of the LaSalle school on Perrier redeveloped into condominiums (via lasallenola.com)

All 12 condominium units in the former LaSalle School building on Perrier street have sold out at prices up to $3 million before the development even opens, showing the strength of the market for luxury homes in Uptown New Orleans, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal. “The average home price in New Orleans increased by 15% this January compared to a year ago,” the report notes, and in 2012, fully 8 percent of the city’s population had been here less than a year.

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Mar 172014
 
A map of results in the City Council At-Large race. Areas shaded dark green show precincts where Jason Williams improved his results by 25 percent or more. (map by Brian Denzer; click for larger PDF)

A map of results in the City Council At-Large race. Areas shaded dark green show precincts where Jason Williams improved his results by 25 percent or more. (map by Brian Denzer; click for larger PDF)

Jason Williams

Jason Williams

Although voter turnout decreased by 20,000 people in Saturday’s runoff election, Jason Williams actually increased his vote total by nearly 10,000 votes to secure his landslide victory — especially in precincts that Cynthia Hedge-Morrell had initially won in the Feb. 1 primary, an analysis of voting data shows. Continue reading »

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Mar 172014
 

Owen Courreges

Should the powers of New Orleans Municipal Court be expanded?   It’s already happening.  You just probably didn’t realizing it was going on.

It began a couple of years ago, in late January 2012.  Mayor Mitch Landrieu dispatched letters to the judges of Criminal District Court and Municipal Court asking them to impose higher bonds for release in gun cases.  Landrieu specifically pointed to a program initiated by Judge John Garvey in St. Louis, who began automatically requiring a $30,000 cash-only bond for youths arrested for illegally possessing firearms. Continue reading »

Mar 162014
 

Susan Guidry

Susan Guidry

The New Orleans City Council is seeking to place Councilwoman Susan Guidry on a new working group formed by Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s administration to consider building issues at the Orleans Parish Prison, according to a report by Della Hasselle at our sister site, MidCityMessenger.com. The Council continues to discuss which auxiliary buildings can be used for special-needs inmates at the jail after the new main building opens in May, the report states.

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Mar 162014
 
"Where Writers Wrote in New Orleans" by Angela Carll

“Where Writers Wrote in New Orleans” by Angela Carll

Author Angela Carll will sign her book, “Where Writers Wrote in New Orleans” — an exploration of how New Orleans attracted creative minds throughout history — at the Tulane University Book Store at 29 McAlister Drive from noon to 2 p.m. Friday (March 21). Continue reading »

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Mar 162014
 

The Lower Garden District watering hole Bridge Lounge will become the “Barrel Proof” bar next month under new ownership, the new Carrollton Market restaurant in the Riverbend is slated to open this week, and the Popeyes on Magazine and Artz Bagels have both closed unexpectedly, in recent dining news. Continue reading »

Mar 162014
 
(via Louisiana Secretary of State's office)

(via Louisiana Secretary of State’s office)

In Saturday’s runoffs, Jason Williams won the At-Large seat on the City Council and Sheriff Marlin Gusman was also re-elected, each winning with roughly two-thirds of the vote, and in the closest race of the evening, Jeff Rouse was elected coroner.

Meanwhile, the controversial tax for the Audubon Nature Institute was rejected by voters by a two-to-one margin. Continue reading »

Mar 162014
 
Spectators receive beads from one of the parades many floats.

Spectators receive beads from a float in the St. Patrick’s Day parade. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

On Saturday, the annual Irish Channel St. Patrick’s Day parade rolled Uptown. Crowds lined the streets of Uptown hoping for flowers and cabbages.

Dana Prados (right), receives a kiss on the cheek in exchange for a flower during Saturday's Irish Channel Parade.

Dana Prados (right), receives a kiss on the cheek from a member of the Corner Club in exchange for a flower during Saturday’s Irish Channel Parade. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Orleans Parrish district attorney throws beads to onlookers.

Orleans Parrish District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro throws beads to onlookers. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

A parade goer catches a cabbage, prize throw of the Irish Channel Parade.

A parade goer catches a cabbage, the prize throw of the parade. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Parade goers receive roses from "Eddies Irish Cajuns"

Parade goers receive roses from “Eddies Irish Cajuns.” (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

New Orleans Saints' pro bowl punter Thomas Morestead takes a "selfie" with fans during Saturday's Irish Channel parade. Morestead and Saints' defensive coordinator Rob Ryan both marched in Saturday's parade.

New Orleans Saints’ pro bowl punter Thomas Morestead takes a “selfie” with fans during Saturday’s Irish Channel parade. Morestead and Saints’ defensive coordinator Rob Ryan both marched in Saturday’s parade. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Saturday's costumes were nothing short of creative.

This man wears his heritage on his eyelids. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Ancient Order of the Siberians marching club member engages with the crowd.

An Ancient Order of the Hibernians marching club member dances with the crowd. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Jason Williams (right), newly elected City Councilman at Large, embraces a crowd member. Williams marched with heavyweight boxing champion Evander Holyfield (left).

Jason Williams (right), newly reelected Councilman at Large, embraces a crowd member. Williams marched with heavyweight boxing champion Evander Holyfield (left). (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Muggivan school of Irish dance.

Muggivan school of Irish dance. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

During the Irish Channel parade, on Third street off of Magazine, there’s the party within a party. Both Tracy’s and Parasol’s bars throw block parties that draw large crowds.

Crowd outside of Tracy's bar before the Irish Channel Parade.

Crowd outside of Tracy’s bar before the Irish Channel Parade. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Parasol's Bar

Parasol’s Bar. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Pete and Helen Dragon dress in head-to-toe green outside of Parasol's bar.

Pete and Helen Dragon dress in head-to-toe green outside of Parasol’s bar. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Face painting by Alexander the Greateness

Face painting by Alexander the Greateness. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Justin Mercer plays stump outside of Parasol's bar on third street.

Justin Mercer plays stump outside of Parasol’s bar on third street. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Mar 152014
 

An illustration of problems with the steel beams at Audubon's Broadway campus. (UptownMessenger.com file photo)

An illustration of problems with the steel beams at Audubon’s Broadway campus. (UptownMessenger.com file photo)

Audubon Charter School’s return to its Broadway Street campus has been pushed back a year to 2015 as school officials continue investigation construction issues there, the school board learned Saturday morning. Continue reading »

Mar 142014
 
Police examine a shotgun recovered from the scene of a fatal shooting on South Claiborne Avenue. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Police examine a shotgun recovered from the scene of a fatal shooting on South Claiborne Avenue. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A man wielding a shotgun was shot to death Friday night, police said, outside from a South Claiborne Avenue bar at Louisiana Avenue that has been the site of deadly shootings at least twice before in recent memory. Continue reading »

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Mar 142014
 
A rider in the 2012 St. Patrick's Day parade prepares to throw a cabbage to the crowd. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

A rider in the 2012 St. Patrick’s Day parade prepares to throw a cabbage to the crowd. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

(via stpatricksdayneworleans.com)

(via stpatricksdayneworleans.com)

The Irish Channel will throw its biggest party of the year Saturday, when the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade rolls and long-standing block parties hit the streets. Continue reading »

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Mar 142014
 
(map via NOPD)

(map via NOPD)

Tracy Hosler (via opcso.org)

Tracy Hosler (via opcso.org)

Jimmy Rogers (via opcso.org)

Jimmy Rogers (via opcso.org)

A fugitive from Tennessee on an alleged robbery spree in New Orleans last weekend that ended with his capture by a Gentilly store clerk is suspected in two robbery attempts in Uptown, one on the upper end of Magazine Street and the other in the Garden District, authorities said. Continue reading »

Mar 142014
 
(By Jean-Paul Villere)

(By Jean-Paul Villere)

Jean-Paul Villere

Jean-Paul Villere

Digesting a maladjusted observation by new New Orleanian Tara Elders in a recent New York Times piece regarding her new city’s supposed lack of cosmopolitan sensibility and its apparent lack of kale requires equal parts restraint and forgiveness.  Questions surface.  Who is she?  Who cares.  Why the kerfuffle?  In short, New Orleanians take pride in themselves and this comment plays as a slight, however one frames it.  Adding this misfire into the whole of its missive stirs up other unsettlingly obtuse observations the article makes, but for brevity’s sake permit me to sum it up in a quote of one ex pat’s (though presently a New Yorker) Facebook update “I defy you to read this article and not want to set something on fire.” 

Indeed. Continue reading »

Mar 142014
 

By Brooke Duncan III

It’s unfortunate that some have taken to social and other media to bash Audubon, one of the truly great success stories of local government in our time. The millage started out at 4.2 but was reduced a few years ago as a result of a state-wide reassessment of property values when values declined following Katrina. Without getting bogged down in semantics, the tax has been in place for a long time and the proposal returns the millage to its prior level. The difference for a home valued at $200,000 has been reported to be around $12 a year. The current taxes will end in 2021-2022. This is an effort to establish the taxes at the former millage; this is not a new tax in addition to the existing tax. Continue reading »

Mar 132014
 
Police officers surround the intersection of Foucher and South Saratoga Streets, where there people were injured in a shooting Thursday afternoon. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Police officers surround the intersection of Foucher and South Saratoga Streets, where there people were injured in a shooting Thursday afternoon. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Two women were each shot several times and a man was shot in the foot Thursday afternoon on South Saratoga Street in the Milan neighborhood, New Orleans police said. Continue reading »

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