It’s no secret that I’ve never been a fan of urban planning. The idea of some committee micromanaging what structure should go where, what uses should be permitted, what time we should be having our bowel movements (ok, perhaps they don’t go that far), has always unnerved me.
A die-hard planner looks at a map of New Orleans and they don’t see an established city chock-full of independent decision-makers. Instead, they see an interactive game that they can manipulate and control. They see “Sim City.”
Exhibit “A” for this is Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-Ohio), who decided to put her foot in her mouth while giving a speech before the House while arguing against an amendment to block funding for an Obama Administration Flood Risk Management Executive Order.
New Orleans police are investigating the shooting of a man Saturday morning on Sixth Street in Central City, authorities said.
New Orleans will join the rest of the country in celebrating the first Independent Bookstore Day, just as soon as we get this little thing called Jazz Fest behind us.
As the city of Baltimore struggles with ongoing unrest related to the use of force by police there, two high-ranking New Orleans Police Department officers (including one from the Uptown-based Second District) have spent the week embedded with law enforcement agencies assisting with crowd control there, city officials said.
Bridge House / Grace House will hold their 20th annual Women of Substance Luncheon next week to honor local women who are role models for those struggling with addiction.
Sunday, May 3, should be a pretty good 54th birthday for U.S. Senator David Vitter, the clear frontrunner in the Louisiana’s governor’s race. Vitter has raised $1.1 million in the most recent campaign finance period which ended earlier this week and still has $4.2 million on hand, more than the other three major candidates combined. That total does not include Vitter’s SuperPac which is also sitting on millions.
While money does not always dictate the outcome of campaigns, it certainly makes it easier to spread a candidate’s message through television, direct mail, phone banks, election day activities and all those other indicators of a truly successful campaign.
An 18-year-old who was shot in the head Monday evening on Constance Street succumbed to his injuries on Wednesday, and the three men who were arrested the same night in connection with the shooting have since been charged with murder, New Orleans police said.
A two-story house on Freret Street in the university area caught fire Wednesday afternoon, displacing the 11 residents of six apartments inside.
F3, a free all-male bootcamp, happens twice weekly in Audubon Park.
A pharmacy at Nashville Avenue and Magazine Street that was open in spite of the power outage following Monday’s storms in New Orleans was robbed at gunpoint of cash and painkillers by three masked men on Tuesday afternoon, police and the victims said.
New Orleans College Prep will present its spring concert to honor New Orleans’ musical legacy on Wednesday evening at Cohen High School.
The Preservation Resource Center of New Orleans will dedicate Professor Longhair’s former home as a museum o Wednesday in a dedication ceremony complete, of course, with an array of local musicians.
Ben Franklin Elementary and Lusher High School still have no power following Monday’s storms and will remain closed Tuesday, school officials said.