Oct 052016
 
(graphic by Jean-Paul Villere for UptownMessenger.com)

(graphic by Jean-Paul Villere for UptownMessenger.com)

Jean-Paul Villere

Jean-Paul Villere

At the end of the day I’m all about problem solving.  A real estate colleague recently shared a tale of somewhere on some sleepy block in the city some buyers scoping out a renovation.  As the couple rolled up on the site, they happened upon an idle dumpster in front of the home, and, scrawled upon the monolithic refuse conveyor were big, bold spray-painted letters reading “DIE.”  According to the story, the buyers paused for a moment and decided to withdraw their interest in viewing the house.  I quickly offered one should always have a can of spray paint handy, rolling around in their trunk as it were. Because if it were me, I’d be quick to add a “T” to that scenario, case closed.  Death transforms into watching one’s weight: diet. True story. Continue reading »

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Oct 042016
 
The building at 3101 Erato Street, photographed in April 2016. (via Google Maps)

The building at 3101 Erato Street, photographed in April 2016. (via Google Maps)

By Claire Byun

A proposed low-barrier homeless shelter marketed as key to reducing the city’s homeless population is already drawing fire from school and community groups. Continue reading »

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Oct 032016
 
Owen Courrèges

Owen Courrèges

So this cement truck, a Landrieu Cement Truck, was filling in this gigantic pothole on Mexico Street. It’s this company owned by the mayor’s cousin that contracts with the city. Anyway, while it was filling in this massive hole in the pavement, another sinkhole opened up and the cement truck fell in.

I know what you’re thinking: What’s the punchline?

Well, although this sounds like the setup for a joke, it’s actually not. It happened this past week, much to the chagrin of the residents of Pontchartrain Park. Continue reading »

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Sep 302016
 

The renewed post-Katrina CBD is a hotbed of new restaurant concepts. One of the most popular is Willa Jean, located in the heart of the new South Market area. If you haven’t been, it’s time. Frankly, if you haven’t ventured out of Uptown, it’s time to explore the CBD restaurant scene. The days of wandering Poydras in search of a meal, any meal, are long gone. The CBD is now host to dozens of new and upcoming chefs and menus. Open for just a little over a year, Willa Jean is the current star.

Bear Claw Pastries (Kristine Froeba)

Bear Claw Pastries (Kristine Froeba)

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Sep 302016
 
Painted gold, Nadiyah Skyy stands in front of Longshore Studio Gallery at Art for Arts' Sake in 2010. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

Painted gold, Nadiyah Skyy stands in front of Longshore Studio Gallery at Art for Arts’ Sake in 2010. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

Magazine Street’s annual four-mile long art show, Art for Art’s Sake, will take place at galleries and shops up and down the corridor Saturday evening. Continue reading »

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Sep 292016
 

Austin Taets (Orleans Parish booking photo)

Austin Taets (Orleans Parish booking photo)

(via Iowa Sex Offender Registry)

(via Iowa Sex Offender Registry)

The police chase that led to lockdowns at Isidore Newman School and Lusher Charter School’s Freret campus on Thursday ended with the arrest of a wanted sex offender from Iowa who was also a suspect in a break-in earlier this week on State Street, New Orleans police said. Continue reading »

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Sep 292016
 
Runners cross the finish line during the Second Annual Bluedoo Run at Tulane in 2015. (photo by Ryan Rivet via news.tulane.edu)

Runners cross the finish line during the Second Annual Bluedoo Run at Tulane in 2015. (photo by Ryan Rivet via news.tulane.edu)

Tulane University will host the Third Annual Bluedoo Run on Saturday, a two-mile race raising money for the prostate cancer research fund at the Tulane Cancer Center. Continue reading »

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Sep 292016
 
Danae Columbus

Danae Columbus

In a speech laced with religious references, Governor John Bel Edwards told 200 attendees at a dinner last night sponsored by the Jefferson Parish Democratic Executive Committee that he was pleased that the federal government has taken the first step in committing $500 million of what he hopes will be a multi-billion dollar aid package for Louisiana’s flood victims. The group honored Edwards with their 2016 Blue Horizon award. Continue reading »

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Sep 282016
 
The boundaries of the proposed Uptown historic district are in blue. (via City of New Orleans)

The boundaries of the proposed Uptown historic district are in blue. (via City of New Orleans)

A new oversight structure for historic homes in much of Uptown and Carrollton easily moved forward to the New Orleans City Council for a final decision on Tuesday, after the City Planning Commission swiftly voted in favor of recommendations that have been pending for most of the year. Continue reading »

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Sep 282016
 
(map via NOPD)

(map via NOPD)

Sean Devitt (via opsco.org)

Sean Devitt (via opsco.org)

A man caught on video wearing distinctive red sneakers as he broke into four homes on Thalia and Constance Streets — including one in which a Saints Super Bowl ring was taken — has been arrested, New Orleans police said this week. Continue reading »

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Sep 282016
 
Jean-Paul Villere

Jean-Paul Villere

Tuesday morning I awoke abruptly just before 4 a.m. from a dream.  Convinced I was awake for the day, I decided to send a few emails.  While clacking out my correspondence in the dead silence of pre-dawn I heard in the not-too-far distance successive gunshots.  I thought it was about eight rounds.  Maybe it was seven.  But does it even matter how many there were?  I called 911.  They took my location, name, etc.  Then I went for a run.  And this is normal in New Orleans.  At least for now. Continue reading »

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Sep 282016
 
Tulane University president Michael Fitts stands in front of a new "Angry Wave" rendering as he celebrates the reopening of the university's Lavin-Bernick Center food court with new offerings. (courtesy photo)

Tulane University president Michael Fitts stands in front of a new “Angry Wave” rendering as he celebrates the reopening of the university’s Lavin-Bernick Center food court with new offerings. (submitted photo by Tracie Morris Schaefer)

Panera Bread, Zatarain’s, burritos, Asian dishes have joined the WOW Wingery and other familiar vendors in the Lavin-Bernick food court, which Tulane University officials rededicated Tuesday with the unveiling of a new large “Angry Wave” mascot logo. Continue reading »

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