Mar 142013
 

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

Tourism officials were smiling this week as new reports detailed the growing number of visitors attracted to Metro New Orleans in 2012 and the number of passengers who passed through Louis Armstrong International Airport.

Nine million visitors — spending an incredible $6 billion — came to Metro New Orleans in 2012, the most since 2004. It should be remembered that New Orleans back then was celebrating a record year that saw 10.4 million visitors come here. There was tremendous optimism until late August 2005 when Hurricane Katrina and poorly-constructed levees shattered everything. Continue reading »

Mar 132013
 

LaToya Cantrell

Residents of the Milan neighborhood who in recent years have witnessed ever-larger crowds of “wall-to-wall drunken teenagers” gathering on Amelia Street during Mardi Gras parades thanked the police officers and city councilwoman who brought the problem to an abrupt end this year. Continue reading »

Mar 132013
 

Sage advice at the corner of Jena and LaSalle. (Photo by Jean-Paul Villere for UptownMessenger.com)

Jean-Paul Villere

Have you seen this?  Glossing over the city council’s recently revised pet ordinance for Orleans Parish, the 43 page manifesto reads more like ripe Swiss cheese than feathered or four-legged law du jour.  Yes, it happens to be noteworthy in what it addresses, but in my opinion it is equally so for what it fails to.  Chalk it up to bureaucratic puffery, poor surveying and/or shamelessly ostracizing the elephant in room.  Whatever could I mean?  Read it!  Saddle up Snuffleupagus, among the things you won’t find are what I’ll call my Big 3: Continue reading »

Mar 132013
 

Movie-goers will have the chance to catch a rare Irish film while downing a few pints of beer from the Emerald Isle!

For tonight only, the historic Prytania Theatre will screen Hear My Song, a classic romantic comedy set in Ireland starring legends from the silver screen such as Ned Beatty and Adrian Dunbar. Continue reading »

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Mar 122013
 

Freret Neighbors United president Andrew Amacker talks with residents in the crowded cafeteria of Samuel J. Green Charter School on Tuesday evening. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Bruce Johnson tells neighbors that he feels safe enough in the Freret neighborhood without an additional fee for a security patrol. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Proponents of a new fee-based security district in the Freret neighborhood faced an hour’s worth of skeptical questions Tuesday night from residents whose opposition ranged from the specific fee itself to much broader issues about gentrification of the neighborhood.

“I don’t want to further subsidize these businesses through an increase in property taxes,” said Soniat Street resident George Chaney. Continue reading »

Mar 122013
 

Terrilynn Monnette and her car (via the Terrilynn Monnette Facebook page)

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Coming of age in a party town like New Orleans, there have been countless nights where I have been hanging out with buddies and drinking has been involved. Whether we drove to the party or club together, we always made sure everyone made it home safely. We never left a friend alone at the end of the night – sober or otherwise.

Our friend code wouldn’t allow it. The rules required calls or text messages letting the group know you were in. The phone call or text didn’t have to be lengthy; a simple “home” sufficed; and if that call didn’t come in a timely matter, we didn’t hesitate to reach out – again and again — until we heard back. We took care of one another using the age-old buddy system. And never, ever, under any circumstance did we allow anyone to leave – sober or otherwise – with a stranger.

So, to me, the most troubling aspect of the Terrilynn Monnette disappearance narrative is the report that her acquaintances left — left her alone to sleep in her car in a dark parking lot in the wee hours of the morning behind a bar. Continue reading »

Mar 122013
 

The Freret Neighbors United will hold an extended meeting tonight (Tuesday, March 12) to discuss a proposed new security district in the neighborhood, and the Milan Focus Group will meet Wednesday to hear from city and police officials. Continue reading »

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Mar 122013
 

Be there as Tracey’s Irish Channel Bar celebrates its annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration all weekend long from Thursday, March 14th to Sunday, March 17th, 2013.  The Irish Channel Annual Block Party begins at 11:00am on Thursday.  Tracey’s will serve up its world famous roast beef poor boys along with cabbage and corned beef and green beer! Continue reading »

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Mar 112013
 

As progress moves forward on stabilizing both the Willow Street elementary campus and the Fortier campus for upper grades on Freret Street, Lusher Charter School officials are also deliberating on what, if any, changes will be made for the 100 students who remain at the satellite campus at the Jewish Community Center on St. Charles Avenue. Continue reading »

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Mar 112013
 

Owen Courreges

State Senator J.P. Morrell is not letting this go – nor should he.

A month ago, a video was released showing the detention of two young black males, Sidney Newman, 17, and Ferdinand Hunt, 18, by eight plainclothes state troopers.  The video, taken on February 10, 2013 just after a parade, shows the two teens leaning against a wall in the 700 block of Conti Street.   Suddenly they are surrounded by State Troopers.

One of the youths took a few steps away and was jumped, grabbed by his shirt and flung around to the ground.  The other is pushed up against a wall.  It was a very fast and violent confrontation between the teens and the troopers. Continue reading »

Mar 112013
 

The former Dunbar’s restaurant at 4927 Freret is slated to become “The Muse on Freret,” a second location for owners of Three Muses on Frenchmen. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Shuttered since the floodwaters that followed Hurricane Katrina in 2005, the former Dunbar’s building on Freret Street in Uptown New Orleans may soon be a popular restaurant once again, as the owners of Three Muses on Frenchmen Street said Monday morning that they plan to renovate the site for a second location. Continue reading »