Aug 312015
 
New Orleans police take a trash can into evidence (after the body of a woman found in it was removed) from an alleyway off Danneel Street on Nov. 26. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

New Orleans police take a trash can into evidence (after the body of a woman found in it was removed) from an alleyway off Danneel Street on Nov. 26. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

Around Thanksgiving of 2014, police made the gruesome discovery of a woman’s body stuffed into a Central City trash can. While the neighborhood mourned the outgoing woman’s death, observers also noted the presence of a cryptic image on the wall near the Danneel Street alley where her body was stashed, a Cupid-like angel watching a figure walk away from arrows that missed.

Not too long afterward, officials at the Lycee Francais charter school were in the process of completing their purchase of the former Priestley campus in Carrollton, more than three miles away, when they noticed a politically charged mural on the old gym. “May the Police Force Be With You,” the stencil read, with an image of Darth Vader force-choking a man being held by police officers.

Like those who saw the image at the murder scene, the Lycee Francais officials wondered among themselves: Was it a Banksy?

A politically-themed stencil on the side of the Priestley gym, by a street artist known as ‘Az.’ (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A politically-themed stencil on the side of the Priestley gym, by a street artist known as ‘Az.’ (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The answer, it turns out, is no, not at all. Continue reading »

Aug 312015
 
(map via Entergy)

(map via Entergy)

The Entergy New Orleans project to replace transmission lines that bring electricity from a new plant on the West Bank into the Uptown area of New Orleans will move on to General Pershing Street this week, according to Entergy officials. Continue reading »

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Aug 312015
 
Owen Courrèges

Owen Courrèges

Last week I was running to grab a take-out order from a nearby tavern, and the only parking nearby was metered. This meant confronting one of the city’s new solar-powered parking meters. After hiking more than a half block to reach the nearest meter (it was not positioned ideally), I fumbled in my pocket for money to feed the proverbial beast.

“Fortunately, I have change,” I thought to myself. “A couple of quarters should do the trick.”

First, I pressed the keypad to activate the meter. It took a few seconds for the thing to power up, because apparently these meters boot from floppy discs. Then the screen told me to swipe a card or insert bills. For some reason, there was no option for inserting coins. Continue reading »

Aug 292015
 
Former President Bill Clinton speaks during the Katrina 10 commemoration at the Smoothie King Center on Saturday. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Former President Bill Clinton speaks during the Katrina 10 commemoration at the Smoothie King Center on Saturday.. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Stephanie Jordan sings during the Katrina 10 commemoration at the Smoothie King Center on Saturday. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Stephanie Jordan sings during the Katrina 10 commemoration at the Smoothie King Center on Saturday. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Over the last week, the 10th anniversary of New Orleans has a tale of two narratives: the city’s official story of recovery and a newly heralded “resilience,” contrasted with media accounts describing the growing disparities from neighborhood to neighborhood.

In an attempt to bridge both those perspectives, former President Bill Clinton used his keynote address during Saturday’s commemorative ceremonies to call for a “new unity” in New Orleans, saying the city should both celebrate the progress made since the floods and rededicate itself to overcoming the deeply-rooted challenges that remain. Continue reading »

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Aug 292015
 
Deb Cotton accepts Rising Tide's annual Ashley Morris award. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Deb Cotton accepts Rising Tide’s annual Ashley Morris award. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Rising Tide X, the tenth annual new-media conference on New Orleans, took place at Xavier University this morning. See below for live coverage. Continue reading »

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Aug 282015
 
A downed utility pole lays across a pickup truck that is partially atop two other vehicles in the 4500 block of Tchoupitoulas Street on Friday night. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A downed utility pole lays across a pickup truck that is partially atop two other vehicles in the 4500 block of Tchoupitoulas Street on Friday night. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

More than 1,700 Uptown addresses were without power Friday evening. (map via Entergy)

More than 1,700 Uptown addresses were without power Friday evening. (map via Entergy)

A power line was knocked down, and several vehicles and a house were heavily damaged after a crash late Friday night on Tchoupitoulas Street, and more than 1,700 Uptown addresses were left without power afterward. Continue reading »

Aug 282015
 
AJ De Leon, left, takes a selfie with Saints' quarterback Drew Brees during the post-practice autograph session. The Saints practiced in Yulman Stadium at Tulane University for their final practice of the week.  (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com

AJ De Leon, left, takes a selfie with Saints’ quarterback Drew Brees during the post-practice autograph session. The Saints practiced in Yulman Stadium at Tulane University for their final practice of the week. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

On Friday evening, the Saints took to practice at Tulane’s Yulman Stadium instead of their Metairie practice facility. This was the last practice before they take on the Houston Texans on Sunday afternoon in the Superdome. The Saints regular season begins September 13 at Arizona.

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Aug 282015
 

St. Katharine Drexel Prep

The St. Katharine Drexel Prep School is hosting a program to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina this Saturday, August 29. The event will feature a gospel extravaganza following the commemoration.  Continue reading »

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Aug 272015
 
A KIPP: Believe student describes her excitement for the new Dunbar building as Recovery School District Superintendent Patrick Dobard listens. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A KIPP: Believe student describes her excitement for the new Dunbar building as Recovery School District Superintendent Patrick Dobard listens. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The exterior of the new Dunbar school on Forshey Street in Hollygrove. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The exterior of the new Dunbar school on Forshey Street in Hollygrove. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Keenly aware of the eyes of the world on New Orleans this week, supporters of both the KIPP: Believe and Lafayette Academy communities came together Wednesday morning for a joint celebration of the opening of the long-awaited Paul Dunbar school building Wednesday morning on Forshey Street in Hollygrove. Continue reading »

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