Mar 212013

State school officials have discovered termite damage to the Sophie B. Wright cafeteria and auditorium that is so extensive that those areas must be closed off immediately, creating a “public emergency” that must be fixed immediately — starting at an emergency meeting of the Orleans Parish School Board at 10 a.m. Thursday. Continue reading »

Mar 202013

The rear yard of the McDonogh 7 building is the preferred location for four modular classrooms when Audubon moves in, but will require a city variance, school officials say. (Robert Morris,

The Audubon Charter School community expressed some relief Wednesday night at the upcoming possibility of finally leaving the old Carrollton Courthouse building that is literally falling down around them, but parents and staff members were also frustrated that the McDonogh 7 building on Milan Street being offered to them still will not fill their space or programming needs and is considered another “temporary” fix.

Orleans Parish Deputy Superintendent Kathy Padian said a permanent resolution may be only three years away, but in the short-term, moving out of the Carrollton building is a must.

“I completely agree that a temporary solution is not a great solution, but it’s what we have right now,” Padian said. Continue reading »

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Mar 202013

Maximilien Luce (French, 1858-1941), “Soleil Couchant Honfleur,” 1929, oil on canvas, signed and dated l.l., titled verso on stretcher, label verso from “Les Cadres, Rue Bonaparte”, stenciled artist plaque on frame, H.- 18 1/8 in., W.- 21 3/4 in.

Crescent City Auction Gallery is currently accepting consignments for the Estates Auction on May 18th & 19th, 2013. Call us and see how much your items may be worth! Continue reading »

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Mar 192013

A member of the Wild Mohicans Mardi Gras Indians grins at the crowd on Washington Avenue on St. Joseph’s night. (Robert Morris,

Every year, Mardi Gras Indians from all over the city make a mysterious pilgrimage into Central City on the night of St. Joseph’s feast.

A spectator near A.L. Davis Park on LaSalle admires a Mardi Gras Indian’s suit on Tuesday evening. (Robert Morris,

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Mar 192013

Support Growing Across the City for More Compact Development

The Board of Directors and membership of the Lengsfield Lofts Condominium Association, the adjoining property owners to the proposed 16-story, 187-foot tall Tracage condominium project in the Historic Warehouse District Area, voted unanimously on Tuesday, March 12, 2013, to withhold their support for any project on that site that exceeds the 125 feet height limit recommended in the draft comprehensive zoning ordinance created to accompany the city’s new master plan.

Tracage Development appeared before the City’s Board of Zoning Adjustments on March 11 seeking an extension of time to “allow us to have some additional runway to ensure that we appease our neighbors,” according to Stephen King, Spectrum Capital vice president. The BZA granted their request. But neighbors are far from happy. Continue reading »

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Mar 192013

Myron Miller (via Facebook)

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Last summer, New Orleans teenager Myron Miller traveled to the Highlander Center in Tennessee. Derided by segregationists as the “Communist Training School,” burned down and forced to close multiple times by racists over the years, the educational facility in the shadow of the Smokey Mountains has a long tradition of training activists including such historical figures as Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks. There, in the Seeds of Fire youth camp, Miller learned the language and methodologies to describe years of work he had already been doing in the city – organizing his community in an emotional and controversial battle to save Sarah T. Reed High School.

“I never knew what an organizer was, but I was actually already doing it,” Miller said. “It was a life changing experience for me to attend Highlander. Dr. King and Rosa Parks studied there. When I got that knowledge from Highlander, I knew it was time to go back home and do some nonviolent direct action.” Continue reading »

Mar 182013

A “person of interest” police hope to identify and locate for questioning in connection with the March 2 shooting death of Kendal Williams. (via NOPD)

On the day when New Orleans police released photos of a “person of interest” in the March 4 shooting death of a 21-year-old man on Washington Avenue near Broad Street, frustrated Broadmoor residents gathered to discuss how best to encourage businesses to cut down loitering in an effort to end the violence there. Continue reading »

Mar 182013

Owen Courreges

The New Orleans City Council appears to be proposing that St. Claude Avenue be made into a pathetic two-lane road, but Mayor Landrieu is at least showing some sense on the issue.

Here’s the background:  As most New Orleanians are aware, the Regional Transit Authority (RTA) recently promulgated preliminary plans for installing a new streetcar line along Rampart St. and St. Claude Avenue from Canal Street to Elysian Fields Avenue.  As with the widely-panned Loyola-UPT Streetcar line, rather than restoring the historic norm of having the streetcar tracks running in the neutral ground, the plans call for slapping the tracks down in the traffic lanes adjoining the streetcar line (sharing the lanes with vehicles).  It’s stupid, ahistorical and ugly. Continue reading »

Mar 182013

The Broadmoor Improvement Association will focus its annual meeting tonight (Monday, March 18) on violent crime on Washington Avenue with a discussion with City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell, and the Coliseum Square Association will hold its monthly meeting as well. Continue reading »

Mar 162013

The McDonogh No. 7 building on Milan Street in the Touro neighborhood. (Robert Morris,

A top Orleans Parish School Board administrator will present plans detailing Audubon Charter School’s proposed move out of the old Carrollton courthouse and into the vacant McDonogh 7 building on Milan Street at a meeting Wednesday evening, school officials said. Continue reading »

Mar 152013

Revelers mix combine green attire with their skivvies in preparation for the inaugural Shamrockin Underwear Run outside Tracey’s bar in the Irish Channel. (Robert Morris,

The spirits of the Emerald Isle flowed freely on Third Street in the Irish Channel on Thursday afternoon for the annual block party launching St. Patrick’s Day weekend festivities. Continue reading »