May 052014
 

Owen Courreges

Is Magazine Street poised to be taken over by national chain stores?

It’s certainly a possibility. Rising rents are already forcing some Magazine Street retailers to move or close entirely. Well-heeled national businesses can often afford what mom-and-pop cannot. Continue reading »

May 052014
 

Screen Shot 2014-04-28 at 12.44.58 PMThe Eiffel Society is hosting a fundraiser for The Urban League of Greater New Orleans Young Professionals with happy hour drink specials and free networking festivities Wednesday evening. Continue reading »

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May 032014
 
An Isidore Newman "Greenie" toddler plays with a tiny shovel during groundbreaking ceremonies Friday for the school's new Green Trees Early Childrhood Village. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

An Isidore Newman “Greenie” toddler plays with a tiny shovel during groundbreaking ceremonies Friday for the school’s new GreenTrees Early Childrhood Village. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Site plan by Waggoner and Ball. (via Isidore Newman School)

The facility will sit at the corner of Soniat and Danneel streets. (Site plan by Waggoner and Ball via Isidore Newman School)

As the youngest Greenies played with tiny shovels in a VIP section made of blankets spread on the grass, leaders of the Isidore Newman School broke ground Friday afternoon on the new GreenTrees Early Childhood Village — a project officials call crucial to the school’s future with a name in homage to its past. Continue reading »

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May 022014
 
Thefts and burglaries in the NOPD Sixth District since April 6 cluster along Magazine Street and Louisiana Avenue. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Thefts and burglaries in the NOPD Sixth District since April 6 cluster along Magazine Street and Louisiana Avenue. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Despite a number of significant recent arrests, New Orleans police recorded a much higher-than-average rate of property crimes such as thefts, break-ins and auto burglaries in the Uptown-based Sixth District in April, although the trend is finally showing signs of slowing, officials said Friday. Continue reading »

May 022014
 

Students from the International School of Louisiana perform acrobatics during a circus arts showcase (Della Hasselle, Mid-City Messenger).

Students from the International School of Louisiana Circus Arts program and Andrew Wilson Charter School were among the local schools that were part of the lineup at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival on Thursday, reports Della Hasselle of our sister site, Mid-City Messenger.

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May 012014
 

Aaron Johnson (via opcso.org)

Aaron Johnson (via opcso.org)

One teen already in custody has been identified as a participant in a home invasion last month on Adams Street, and another is being sought for a similar case on Broadway — clearing four of five home invasions in the Carrollton area, New Orleans police said. Continue reading »

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May 012014
 

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

Monday, May 5, begins the new four-year terms for Mayor Landrieu and the City Council. Thus we thought it appropriate to bid farewell to old friends and welcome to new ones. Continue reading »

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Apr 302014
 

Sean Wilson (via isl-edu.org)

Sean Wilson (via isl-edu.org)

Although International School of Louisiana leader Sean Wilson will not depart for his new job until July, the charter school’s governing board may name a new Head of Schools this month, officials said Wednesday. Continue reading »

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Apr 302014
 

By Susan Larson

The New Orleans Public Library is so grateful for Jewel Bush’s warm and thoughtful article about the New Orleans Public Library; we appreciate her support and her advocacy — and her patronage!

I am writing this as the secretary of the New Orleans Public Library Board, of which I have been a member since 2011. Much has transpired since the drafting of the consultant’s report cited in the article. Continue reading »

Apr 302014
 
A public phone stand lays damaged after an April 10 crash at Magazine and Napoleon. It's still there. (UptownMessenger.com file photo)

A public phone stand lays damaged after an April 10 crash at Magazine and Napoleon. It’s still there. (UptownMessenger.com file photo)

Jean-Paul Villere

Jean-Paul Villere

How are you doing?”

“Good”

“No, Superman does good; you’re doing well”

So goes the old exchange that quickly provides the context of good versus well, and how one should really use them properly.  Among the titles New Orleans carries, The City that Care Forgot remains very real despite the influx of the educated and employed.  And you can see it almost anywhere. Continue reading »

Apr 302014
 
Robert D. Steward (via opcso.org)

Robert D. Steward (via opcso.org)

A convicted drug dealer received 15 years in prison this week for possession of a gun following an April 2013 foot chase in the B.W. Cooper area of Central City, and his co-defendant was sentenced to seven years after agreeing to testify in the same case, New Orleans prosecutors said. Continue reading »

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Apr 302014
 

A dispute between a Prytania Street property owner and the city over the paving of a yard for parking at an apartment complex is headed to Civil District Court, according to a recent report by Karen Gadbois of The Lens. The yard paving took place after Katrina without city permission, and the Board of Zoning Adjustments has denied a request by property owner Henry Rosenblat to keep it, Gadbois reports, but attorney Joel Loeffelholz convinced a city hearing officer to delay any further administrative action for 90 days while the issue plays out in court.

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Apr 292014
 

(image via winterinstitute.org)

(image via winterinstitute.org)

The “Welcome Table,” a new effort led by the Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s office, intends to bring people together across racial lines and empower them with grant money to build their own projects to improve Central City and three other New Orleans communities.

“We’re going to get some things done,” said Deputy Mayor Judy Reese Morse said at New Hope Baptist Church in Central City. “The grant will provide seed money to groups who are interested in actually working together to achieve something positive in our city.”

When officials introduced the program Monday night, however, they were met with both skepticism that any real results will be accomplished and promises from participants that they will press forward despite their misgivings. Continue reading »

Apr 292014
 

jewel bush

The New Orleans Public Library System is in trouble.

Next year, the city has to find an additional $3 million just to keep the 13 current libraries open. That’s keep-the-lights-on money. Purchasing new books or investing in new library technologies are both out of the question under this scenario. Continue reading »

Apr 282014
 

The Welcome Table New Orleans — a grant-funded effort “to facilitate meaningful and honest discussions about race in respectful, safe and structured spaces” — will launch tonight (Monday, April 28) with an informational session at New Hope Baptist Church at 1807 Lasalle Street in Central City. Continue reading »

Apr 282014
 

Owen Courreges

Elk Place has seen better days, and poor transit planning is the most obvious culprit.  Near the intersection with Canal, transit users wait alongside derelict and ill-maintained structures with inadequate shelter and seating.  Drivers buzz by as throngs brave the elements to make their connections.

This is what happens when over 20 transit lines converge at one location, with over 5,000 riders boarding and disembarking streetcars and buses.

It’s a notorious disgrace.  The immediate area has been slow to redevelop.  The sidewalks are difficult to navigate and litter is an ongoing problem.  Not only have transit users suffered – local businesses and property owners are dissatisfied as well. Continue reading »