May 012019

Korin, 3, plays on equipment at Stanley Ray Playground in City Park on Tuesday. If taxpayers approve New Orleans’ parks and recreation millage proposal May 4, City Park would receive public funding from New Orleans for the first time in the park’s 165-year history. (India Yarborough, Loyola Student News Service)

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Loyola Student News Service

New Orleanians will decide the fate Saturday of a city proposal to redistribute parks and recreation funds. And while many city residents might gloss over the plan’s fine print, involved parks and rec organizations say the proposal is an effort to improve the quality of life of New Orleans residents.

“It’s vital, and it’s no fluff,” said Ann Mcdonald, director of the city’s Department of Parks and Parkways.

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Feb 042019

A lone waterbird stands at the edge of the lagoon at Audubon Park. ( file photo)

Mayor LaToya Cantrell and parks officials are holding a community meeting on the citywide parks and recreation millage proposal on Thursday, Feb. 7.

The District B meeting will be held in the from 6 to 7 p.m. in the Lyons Recreational Center, 624 Louisiana Ave.

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Mayor and officials from NORD, Audubon, City Park tout plan to reallocate millage

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Dec 192018

A lone waterbird stands at the edge of the lagoon at Audubon Park. ( archive)

Voters will decide in May whether the city will move forward with an ordinance to reallocate taxpayer revenue for park spaces. The ordinance does not include any tax increase for residents; it will rebalance revenue to help improve city services while bringing revenue to parks.

The proposal would adjust the millage rates for Audubon Commission, the New Orleans Recreation Development Commission and Parks and Parkways in part to allow City Park to finally receive dedicated funding.

The oversight for the city’s park and recreation assets would also be unified under the cooperative plan.

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Sep 182018

Audubon Commission Chair Kelly Duncan speaks during a June meeting of the commission. (image via Audubon Nature Institute video on YouTube)

All 24 members of the Audubon Commission must now be residents of New Orleans and appointed by the mayor under any circumstances, the New Orleans City Council decided this month — leading to the resignation of at least one member and growing calls for the commission to broaden its diversity by adding representation from more neighborhoods across the city. Continue reading »

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Oct 062011

Statewide performance scores continue to increase. (via Louisiana Department of Education)

A majority of Uptown public schools continued the improvement that has characterized New Orleans schools in recent years, with Lusher and Audubon charter schools both earning “A” grades and New Orleans Charter Science and Math High School improving its score by more than 30 percent.

Uptown New Orleans has a relatively strong selection of campuses deemed “honor roll” schools by the state, those earning an A or B based on 2011 school performance scores released Wednesday. The lower-performing schools fall roughly into two categories: one group striving upward at varying rates, and similar-sized group continuing to struggle. Continue reading »

Feb 012011

NOPD officers gather at State Street Drive and Walmsley Avenue in the Fontainebleau neighborhood for an anti-crime march in late September. The area is now considering hiring off-duty or private officers to increase security. (Sabree Hill,

A neighborhood association that stretches from some of Uptown’s most placid blocks to some that have suffered through open warfare between criminals and police is now exploring the idea of increasing its police presence with off-duty officers.

The Claiborne-University Neighborhood Association held a sort of fact-finding session Thursday night about fee-based security districts, the first in what association president Scott Barron said would be a series of meetings informing residents about the concept. Continue reading »

Aug 132010

The heavy rain brought by Tropical Depression Five‘s slow-moving remnants caused severe flooding throughout the Uptown, leaving residents angry about the city’s drainage problems.

The floodwaters assaulted Uptown homes and stranded residents’ cars, according to video reports filed by several local TV stations.

WVUE began their reporting at Claiborne and Carrollton, then filed another video from Willow and Audubon.

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May 092010

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Two teenagers’ crime spree took them across town Thursday night, beginning with a carjacking in the Mid-City, followed soon after by a robbery at gunpoint in the Uptown, and ending by crashing their stolen car after a police chase through Audubon, officers said. Continue reading »

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