Nov 272012

The red section represents the area of South Claiborne Avenue already reduced to two lanes for the next two years; the purple area will close Wednesday until spring of next year. (map by Robert Morris,

Starting Wednesday (Nov. 28), another stretch of Claiborne Avenue in the Carrollton area will be reduced to two lanes until at least March of next year as a new underground drainage canal is built under the neutral ground, officials announced today. Continue reading »

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Jul 242012

A Thai restaurant’s request for alcohol sales at its Maple Street location and a proposed fast-food restaurant in a service station on South Claiborne Avenue will return to the City Planning Commission on Tuesday, after their initial trips through the city bureaucracy were derailed by the council standoff in May. Continue reading »

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Feb 222012

This map shows six weapons cases reported by NOPD on Fat Tuesday along the parade routes, including a cluster of four near Seventh and Eighth streets. (via

Police arrested a man on the Claiborne Avenue end of the parade route Tuesday for illegal possession of a gun, and at least six other weapons cases were reported that afternoon along St. Charles Avenue. Continue reading »

Jan 112012

Ranking officers with the NOPD Second District review a shooting that took place at the Carrollton-Claiborne intersection Wednesday evening. (Sabree Hill,

A man was shot shortly after 5 p.m. near South Claiborne and South Carrollton, one of the busiest intersections in Uptown New Orleans, leaving a sprawling crime scene that stretched from beside Palmer Park to the side yard of the Walgreens across the street. Continue reading »

Dec 072011

Six robberies and one home-invasion at gunpoint reported in the blocks around South Claiborne since Nov. 29. (via

Seven armed robberies — including two carjackings and a home invasion — have been reported within sight of South Claiborne Avenue in the university area over the last week, pitting Uptown residents who ventured outside to put out the trash, repair a car, wait for a shuttle or make a cell phone call against gun-carrying muggers on almost a nightly basis. Continue reading »

Nov 162011

Police stand by Papa John's pizza and investigate a robbery that occurred at Capital One bank on Claiborne near Calhoun Wednesday morning. (Sabree Hill,

A man was robbed at gunpoint while leaving a bank that was subject to a similar robbery two weeks ago, and a Tulane police officer was injured chasing a suspect in a separate robbery moments later Wednesday morning, authorities said.

And a third robbery attempt was reported Wednesday afternoon at the Walgreens on St. Charles Avenue at Felicity Street, though details of that case were not immediately available. Continue reading »

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Nov 162011

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A teenager who allegedly ordered a sandwich from the Subway on Claiborne Avenue and then robbed the cashier at gunpoint Monday was identified and arrested the following day, police said. Continue reading »

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Nov 152011

The recent robbery of a business owner as he approached a South Claiborne Avenue bank to make a deposit could be related to similar incidents elsewhere in the city, police officials told residents Tuesday amid updates on various cases around Uptown New Orleans. Continue reading »

Nov 042011

Location of the Capital One branch the victim was headed to -- exact location of robbery not shown. (via

A businessman was robbed at gunpoint Friday morning as he attempted to make a deposit at a Claiborne Avenue bank, and while investigators do not believe he was followed or targeted, they are searching for video in the area that may help identify his assailant. Continue reading »

Aug 212011

2101 South Carrollton, the proposed site of the Konbini coffeehouse and convenience store (Robert Morris,

The rejection of a controversial Carrollton coffeeshop, the approval of alcohol sales at a new Walgreens on Claiborne, and other land-use matters on Oak Street, in Milan and in the Garden District were given final decisions this week by the New Orleans City Council. Continue reading »

Aug 092011

The Lorraine Apartments on St. Charles Avenue. (Sabree Hill,

Despite an ardent appeal by neighbors Tuesday for the survival of a classic St. Charles Avenue apartment house, a city panel denied the vacant Lorraine building the rezoning it needs to reopen, leaving it in a bureaucratic purgatory with no realistic prospect for any use at all. Continue reading »

Aug 092011

Three Uptown projects — a request to sell alcohol at the CVS under construction on Claiborne, a new clay studio on the Freret commercial corridor, and an apartment building on St. Charles Avenue — are all slated for consideration today by the City Planning Commission. Continue reading »

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May 232011

This diagram shows a possible layout of the entry signage for the Freret corridor. (obtained from the city by the Freret Business and Property Owners Association)

Two long-awaited Uptown street-beautification projects are poised to begin this summer after issues with their contractor delayed them from an expected spring start, officials said Monday afternoon.

The $500,000 streetscape upgrades on the Freret commercial corridor are set to begin in June, and $2 million worth of similar work on South Claiborne is expected to start in August, Deputy Mayor Cedric Grant told City Councilwoman Stacy Head during a meeting of the city’s Public Works Committee. Continue reading »

Mar 172011

The City Council meeting scheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday includes a request by the operators of the Fuel N’ Mart at 4140 South Claiborne to continue selling alcoholic beverages for off-premises consumption after an ownership change.

This request, recommended for approval by the City Planning Commission, may lead to some spring cleaning around the property, according to an email from Councilwoman Stacy Head’s office to Claiborne area residents. Continue reading »

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Jan 272011

Sections of both east- and westbound Claiborne Avenue through Uptown New Orleans remain under construction this week, according to the state Department of Transportation and Development.

The right lane of each direction will be closed for construction on a variety of sections between the U.S. 90 overpass and Jefferson Parish for the remainder of this week, according to the department’s website. The westbound construction is scheduled until Friday afternoon, while the eastbound road work will last well into next week.

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