Dec 022011
 

Two robberies were reported within minutes of each other in the university area Wednesday night, part of a surge of five robberies around Uptown in three days. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Two robberies at gunpoint were reported within minutes in the Carrollton area Wednesday night, following an armed robbery on Magazine Street in the Garden District and a carjacking in Broadmoor the previous night and a carefully planned business holdup earlier this week, a crime spree that investigators say often intensifies as the holidays approach. Continue reading »

Oct 072011
 

Prince of Wales 2011 route map

Second-line season returns to Magazine Street on Sunday when the Prince of Wales and Lady Wales clubs put on their 83rd annual second line through the Irish Channel and Garden District. Continue reading »

Aug 292011
 

The current Orleans Parish School Board boundaries. (Click to enlarge)

Redistricting the seven-member Orleans Parish School Board could produce more dramatic changes than the recent reshuffling of the New Orleans City Council, even though the same population shifts are being accounted for, officials said Monday. Continue reading »

Jun 022011
 

Three robberies have been reported this week, and police are continuing to investigate last week's home-invasion robbery on Annunciation as well.

Three more armed robberies have been reported in Uptown New Orleans this week, including one in which a man was shot while trying to run away from his assailants, police said. Continue reading »

Jun 012011
 

NOPD Superintendent Ronal Serpas responds to concerns raised by Uptown neighborhood associations over coming changes to the city's paid detail system. (via WWL-TV)

Leaders of three neighborhoods representing thousands of Uptown New Orleans homes worry that upcoming changes intended to reduce corruption in police overtime work will weaken the protection they receive from off-duty officers, and are requesting a meeting with NOPD Superintendent Ronal Serpas to discuss the reforms. Continue reading »

Dec 112010
 

Attendees of the 35th annual Preservation Resource Center of New Orleans Holiday Home Tour wait to view the home of Nan & Ed deMontluzin at 2714 St. Charles Avenue Saturday afternoon. Seven historic Garden District homes and the Opera Guild Home were included in the self-guided tour. The Holiday Home Tour continues Sunday, December 12, 2010. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

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Dec 102010
 

Attend a Christmas bash, catch up on shopping at the market, or belt out Handel’s Messiah — there’s no shortage of options to get into the holiday spirit this weekend. See below for a snapshot of what’s going on Uptown.

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Nov 042010
 

Two teens have been arrested in an armed robbery outside an Uptown charter high school that served as a prelude to a violent Halloween weekend around the city, police said Thursday.

In separate incidents, a man was shot in the Garden District, a woman was robbed of her luxury car in the Milan area, police found a major stash of drug money in Freret, and thefts deemed “crimes of opportunity” saw a surge around Uptown, ranking NOPD officers reported at their weekly meetings Thursday morning. Continue reading »

Oct 092010
 

82nd Prince of Wales Second Line route

The Prince of Wales 82nd Annual Second Line will parade through several Uptown neighborhoods Sunday. Continue reading »

Sep 152010
 

A plan to create formal councils of neighborhood groups to increase citizen participation in city government would only “many more layers of bureaucracy” and should be scrapped, according to a letter from the Garden District Association published by The Lens.

The letter suggesting changes to the Citizen Participation Project was written by Shelley Landrieu, director of the Garden District group but also a leader of the Baronne Street Neighborhood Association and Audubon Area Zoning Association. Instead of new councils based on city planning districts, the Garden District would prefer more formalized opportunities for neighborhood association input within the city’s existing policy-making process.

The director of the group that drafted the plan told Karen Gadbois of The Lens that the Garden District had drawn “inaccurate conclusions.”

The letter was copied to numerous other neighborhood groups, including many in the Uptown: the Irish Channel Neighborhood Association, the Touro Bouligny Association, the Baronne Street Neighborhood Association, the St. Charles Avenue Association, the Audubon Area Zoning Association, the Upper Hurstville Association, the Audubon Riverside Neighborhood Association, the Hurstville Neighborhood Improvement Association, the Freret Business and Property Owners Association and the Carrollton-Riverbend Neighborhood Association.

Aug 262010
 

In addition to the deadly shooting Tuesday on South Roman Street, officers and detectives in the New Orleans Police Department’s sixth district have been kept busy over the last week with a series of robberies and burglaries in the Magazine Street area of the Garden District and a violent feud in Central City.

The sixth district has experienced a few weeks of relative calm, but now “things are starting to spiral up” in comparison, noted Capt. Robert Bardy. Continue reading »