Apr 032017
 

Latoya Cantrell (via her campaign website)

City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell has formally embarked upon her campaign for mayor of New Orleans, her website now confirms, which will leave her District B seat open. Continue reading »

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Mar 012017
 

The Krewe of Zulu rolls on St. Charles Avenue on Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Krewe of Zulu rolled early Tuesday morning on the Uptown route, sharing broad smiles, glittering coconuts, and a message to “Stop the Violence.”

The Krewe of Zulu “Soulful Warriors” roll on St. Charles Avenue on Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

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Feb 232017
 

Green Tea owner Yung Lau pauses from final touches on the new building’s interior. The restaurant opens Friday at the corner of Napoleon and Louisiana. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Green Tea restaurant’s new building overlooks the corner of Napoleon and South Claiborne. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Two years ago, Yung Lau could scarcely believe that his Green Tea restaurant at the edge of the Garden District was about to be displaced by a national pharmacy chain in a city as in love with mom-and-pop eateries as New Orleans.

The CVS did indeed move in, but on Friday, Lau will reopen Green Tea in a brand-new building that is being hailed as another landmark in the continuing redevelopment of another major Uptown corridor, South Claiborne Avenue. Continue reading »

Nov 282016
 
City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell speaks at her first re-election fundraiser on Oct. 9. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell speaks at her first re-election fundraiser on Oct. 9. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell — long considered one of the most likely top contenders as a candidate for New Orleans’ next mayor — announced to supporters last week that she is indeed considering a run for the position. Continue reading »

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May 312016
 
The mural adjacent to the new Magnolia Marketplace retail center on South Claiborne. (photo via City of New Orleans)

The mural adjacent to the new Magnolia Marketplace retail center on South Claiborne. (photo via City of New Orleans)

Stacy Head

Stacy Head

Development on South Claiborne Avenue has made significant strides in recent years, but more attention is needed to quality-of-life issues of crime, blight, panhandling and litter in order to attract more retail investment to the corridor, City Council members said. Continue reading »

Mar 232016
 

City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell speaks before a neighborhood group in August 2014. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell speaks before a neighborhood group in August 2014. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A temporary site for a centrally located “low barrier” shelter for the homeless in New Orleans that would provide protection from the elements and access to public services could be open as soon as October, City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell said this week. Continue reading »

Mar 162016
 
Construction equipment chews through the old structure on the Amelia Street side on April 20, 2015. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Construction equipment chews through the old structure on the Amelia Street side on April 20, 2015. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The church pastor who owned an apartment building that dramatically collapsed on Amelia Street is seeking federal money to rebuild more affordable housing on the site, City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell told neighbors on Tuesday evening. Continue reading »

Mar 142016
 
A view from the ballfield of the new concessions building planned for Cuccia-Byrnes plaground. (via City of New Orleans)

A view from the ballfield of the new concessions building planned for Cuccia-Byrnes plaground. (via City of New Orleans)

The existing concessions stand at Cuccia Byrnes (via City of New Orleans)

The existing concessions stand at Cuccia Byrnes (via City of New Orleans)

The city of New Orleans approved plans Monday morning for a new concessions building to replace the aging structure at the Cuccia-Byrnes playground, where the Carrollton Boosters operate baseball fields they recently described as vital to their programming. Continue reading »

Feb 172016
 
A resident asks the City Council for a compromise location for the proposed Carrollton Boosters sports complex as members of the Audubon Commission and Carrollton Boosters listen. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A resident asks the City Council for a compromise location for the proposed Carrollton Boosters sports complex as members of the Audubon Commission and Carrollton Boosters listen. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

More than three hours of impassioned arguments by neighbors Wednesday against the Carrollton Boosters’ proposed new soccer complex on The Fly garnered little more from the New Orleans City Council than a promise to provide better advance notice in the future and a scolding for the tenor of some of the complaints about it. Continue reading »

Feb 152016
 
Neighbors rally around the sculpture at "The Fly" on Sunday. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Neighbors rally around the sculpture at “The Fly” on Sunday. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Opposition is becoming more organized to a new Carrollton Boosters soccer complex that would take up part of The Fly recreation area behind Audubon Park, after a prominent neighborhood association voted to express its concern over the project, more than 100 people held a “Save the Fly” rally at the site on Sunday and the controversy is now drawing interest from the City Council. Continue reading »

Feb 092016
 
The Krewe of Zulu rolls on St. Charles Avenue. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Krewe of Zulu rolls on St. Charles Avenue. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Krewe of Zulu celebrated 100 years since its incorporation and the Krewe of Rex explored the world’s royal gardens to close out the 2016 Mardi Gras celebration Tuesday on St. Charles Avenue.

The "Floating Gardens of Xochimilco" float in the Krewe of Rex rolls on St. Charles Avenue. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The “Floating Gardens of Xochimilco” float in the Krewe of Rex rolls on St. Charles Avenue. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

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Dec 102015
 

City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell speaks during a campaign event in 2013. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell speaks during a campaign event in 2013. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

As the New Orleans City Council prepares to move into what was expected to be the final round of discussions on a plan to remove three monuments to Confederate leaders and one to a white-supremacist uprising against the Reconstruction government, City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell announced that she will oppose the plan because it was “thrust upon the city” from above. Continue reading »

Oct 022015
 
NOPD Commanders Ronnie Stevens and Paul Noel (from left), Deputy Chief Bob Bardy, Chief Michael Harrison, and spokesman Tyler Gamble confer prior to a hearing before the City Council on Friday. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

NOPD Commanders Ronnie Stevens and Paul Noel (from left), Deputy Chief Bob Bardy, Chief Michael Harrison, and spokesman Tyler Gamble confer prior to a hearing before the City Council on Friday. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A rapid-pursuit helicopter. Advanced audio technology to triangulate gunshot locations. Free meals and massages for police officers.

With armed robberies up four percent citywide this year — a point brazenly driven home by holdups at three recent Uptown restaurants — the New Orleans City Council said Friday they are ready to try nearly anything to help the police stop them. Continue reading »

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Sep 252015
 
The houses at 1020 and 1032 Upperline Street. (Graphic by UptownMessenger.com, images via nola.gov)

The houses at 1020 and 1032 Upperline Street. (Graphic by UptownMessenger.com, images via nola.gov)

After the City Council approved the demolition of a pair of Upperline Street homes last week, a group of neighbors are hoping to find more ways both to monitor demolition requests and hopefully to help owners preserve historic houses before they succumb to neglect. Continue reading »