Nov 252011

Tracey L. Guidry (via

Maybe she couldn’t get a babysitter? A 42-year-old woman is charged with contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile after she allegedly took a toddler with her while she attempted to break into a stranger’s shed, authorities said. Continue reading »

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Oct 032011

5428 St. Charles Avenue (photo by Preservation Resource Center)

The controversial demolition of a St. Charles Avenue mansion leads the agenda for this afternoon’s meeting of the Neighborhood Conservation District Committee, which also includes properties in a number of other Uptown neighborhoods. Continue reading »

Sep 242011

Only the roof of a house on South Saratoga Street is visible after its collapse Friday morning, a day before the Fight the Blight effort. (Nicole Harvey for

Xavier student Brandon Webster paints a trashcan with classmates. (Nicole Harvey for

For weeks, Freret and Milan residents have been enthusiastically planning for Saturday’s “Fight the Blight” day around Samuel Square. But on Friday morning, the combined forces of nature and neglect made a preemptive strike when a derelict house slated for demolition collapsed on South Saratoga Street.

“It sounded like an explosion,” said Elma Bridges, looking over her balcony to the flattened roof partially buried under 10-foot tall weeds across the street. “Look at that forest they have here, and all that mess is still here.” Continue reading »

Sep 232011

A Sojourner Truth Academy student paints at Taylor Park in Central City during March's "Fight the Blight" day. (Sabree Hill,

On Saturday morning, two of the Uptown New Orleans neighborhoods that have been most energetic in seeking their own revitalization will receive a shot in the arm from the city and hopefully hundreds of volunteers on “Fight the Blight” day at Samuel Square park. Continue reading »

Sep 022011

The officer involved in a high-speed chase down Milan Street that led to the death of a college student home for the holidays in January was fired from the NOPD this week for lying about the case, authorities said. Continue reading »

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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 »

Jul 052011

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Several clusters of homes in the Milan neighborhood — including 4121 Willow, 4121 Clara, 2824 Milan, 3500 S. Robertson, 3600 S. Saratoga, 2742 Amelia — are up for demolition hearings on Tuesday’s Neighborhood Conservation District Committee agenda, as is one in the Touro neighborhood, 3822 Camp.

For images of each property, see the Preservation Resource Center’s “Preservation in the Present” blog.

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Jun 252011

Billed by street-culture diva Big Red Cotton as the “last second line of the season,” the Uptown Swingers will roll through Freret, Milan and Central City starting at 1 p.m. Sunday.

For turn-by-turn directions and video from 2010, see Cotton’s post at Gambit’s

Jun 092011

Jason Miner holds his son, Jupiter, with a smile on his face at the "Community Without Violence" block party in Milan on Wednesday night. (Sabree Hill,

Two months ago, residents near the 2100 block of General Taylor in the Milan neighborhood likened it to a war zone, cowering in their homes while the latest gun battle raged in the street, then wearily emerging to pull the bullets out of their homes.

On Wednesday night, Milan residents celebrated the armistice since then with a party in that very block.

“It’s like a dream,” said nearby resident Helene Barnett. “To be perfectly honest, who would have thought that in New Orleans, the police would respond to our request? But they’re walking the beat. On a scale of one to 10, it’s gone from a one to an eight almost overnight.” Continue reading »

Jun 082011

The anti-crime march held in Milan was the largest in the Second District over the last year. (Sabree Hill,

Months of organizing against the roots of violent crime in the Milan community will culminate tonight (Wednesday, June 8th) with a block party featuring food, kids’ activities and an assessment of the progress made so far. Continue reading »

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Apr 222011

Police investigate the scene of a shooting at the the intersection of Milan and South Johnson streets in Broadmoor Friday. The shooting took place about 11:30 a.m. Police found a 17-year-old male lying in the middle of the street with a single gunshot wound to his back, according to New Orleans Police Department spokesman Garry Flot. He was rushed to a local hospital, where he was in critical but stable condition. Suspects or motive are not available right now, Flot said. (Sabree Hill,

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Apr 192011

Commander Darryl Albert of the NOPD Second District speaks during an anti-crime march in the Milan neighborhood in January. (Sabree Hill,

After months of beseeching the Uptown-based NOPD Second District for more individualized attention to their neighborhood, Milan residents finally saw the levels of police presence they were looking for this past weekend, they gratefully told officers Tuesday night.

One weekend of suppression through heavy-saturation patrols and walking beats won’t stop the drug trade or end the gun battles, they acknowledged. But it did create a sense of safety and peace long missing from the neighborhood – and an impression that the police are listening to their concerns.

“It is a huge step on the road toward getting the criminal element out of our neighborhood,” said Milan resident Veronica Sharkey. Continue reading »