With new district lines now drawn for state House and Senate seats, the New Orleans City Council will be the next governing body to participate in the redistricting process, and a town hall meeting has been scheduled for Thursday evening to introduce residents to the process.
Although Uptown’s post-Katrina population shifts were not as dramatic as elsewhere in the city, some of its council representation could still be subject to change. Susan Guidry’s District A, which stretches from Lakeview to Mid-City down to the Audubon neighborhoods, will have to be reduced by greater than 10 percent from its current population of 77,166. Stacy Head’s District B, which runs from Uptown to the Central Business District, has a population of 70,903 — the closest of any of the districts to the new target of 68,768 — but may have to shift to accommodate the more dramatic population changes in neighboring District C and possibly also District D.
The city is also planning a series of meetings to gather input about the process within in each district, and the dates and times of all those meetings will be provided Thursday.
Separately on Thursday, both the Irish Channel and the Carrollton-Riverbend neighborhood associations will have their own meetings. For more details and links, see our full calendar listings below.
- City Council Utility committee. 10 a.m., council chamber, 1300 Perdido Street, 1st Floor.
- Weekly book sale at Latter Library. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Latter Library, 5120 St Charles.
- NOPD Second District weekly COMSTAT meeting (covering Uptown neighborhoods from Louisiana Avenue to Jefferson Parish). 1 p.m., Xavier University Pharmacy building, room 115.
- Upanishads weekly reading group. 6:30pm, Latter Library, 5120 St Charles
- The Complex Geography of Salsa Music: Culture, Nation, and Migration. A lecture by Dr. Angel Quintero-Rivera. 7 p.m. Loyola University, Nunemaker Auditorium, Monroe Hall, 6363 St. Charles Avenue.
- Historic District Landmarks Commission. Agenda includes properties on Second, Sixth, Washington and Magazine. 9:30 a.m., City Council chamber, 1300 Perdido Street, 1st Floor.
- The NOPD Sixth District weekly COMSTAT meeting (covering the Irish Channel, Garden District and Central City). 2 p.m., Sixth District station, 1930 Martin Luther King Blvd.
- City Council redistricting meeting. 6 p.m., City Council chamber, 1300 Perdido Street, 1st Floor.
- Irish Channel Neighborhood Association. Updates from officials at New Orleans Recreation Department, the YMCA of Greater New Orleans, Kid’s Play NOLA and ReNew schools. 7 p.m., 819 First Street (Irish Channel Christian Fellowship).
- Carrollton-Riverbend Neighborhood Association annual meeting. Guests include NOPD Superintendent Ronal Serpas, representatives from several city agencies. 7 p.m., St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, corner of Carrollton and Zimpel. Entrance at 8017 Zimpel (at the red awning).