Hollygrove activists host “Stop the Violence” rally at Conrad Park

A Hollygrove community group is hosting a “Stop the Violence” rally this afternoon in Conrad Park, featuring food, music, sports and motivational speaking. For more information, see the following message from neighborhood activist LaToya Bullock:

We are a group activists in the Hollygrove area, who are deeply rooted in this community and care a great deal for and about our youth. We fully understand that we are a direct influence on our children’s lives. Our group plans to start a youth mentoring program for young men and young ladies. The focus of this program will be to promote manhood, protect womenhood, and most importantly, strengthen families.

Hollygrove activists tout neighborhood’s reduction in crime at Tulane forum

From suffering though shootings on a nightly basis in years past, the Hollygrove neighborhood has evolved into a tight-knit network of neighbors whose efforts to target problem properties have made substantial progress in the fight against crime, neighborhood leaders said Thursday night. Three prominent Hollygrove residents — Joe Sherman of the Carrollton Hollygrove CDC, the Rev. Earl Williams and federal Judge Ginger Barrigan — and two supporters, Louisiana AARP director Nancy McPherson and Tulane criminologist Peter Scharf, all described Hollygrove’s success in a panel discussion hosted by the Center for Public Service at Tulane University. Sherman started the discussion by charting Hollygrove’s working-class past, followed by white flight in the 1960s, Vietnam War-era strife, the rise of crack cocaine, and the exodus of the black middle class in the 1970s. By the 1980s and 1990s, gunfire was a constant fact of Hollygrove life, the panelists said. “I would sit sometimes in my back study about 10 o’clock, and I would hear gunshots,” Barrigan said.

South Claiborne drainage work will extend to Lowerline over next five years

The drainage project starting next month on the uppermost end of South Claiborne Avenue will gradually extend downriver to Lowerline Street over the next five years, officials said Thursday evening, and Hollygrove residents worry that it will increase, rather than reduce, flooding in their neighborhood. The Sewerage & Water Board and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are building a major new drainage canal under South Claiborne that is expected to commence with utility relocation next month near Monticello Avenue and the Jefferson Parish line, officials said at an information session in the Carrollton community. The first segment of canal construction will then begin in April, followed by a second segment that starts in August, a third in January 2013, and a fourth, final segment in May 2013. That entire $27 million stretch — from Monticello to Leonidas Street — is known as Phase 1, and will wrap up in August 2014. However, there is a Phase 2, which runs from Leonidas to Lowerline.

Demolition requested for two Dante Street properties

Two Dante Street homes will be among the properties facing demolition today in a hearing before the city’s Neighborhood Conservation District Committee, according to the Preservation Resource Center. One home, at 1037 Dante, was placed on the agenda as part of the city’s code enforcement efforts. The demolition of a double at 1922-24 Dante was requested by its owner. Other properties in neighborhoods around Uptown New Orleans are listed below, grouped by location with photos by the Preservation Resource Center. Central City
2613 MARTIN LUTHER KING JR BLVD
2914-16 DANNEEL ST – FEMA
2918-20 DRYADES ST – FEMA (already demolished)

Hoffman Triangle
1119-21 S GAYOSO ST
2316 SEMINOLE LN
3218 TOLEDANO ST – FEMA

Hollygrove
8828-30 FORSHEY ST

Hollygrove playground build Saturday, the second Uptown KaBOOM! project in two weeks

The latest KaBOOM! playground in Uptown New Orleans will be built by volunteers Saturday at Conrad Park on Hamilton Street, only two weeks after the same organization brought new equipment to the Claiborne Avenue campus of Lycée Français de la Nouvelle Orléans. Details of the Hollygrove build, via an emailed news release:

DESIGNED BY KIDS, BUILT BY VOLUNTEERS:
ORGANIZATIONS PARTNER TO SAVE PLAY BY BUILDING NEW PLAYGROUND
IN JUST ONE DAY FOR HOLLYGROVE CHILDREN

WHAT: More than 200 volunteers will join together on Saturday, Nov. 19 to build a new playground at Hollygrove’s Conrad Playground in one day. The new playground’s design is based on drawings created by children who participated in a Design Day event in September.

KIPP on South Carrollton headed to Gentilly, Banneker to Hollygrove, RSD says

KIPP Believe College Prep on South Carrollton is headed to a new school building in Gentilly, and Benjamin Banneker Elementary in the Riverbend is slated for a new campus in Hollygrove, according to school assignment plans being aired publicly by the Recovery School District this week. Those two changes are the most significant for Uptown campuses among the recommendations that the RSD will be hosting public hearings on this week. Many other RSD schools around Uptown will essentially be unaffected, and some of the higher-profile schools run through the Orleans Parish School Board are not included in the list. KIPP’s highest-performing middle school, KIPP Believe College Prep, is slated for the old Stuart Bradley site on Humanity Street just off Interstate 610, where one of the city’s new $22.5 million school buildings will be constructed from FEMA money. The move will leave its current site, the McNair High School campus on the corner of South Carrollton and Birch, as an “opportunity” campus — suitable as a temporary site while another campus is being renovated, but not slated for any renovations or long-term assignments itself.

Costco plans receive warm reception from Hollygrove neighbors

After planning, permitting, design and construction, Costco could open in spring of 2013. “With every meeting, we keep checking the boxes,” said company vice president Jackie Frank. “It seems very very positive to us. We haven’t found a fatal flaw. Everything about this site and community has been very positive.”

Six weekend shootings around Uptown wound eight victims, all following separate personal feuds, police say

A string of six shootings in the Broadmoor, Carrollton and Hollygrove neighborhoods over the weekend injured a total of eight people — including a woman eight months pregnant with twins — and led to two arrests, but all stem from a series of separate personal feuds, police said Wednesday. Broadmoor| Two shootings were reported this weekend — Friday afternoon and Sunday afternoon — near the same intersection, Louisiana Avenue Parkway and South Roman. In the Friday afternoon incident, a 17-year-old was found with a gunshot wound to the right arm, and said he was shot by a stranger while walking near that intersection, police said. In Sunday’s case, a 37-year-old victim was found with a gunshot wound to the leg, police said. He told police that his son and another man, both in their early 20s, got into an argument, and that he broke it up but was shot while trying to get his son back home.