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Jun 282017
 

The brightly-colored homes are expected to go online July 4 (Claire Byun).

By Claire Byun
cbyun@nolamessenger.com

In a string of new development on the Lafitte Greenway, three newly-constructed homes are bringing residential options to the “heart of the city.”

Atlas Greenway Partners, LLC, are readying to open three newly-constructed homes on St. Louis Street, directly facing the Greenway. Monty Lunn, co-founder of Atlas, said the project is a “bigger-picture” investment, since the Greenway has a chance at becoming a vein of transportation, development and living within New Orleans.

“People don’t know about the area, don’t know what’s been done with it, and they’re blown away,” Lunn said. Continue reading »

Jun 272017
 

Courtesy Beignet Fest

Beignet Fest is all fried up and ready to go come October, as it’s moved to City Park Festival Grounds for the first time.

The annual festival features a plethora of restaurants and vendors all celebrating the city’s most iconic dessert. Beignets range from traditionally sweet to savory delicacies that feature seafood, cheese and more. Awards are given for best traditional, best sweet, best savory, and crowd-favorite beignets. Continue reading »

Jun 272017
 

Police are searching for this man in connection to a simple robbery in the 1900 block of Poydras Street (via NOPD).

New Orleans Police are searching for a man accused of luring a victim into an alleyway, forcing his head into the ground and stealing his money and phone.

The victim told police he was standing at the intersection of Poydras and South Roman streets attempting to contact a ride around 4:30 a.m. Sunday when an unknown black male approached the victim and told him that his ride had arrived. The victim followed the subject to an unknown alleyway near the intersection and observed a vehicle, but could not remember the color, make or model, police said. Continue reading »

Jun 262017
 

Photo by Bart Everson

Lots of rain lately, but I was most impressed by the deluge on Tuesday, the 13th of June. 3½” in about an hour. Thanks to Sewerage & Water Board for distributing these rain gauges. We picked ours up at an Earth Day event, and it’s got my third-grader interested in some basic science and math.

Bart Everson is a writer, a photographer, a baker of bread, a husband, a father and a resident of Mid-City. He is a founding member of the Green Party of Louisiana, past president of Friends of Lafitte Greenway, and a participant in New Orleans Lamplight Circle. More at BartEverson.com.

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Jun 232017
 

Now, as a nation, we don’t promise equal outcomes, by we were founded on the idea everybody should have an equal opportunity to succeed. No matter who you are, what you look like, where you come from, you can make it. That’s an essential promise of America. Where you start should not determine where you end up.

-Former President Barack Obama

Day 58: Someone left a Wilson near where I ate lunch that day!

For part one of Matt’s Appalachian adventure, click here. For part two, click here. For part three, click here. For part four, click here. For part five, click here.

Cruising

“Listen, I don’t mean this in a racist way, but…” Katie began her sentence in a way that is almost always followed by something racist. This was a month ago and Katie was the until-now pleasant section hiker from Asheville, NC, who offered to drive a few of us the 90 minutes from Damascus, VA back to Erwin, TN, to continue our hike north. We had met her in Damascus for Trail Days, which as I described in Part 3, is the Mardi Gras of the Appalachian Trail, parade and all. Continue reading »

Jun 222017
 

Festival-goers braved the rain Sunday to spend time on the bayou (Claire Byun).

By Claire Byun
cbyun@nolamessenger.com

This year’s Bayou Boogaloo drew in more than $25,000 for ten citywide nonprofits, though beverage sales plummeted due to the weekends’ poor weather, organizers said.

Jared Zeller, founder of Bayou Boogaloo, said beverage sales decreased 49 percent on Sunday from the year before. Sales also decreased 18 percent on Saturday from 2016, though Friday’s totals grew by 65 percent, Zeller said. Continue reading »

Jun 222017
 

Vincent Thomas (via NOPD)

Police have charged one man with second degree murder in connection to a Monday night homicide in the 1100 block of North Roman Street.

The NOPD’s Homicide Unit arrested Vincent Thomas, 27, on Tuesday.

Officers responded to shots fired in the area around 8:30 p.m. Monday. Once on scene, officers discovered a male victim inside of a vehicle with multiple gunshot wounds. The victim was pronounced dead on scene by EM, police said. Continue reading »