Jul 232014


The future of mass transit projects slated for New Orleans are in a “critical period” as the nation’s Mass Transit Account, a federal fund states rely on for major projects, is slated to run out of money as soon as October 1, a top city transportation official told New Orleans Regional Transit Authority board members Tuesday.

According to the United States Department of Transportation, unless Congress takes action to reauthorize the fund, the Mass Transit Account will have an estimated balance of approximately $1.1 billion by the end of September, and could near insolvency by the end of December.

The Mass Transit Account is part of the Highway Trust Fund, which also funds the Highway Account. The potential future of The Highway Account is even more bleak, and is slated to become insolvent by the end of August, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation.

In response, the Department of Transportation will implement a cash management plan beginning August 1 to manage the flow of federal dollars under the Highway Account. Under the plan, reimbursements to states for infrastructure work will be limited to the available cash in the Trust Fund, according to the DOT’s website. Continue reading »

Jul 232014

A rendering of the new Deutsches Haus building proposed for Moss Street, designed by Mathes Brierre Architects (via nola.gov).

The Deutsches Haus received a positive recommendation from a city panel Tuesday afternoon for its plan to rebuild on the banks of Bayou St. John, but New Orleans city planners raised questions about how the ‘Germanic’ design of the building will fit into the surrounding neighborhood. Continue reading »

Jul 232014
Project NOLA announced today that the company has officially exceeded the 1000 crime camera mark in Orleans Parish, just days before Mid-City bars and restaurants kick off a week long event to benefit the organization’s continued crime efforts.
For more information, read the press release below:
Jul 222014

The old Lindy Boggs Medical Center on South Jefferson Davis Parkway will undergo an environmental cleanup (Della Hasselle, Mid-City Messenger).

The old Lindy Boggs Medical Center on Jefferson Davis Parkway is slated to undergo a long overdue cleanup, according to Rebecca Otte, an environmental planner at the Regional Planning Commission.

The medical center, which was formerly known as Mercy Hospital and has been vacant since Hurricane Katrina, has drawn complaints from residents for years. Busted windows are visible from the street, holes frequently appear in the fencing surrounding the building and graffiti sprawls along the top and side of the building.

That’s what residents see from the outside. But, according to Otte, two major environmental concerns need to be addressed on the building’s interior, before any renovation or beautification can begin. Continue reading »

Jul 222014

A mural on Broad Street in Mid-City (Della Hasselle, Mid-City Messenger.com).

On Broad Street in Mid-City, a mural sprawls across one side of an abandoned bank between Canal Street and Cleveland Avenue. In the middle is a giant fist flanked by flags of green, yellow and red. On the left, men and women in cap and gown lead a procession.

“Don’t let someone who gave up on their dreams talk you out of your own,” reads a thought bubble in Pan-African colors, coming from the painting of a dark-skinned girl sitting on the right. A few feet away, behind a patterned design, there are the words, “Be more than powerful.”

On the other side of the bank is a very different scene. Traces of graffiti can be seen underneath giant rectangular splotches of light gray paint. Evidence of former markings, now covered, appears in several spots along the faded brick wall. Continue reading »

Jul 212014

A rendering of the new Deutsches Haus building proposed for Moss Street, designed by Mathes Brierre Architects (Mathes Brierre).

A request by Deutsches Haus organizers to build the much-anticipated private club on 1700 Moss Street will go before City Planning Commission officials Tuesday afternoon.

Deutsches Haus is asking for a conditional use to build a new structure in a two-family residential district bound by Moss Street, Esplanade Avenue and Parkview Place. The nonprofit German organization now owns the site, and is proposing a development that would replace an old building once located on South Galvez Street. Continue reading »