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Aug 282015
 
The Venezia Restaurant sign droops into the floodwaters in a photo projected on the wall as Karla duPlantier accepts a certificate of appreciation from Tim Levy of the Greater Mid-City Business Association, and City Councilwomen LaToya Cantrell and Susan Guidry. (Robert Morris, MidCityMessenger.com)

The Venezia Restaurant sign droops into the floodwaters in a photo projected on the wall as Karla duPlantier accepts a certificate of appreciation from Tim Levy of the Greater Mid-City Business Association, and City Councilwomen LaToya Cantrell and Susan Guidry. (Robert Morris, MidCityMessenger.com)

The photos projected onto the wall of The Cannery on Toulouse Street once again retold the familiar Katrina story — building after building with floodwater nearly ceiling high, what could have easily been the end for the multi-generational New Orleans businesses inside.

Against the backdrop of a devastation that even in retrospect still looks insurmountable, however, the triumphant faces of the Mid-City business owners on Thursday night told the inspiring second chapter of that ongoing story, about how their determination and love for their neighborhood allowed them to succeed and now thrive against those impossible odds. Continue reading »

Aug 252015
 
A rendering of 3100 Banks Street by Albert Architecture. (image via New Orleans Redevelopment Fund)

A rendering of 3100 Banks Street by Albert Architecture. (image via New Orleans Redevelopment Fund)

A proposal for a 17-residential building on vacant land at 3100 Banks Street — described by developers as affordable condos — won approval and praise from the City Planning Commission on Tuesday, despite questions about how it fits with the city’s master plan and new Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance. Continue reading »