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Aug 252016
 
Members of the Green Party of New Orleans help salvage items and gut a house in Denham Springs, La. (photo courtesy of Miranda Murray)

Members of the Green Party of New Orleans help salvage items and gut a house in Denham Springs, La. (photo courtesy of Miranda Murray)

Jill Stein and Anika Ofori speak in a Facebook Live broadcast from Denham Springs on Monday, Aug. 22. (via Facebook)

Jill Stein and Anika Ofori speak in a Facebook Live broadcast from Denham Springs on Monday, Aug. 22. (via Facebook)

Around 10 a.m. Monday morning, Green Party Presidential candidate Jill Stein and Anika Ofori of the Green Party of New Orleans stood in the middle of a flooded-out community in Denham Springs and asked social media followers to help draw attention to the neighborhood’s plight.

“Everyone that supports Jill Stein supports you,” Ofori told one neighborhood resident as they discussed the Tide Loads of Hope traveling laundry van miles away in Baton Rouge. “We’re going to to tweet to Tide Loads of Hope and tell them people here need their laundry done.”

Three hours later, Tide announced it had arrived in Denham Springs. Continue reading »

Aug 252016
 

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This week at The Broad, SOUTHSIDE WITH YOU takes us on what the hypothetical first date between Michelle and Barack Obama might have looked like in a feature very reminiscent of such classics as Before Sunrise. And yes, HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE makes it’s long awaited debut here at The Broad Theater with hilarious tale that can only come from the heart of New Zealand.


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Aug 242016
 

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will hold a Flood Insurance Workshop on Friday, August 26 from 1 to 3 p.m. at City Hall. The workshop will provide the public information on the new updates to flood insurance rates and resources, as well as FEMA’s new Flood Insurance Rate Maps that go into effect September 30, 2016. Continue reading »

Aug 232016
 

I’m under the weather this week. Certainly we’ve all been under the weather here in the Louisiana lately, some more than others. Elsewhere in our state over 10,000 people are displaced from their homes and living in shelters. bart-everson-headshot-2013

Me, I’ve just got some sort of cold virus, and my head is foggier than usual.

In lieu of my regular column, I’d urge you to consider supporting the relief effort through grassroots groups like TogetherBR.

https://togetherbr.nationbuilder.com/donate

I’ll write again here in a couple weeks. Hopefully by then my sinuses dry out a little — to say nothing of the floodwaters.

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.

Aug 232016
 
The proposed Mid-City historic district is in green; Parkview is in purple, and Esplanade Ridge is the peach color. (via City of New Orleans)

The proposed Mid-City historic district is in green; Parkview is in purple, and Esplanade Ridge is the peach color. (via City of New Orleans)

The City Planning Commission gave an initial hearing Tuesday afternoon to a proposal to create historic-district protections to much of Mid-City and Parkview, and will make a final recommendation to the New Orleans City Council next month, officials said. Continue reading »

Aug 232016
 
(Data courtesy of Inside Airbnb)

(Data courtesy of Inside Airbnb)

When Jay Brinkmann retired to New Orleans in 2014, after spending 40 years away focusing on his career as an economist and business executive, he came back with a goal in mind: to renovate and upkeep one of the city’s historic landmarks.

Brinkmann bought a home in the 4500 block of Canal Street, near where Mid-City meets Old Metairie, designed by the architect H. Jordan McKenzie. The house, Brinkmann said, was beautiful, but had a “conglomeration” of different styles — something he was hoping to equalize by hiring an architect to create a more uniform look.

But Brinkmann has since halted the project, wholly because of something he perceives as a looming threat to the stability of the city’s housing market: the infiltration and lack of government enforcement on short-term rentals. Continue reading »

Aug 232016
 
Vera Williams of Community Book Center

Vera Williams of Community Book Center

Community Book Center has been an anchor in New Orleans for 33 years! It is no coincidence that “community” is within their name; step inside the doors and you are warmly welcomed by co-owners Vera and Jenn. They’ll guide you through their selection of cultural books, art, clothing, jewelry, soaps, community space, and more. Plus their new art installation, “The Baobab Tree of Knowledge & Life,” is a must see.

Locally owned businesses infuse New Orleans neighborhoods with their unique character, and are a big part of why we want to live, work, eat and shop here. The Shopkeeper Stories series shares the vision and personality of New Orleans business owners. Continue reading »