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May 032016
 

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As New Orleanians continue to grapple with affordable housing, with about 70 percent of residents spending more than 36 percent of their incomes on rent or mortgage, City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell is urging city residents to get more involved in a citywide plan that, among other things, dictates the framework for the city’s land use rules.

To that end, Cantrell, who oversees parts of Uptown and Mid-City, held a meeting Monday night to educate residents about the Plan for the 21st Century. Commonly referred to as the Master Plan, the City Charter-mandated  framework helps govern the look and function of New Orleans by addressing the core systems that shape New Orleans’ economic, social and environmental future. Continue reading »

May 032016
 

As we move through the city on our daily routes, we see things that could be fixed, improved, bart-everson-headshot-2013made better. We see problems, and we imagine solutions. We want to share those ideas and contribute something positive to the continuing development of our city.

The question is: How? I’ll come back to that. First, I want to look at a specific example.
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May 022016
 
A few soggy patrons get food Sunday at The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival presented by Shell (Della Hasselle).

A few soggy patrons get food Sunday at The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival presented by Shell (Della Hasselle/Mid-City Messenger).

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival came to a wet and soupy end on Sunday night after closing early on Saturday due to severe weather.

Stevie Wonder, Beck and Snoop Dogg were among the acts shut down by a mid-afternoon monsoon on Saturday, as the sideways rain pooled until parts of Jazz Fest were completely flooded. Continue reading »

Apr 292016
 

Article by Emily Branan, video by Lawson Box

Amrit Lamba hasn’t been a New Orleans resident long, but he enjoys helping people experience the city the way he does.

After learning about the new FUHWE app at New Orleans Entrepreneur Week, he signed up to become a host, ready to be paired with tourists looking to explore the city beyond tourist attractions. Continue reading »

Apr 272016
 
Bobcats on Canal and Carrollton. (Photo by Patrick Armstrong.)

Bobcats on Canal and Carrollton. (Photo by Patrick Armstrong.)

Back in 1910, Teddy Roosevelt gave a fascinating speech in Kansas where he laid out how he thought the United States ought to work. He called it “The New Nationalism.” This being Roosevelt, he had a lot to say about a lot of things, but he kept coming back to a few key themes. He certainly had a thing or two to say about how citizens should interact with businesses, in ways that could certainly resonate with us today:

” The true friend of property, the true conservative, is he who insists that property shall be the servant and not the master of the commonwealth; who insists that the creature of man’s making shall be the servant and not the master of the man who made it. The citizens of the United States must effectively control the mighty commercial forces which they have called into being.” Continue reading »