Claire Byun

May 232017

The bronze of P.G.T. Beauregard and his horse was lifted from its base a little after 3 a.m. Wednesday (Claire Byun).

By Claire Byun


After last week’s removal of the P.G.T. Beauregard monument from its pedestal in front of the New Orleans Museum of Art, the City Park Improvement Board is meeting soon with city officials about the space, and
board members spent about 40 minutes during their regular board meeting Tuesday in a closed-door discussion of “the board’s legal position on the monument” with City Park attorneys, board chair Steve Pettus said.

“We had to bring our board up to date about what’s been going on, and we’ll have discussions with the city in the next few days before bringing it back to our board,” said Bob Becker, City Park CEO. Continue reading »

May 232017

Two men were wounded after a shooting in a busy parking lot in Mid-City yesterday afternoon.

Police responded to the shooting around 1:45 p.m. where two men were reportedly shot in the arm. One victim was transported to the hospital with a gunshot wound to his right arm, and the other man was taken to the hospital privately after realizing he had been shot in his left shoulder, police said. Continue reading »

May 232017

The body was found in a trash can in the 2100 block of St. Ann Street.

The body of a man found in a trash can on St. Ann Street yesterday has been classified as a homicide, police said.

New Orleans Police Department officers responded to a call of a male body found inside a trash container around 9:30 a.m. Monday. Sanitation workers reported finding the body when they attempted to empty the contents of the container into the trash truck. Continue reading »

May 232017

All litter drains to Lake Pontchartrain (File photo, Patrick Armstrong).

It’s everywhere, in every neighborhood and on almost every street in the city. Litter – whether it’s old fast food packages or used tires – has been a problem around Mid-City and beyond for years.

While occasional community cleanups are helpful, Jake Rickoll, president of the Tulane Canal Neighborhood Association, said it’s not enough to stem the barrage of litter found all over the city. A combinations of city-sponsored programs – such as Keep New Orleans Beautiful – and education in schools is needed “for anything to change.”

“There needs to be a cultural shift,” Rickoll said. “I want to get people riled up about this because we need to be angry.” Continue reading »

May 192017

Mid-City crime nearly doubled last month compared to the year before, and officials are placing some of that blame on the now-dismantled Jefferson Davis monument.

The Mid-City Security District responded to 48 total crimes in April, according to New Orleans Police Department figures. The year before there were 27 reported crimes. Jim Olsen, MCSD commissioner, said the controversy surrounding the removal of the Jefferson Davis monument last week took up much of the police department’s resources. Continue reading »

May 182017

Ani DeFranco, folk singer and feminist icon, leads the crowd in a protest song on the steps of the Orleans Parish Criminal Courthouse (Claire Byun).

Complete with a folk singer and feminist icon, protestors called for a recall of Orleans Parish District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro while urning people to stay active in the fight to reform New Orleans’ criminal justice system.

Ani DiFranco, New Orleans resident and folk star and feminist icon, led several dozen protestors in song Tuesday afternoon on the front steps of the Orleans Criminal District courthouse. Rally-goers focused on Cannizzaro’s use of “fake subpoenas” and material witness warrants, which have lately caused controversy that ran all the way to City Council. Continue reading »

May 172017

The bronze of P.G.T. Beauregard and his horse was lifted from its base a little after 3 a.m. Wednesday (Claire Byun).

By Claire Byun

Days after the Jefferson Davis monument was removed, a second Mid-City monument was dismantled over seven hours early Wednesday morning.

About 200 people gathered near the P.G.T. Beauregard monument near City Park late Tuesday as crews removed the seven-ton bronze statue from its marble base. Pro-monument groups were separated from monument protestors with metal barricades – similar to the setup at Jefferson Davis – and with occasional yelling matches between the groups. Continue reading »

May 162017

“When the crisis comes…when there is no way out – that is the very moment when we explode from within and the totally other emerges: the sudden surfacing of a strength, a security of unknown origin, welling up from beyond reason, rational expectation, and hope.”
-Émile Durkheim

For part one of Matt’s Appalachian Trail adventure, click here. For part two, click here.

Day 15 of beard regeneration. I’ve noticed my friends who can’t grow beards seem the most disappointed at how slowly mine grows. Hold your horses!

Goodbyes Aren’t Always Forever

In my two-and-a-half weeks on the trail, I’ve suffered through aches, illness, injuries, inclement weather and plenty of other challenges. But few of them match the lady sitting next to me, engaging me in a battle for elbow space going on its sixth hour on a 24-hour Greyhound bus trip from Knoxville to Des Moines.

There are rules on a bus. Each row has four seats. Two seats on each side of the aisle. Look at the two bus seats in front of you and stay on your side of the space between them.

If you encroach a little into that no-mans-land space between the two seats, I’m not going to make a fuss, but there’s no mistaking that she’s making a power play way into my zone. As I write this, my elbow is jammed into the soft, side of her arm, and I am slowly, but deliberately trying to push her back into her space. She doesn’t want to go back into her space, because she’s selfish and terrible, so she is pushing back. Continue reading »