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Dec 192016
 
The owners of Bienville Street Coffee House Cafe, LLC want to open a restaurant at 3305 Bienville Street (City Planning Commission).

The owners of Bienville Street Coffee House Cafe, LLC want to open a restaurant at 3305 Bienville Street (City Planning Commission).

A request for a new coffee house cafe on Bienville Street in Mid-City was approved by the New Orleans City Planning Commission on Tuesday afternoon, despite opposition from city staff who recommended the commission deny the proposed project. Continue reading »

Dec 122016
 
The owners of Bienville Street Coffee House Cafe, LLC want to open a restaurant at 3305 Bienville Street (City Planning Commission).

The owners of Bienville Street Coffee House Cafe, LLC want to open a restaurant at 3305 Bienville Street (City Planning Commission).

A request for a new coffee house cafe on Bienville Street in Mid-City heads to the New Orleans City Planning Commission on Tuesday afternoon.

The company Bienville Street Coffee House Cafe, LLC., run by local property owners Milton Gautreaux and Mario Martinez, aims to put the new restaurant and cafe in their building, a double at 3305 and 3307 Bienville Street. Continue reading »

Dec 092016
 

Metal detectors at the entrances to the French Quarter? I can only imagine what Santa Claus and his merry elves are going to think when that wish letter makes it to the North Pole. I reckon they’re going to take another hit off the ole eggnog and talk about just how crazy they all think we are. It never fails to surprise me the mental gymnastics some folks will do to avoid coping with a serious public safety issue directly. There are real answers to our real problems that don’t involve some TSA checkpoint to get onto Bourbon Street.

Patrick Armstrong

Patrick Armstrong

Have you ever participated in an online comment thread about crime in New Orleans? If you have, you’ve probably figured out why we still have such a crime problem in New Orleans. Most of the solutions offered in those internet think-tanks include a lot of science fiction and fantasy that are equal parts unaffordable or make a mockery of civil liberties. That’s before we get to the dark conspiracy theories about all the things NOPD command and the Mayor’s Office are supposedly doing instead of fighting crime. Continue reading »

Dec 012016
 
(courtesy of NOPD)

(courtesy of NOPD)

The New Orleans Police Department is investigating a homicide after finding a man shot to death at the corner of North Galvez and Canal streets on Wednesday afternoon, the department announced in a release.

Officers responded to the call shortly after 1 p.m., police said, and upon arrival found a 40-year-old man lying in the neutral ground near the intersection, suffering from “multiple gunshot wounds.” Continue reading »

Dec 012016
 

For the first time since the Tulane-Canal Neighborhood Association formed last year, the organization is having a formal vote to decide who compose the 8-member board of directors.Tulane Canal small

According to TCNA’s bylaws, board members are to be elected at the last meeting of the year. Jacob Rickoll, the organization’s president, has decided to do an election through email this year because of busy holiday schedules. Continue reading »

Nov 212016
 
Letter-grade increases highlighted in blue; decreases in orange. (chart by MidCityMessenger.com, source: Louisiana Department of Education)

Letter-grade increases highlighted in blue; decreases in orange. (chart by MidCityMessenger.com, source: Louisiana Department of Education)

School performance scores in Mid-City barely budged between this year and last year, according to data released last week by the Louisiana Department of Education.

Warren Easton Senior High School saw the biggest change with a drop of nearly 9 points, from 109.4 to 100.7. The school’s “A” letter grade was preserved, however, as the drop in score wasn’t enough to knock it down. Continue reading »

Nov 152016
 

A permanent paved and landscaped conversation circle space meant to facilitate discussion among residents is being created in Mid-City.

Called an “Equity Circle,” the new development is slated for the neutral ground on Jeff Davis Parkway between Canal Street and Cleveland Avenue.

It’s a project envisioned and carried out by one of eight groups who participated in the Welcome Table New Orleans, a citywide initiative of Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s office that is focused on race, reconciliation and community. Continue reading »

Nov 142016
 
The abandoned warehouse on 2537 Tulane Avenue (NCDAC application).

The abandoned warehouse on 2537 Tulane Avenue (NCDAC application).

A contentious request to demolish an old warehouse on Tulane Avenue passed the New Orleans City Council earlier this month, despite failing twice to get approval from members of the Neighborhood Conservation District Advisory Committee.

The plan, put forth by a contractor associated with the New York real estate development firm The Feil Organization, comes amid a flurry of requests for demolition and redevelopment along the corridor, many made by that same company. Continue reading »

Nov 112016
 
A residential development envisioned by Sidney Torres will go before City Planning Commission this month (Edwards Communities).

A residential development first envisioned by Sidney Torres (Edwards Communities).

Developers behind a new mixed-use site on the Lafitte Greenway are asking for a tax break to finance the project after agreeing to draw back in a plan for 14 affordable on-site housing units.

In a move backed by Mayor Mitch Landrieu, New Orleans Council last week approved plans for the 382-unit, 5-acre mixed-development project, which was first proposed by businessman Sidney Torres IV. Continue reading »