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Feb 212017
 

The newborn association revised its action plan meant to reduce crime and engage the community.

By Claire Byun
cbyun@nolamessenger.com

The Mid-City Tulane Banks Neighborhood Association revised its action plan meant to eliminate blight and reduce crime within its boundaries at their monthly meeting.

The newborn organization drew more than 20 people to its second meeting earlier this month where the group discussed setting up a neighborhood watch and working with “trouble” businesses to reduce crime in the area. Continue reading »

Feb 152017
 

By Claire Byun
cbyun@nolamessenger.com

While making New Orleans more equitable for everyone is a sizable goal, Mid-City residents got a taste of what some in the community are doing to solve inequality.

The Mid-City Neighborhood Organization hosted an open discussion on equity around the city at their meeting Monday night, and several citywide organizations turned out to discuss improving life for all New Orleans residents. Continue reading »

Feb 092017
 

Susan Guidry, New Orleans councilperson from district A, listens to a speaker at a ceremony. (Zach Brien, MidCityMessenger.com)

By Claire Byun
cbyun@nolamessenger.com

A new plan to register and inspect apartments in New Orleans is headed to City Council on Thursday, though Faubourg St. John neighbors still has reservations about the proposed policies.

Keith Twitchell, president of the Committee for a Better New Orleans, explained parts of the ordinance to members of the Faubourg St. John Neighborhood Association at their regular meeting Tuesday. The proposal allows the city to hire a private firm to register and inspect most private rentals within the city. The public registry would be put in place in January and landlords would have to sign up by the end of the year, with different deadlines based on the number of apartments a property contains. If an apartment passed its initial inspection, it wouldn’t be required to have another one for three years, though problematic properties would have more frequent reviews, Twitchell said. Continue reading »

Feb 062017
 

Site plans show an outdoor patio, mezzanine and room for bicycle parking.

By Claire Byun
cbyun@nolamessenger.com

Editor’s note: This story was corrected to say the bar will be built new, not undergo renovations as previously stated.

Developers are hoping to gain approval to permit a bar along the Lafitte Greenway Corridor.

Sidney Torres IV, New Orleans entrepreneur who founded the venture capital firm IV Capital, submitted a request through agents to the City Planning Commission to build a bar on the Greenway Corridor. The bar – located at 501 N. Genois St. – would be bounded by N. Clark, St. Louis and Toulouse streets. Continue reading »

Feb 032017
 

(via facebook.com/lafittegreenway)

By Claire Byun
cbyun@nolamessenger.com

Friends of Lafitte Greenway’s Board of Directors elected four new faces for the new year and recognized three outgoing members, bringing the total number of board members to 20.

The organization held their annual membership meeting Monday night to elect new board members, review 2016 accomplishments and establish goals for the new year. Jeffrey Thomas, board chair, recognized three outgoing board members – Amy Boyle Collins, Laila Fox and Emily Valentino – before voting in new ones. Continue reading »

Feb 032017
 

New Orleans City Study Committee’s suggested boundaries for the Parkview Local Historic District (in pink).

By Claire Byun
cbyun@nolamessenger.com

Parkview residents are asking to be removed from Historic District Landmarks Commission oversight, though though the New Orleans City Council will have the final vote.

The Parkview Neighborhood Association Board voted not to become a local historic district after an attempt to redefine demolition was brought to the board. Parkview members sent a letter to Paul Harang, director of City Council Relations, last month informing the council of their “unanimous” vote. Continue reading »

Jan 252017
 

The salon at 3241 Dumaine Street will reopen under new ownership. (photo by Benjamin Morris for MidCityMessenger.com)

By Claire Byun
cbyun@nolamessenger.com

A Dumaine Street salon is one step closer to opening after approval from the New Orleans City Planning Commission, though at least one person spoke out against the businesses. Continue reading »

Jan 182017
 
Josh Capdeville speaks to about 30 people at the inaugural meeting of the Mid-City Tulane Banks Neighborhood Association. (Claire Byun/cbyun@nolamessenger.com)

Josh Capdeville speaks to about 30 people at the inaugural meeting of the Mid-City Tulane Banks Neighborhood Association. (Claire Byun/cbyun@nolamessenger.com)

By Claire Byun
cbyun@nolamessenger.com

Several concerned Mid-City residents have created a new neighborhood association to focus crime prevention on a smaller area, though officials aren’t splitting from the larger Mid-City Neighborhood Organization. Continue reading »

Jan 162017
 
Keith Duncan, lead artist, explains to dozens of volunteers how to coat the Lemann Pool murals with varnish over the MLK Weekend. (Claire Byun/cbyun@nolamessenger.com)

Keith Duncan, lead artist, explains to dozens of volunteers how to coat the Lemann Pool murals with varnish over the MLK Weekend.

Dozens of community members turned out over the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Weekend to finish a community-based art project on the Lafitte Greenway. Continue reading »