Jun 192017

On Thursday, June 22, LCIA is hosting a workshop for the construction industry, “Opportunities for Contractors in Stormwater Management.” The event will be co-hosted by the Urban Conservancy and StayLocal. The issue of stormwater management—what we do with rainwater when it hits the ground—is an important issue in New Orleans.

During the day-long class, attendees will learn about:

  • The history of stormwater management in New Orleans
  • The paradigm shift toward green infrastructure and new building practices
  • New city ordinances and codes that require water management to be considered on new construction
  • Available building materials and products that are used in green infrastructure
  • The increasing demand for green infrastructure

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Jun 132017

Two men were killed in an early June shooting on Pauger Street (Claire Byun).

By Claire Byun

After last week’s deadly shooting at an “unsafe” event space on Tulane Avenue, Mid-City residents are looking for alternative avenues to report unruly businesses or unsafe gatherings. Several city agencies are hoping to help with that kind of reporting.

The New Orleans Department of Safety and Permits, which oversees the safety, coding and permitting of businesses, wants residents to alert them to any unsafe facilities in their neighborhoods. Zach Smith, chief building official with the Department of Safety and Permits, told Mid-City Neighborhood Organization members that any building that seems to go against code should be reported. Continue reading »

Jun 122017

(Via Tubby & Coo’s)

Do you have a young reader interested in becoming a little more super?

Starting Tuesday, Tubby and Coo’s Mid-City Book Shop will host a superhero-themed summer reading program to encourage kids to read over the summer. The program, deemed League of Extraordinary Readers, allows 3rd to 7th graders to undergo a four week “training program,” where they will select a book to read, learn about plot, character, and theme, and learn how to write a book review. Continue reading »

Jun 072017

Community Book Center, located at 2523 Bayou Road since 2003 (via Google.com)

The Community Book Center is asking for the public’s support to continue its brick and mortar operation and is hosting a “Save Our Store” sale with discounted items this weekend to make more space for revenue.

Located at 2523 Bayou Road since 2003, Community Book Center has been in business through owner Vera Warren Williams for 34 years. Read the full story by Gentilly Messenger here.

Jun 052017

(Left to right) David Emond, Liberty Kitchen Executive Director, Chef Susan Spicer, Chef Alon Shaya, and Dennis Bagneris, Liberty’s Kitchen Director of Youth Success, pose for a photograph at the debut of the Liberty’s Kitchen Poydras location in the Freeport-McMoRan building on Thursday, June 1, 2017. The new location will provide new opportunities for Liberty’s Kitchen students. (Zach Brien, MidCityMessenger.com)

Liberty’s Kitchen expanded their culinary ventures to the third floor of the Freeport-McMoRan building, 1615 Poydras Street, in April 2017. The downtown expansion sought to fill the gaps in their Youth Development Program.

The grand opening last week (June 1) featured words from staff and students and hors d’oeuvres by Chef Alon Shaya and Chef Susan Spicer. Continue reading »

Jun 032017

NOPD officers investigate a fatal double shooting in the 3000 block of Pauger Street earlier this week.

After two men were killed during a social gathering on Tulane Avenue early Saturday, area businesses are responding with community engagement pleas and urges to keep each other safe.

Treo, located at 3835 Tulane Ave., has been a neighbor to some of the violence strewn across Tulane Avenue this year. Pauline and Stephen Patterson, who also own Finn McCool’s Irish Pub, have been key players in Tulane Avenue’s rebirth throughout the years. Treo’s Facebook posted a status encouraging residents to get involved in neighborhood groups in order to make the Tulane-Banks neighborhood safer. Continue reading »

May 312017

Melt is located on the corner of Banks and South Dorgenois streets.

By Claire Byun

A Mid-City restaurant specializing in gourmet grilled cheese sandwich is hoping to expand upwards – or at least to the roof.

Melt, located at 2549 Banks St., is lobbying the City Planning Commission for an upstairs outdoor patio. In order to build upstairs, the lot must be rezoned to HU-B1 Neighborhood Business District. Continue reading »

May 252017

A snapshot of burglaries around Mid-City over the last four weeks (CrimeMapping.com).

By Claire Byun

At least two neighborhood businesses were burgled over the last week, and police are still searching for both suspects.

Treme Coffee Shop, located at 1501 St. Phillip Street, was burgled three times over a two day period by the same suspect, police said. New Orleans Police Department’s First District have footage of all three incidents, but officers are asking for the public’s help identifying the suspect. Continue reading »

May 122017

Accardo is proposing to convert two of the former residential units on the second floor of the double shotgun into an endodontic clinic.

By Claire Byun

A proposed dental clinic in the City Park neighborhood scored approval from the zoning board this week, leaving some residents worried about already-tight parking spaces in the area.

The New Orleans Board of Zoning Appeals approved a waiver to reduce parking space for the proposed clinic – located at 605 Carrollton Ave. – at their meeting Monday. The shotgun’s zoning requires at least five off-street parking spots for the business, but the building’s owner said similar businesses in the area have only supplied three spaces. Continue reading »

Apr 302017

Pro-monument protestors can be seen in front of the Jefferson Davis monument across from The Holy Ground bar.

By Claire Byun

A popular Mid-City Bar is at the center of controversy after pro-monument protestors say they were refused service by bar staff. The bar’s staff, however, said they haven’t refused anyone, but have been barraged with negative reviews by those supporting the Confederate flag.

The Holy Ground, a popular local bar on the corner of Canal Street and South Jefferson Davis Parkway, has received poor online reviews from pro-monument protestors camping out at the Jefferson Davis Monument, staff say. Those protestors say the bar has refused them service and “trash talks” them while “liquoring up the enemy.” Continue reading »