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Jul 012016
 
A diagram showing the structure of the drainage improvements in Bayou St. John. (via City of New Orleans)

A diagram showing the structure of the drainage improvements in Bayou St. John. (via City of New Orleans)

New Orleans City Council members on Thursday authorized a $7 million drainage project for Bayou St. John, as part of a larger mitigation program implemented as a way to reduce flooding in the neighborhood. Continue reading »

Jun 272016
 
A group of over seventy people asked Rep. Scalise to reflect on climate change last week (photo by Rick Moore, courtesy of GreenFaith/Louisiana Bucket Brigade).

A group of over seventy people asked Rep. Scalise to reflect on climate change last week (photo by Rick Moore, courtesy of GreenFaith/Louisiana Bucket Brigade).

This past Thursday morning, I took my life into my own hands and rode my bike out to Metairie, to an office building on Veterans Memorial Boulevard. This nondescript edifice houses the office of Steve Scalise, the representative for Louisiana’s 1st Congressional District. bart-everson-headshot-2013

I was there to bear witness to an event which was unfortunately unique in my experience. A group of over seventy people from many different faiths had come to ask Rep. Scalise to reflect on climate change.

It was a typical summer morning in Southeastern Louisiana. The sun was scorching. But in the shade of the tall building it was downright pleasant. Birds were chirping — you can hear them on the recording I made.


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Oct 292015
 
Lafitte Greenway Master Plan

Lafitte Greenway Master Plan

The Friends of Lafitte Greenway will host its third annual fundraising event, recently renamed the Greenway Soirée, on Nov. 6.

The Soirée will celebrate the progress of the development of the Greenway and as well as honor the team members that started the Greenway’s creation in 2006, according to Sophie Harris, the organization’s executive director. Continue reading »

Mar 262015
 

An aerial view of the construction of championship-level golf course being built in New Orleans City Park (Darin Acosta).

The protest against a new, championship-level golf course in City Park has taken a new turn, bringing the issue into federal court.

The City Park for Everyone Coalition is bringing federal suit against New Orleans City Park and FEMA in an attempt to stop the construction of a $13 million golf course slated to occupy land between Wisner Boulevard and Marconi Drive and Harrison and Filmore Avenues.

The course, designed by architect Rees Jones, ranges from 5,100 – 7,250 yards. Filed in the Eastern District of Louisiana, the lawsuit is the latest development following a series of protests and rallies decrying the new development. It also comes days after a man protesting the course’s construction fell out of the tree he had been staying in and was taken away by ambulance, according to reports. Continue reading »

Mar 192015
 

City offiicals say wild coyotes are roaming New Orleans City Park (Wiki Commons).

By Kristen Himmelberg
Special to Mid-City Messenger

Wild coyotes have been roaming New Orleans’ City Park recently, according to city officials and New Orleans police.

The Director of The New Orleans Mosquito, Termite and Rodent Control Board, Claudia Riegel, spoke about coyotes in city park at a Faubourg St. John Neighborhood Association meeting last Tuesday.

The Board has received several calls about coyote sightings throughout the city park area, with people saying they have seen some coyotes ‘roaming around’, Riegel said. Continue reading »