Jun 192017

Golfers enjoy the new golf course in City Park, which asked for $25 million in project funding for the city. That request was denied. (Claire Byun).

By Jamal Melancon

City Park’s capital expenditures have reduced by nearly $300,000 this year, though officials are still fighting to get state and city funding after denial from the City Planning Commission.

Capital expenditures decreased from $840,000 to $550,000 for the 2017 fiscal year, according to the park’s monthly budget statement. The $550,000 is allocated for capital improvement projects.

Bob Becker, City Park CEO, said there is still not enough funding for emergencies like water leaks and utilities improvements for a facility operating at City Park’s large and complex size. The park is almost entirely self funded and is entering its eighth year in a row receiving no general state funding, Becker said. Continue reading »

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 152017

Councilmember Susan Guidry addresses the crowd Tuesday during a Master Plan Town Hall.

The New Orleans 20-year Master Plan is up for revision, and public greenspaces and housing affordability are some of the key revisions local groups are hoping to enact.

Most of those amendments deal with the changing priorities of the city; stormwater drainage, equitable housing and resilience encompass many of the changes to be considered by City Council next month. Councilmember Susan Guidry, who represents a swath of Mid-City, held a town hall earlier this week to explain what these amendments mean for residents and gave people the chance to ask questions of policy experts. Continue reading »

May 092017

An example of an evacuation checklist provided by the Foundation for Louisiana.

By Claire Byun

With hurricane season just around the corner, local emergency groups are stressing preparedness in the event of a disaster. Are you ready?

The Mid-City Neighborhood Association hosted a hurricane preparedness forum at their monthly meeting Monday. Three emergency agencies underscored how essential planning for a storm is – especially in a city like New Orleans – and what residents can do to protect themselves, their families and businesses. Continue reading »

Apr 132017

A scenario of land loss within 10 years if the Master Plan is not put in place (via Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority).

By Claire Byun

The Louisiana coastline has been gradually disappearing for decades due to a whole host of issues. The National Wildlife Foundation, in partnership with the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority, wants to stem the loss of land.

But the foundation needs residential support.

Matt Phillips, representative from NWF, presented the Louisiana Coastal Master Plan to the Mid-City Neighborhood Organization at their monthly meeting Monday. The plan includes guidelines to help develop restoration projects that are consistent with the Master Plan. Continue reading »

Oct 262016

First Grace United Methodist Church will host “Congregations for the Coast”, an opportunity for faith communities of the Greater New Orleans area to learn about the latest coastal master plan, see the new flood maps, and talk with others about how to get involved in “caring for our coast”.

The event takes place on Saturday, October 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will include small group conversations, environmental organization tabling, and featured speakers. Continue reading »

Sep 072016

By Claire Byun
Special to Mid-City Messenger

One environmentally-friendly group is seeking to make all of New Orleans a little greener, starting with the Fairgrounds community.

Sustaining Our Urban Landscape works with volunteers from Oklahoma through Lakeview Presbyterian's LAMP program to protect Bald Cypress from invasive species in New Orleans City Park (Facebook/SOUL).

Sustaining Our Urban Landscape works with volunteers from Oklahoma through Lakeview Presbyterian’s LAMP program to protect Bald Cypress from invasive species in New Orleans City Park (Facebook/SOUL).

Sustaining Our Urban Landscape, founded in June by Susannah Burley, seeks to add more than one million trees across New Orleans to replenish centuries of deforestation. Burley proposed her initiative to the Faubourg St. John Neighborhood Association at their regular meeting Tuesday evening.

Burley said the addition of trees would improve water systems – including storm water drainage – and crop growth across the city. She added that forestry reduces air temperatures, improves soil, produces oxygen and decreases energy and heating bills.

“We’re the most deforested city in the country, and that matters enormously because our urban forest matters in how we process storm water,” Burley said.

Burley asked FSJNA members to consider creating a committee focusing on tree replenishment in the community, and that committee would join other neighborhoods for her pilot project. Algiers, Algiers Point and Broadmoor neighborhood associations have already agreed to the initiative, Burley said. Continue reading »

Aug 242016

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will hold a Flood Insurance Workshop on Friday, August 26 from 1 to 3 p.m. at City Hall. The workshop will provide the public information on the new updates to flood insurance rates and resources, as well as FEMA’s new Flood Insurance Rate Maps that go into effect September 30, 2016. Continue reading »

Aug 182016

By Claire Byun
Special to Mid-City Messenger

Warren Easton High School may take in Baton Rouge refugees displaced from historic flooding.

Warren Easton High School (midcitymessenger.com file photo)

Warren Easton High School (midcitymessenger.com file photo)

The possibility is still “up in the air,” but the Canal Street charter school may be called to help out if the Orleans Parish School Board asks, principal Alexina Medley told the school’s Board of Directors during their monthly meeting Wednesday night.

“We’re full, but if we need to take them in then we will – just like they did for us 11 years ago,” Medley said. Continue reading »

Jul 182016
(via GMCBA)

(via GMCBA)

The Greater Mid-City Business Association (GMCBA) will host an informational meeting regarding the current Tulane Avenue roadwork on Monday, July 18 (today). The following day, July 19, GMCBA will host their quarterly luncheon featuring Gerry Gillen of the Orleans Levee District as the speaker. Continue reading »