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Mar 302017
 

The New Orleans Recreation Development Commission wants your photos of nature from all around the city – and the first place winner will win a new LG 360 CAM Spherical Camera.

The contest, which runs through April 15, is open to everyone. Participants can submit up to three photos taken in Orleans Parish of nature: wildlife, plants, natural landscapes, people enjoying the outdoors, or any photo in which nature is the central theme. Continue reading »

Mar 282017
 

By Claire Byun
cbyun@nolamessenger.com

Morris Jeff Community School will remain under the Recovery School District – at least for now – due to sky-high insurance costs.

The school’s Board of Directors unanimously voted to stay under RSD control rather than return to the Orleans Parish School Board early at this regular meeting Monday. All RSD schools must fold into OPSB oversight next year, but the district is offering up a chance to return early. Continue reading »

Mar 242017
 

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

By Claire Byun
cbyun@nolamessenger.com

After mixed feedback from the public, the New Orleans City Council approved the creation of the Parkview Historic District.

The council approved the creation of the new district at their regular meeting Thursday. The historic district comes under control of the Historic District Landmarks Commission, which has oversight only over demolition. Continue reading »

Mar 232017
 

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

By Claire Byun
cbyun@nolamessenger.com

The New Orleans City Council will consider the creation of the Parkview Historic District at their meeting Thursday, though the neighborhood association independently voted to opt out last month. Continue reading »

Mar 212017
 

By Claire Byun
cbyun@nolamessenger.com

While the New Orleans Green Party isn’t officially endorsing any candidate for Saturday’s local elections, party organizers did recommend two candidates over the others.

There are five candidates overall for the two special election seats up for grabs Saturday. The first, Louisiana Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal, Division C, has come open from the retirement of Dennis Bagneris. The second race for Orleans Parish Civil District Court, Division B is a replacement for Regina Bartholomew-Woods. Continue reading »

Mar 172017
 

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

By Claire Byun
cbyun@nolamessenger.com

Cheap technology used by criminals to unlock car doors – without a key – is contributing to the rash of auto burglaries around Mid-City, and several residents addressed city leaders to help stem the crimes.

City Councilmember Susan Guidry, who represents District A, held a town hall Thursday afternoon to discuss public safety and crime. Commanders from three New Orleans Police Department districts made brief presentations on crime statistics and prevention tips. About 50 people attended the meeting – held at St. Central Matthew United Church of Christ in Uptown – and could ask questions of Guidry, the police or even local court officials. Continue reading »

Mar 162017
 

The 700 custom-designed bicycles will be placed at an estimated 70 stations designated at locations in neighborhoods around the city. (Flickr/Britt Reints).

If you want to help the city plan where bicycle share stations will be located in your neighborhood, there’s a public workshop for you.

There are six workshops – one for each general area of the city – that run through April. Mid-City and Bayou St. John split a workshop, which will be held April 3 at First Grace United Methodist Church, 3401 Canal St. The workshop starts at 6:30 p.m. Continue reading »

Mar 102017
 

A rider checks out a bicycle from a station in an image from a promotional video produced by Social Bicycles (via YouTube)

By Claire Byun
cbyun@nolamessenger.com

Neighborhood activists who are concerned about the future of the city’s new bicycle share program are working to ensure their voices are heard.

The city’s new bicycle share program has drawn some ire from Faubourg St. John residents who are concerned about program officials putting bike stations in residential neighborhoods. Several worried neighbors are putting together a committee – through the Faubourg St. John Neighborhood Association – to research the best station locations that don’t directly impact quiet areas. Continue reading »