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Mar 242017
 

(via facebook.com/lafittegreenway)

Rain or shine, the annual Hike the Greenway event goes on.

Saturday’s forecast calls for rain but Friends of Lafitte Greenway officials are still planning free guided hikes of the greenspace starting at 10 a.m. In the event of thunderstorms, the walking portion of the hike will be canceled, and all activities will be moved to Second Line Brewing Party at 11 a.m. 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 162017
 

By Claire Byun
cbyun@nolamessenger.com

As of right now, the Tulane Canal neighborhood doesn’t have it’s own special security patrols and is not included in the Mid-City Security District. But it could be something Tulane Canal Neighborhood Association members consider for the future.

Patrick Armstrong, with the Mid-City Neighborhood Association, wanted to float the idea of including Tulane Canal into MCSD before proposing new legislation. The special district is based on state legislation and has to go up to ballot every few years, which gives organizers the ability to modify the district’s boundaries and payment options. Continue reading »

Mar 162017
 

(via the Greater Mid-City Business Association)

The Greater Mid-City Business Association (GMCBA) will host their Annual State of Mid-City Luncheon on Tuesday, March 21 at The Cannery, located at 3803 Toulouse Street.

City officials scheduled to appear and/or speak include Councilwoman Susan Guidry, a representative from the office of Councilwoman Latoya Cantrell, and Mayor Mitch Landrieu. Continue reading »

Mar 152017
 

The annual Hike the Lafitte Greenway event has changed its starting point, though the rest of the route remains unchanged.

The family-friendly hiking event will begin at Lemann Playground, 628 N. Claiborne Ave., at 9:30 a.m. on March 25. The annual event ends with a block party at Second Line Brewing at noon. Continue reading »

Mar 142017
 

The new development would combine office suites with room for commercial retail, such as a drug store or coffee shop.

By Claire Byun
cbyun@nolamessenger.com

Tulane Avenue is undergoing a wealth of redevelopment after years of stagnation, and a local architect is hoping to turn the dilapidated Le Petit Motel into an office and retail space.

Developers are hoping to turn the shuttered motel – located at 2836 Tulane Ave. – into a large commercial development with space for offices and retail. Raymond Bergeron, architect, presented his plan to the Mid-City Neighborhood Organization members at their monthly meeting Monday and faced little opposition. 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 »

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 172017
 

By Claire Byun
cbyun@nolamessenger.com

Mid-City crime totals for January stayed the same from last year, though auto burglaries and rapes increased.

Eight auto burglaries were reported last month compared to five in January 2015, according to New Orleans Police Department records. There were two more auto thefts than the prior year as well, though the total number of crimes reported remained stable. Continue reading »