Jun 202017

The Orleans Parish Libertarian Party is working to grow their party while earning recognition on the ballot, but community engagement is the first step.

Mike Dodd, chairman of the local party, encouraged other Libertarian party members to run for smaller city and statewide seats so the party can gain political traction. Offices such as Orleans Parish School Board, seats on the magistrate court and even the city’s Inspector General would be good options for the smaller party. Continue reading »

Jun 142017

The Lafitte Greenway, which is used by biker, walkers, jogger, and boarders at all hours of the day, stretches 2.6 miles from Armstrong Park to City Park. (Nick Ducote).

The proposed New Orleans Capital Improvement Plan will be presented to Mayor Mitch Landrieu six months earlier than usual, though some Mid-City projects were not recommended funding.

The plan – established by the City Planning Commission every year – includes requests from city departments and agencies for projects over the next five years. After Tuesday’s approval from the CPC, the plan will be presented to the City Council and will eventually become next year’s budget. Continue reading »

Jun 082017

The Ohm Well’s Valerie McMillan leads Hot Yoga class (via Friends of Lafitte Greenway)

Load up on zen this summer with a free hot yoga series.

Friends of Lafitte Greenway are bringing back their popular summertime hot yoga classes this year, open to all ages and skill levels. The free weekly course – which runs for eight weeks – will be led by The Ohm Well’s Valerie McMillan, an instructor with a passion for creating inclusive and safe spaces for all of her students on and off the mat. Continue reading »

Jun 062017

Mayor Mitch Landrieu speaks with the New Orleans Police Department’s First District after repeated violence along the Tulane corridor left several people dead (Claire Byun).

By Claire Byun

Tuesday’s regular crime trends meeting among New Orleans Police Department’s First District featured an unexpected guest: Mayor Mitch Landrieu.

The district’s weekly meeting allows supervisors to review crime trends and pinpoint where officers are most needed. Most of the time, the meeting is led by First District Commander Hans Ganthier.

But, after the city’s most violent day of 2017 left several people dead, Landrieu took a seat at the front to ask questions on district procedures, communication and the impact of properly policing the community. Continue reading »

Jun 052017

NOPD First District Commander Hans Ganthier answers residents’ questions during a crime prevention meeting Monday (Claire Byun).

By Claire Byun

New Orleans’ most violent day so far this year started with a Mid-City shooting that left three people dead and two others wounded.

The Mid-City Tulane Banks Neighborhood Association – only a few months old – is grappling with violent crime around Tulane Avenue after repeated reports of drug deals, loud parties and a rash of shootings that have left several people dead. The association’s founders called an emergency meeting Monday to find a path forward after Saturday’s tragedies. 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 232017

The bronze of P.G.T. Beauregard and his horse was lifted from its base a little after 3 a.m. Wednesday (Claire Byun).

By Claire Byun


After last week’s removal of the P.G.T. Beauregard monument from its pedestal in front of the New Orleans Museum of Art, the City Park Improvement Board is meeting soon with city officials about the space, and board members spent about 40 minutes during their regular board meeting Tuesday in a closed-door discussion of “the board’s legal position on the monument” with City Park attorneys, board chair Steve Pettus said.

“We had to bring our board up to date about what’s been going on, and we’ll have discussions with the city in the next few days before bringing it back to our board,” said Bob Becker, City Park CEO. Continue reading »

May 232017

All litter drains to Lake Pontchartrain (File photo, Patrick Armstrong).

It’s everywhere, in every neighborhood and on almost every street in the city. Litter – whether it’s old fast food packages or used tires – has been a problem around Mid-City and beyond for years.

While occasional community cleanups are helpful, Jake Rickoll, president of the Tulane Canal Neighborhood Association, said it’s not enough to stem the barrage of litter found all over the city. A combinations of city-sponsored programs – such as Keep New Orleans Beautiful – and education in schools is needed “for anything to change.”

“There needs to be a cultural shift,” Rickoll said. “I want to get people riled up about this because we need to be angry.” Continue reading »

May 182017

Ani DeFranco, folk singer and feminist icon, leads the crowd in a protest song on the steps of the Orleans Parish Criminal Courthouse (Claire Byun).

Complete with a folk singer and feminist icon, protestors called for a recall of Orleans Parish District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro while urning people to stay active in the fight to reform New Orleans’ criminal justice system.

Ani DiFranco, New Orleans resident and folk star and feminist icon, led several dozen protestors in song Tuesday afternoon on the front steps of the Orleans Criminal District courthouse. Rally-goers focused on Cannizzaro’s use of “fake subpoenas” and material witness warrants, which have lately caused controversy that ran all the way to City Council. Continue reading »