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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 »

Feb 152017
 

By Claire Byun
cbyun@nolamessenger.com

While making New Orleans more equitable for everyone is a sizable goal, Mid-City residents got a taste of what some in the community are doing to solve inequality.

The Mid-City Neighborhood Organization hosted an open discussion on equity around the city at their meeting Monday night, and several citywide organizations turned out to discuss improving life for all New Orleans residents. Continue reading »

Feb 092017
 

Susan Guidry, New Orleans councilperson from district A, listens to a speaker at a ceremony. (Zach Brien, MidCityMessenger.com)

By Claire Byun
cbyun@nolamessenger.com

A new plan to register and inspect apartments in New Orleans is headed to City Council on Thursday, though Faubourg St. John neighbors still has reservations about the proposed policies.

Keith Twitchell, president of the Committee for a Better New Orleans, explained parts of the ordinance to members of the Faubourg St. John Neighborhood Association at their regular meeting Tuesday. The proposal allows the city to hire a private firm to register and inspect most private rentals within the city. The public registry would be put in place in January and landlords would have to sign up by the end of the year, with different deadlines based on the number of apartments a property contains. If an apartment passed its initial inspection, it wouldn’t be required to have another one for three years, though problematic properties would have more frequent reviews, Twitchell said. Continue reading »

Feb 082017
 

The LEAD Community Training Program is a workshop series by The Foundation for Louisiana (FFL) designed to empower its participants in the areas of Leadership, Engagement, Advocacy, and Development, for which the program is named. The seven-week program plans to teach participants skills in community organizing, advocacy, public policy, and land use and development.

The registration deadline for the 2017 LEAD program is Friday, Feb. 10.

For more information, see the full story from Gentilly Messenger.

LEAD students (LEADers) from a previous year (via foundationforlouisiana.org)

Feb 082017
 

The Faubourg St. John Neighborhood Association is hoping to reduce the amount of crime and destruction in Fortier Park.

By Claire Byun
cbyun@nolamessenger.com

Faubourg St. john neighbors are teaming up to reduce the number of drunk and unruly people who gather at a local park after dark.

Faubourg St. John Neighborhood Association members want to kickstart a new task force with the goal to reduce crime and lawn destruction in Alcee Fortier Park. The park – located on Esplanade Avenue and N. Rendon Street – is used by families, couples and people walking their dogs, but drunk and unruly people are causing neighbors to avoid the area altogether. Sarah Stogner, president of FSJNA, said sometimes people sleep in the park, though it’s unclear if everyone who spends the night there is homeless. Continue reading »

Feb 032017
 

(via facebook.com/lafittegreenway)

By Claire Byun
cbyun@nolamessenger.com

Friends of Lafitte Greenway’s Board of Directors elected four new faces for the new year and recognized three outgoing members, bringing the total number of board members to 20.

The organization held their annual membership meeting Monday night to elect new board members, review 2016 accomplishments and establish goals for the new year. Jeffrey Thomas, board chair, recognized three outgoing board members – Amy Boyle Collins, Laila Fox and Emily Valentino – before voting in new ones. Continue reading »

Feb 032017
 

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

By Claire Byun
cbyun@nolamessenger.com

Parkview residents are asking to be removed from Historic District Landmarks Commission oversight, though though the New Orleans City Council will have the final vote.

The Parkview Neighborhood Association Board voted not to become a local historic district after an attempt to redefine demolition was brought to the board. Parkview members sent a letter to Paul Harang, director of City Council Relations, last month informing the council of their “unanimous” vote. Continue reading »

Jan 312017
 

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

By Claire Byun
cbyun@nolamessenger.com

Friends of Lafitte Greenway has an abundance of goals for 2017, and most revolve around improving the safety of the greenspace and growing community programs. Continue reading »