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Feb 232017
 

(via Choice Foundation)

In a vote on Tuesday, February 21, the Choice Foundation Board of Directors opted to transfer oversight of two schools to the Orleans Parish School Board (OPSB) ahead of the 2018 legal mandate. The OPSB’s oversight of Lafayette Academy in Uptown and Esperanza Charter in Mid-City will begin in the 2017-18 school year. Continue reading »

Dec 212016
 
(via Bond Moroch)

(via Bond Moroch)

The Historic Carver Theater will ring in 2017 with an array of live music, free shows, and local cuisine—all under an $8 million renovated roof.

Representatives announced new programming for 2017 that includes free Saturday shows and weekday music, with food trucks to boot. Continue reading »

Aug 152016
 

Several local and national organizations have put a call out to request donations and volunteers in the wake of Louisiana’s historic flooding, which has so far killed six, according to the Weather Channel, and forced rescues of 20,000 more.

Mid-City residents can drop off clothing, hygienic supplies, bedding and more at Treo, the restaurant and bar on 3835 Tulane Avenue. Screenshot 2016-08-15 09.01.55

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Oct 282015
 
New Orleans City Park (photo courtesy of http://neworleanscitypark.com/).

New Orleans City Park (photo courtesy of http://neworleanscitypark.com/).

Citing controversy over the issue, The City Park Board of Commissioners has yet to make a decision about whether or not people will be allowed to smoke in the park in the future.

An ad hoc committee was appointed last month to make a decision about a potential ban, according to Susan Hess, president of the board. But at a monthly meeting held Tuesday, she said the process has been more difficult than she anticipated. Continue reading »

Oct 202015
 
Candidate Joe Swider.

Candidate Joe Swider

Candidate Wesley Bishop spoke to Mid-City residents Monday night.

Candidate Representative Wesley Bishop

Candidate Erich Caulfield.

Candidate Erich Caulfield

 

Candidates for the State Senate District 4 election discussed their positions and potential actions they would take on Mid-City and citywide issues with neighbors at a candidates’ forum last week at the Mid-City Neighborhood Organization.

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Aug 292015
 
With Mayor Landrieu by his side, Archbishop Gregory Aymond, right, leads the benediction at the end of the ceremony. The ceremony concluded with interfaith prayers at the monuments dedicated to the unclaimed. (Zach Brien, MidCityMessenger.com)

With Mayor Landrieu by his side, Archbishop Gregory Aymond, right, leads the benediction at the end of the ceremony. The ceremony concluded with interfaith prayers at the monuments dedicated to the unclaimed. (Zach Brien, MidCityMessenger.com)

Early Saturday morning, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, other local, state and national officials and local musicians and playwrights led a wreath-laying ceremony at the Greenwood Cemetery. The cemetery is home to a memorial for those bodies found after Katrina and were not claimed.

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Aug 282015
 
The Venezia Restaurant sign droops into the floodwaters in a photo projected on the wall as Karla duPlantier accepts a certificate of appreciation from Tim Levy of the Greater Mid-City Business Association, and City Councilwomen LaToya Cantrell and Susan Guidry. (Robert Morris, MidCityMessenger.com)

The Venezia Restaurant sign droops into the floodwaters in a photo projected on the wall as Karla duPlantier accepts a certificate of appreciation from Tim Levy of the Greater Mid-City Business Association, and City Councilwomen LaToya Cantrell and Susan Guidry. (Robert Morris, MidCityMessenger.com)

The photos projected onto the wall of The Cannery on Toulouse Street once again retold the familiar Katrina story — building after building with floodwater nearly ceiling high, what could have easily been the end for the multi-generational New Orleans businesses inside.

Against the backdrop of a devastation that even in retrospect still looks insurmountable, however, the triumphant faces of the Mid-City business owners on Thursday night told the inspiring second chapter of that ongoing story, about how their determination and love for their neighborhood allowed them to succeed and now thrive against those impossible odds. Continue reading »

Jul 032015
 
The New Orleans Botanical Garden (photo courtesy of City Park).

The New Orleans Botanical Garden (photo courtesy of City Park).

The Louisiana Himalaya Association is sponsoring a community-based effort event this Wednesday in City Park’s Botanical Gardens to help the people of Nepal recover from earthquakes. The New Orleans to Nepal fundraising event will feature local musicians and restaurants, a cash bar and a live auction.  Continue reading »

Jun 152015
 
The Smith Wendell Green Mansion currently sets on cement blocks at 2501 Banks Street. (photo by Alicia Serrano, MidCityMessenger.com)

The Smith Wendell Green Mansion currently sets on cement blocks at 2501 Banks Street. (photo by Alicia Serrano, MidCityMessenger.com)

An old historic mansion from the 1920’s is threatened for demolition.

The Louisiana Landmarks Society recently released the New Orleans Nine Most Endangered Sites and of them was the Smith Wendell Green Mansion located at 2501 Banks Street.

Smith Wendell Green was the son of a former slave and had the mansion constructed in 1928, according to the Louisiana Landmarks Society. Continue reading »