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Oct 272016
 
A bicyclist rides in City Park (Claire Byun).

A bicyclist rides in City Park (Claire Byun).

By Claire Byun
Special to Mid-City Messenger

City Park’s Marconi Bike Path is inching ever closer to completion after six years of extensive planning and waiting.

Officials have planned a bike path along Marconi Avenue for six years but negotiations between the state and federal government slowed the process. The path is funded with federal money, so the plans required multiple reviews by the state. Once approved by the state, the new plans had to go back to the federal level for approval, then again sent to the state level.

This process of “endless reviews” is why the new trail took so long, according to park CEO Bob Becker. Continue reading »

Oct 262016
 
A vision for Tulane Avenue based on a 2011 report for the Regional Planning Commission (RPC).

A vision for Tulane Avenue based on a 2011 report for the Regional Planning Commission (RPC).

A beautification and safety enhancement project once slated to improve a section of the Tulane Avenue corridor by the end of August now has a new deadline, according to officials: the end of 2016.

Once finished, the Streetscape project will offer safer, wider streets by reducing six lanes to four, along with other improvements that will extend from South Carrollton to South Claiborne avenues.

Members of the Regional Planning Commission and Department of Transportation and Development, who along with the City of New Orleans are working on the project, have long touted the improvements, but the project has been marred by delays, changes in landscaping plans and budgetary restrictions. Continue reading »

Aug 242016
 

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will hold a Flood Insurance Workshop on Friday, August 26 from 1 to 3 p.m. at City Hall. The workshop will provide the public information on the new updates to flood insurance rates and resources, as well as FEMA’s new Flood Insurance Rate Maps that go into effect September 30, 2016. Continue reading »

Jul 282016
 
A vision for Tulane Avenue based on a 2011 report for the Regional Planning Commission (RPC).

A vision for Tulane Avenue based on a 2011 report for the Regional Planning Commission (RPC).

When officials with the Regional Planning Commission first announced a $10 million beautification project to a stretch of Tulane Avenue in Mid-City, they described a plan that would “significantly improve visual quality” along the corridor, as well as enhance pedestrian and bicycle mobility and safety.

Five years and nearly $5 million later, officials still tout final plans for a safer, wider street reduced from six lanes to four, thanks to improvements that will extend from South Carrollton to South Claiborne avenues.

What didn’t make the cut, however, are features that could have helped “reinvent” Tulane Avenue, as neighbors had hoped. small tulane

The city decided to widen the corridor along Tulane Avenue in the Mid-City and Tulane Gravier neighborhoods in 1957 because a medical services center was rapidly expanding there, according to report prepared for the Regional Planning Commission. Continue reading »

Jul 082016
 
Media flyer for Alton Sterling Rally, 7/8/16 (via 505 NOLA)

Media flyer for Alton Sterling Rally at Lee Circle, 7/8/16 (via 505 NOLA)

As a reaction to Alton Sterling’s recent death by Baton Rouge police, community members have organized “505 NOLA”, a peaceful performative protest to represent those shot and killed by police so far this year.

The event will take place on Friday, July 8 (today) at the New Orleans Police Department headquarters, located  at 715 South Broad Street. Continue reading »

May 252016
 
New Orleans City Park (photo courtesy of http://neworleanscitypark.com/).

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

Members of the New Orleans City Park Improvement Association, the board that oversees the park’s development, estimate that the association will end this fiscal year in the black, despite a cut from statutorily dedicated funds.

As of May, the association’s year-to-date revenue was up by $24,000 more than anticipated, despite a $100,000 cut in funds dedicated from the state, members said at a board meeting Tuesday night. Continue reading »

May 172016
 
The New Orleans Libertarians meet monthly at the Lakeview Brew Coffee Cafe. (submitted photo)

The New Orleans Libertarians meet monthly at the Lakeview Brew Coffee Cafe. (submitted photo)

Members of the Libertarian Party in New Orleans plan to return to Baton Rouge this week to fight a bill that would create a new program that automatically scans license plates to catch uninsured motorists, and they are urging supporters to contact state lawmakers in opposition to what they call ““policing for profit.” 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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Jun 232015
 
 Candidate Erich Caulfield for State Senate District 4 (photo via caulfield2015. com)

Candidate Erich Caulfield for State Senate seat in District 4 (photo via caulfield2015. com)

Wesley Bishop, current State Representative of District 99, is also a candidate for the State Senate seat District 4.

Wesley Bishop, current State Representative of District 99, is also a candidate for the State Senate seat in District 4. (photo via wesleybishop.org)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With State Senator Edwin Murray’s term coming to a close, his State Senate seat in District 4 is up for grabs in the upcoming election in October.

Murray was elected as Senator of the district in 2005 and held the seat for the past 12 years, excluding him from seeking office again due to term limits.

Two candidates, Erich Caulfield and Wesley Bishop, State Representative of District 99, have recently announced their candidacy for Murray’s soon to be former seat. Continue reading »