Aug 052015
The Krewe of Kolossos banner hangs over the Dumaine street bridge along Bayou St. John during this year's Fourth of July festivities. (MidCityMessenger.com file photo by Zach Brien)

The Krewe of Kolossos banner hangs over the Dumaine street bridge along Bayou St. John during this year’s Fourth of July festivities. (MidCityMessenger.com file photo by Zach Brien)

Councilwoman Susan Guidry speaks to the Mid-City Neighborhood Organization in April 2015. (MidCityMessenger.com file photo)

Councilwoman Susan Guidry speaks to the Mid-City Neighborhood Organization in April 2015. (MidCityMessenger.com file photo)

City Councilwoman Susan Guidry said she will begin studying ways for the city to make the growing Fourth of July festivities on Bayou St. John go more smoothly for attendees, and also announced that the City Council has formed a new committee on bicycle safety following the latest death of a bicyclist. Continue reading »

Jul 222015

(map via DOTD)

New Orleans neighborhood leaders who have fought against a controversial plan to route freight trains through Hollygrove and Mid-City are applauding the formal resolution opposing the project that City Councilwoman Susan Guidry will introduce Thursday. Continue reading »

Mar 112015

Local residents spoke out about a proposed Canal Street streetcar update, which would extend tracks down city Park Avenue and up Canal Boulevard, where a transfer station would be built, according to WWL-TV.

Proponents of the project say the update is needed to improve transit safety, while opponents say the money being used for the project is “misplaced,” according to the report.

The RTA will be taking public comment about the project until March 25.

Mar 092015

A cyclist was killed at a Mid-City intersection Monday, police said (Fritz Esker, Mid-City Messenger).

Criminal charges are not expected against the driver who fatally struck a bicyclist last week at the intersection of Canal Street and Jefferson Davis Parkway, based on evidence from the crash scene and a video of the incident, New Orleans police said. Continue reading »

Dec 042014

Lafitte Greenway Master Plan

If plans come through, the Lafitte Greenway, a 2.6-mile corridor of land extending from the French Quarter to Mid-City, will soon be more than just a shady sanctuary landscaped by walking and biking paths, ball parks and soccer fields.

Thanks to the White House and six federal agencies, as well as a handful of local nonprofit organizations, the public park and bike path will soon be planning a little something for healthy food and plant lovers, too — a farmer’s market and community gardens.

Friends of Lafitte Corridor, the nonprofit visionary behind the extensive city project, announced Thursday that the organization had been selected to participate in a federal initiative called “Local Foods, Local Places.” The designation means Friends of Lafitte Corridor will get technical support to integrate a local food system into the city’s newest park and transportation hub, which is slated for completion early next year. Continue reading »

Aug 282014

A rendering of where parent drop-off will be on Lopez Street for the new Morris Jeff Community School Building, slated to open in December. (image via Morris Jeff Community School)

The new Morris Jeff Community School building may not have enough parking spaces for faculty and staff, Principal Patricia Perkins announced at a recent board of director’s meeting for the school.

According to Perkins, the site, slated to open in December at 211 South Lopez Street, only has 20 parking spots in the lot. The school has around 75 faculty members.

“We knew it was going to be an issue but we are determined to do something about it,” Perkins told board members. “We have to be cognizant and be creative and do something to figure this out.” Continue reading »

Aug 152014

A coalition of neighborhood activists  who protest rerouting freight trains through several New Orleans neighborhoods has gained the support of a well-known human rights attorney.

The Middle Belt Option (We Won’t Be Railroaded).

The Coalition United Against the Middle Belt has teamed with attorney Monique Hardin, the co-founder of Advocates for Environmental Human Rights. The team is preparing for the release of an environmental study that could potentially support a plan to reroute mile-long freight trains through a middle section of New Orleans.

At a packed meeting Thursday evening, more than a hundred turned out to represent the Mid-City, Hollygrove-Dixon and Palm Air neighborhoods that could be affected by the decision. Hardin urged residents to write down their concerns so she could prepare a potential lawsuit, should she find the neighbors’ rights violated by the yet-released study.

“We might be looking at a draft environmental impact study that is not meaningful nor reflects all the effects you have all talked about over the months,” Hardin told residents. Continue reading »