Jun 152017

Councilmember Susan Guidry addresses the crowd Tuesday during a Master Plan Town Hall.

The New Orleans 20-year Master Plan is up for revision, and public greenspaces and housing affordability are some of the key revisions local groups are hoping to enact.

Most of those amendments deal with the changing priorities of the city; stormwater drainage, equitable housing and resilience encompass many of the changes to be considered by City Council next month. Councilmember Susan Guidry, who represents a swath of Mid-City, held a town hall earlier this week to explain what these amendments mean for residents and gave people the chance to ask questions of policy experts. 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 132017

Patrick Armstrong

Gearing up for this fall’s election in New Orleans, I remind myself that many of the questions I want to ask candidates for Mayor or City Council won’t be asked by the reporters who write our news or the forum moderators at various townhalls. This isn’t to disparage any reporter or moderator – they’re doing their jobs asking the questions they think the people want answered. And they also have limited time, so there’s a disincentive to get deep in the weeds when any candidate gives a non-answer that doesn’t really explain what they’re talking about.

I imagine this fall, we’re going to hear some questions about the cost of living in New Orleans. I’m sure we’ll hear about the shortage of housing or the affordability crisis, high rents and gentrification. I’m also sure we’ll hear a bunch of non-answers about how the whole city needs to work harder to do something about that. If any candidates answer in a more detailed way, I’m sure we’ll hear some confusing talking points about inclusionary zoning and how the State Legislature tried to gut that proposal that New Orleans was hoping to use. Continue reading »

Jun 132017

Two men were killed in an early June shooting on Pauger Street (Claire Byun).

By Claire Byun

After last week’s deadly shooting at an “unsafe” event space on Tulane Avenue, Mid-City residents are looking for alternative avenues to report unruly businesses or unsafe gatherings. Several city agencies are hoping to help with that kind of reporting.

The New Orleans Department of Safety and Permits, which oversees the safety, coding and permitting of businesses, wants residents to alert them to any unsafe facilities in their neighborhoods. Zach Smith, chief building official with the Department of Safety and Permits, told Mid-City Neighborhood Organization members that any building that seems to go against code should be reported. Continue reading »

Jun 122017

“Avian Avatars – The Tourist” is among the sculptures on Poydras Street funded by the Helis Foundation. (image via thehelisfoundation.org)

New Orleans city officials want to connect the Lafitte Greenway through downtown along Poydras Street, and a private foundation has promised to extend its eye-catching sculpture exhibition along the new segment. Continue reading »

Jun 122017

Photo by Bart Everson

Great to see the restoration of this old plaque at the statue of José Martí — too bad the panels are out of order…

Bart Everson is a writer, a photographer, a baker of bread, a husband, a father and a resident of Mid-City. He is a founding member of the Green Party of Louisiana, past president of Friends of Lafitte Greenway, and a participant in New Orleans Lamplight Circle. More at BartEverson.com.

Jun 122017

(Via Tubby & Coo’s)

Do you have a young reader interested in becoming a little more super?

Starting Tuesday, Tubby and Coo’s Mid-City Book Shop will host a superhero-themed summer reading program to encourage kids to read over the summer. The program, deemed League of Extraordinary Readers, allows 3rd to 7th graders to undergo a four week “training program,” where they will select a book to read, learn about plot, character, and theme, and learn how to write a book review. Continue reading »

Jun 092017

At about 12:38 a.m., First District officers responded to a call of shots fired in the area. Upon arrival, the officers were alerted to multiple victims suffering from gunshot wounds in the area – one victim on Tulane Avenue, one victim on Telemachus Street and two victims on Banks Street (via NOPD).

The New Orleans Police Department is searching for several suspects of interest related to Saturday’s Ulloa Street shooting that left three people dead.

NOPD Homicide detectives are looking to identify and speak with the subjects seen on surveillance video exiting and later entering a light-colored four-door SUV near the shooting. Continue reading »

Jun 092017

Final tryouts for New Orleans Spartans FC, a competitive youth soccer club, are being held this weekend to fill teams for the 2017-2018 season. 

New Orleans Spartans FC (NOSFC) was founded in 2013 with a mission to help young soccer players develop into skillful athletes, supportive teammates and quality human beings.   NOSFC provides rigorous training, professional coaching and the infrastructure and resources to accomplish these goals.  Continue reading »