blight and demolition Featured land use

New Lindy Boggs co-owners promise to clean up the blighted site, Banks says

By Katherine Hart, Mid-City Messenger The blighted former Lindy Boggs Medical Center had a change in ownership last week, District B Councilman Jay Banks announced to the Mid-City Neighborhood Organization on Monday. Plans to convert the property on Norman Francis Parkway and Bienville Street to an assisted living facility specializing in memory care are still Read More…

recognition schools

School chief announces his picks for renaming McDonogh schools on Esplanade Avenue

By Domonique Tolliver, Mid-City Messenger Orleans school Superintendent Henderson Lewis has chosen his suggested names for the schools to renamed across Orleans Parish. In the Mid-City area, the John McDonogh 28 and 15 buildings are up for renaming.  Orleans Parish School Board is changing the names of the buildings only, not the charter schools they Read More…

festivals

Voodoo fest canceled for Halloween weekend 2021

Voodoo Music + Arts Experience organizers announced the Halloween weekend festival will take a pause in 2021. The festival will return to City Park for “an epic Halloween experience” in 2022. The 2020 Voodoo festival, like all festivals during height of the COVID-19 pandemic, was canceled. Organizers gave no reason for this year’s cancelation. “As Read More…

city government flood protection and drainage transportation

Roadwork update: City Park, Bayou St. John, Mid-City, Hagan-Lafitte

From the Mayor’s Office The Mayor’s Office announced in its monthly roadwork update that 60 roadwork projects are currently underway around the city, totaling over $600 million. They said that the city hopes to demonstrate accountability and effectiveness in its current infrastructure projects in order to help secure more federal infrastructure funding in the future. Read More…

city government sports and recreation

NORD senior activity center opens in former Boys & Girls Club

The New Orleans Recreational Development Commission has opened a senior activity center next to the Rosenwald Recreation Center on South Broad Street. Available to seniors throughout the year, the center fills a gap in services, NORD CEO Larry Barabino Jr. noted during a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the end of May. “‘Something for everyone’ is NORD’s Read More…

business food and drink

Popular pop-up Bub’s NOLA settles down in Mid-City to sling its smash burgers on Banks Street

By Marielle Songy, Mid-City Messenger It was June 2020, mid-pandemic, when friends Aaron Amadio, Tristan Moreau, Peter Prevot, Josh Richard and Ron Richard decided to start a burger pop-up. Bub’s NOLA has been popping up and serving its signature smash burgers all over New Orleans — and now they will be opening a brick-and-mortar restaurant Read More…

crime opinion politics

Viewpoint: State Police presence is only a Band-Aid to cover the city’s real crime problem

By Danae Columbus, opinion columnist Operation Golden Eagle, the new collaborative partnership between the Louisiana State Police and the New Orleans Police Department, began Tuesday (June 1). Though Mayor LaToya Cantrell is unable to quantify exactly how many state troopers are participating, both she and NOPD Superintendent Shaun D. Ferguson are quick to note that Read More…

parks and greenspace sports and recreation

City’s outdoor pools are opening for the summer

The New Orleans Recreation Development Commission outdoor pools are opening for the summer on Monday (June 7) with free summer swim lessons and other aquatic activities.  Programming at select pools includes open swim, lap swimming, water aerobics and swim lessons. All programming is available free of charge to New Orleans residents. This summer, NORD has Read More…

events

Mid-City home featured in PRC’s Shotgun House Month

The Preservation Resource Center of New Orleans is bringing back Shotgun House Month in a virtual format throughout June. Shotgun House Month is a series of house tours and programs that highlight the history and the distinctive design of of these quintessentially New Orleans homes. This year, the Preservation Resource Center will forego in-person tours Read More…