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Bienville will get unprotected bike lanes under city’s new plan

By Kasey Bubnash, Mid-City Messenger City officials are rethinking a plan to install protected bike lanes on a half-mile stretch of Bienville Street in Mid-City after neighborhood residents and business owners complained that the lane would take up much-needed parking spots and require extensive maintenance. The bike lanes, part of a project funded by the Read More…

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Criminal justice reform advocates present plan to retrofit prison

By Daniel Schwalm, Mid-City Messenger Criminal justice advocates are moving forward with a plan to retrofit parts of the existing Orleans Justice Center to provide inmates with mental health care, an alternative to the existing Phase III expansion plan to build a new building. The plans were presented Friday (Aug. 20) night at a Neighborhood Read More…

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Chick-fil-A revises plans for drive-thru at Tulane and Carrollton

By Katherine Hart, Mid-City Messenger Plans for the proposed Chick-fil-A restaurant at Tulane and South Carrollton avenues are being revised, in part to make it more pedestrian-friendly and less like a suburban development. The City Planning Commission last week voted to delay its hearing to allow more time for those revisions. The development needs city Read More…

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‘Freedom Drum’ sounds a message of unity and change where Jefferson Davis statue once stood

By Camille Barnett, Mid-City Messenger On Canal Street at Norman C. Francis Parkway, the “Freedom Drum” stands in place of the controversial statue of the former Confederate States president, Jefferson Davis. The vibrant art structure — designed to represent unity, change and justice — was a group effort by five local artists who form the Read More…

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Construction starts on $38.6 million nursing school building on Delgado campus

By Sharon Lurye, Mid-City Messenger  Construction started in earnest on Monday for a new $38.6 million nursing and allied health building at Delgado Community College’s City Park campus, helped in part by a $20 million donation from the Ochsner Health system. The 120,000-square-foot building is being constructed at the site of a former parking lot Read More…

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Mental health facility for inmates met with opposition at public forums

By Daniel Schwalm, Mid-City Messenger An expansion of the Orleans Parish prison is continuing as planned despite objections from Mayor LaToya Cantrell’s administration and community members. The Orleans Justice Center Medical Services Building, to be built at 2900 Perdido St. adjacent to the prison, would hold 103 beds, including 89 security beds and 14 infirmary Read More…

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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…

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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…

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Neighbors respond to Chick-fil-A’s plans for Tulane and Carrollton

By Marielle Songy, Mid-City Messenger The proposed Chick-fil-A restaurant at 4068 Tulane Ave. was assailed and defended Monday (April 26) in two Neighborhood Participation Project meetings with the developer and Mid-City neighbors.  The location at Tulane and South Carrollton Avenue was the site of a Burger King location until it closed last summer. Since January, Read More…

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Mid-City’s painted utility boxes ‘provide a big impact in a small package’

By Jeanne D’Arcy, Mid-City Messenger A decade ago, the control junction box for the traffic light at Tulane Avenue and the newly renamed Norman Francis Parkway was tagged and covered with graffiti. The ground around it was strewn with litter. That all changed after the junction box became an art box, featuring a blues guitarist.  Read More…