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CrescentCare planning medical clinic for United Way building on Canal

By Katherine Hart, Mid-City Messenger CrescentCare, a community health center formed from the NO/AIDS Task Force, is purchasing the United Way building on Canal Street to redevelop into a medical clinic. The building at 2515 Canal St. is currently under contract with CrescentCare,  United Way of Southeast Louisiana, the building’s owner and primary occupant since Read More…

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Volunteers set to begin planting cypress forest along the Greenway

On Thursday (April 21), more than 130 volunteers, including participants from Navy Week, Ochsner, First Horizon, Emmanuel Church and Gulf Coast Bank & Trust Co., are honoring Earth Day by coming together to plant the first 100 cypress trees of a 1,000-tree cypress forest on the Lafitte Greenway. This is a first step of a Read More…

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Warren Easton expansion moves forward with controversial school bus plan intact

By Katherine Hart, Mid-City Messenger Warren Easton Charter High School’s plans to expand to the other side of Canal Street won the approval of the City Planning Commission last week, despite strong opposition from some of its neighbors. Warren Easton, the city’s top-rated open-admission public high school, is routinely overwhelmed with applications. Each year, more Read More…

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Endymion expected to provide welcome relief to Mid-City businesses

By Jeanne D’arcy, Mid-City Messenger Mid-City businesses breathed a sigh of relief when Mayor LaToya Cantrell announced the Endymion parade will be rolling on its Mid-City route in 2022. “The Endymion parade is Mardi Gras for Mid-City,” said Dennis Scheuermann, the owner of Wit’s Inn on North Carrollton Avenue. “In fact, I remember when there were Read More…

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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…