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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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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…

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Lindy Boggs renovation plans stall in the pandemic; owners of the former hospital struggle to clean up the site

By Katherine Hart, Mid-City Messenger The area around Norman Francis Parkway and Bienville Street, surrounding the hulking former Lindy Boggs Medical Center, has been booming over the past decade or so. At the Lafitte Greenway, there’s a bright art-filled plaza in front of the old brake-tag station, which has been turned into a pavilion. There Read More…

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New jazz venue is in the works for North Broad near the Greenway

By Katherine Hart, Mid-City Messenger The stage is almost set for a jazz club on the corner of North Broad and Toulouse in Mid-City. The building’s owner, Sam Smith Jr., built that stage himself. Piece by piece, he has been steadily pursuing his dream of operating a jazz club in New Orleans. He wants to Read More…

Featured Mardi Gras neighborhood groups

Yardi Gras stories: House float craze draws neighbors together in Mid-City

Mid-City knows what it means to lose parades; it was a major route before the parading krewes were all sent Uptown. All, that is, except Endymion. This year, Mid-City house floats along the parade’s route are displaying their Endymion pride. Three adjacent homes along Orleans Avenue, for example, got together to make a strong statement Read More…

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Hieux Boil Seafood House to open in former Namese spot on Tulane Avenue

By Marielle Songy, Mid-City Messenger Hieu Doan was at a crossroads. It was the middle of July 2020 when the owner of Namese, the beloved Vietnamese restaurant on Tulane Avenue, announced the restaurant’s closure. Like so many other businesses, the popular spot for pho had become a victim of the coronavirus pandemic. “We were forced Read More…

Featured Mardi Gras neighborhood groups

Yardi Gras stories: From sun to sun, they have big fun on the bayou

Spend enough time around Bayou St. John and you might have a story about an alligator sighting — or a near sighting anyway, or a friend who saw one. Normally, the sightings are rare. From now until Mardi Gras, however, alligators are everywhere in the Bayou St. John neighborhood. There are dancing gators, saxophone-playing gators Read More…

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Park Island Brew opens during pandemic because ‘people needed a place to go’

By Marielle Songy, Mid-City Messenger Park Island Brew Coffee House, on Gentilly Boulevard across from the Fair Grounds Race Course, is all about family and neighborhood. Kevin Davis, a 7th Ward resident, owns the building that houses Park Island Brew. He and his business partner, Chachera Brantley, first had the idea to open the coffee Read More…

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City Park warns of zombie-like raccoons with distemper, WWL-TV reports

City Park’s raccoon population is infected with canine distemper, posing a threat to dogs and cats but not to humans, WWL-TV has reported. City Park officials brought in Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries to investigate reports of erratic raccoon behavior, such as disorientation and wandering aimlessly, and they confirmed the animals are sick with distemper. Dog Read More…