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Candidate questions: Rella Zapletal, City Council District B

The election originally scheduled for Oct. 9, which includes an open primary for all City Council seats, has been rescheduled for Nov. 13 due to Hurricane Ida. To give voters a chance to learn the policies, platforms and personal attributes their City Council candidates plan to bring to the office, Uptown Messenger has sent questionnaires Read More…

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‘My garbage has been sitting on that curb forever’: Tempers flare at meeting on the trash crisis

By Katherine Hart, Mid-City Messenger As 70 city employees took to the streets to help contractors clear away bags of garbage from outside homes, the City Council met with administration officials and the city’s solid waste contractors Friday (Sept. 17) for a sometimes contentious discussion of the city’s mounting trash problem. They could all agree Read More…

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Candidate questions: Bob Murrell, City Council District A

The election originally scheduled for Oct. 9, which includes an open primary for all City Council seats, has been rescheduled for Nov. 13 due to Hurricane Ida. To give voters a chance to learn the policies, platforms and personal attributes their City Council candidates plan to bring to the office, Mid-City Messenger has sent questionnaires Read More…

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Storm recovery updates: City details ongoing Hurricane Ida relief efforts

As residents learn of power restoration in their neighborhoods, and businesses start to reopen, city agencies and public safety officials continue to assess damages sustained during the storm and partner with organizations to offer residential resources. The city and Entergy New Orleans expect the vast majority of New Orleanians to have their power restored today.  Read More…

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Talking trash: What’s going on with garbage and debris pickup?

More than a week without garbage pickup, combined with mass refrigerator-emptying as evacuees return home, has made for some very stinky streets and sidewalks across the city. As regular trash pickup drags along, the city will begin to remove storm debris today (Sept. 7), Day 9 of the Hurricane Ida aftermath. Garbage pickup Curbside garbage Read More…

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Planning Commission votes to grant Chick-fil-A its suburban-style plan

By Katherine Hart, Mid-City Messenger A suburban-style Chick-fil-A on Tulane and South Carrollton avenues won the approval of the City Planning Commission on Tuesday (Aug. 24). The commissioners agreed to recommend stripping away provisos designed to make the fast-food drive-thru compatible with the city’s development goals for the corridor. The staff planners had outlined design changes 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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Green features planned for new gas station at Tulane and Broad

By Katherine Hart, Mid-City Messenger The new owner of the convenience store at Tulane and Broad can install fuel pumps after getting City Council approval on Thursday (Aug. 19). But that’s not all that is planned for the expanse of concrete across Tulane Avenue from the Criminal Court. Trees and shrubs will be planted to Read More…

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Joe Giarrusso for City Council receives key Democratic endorsements (sponsored)

The Orleans Parish Democratic Executive Committee, New Orleans Coalition, and Independent Democratic Electors Association (IDEA) are the latest organizations to endorse Joe Giarrusso for re-election to City Council District A in the Oct. 9 election. “I’m incredibly proud to be the official candidate of the Democratic Party and to have the support of these leading 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…