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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…

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Letting the good times roll: Bike route improvements coming to Mid-City, Bayou St. John and beyond

By Jesse Baum, Mid-City Messenger Bike infrastructure improvements are coming to the Bayou St. John, Mid-City, Gentilly, 7th Ward and St. Roch neighborhoods. A recent pre-construction meeting showcased the final designs for bike lane expansions and traffic calming measures that will begin construction in spring of this year. On Tuesday evening, the Office of Neighborhood Engagement Read More…

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Traffic advisory: City Park Avenue lane near expressway to close Tuesday

On Tuesday (Feb. 23) from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., the inside westbound lane of the 100 block of City Park Avenue — near the entrance to Interstate 10 — will be closed to vehicular traffic so that crews can repair a leaning streetlight. Lane closure signs will be in place throughout the process; residents Read More…

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New pedestrian and bicyclist bridge planned for Greenway at Lopez

By Jesse Baum, Mid-City Messenger A new pedestrian bridge crossing the canal on the Lafitte Greenway on North Lopez Street is in the works. The construction is set to begin this month and conclude in late summer. The new bridge is designed to enhance walkability and connectivity between the blocks to the east and west Read More…

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Roadwork update: Mid-City, Hagan Lafitte projects near completion; work begins in City Park, Bayou St. John areas

The Mayor’s Office issued the following updates on current roadwork projects. Mid-City Group A During January, Hard Rock Construction Co. crews completed paving work on various blocks in the $6.3 million Mid-City Group A infrastructure improvement project. The completion of these areas accounted for 92 percent of the originally contracted paving work. Crews continue street Read More…

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Norman C. Francis cuts the ribbon on the parkway named in his honor

About a month after the “Jefferson Davis Parkway” street signs were replaced by “Norman C Francis Parkway,” the city celebrated the change Thursday (Jan. 28) with a dedication of the renamed boulevard on its neutral ground outside Xavier University. It’s a rare street-naming ceremony that can include the street’s eponym. Norman C. Francis, 89, sat Read More…

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Viewpoint: Fluctuating Entergy bills frustrate consumers

By Danae Columbus, opinion columnist Understanding utility regulations is like playing chess. There are lots of parts and pieces – some players can control and others they cannot. Making the wrong move can lead to expensive consequences for consumers.  Many New Orleanians have been perplexed by the ever-changing fuel adjustment charges and other unanticipated costs Read More…

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City marks beginning of massive roadwork project in Bayou St. John and Fairgrounds neighborhoods

City officials and community community leaders broke ground Thursday on the $23 million Bayou St. John, Fairgrounds, 7th Ward Group B roadwork project. Mayor LaToya Cantrell called it her administration’s largest awarded Joint Infrastructure Recovery Response program in terms of cost. The FEMA-funded project encompasses at least 122 blocks stretching across three City Council districts. Read More…

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Hagan-Lafitte Drainage project is nearing completion

Crews are laying more than 7 inches of finished concrete as the contractors move toward the substantial completion of the cutting-edge Hagan-Lafitte Drainage Project, according to the Department of Public Works. The construction company, Command Construction Industries, is laying more than 7 inches of finished concrete and is also working to level and sod Easton Read More…