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South Alexander converted to one-way from Ulloa to Banks

Beginning on Monday (Jan. 30) at approximately 9 a.m., South Alexander Street between Ulloa Street and Banks Street will be converted from two-way status to one-way. Drivers in the 300 to 600 blocks of South Alexander will head toward Canal Street. This modification will be enacted to alleviate residents’ concerns about the width of the Read More…

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Troubles with the city’s trash collection keep rumbling along

By Katherine Hart, Mid-City Messenger As garbage pickup begins to stabilize in the Mid-City and Uptown neighborhoods, city officials are looking at why the basic city service collapsed in recent months. As bins spilled over with garbage and languished on the curb, the city’s 311 system recorded 3,638 sanitation complaints within the first 19 days Read More…

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Viewpoint: Who will take the lead in addressing the city’s crime epidemic?

By Danae Columbus, opinion columnist Watching yesterday’s special City Council meeting on crime was very painful. It put a spotlight on the fear, frustration and anger of thousands of New Orleanians who recognize that the city has probably never been so unsafe. Voters also realize that New Orleans political, business, civic and grassroots leaders are Read More…

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NOLA.com: Richard’s Disposal blames missed pickups on worker shortage

Curbside trash has been piling up on Mid-City streets, along with complaints on City Hall’s 311 service, as Richard’s Disposal has fallen behind its Service Area 1 pickup schedule. Ben Myers reports on NOLA.com that Richard’s owner blames the lapse on a loss of workers to IV Waste and Waste Pro, which took over Metro’s Service Read More…

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Viewpoint: Will Interim Superintendent Michelle Woodfork be able to make a difference?

By Danae Columbus, opinion columnist The citizens of New Orleans are shell-shocked, no pun intended, by the highest homicide rate in more than 25 years. Armed robberies have also skyrocketed. Numbed by the ongoing crime wave, residents are no longer surprised when they hear gunshots. After multiple shots rang out last Friday afternoon (Dec. 23) Read More…

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Viewpoint: All I want for Christmas is a safer New Orleans

By Danae Columbus, opinion columnist It’s hard to turn on the news these days. There are far too many stories about innocent people who have been assaulted, murdered or carjacked. Also, I am not so naïve to believe that all the crimes committed end up in police reports.  The results of the NOPD Recruitment and Read More…

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Viewpoint: Inspector General Ed Michel is on the right track

By Danae Columbus, opinion columnist It was refreshing to hear Inspector General Ed Michel tell the City Council on Tuesday (Nov. 15) about his plans to audit or investigate an important group of city departments and agencies showing a troubling performance for some time. The Sewerage & Water Board’s billing issues are legendary. The performance Read More…

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Leaders express frustration with Folgers over outstanding taxes (sponsored)

New Orleans officials are expressing frustration with Folgers Coffee Co. for refusing to pay its outstanding property taxes, which fund schools, police and a variety of critical services. Nearly two years ago, the New Orleans City Council and Orleans Parish School Board both denied Folgers’ applications for tax exemptions. Nonetheless, the company still has not Read More…

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HDLC to consider original site of Ruth’s Chris Steak House for landmark status

The Historic District Landmarks Commission will decide Wednesday whether to approve the nomination of the building that contained the former Chris Steak House and the first Ruth’s Chris Steak House for landmark status. It was nominated by Nicholas Matulich Jr., the grandson of Chris Matulich, the original Chris of Chris Steak House. The building, known Read More…