city government public safety transportation

Roadwork ahead: Bike lane, crosswalk work to resume on Gentilly Boulevard

From the Mayor’s Office Beginning Tuesday (May 24), weather permitting, the city’s Department of Public Works contractor, Pavement Markings, will resume safety improvements including updates to the bicycle and pedestrian facilities along Gentilly Boulevard — from Grand Route St. John Street to St. Bernard Avenue. No parking will be allowed in this area for the Read More…

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Lopez Pedestrian Bridge on Lafitte Greenway is completed

The North Lopez Pedestrian Bridge is ready to provide easier access to the Lafitte Greenway, the Mayor’s Office announced. The bridge provides pedestrian and bicycle connectivity to the Greenway from North Conti Street across the canal. The estimated cost of the project is $650,000, funded using the Louisiana Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration dollars and Read More…

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City to move forward with jail expansion as activists’ frustration grows

Local criminal justice reform activists and concerned citizens spoke out against the plans at a meeting hosted by the mayor’s Neighborhood Engagement Office at City Hall on Thursday (April 22). Vincent Smith, director of capital projects for the city, acknowledged that both Mayor LaToya Cantrell and the City Council have publicly expressed their disapproval of Read More…

city government public safety

Roadwork ahead: Safety improvements begin on Gentilly Boulevard, Grand Route St. John

From the Mayor’s Office Starting this week, weather permitting, the Department of Public Works contractor Pavement Markings will begin safety improvements at the intersection of Grand Route St. John Street and North White Street as well as a phased series of updates to the bicycle and pedestrian facilities along Gentilly Boulevard – from Grand Route Read More…

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Join us in exploring Historic Women Educators in New Orleans, hosted by Chelsey Richard Napoleon, Clerk of Civil District Court (sponsored)

Join us for exhibits from the Notarial Archives Research Center! These showcases and blogs are available by visiting our website.  This month we highlight historic women educators in New Orleans. ABOUT THE CLERK OF CIVIL DISTRICT COURT’S OFFICE FOR THE PARISH OF ORLEANS: The Clerk’s Office consists of two divisions – Land Records and Civil. Read More…

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City Council nixes Warren Easton’s bus plan for new ninth-grade academy

By Katherine Hart, Mid-City Messenger The City Council moved Warren Easton Charter High School’s expansion forward last week while removing its controversial plan for school bus traffic. Warren Easton officially broke ground Feb. 14 on the renovation of the five-story former business college at 3026-30 Canal St., across from the 110-year-old school. It will house Read More…

city government crime opinion

Viewpoint: It’s time to consolidate the city’s law enforcement under an elected commissioner

By Danae Columbus, opinion columnist Thirteen year-old Byron “Little B” Kelly Jr. was just a normal kid who enjoyed haircuts and football. Kelly’s decision to walk to the corner store Tuesday evening (March 15) inextricably placed him in harm’s way. Unfortunately, Kelly’s life — like those of many other victims of senseless acts of violence Read More…

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City Council approves sports betting at the Fair Grounds

By Katherine Hart, Mid-City Messenger The City Council on Thursday (March 10) gave Churchill Downs the thumbs up to offer sports wagering at the New Orleans Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots. While betting on games is now legal in New Orleans, a 2005 ordinance that allowed 700 slot machines at the Fair Grounds limited Read More…

city government COVID-19 opinion

Viewpoint: As new variant threatens the city, maskless officials send a dangerous message

By Danae Columbus, opinion columnist When New Orleans elected officials don’t feel the urgency to consistently wear masks at Carnival festivities, how can they expect citizens and visitors to take the rules seriously?  Social media outlets like Facebook, Twitter and Nextdoor have been blowing up with posts this week regarding the reckless behavior of Mayor Read More…

city government flood protection and drainage

S&WB to work on broken valve tonight; expect lower water pressure in Mid-City

From the Sewerage & Water Board The Sewerage & Water Board of New Orleans will perform a critical repair to a broken valve on a 50-inch water main near Gen. Ogden and Nelson streets tonight (Feb. 21) beginning about 9 p.m. To perform the repair, crews will isolate and empty the 50-inch main, which supplements Read More…