city government parks and greenspace public safety

Comiskey Park neighbors voice concerns about hazardous trash littering the playground

By Kasey Bubnash, Mid-City Messenger Every Sunday from May until the end of August, Christy Bradley and nearly 500 other community members descend on the baseball field at Comiskey Park in Mid-City for weekly kickball tournaments. The group has noticed an ever-increasing problem, Bradley said, with lack of maintenance and prevalence of trash — including Read More…

COVID-19 opinion public safety recovery

Viewpoint: Don’t rush to hire a lawyer to help with your insurance claim

By Danae Columbus, opinion columnist Many members of the legal community are aggressively marketing their services in the wake of Hurricane Ida to assist businesses or homeowners and renters with getting the money they deserve from insurance companies. After all, most of us pay thousands of dollars annually for coverage and should be compensated whenever Read More…

public safety

Sobriety checkpoints planned for this week

The NOPD’s Traffic Division will conduct sobriety checkpoints late Thursday (Sept. 23) through early Friday (Sept. 24). Checkpoints will be also conducted from Sept. 30 to Oct. 1. The checkpoints will operate between 9 p.m. on Thursday through 5 a.m. on Friday. Motorists could experience delays during these checkpoint operations and should have the proper Read More…

city government public safety recovery

‘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…

public safety weather

‘Extremely dangerous’ Hurricane Ida strengthens as it nears landfall

The National Hurricane Center reported Sunday at 6 a.m. that Hurricane Ida is an “extremely dangerous” Category 4 storm expected to make landfall in southeastern Louisiana later today. Reports from a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Hurricane Hunter aircraft indicate that maximum sustained winds have increased to near 150 mph with higher gusts. The Mayor’s Read More…

city government Featured public safety

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…

city government community meetings Featured public safety

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…