city government recognition

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…

parks and greenspace recognition

City Park names new CEO, announces Bob Becker’s retirement

The New Orleans City Park Board of Directors announced Thursday (Jan. 14) that a new chief executive officer will take the reins of the 167-year-old park starting in February. Following an extensive national search, park officials tapped Cara Lambright, executive vice president and chief operating officer of the Memorial Park Conservancy in Houston, to replace Read More…

city government Featured recognition

City planners approve renaming Jefferson Davis Parkway for Norman Francis

The removal of the Confederate president Jefferson Davis’ name from the grand Mid-City boulevard moved a step further on Tuesday when the City Planning Commission handed it to the City Council for final approval. The commission unanimously approved renaming the 27-block Jefferson Davis Parkway to Doctor Norman Francis Parkway, honoring the New Orleanian who led Read More…

city government good works recognition

Group is petitioning the city to rename Jeff Davis Parkway for Norman Francis

  Three years after the statue of Jefferson Davis was removed from its perch on Canal Street and Jefferson Davis Parkway, there’s a movement to remove the Confederate president’s name from the Mid-City thoroughfare. In an effort to honor the contributions of local African-Americans, the A.P. Tureaud Sr. Legacy Committee is petitioning the City Council Read More…

Advertiser's Special recognition

Advertiser: Dr. Ali Sadeghi’s inaugural “Let’s Hear It For the Girls” Gala

Dr. Ali Sadeghi hosts “Let’s Hear It For The Girls” breast cancer fundraiser gala On Friday, Oct. 25, the elegant La Maison Du Lac on Lakeshore Drive in New Orleans was aflutter with guests from all over the city. Decked out in extravagant ’80s attire and dancing to the beat of ’80s jams, the guests Read More…

arts, books and music Featured good works recognition

Art installation along Galvez neutral ground celebrates ‘The Spirit of Lower Mid-City’

Story by Christian Willbern, Loyola Student News Service Car engines roared as people chattered outside artist Monica Rose Kelly’s studio. Although different in sound, the noises morphed into a cohesive song characteristic of New Orleans communities, old and new. After Hurricane Katrina and the levee failures stifled those neighborhood melodies, thousands were left with two Read More…

court opinion recognition

Danae Columbus: Court Watch NOLA celebrates 11 years of citizen advocacy

The volunteers at Court Watch NOLA are a well-oiled data collection machine that have made a significant impact on the operations of the Orleans Parish criminal court system for more than a decade. “We are a basic exercise in democracy,” said director Simone Levine. Through the information skilled volunteers collect, the agency publishes reports “that Read More…

opinion recognition schools

Brother Bill Dardis, 79, watched over the Jesuit neighborhood

By Mat Grau, Jesuit High School Two events on Wednesday, July 10, impacted Mid City, each reminding us of the significance of the other. First, a weather system ahead of Tropical Storm Barry incurred torrential rains resulting in damaged property, loss of possessions and compromised businesses. Carrollton and Banks may have been ground zero in Read More…