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Mid-City’s painted utility boxes ‘provide a big impact in a small package’

By Jeanne D’Arcy, Mid-City Messenger A decade ago, the control junction box for the traffic light at Tulane Avenue and the newly renamed Norman Francis Parkway was tagged and covered with graffiti. The ground around it was strewn with litter. That all changed after the junction box became an art box, featuring a blues guitarist.  Read More…

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Displaced hospitality workers can learn medical-industry skills through Goodwill

By Danae Columbus, opinion columnist Like many New Orleanians, Tiffany Turner has been having a tough time during the pandemic.  She was eager to train for a different career when she saw a Facebook post about Goodwill Technical College’s new Hospitality to Healthcare program for displaced tourism industry workers.

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Where to find help if you’ve lost income because of the COVID-19 closures

With New Orleans a hotspot for the pandemic, officials have put in place a daunting array of restrictions and closures that have disrupted the life — if not the livelihood — of nearly every New Orleanian. Hundreds of New Orleans workers have been impacted by COVID-19 related closures. If you’ve experienced a loss of income Read More…

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Fundraising continues for rebuilding the YWCA on Jefferson Davis Parkway

By Danae Columbus, Mid-City Messenger Hurricane Katrina and the levee failures decimated the YWCA building at 601 S. Jefferson Davis Parkway and forced a 14-year interruption of an agency that had been an integral part of New Orleans for almost a century. “We’re on a mission to rebuild our programs and physical structure,” said Dr. Read More…


Survey of Mid-City residents finds disparity in access to health care

A study of access of health care among residents of Mid-City and nearby neighborhoods found a wide disparity along ethnic lines, with Latino residents, children as well as adults, facing barriers to regular medical care. From summer 2017 to winter 2018, Broad Community Connections led a community-based participatory research study to collect information on the Read More…

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Survey offers post-Katrina snapshot of Mid-City and surrounding neighborhoods

Mid-City residents seem to like where they live, according to a ReFresh Neighborhood Data Project findings released Monday by Broad Community Connections. As part of a comprehensive study of four areas — Mid-City, Treme, Lower Mid-City and Bayou St. John — residents were asked if they wanted to stay in their neighborhood. The answer was Read More…

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How architect Edward Tsoi helped shape a Mid-City corridor

By Winston Ho 何嶸, The Life Church building at 2525 Bienville Ave., near the Whole Foods Market, is slated to become an art supply and frame shop, its first secular use. Before it became Life Church, 2525 Bienville was the home of the Chinese Presbyterian Church. Few Mid-City residents now are aware of that Read More…

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‘I can’t thank people enough:’ NOLA Til Ya Die cleaning up from devastating fire, hosting fundraiser

In the early morning hours of April 23, two Mid-City businesses and a church burned to the ground. No one was hurt in the massive fire, which started just before 5 a.m. at the NOLA Til Ya Die warehouse on the corner of Toulouse Street and North Jefferson Davis Parkway. But the warehouse – and Read More…

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After years of data, housing advocacy group proposes changes to city’s short term rental policies

A year after the New Orleans City Council instituted regulations for short-term rental properties, one affordable housing advocacy group has developed policy changes (and eventually a new ordinance) meant to tackle the city’s affordable housing crisis. The Jane Place Neighborhood Sustainability Initiative works to reduce the number of short term rentals around the city as Read More…