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Empty lot near bayou to open as green space, stormwater management site

By Kloe Witt and Katherine Hart, Mid-City Messenger An underused lot near Bayou St. John is being transformed into a public green space and stormwater collection and monitoring center. Construction began in the fall on the Sewerage & Water Board Green Infrastructure Project at Orleans Avenue and Moss Street. The site is set to open this Read More…

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Here’s what happened in last week’s Bayou St. John flooding

Photos of the Bayou St. John flood last week have been released by District D Councilman Eugene Green. Residents up and down Bayou St. John on Wednesday (Sept. 21) woke up to an unexpected flood. Without a drop of rain falling overnight, water had overtopped the banks and was invading some yards. Many residents, especially those Read More…

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Developments land scenic Moss Street on list of endangered sites

The Moss Street corridor along Bayou St. John was singled out by the Louisiana Landmarks Society as one of the city’s most endangered sites. The nonprofit preservation advocacy organization, itself housed on Moss in the Pitot House, cited inappropriate development as a threat to residential corridor’s historic character and beauty. The Society’s 2022 report on Read More…

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Mayhew Bakery to close Thursday, NOLA.com reports

After years of providing artisan baguettes, a creative assortment of pastries, seasonal king cakes and pizza pies to Bayou St. John and Mid-City neighbors, Mayhew Bakery is closing its doors on Thursday (Aug. 11), Ian McNulty reports on NOLA.com. Owner and chief baker Kelly Mayhew told McNulty that the pandemic and Hurricane Ida proved too Read More…

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Earth Day events to clean up City Park, Norman Francis Parkway, Bayou St. John

New Orleans City Park, the Mid-City Neighborhood Organization and the Friends of Bayou St. John are holding cleanup events as part of Love the Boot Week, Keep Louisiana Beautiful‘s statewide litter removal effort, held April 18-24 in conjunction with Earth Day. The Mid-City events are scheduled for Friday, April 22 (Earth Day), and Saturday, April Read More…

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Limit driving on Moss, respect social distancing along Bayou St. John, mayor urges

From the Mayor’s Office Mayor LaToya Cantrell encouraged motorists to observe the traffic modifications on the downtown side of Moss Street along Bayou St. John as part of the Slow Streets initiative and reminded residents to respect the public gathering limitations – all as part of the city’s response to COVID-19. “As the city continues Read More…

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City is opening up Moss Street to cyclists, joggers and pedestrians

The city is planning to temporarily restrict traffic on Moss Street to allow for easier social distancing among the residents flocking to Bayou St. John to bike, walk their dogs, jog or just hang out by the water. According to the city’s Department of Public Works, between March 20 and May 3 there were 117 Read More…

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Dead Beans parade to make Lundi Gras trek through Faubourg St. John

The Krewe of Red Beans has announced its Dead Beans parade will take to the streets in Mid-City for the third consecutive year. The Krewe of Dead Beans will march through Bayou St. John on Lundi Gras (Feb. 24) and then join up with the Red Beans Parade from which it was formed. Marching members Read More…

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What to do, and not do, if you see an alligator in Bayou St. John

It’s a treat to spot an alligator in Bayou St. John, like the approximately 5-foot creature photographer David Fischer caught up with near Desoto Street. Though an integral part of Louisiana’s natural history and ecosystem, they are one of the more exotic inhabitants of our neighborhood waterway. They may seem exotic, but they are not Read More…