New Orleans to launch fleet of 700 publicly shared “social bicycles” this fall

The Uptown Messenger -

In an effort to combine the convenience of public transit with the benefits of cycling, New Orleans is preparing to deploy a fleet of 700 publicly shared “social bicycles” for hire around this city this year, officials are busy telling neighborhood groups. The 700 custom-designed bicycles will be placed at an estimated 70 stations designated [...]

Danae Columbus: Why Congressman Richmond will attend Trump’s inauguration

The Uptown Messenger -

Though recent polls (including one from the Wall Street Journal/NBC News) call President-Elect Donald Trump the most unpopular incoming President in decades, more than a thousand Louisiana residents including Fenn French, Louis Gurvich, Adrian Bruneau, Eric Skrmetta, Brian Trascher, Billy Nungesser, Jeff Landry, and State Republican Party Chair Roger Villere with granddaughter Madison are taking [...]

Carrollton’s “mysterious booms” not related to military jet activity, officials tell New Orleans City Council

The Uptown Messenger -

The mysterious nocturnal explosion sounds that have literally been rattling Carrollton homes since December are not caused by any supersonic aircraft activity, military officials said in response to a City Council member’s inquiry this week. The booms have been described by Carrollton residents from the river to South Claiborne as loud enough to shake houses, [...]

Two boys injured in shooting on Green Street, police say, as 2017 gun violence soars

The Uptown Messenger -

Two boys were injured in a shooting Monday night on Green Street in Carrollton, the latest Uptown incident in what is being described as a dramatic escalation of gun violence across the city, New Orleans police said. Around 7:15 p.m. Monday, Jan. 16, the two juvenile victims (whose ages have not been released) were near [...]

Coliseum Square residents mostly in favor of proposed Annunciation dog run

The Uptown Messenger -

Many members of the Coliseum Square Association voiced favor Monday night for a proposed gated dog run in Annunciation Square, though some still question the safety and cleanliness of allowing dogs to run freely so close to children. Officials from the New Orleans Recreation Department Commission are looking into a 300 square-foot space in Annunciation [...]

New Orleans honors Martin Luther King’s memory with song, celebration and parade

The Uptown Messenger -

New Orleans city officials, faith leaders, civil-rights activists and citizens all joined together Monday morning to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Michaela Harrison performs Sam Cooke's "A Change Gone Come" at the MLK day 2017 celebration at City Hall @UptownMessenger pic.twitter.com/anABeHgc1d — Zach Brien (@zjbphoto) January 16, 2017

James Carville and Mary Matalin to lead panel discussion of 2016 election at Tulane

The Uptown Messenger -

Husband-and-wife political strategists James Carville and Mary Matalin will lead a panel discussion of the 2016 Presidential election Tuesday evening at Tulane University, the university announced. The conversation will start at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17, in the Kendall Cram lecture hall in the Lavin-Bernick Center on the Uptown campus. Other panelists will include Massachusetts [...]

Woman threatened at gunpoint during armed robbery attempt on South Carrollton, police say

The Uptown Messenger -

A woman was threatened at gunpoint Sunday morning during an armed robbery attempt on South Carrollton Avenue, New Orleans police said. The victim, a woman in her early 20s, was in the 2200 block of South Carrollton around 7 a.m. Sunday when she was confronted by an assailant with a small black handgun who demanded [...]

Owen Courreges: Does anybody really believe these 55 new speed cameras are for “safety”?

The Uptown Messenger -

If aliens ever came down to Earth, they would quickly determine that the government of the city of New Orleans is at odds with its own citizens, working ceaselessly to render their lives more grueling and costly. The latest escalation of this ongoing fracas consists of the use of 55 new speed cameras throughout the [...]

If Cantrell runs for mayor, possible District B contenders include former school board member, Zulu king, and economic development specialist

The Uptown Messenger -

When City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell recently announced that she was mulling a run for mayor of New Orleans this fall, she also set in motion consideration of who might succeed her in the District B seat — and so far, the possible field includes former School Board member Seth Bloom, Zulu king Jay Banks and [...]

Hearing on redevelopment of former Times-Picayune building postponed to February

The Uptown Messenger -

A hearing on the as-yet-undisclosed undisclosed redevelopment of the former Times-Picayune building on Howard Avenue was postponed until February after city planners gave a skeptical review to the initial plan for the project. The request for high-intensity mixed-use zoning at 3800 Howard Avenue was slated for review by the City Planning Commission on Tuesday, but [...]

New soul-food restaurant on Hickory gets thumbs up from city planners

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A site in the Carrollton neighborhood believed to have been used as a restaurant for more than a century will reopen as C&L Restaurant serving New Orleans soul food favorites, based on the recommendation of city planners this week. The vacant brick building at 8638 Hickory Street, owned by Darryl Lewis, is currently zoned residential, [...]

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