New Central City park to commemorate historic 1957 founding of MLK’s civil rights organization

The Uptown Messenger -

By Nicholas Riemann Special to Uptown Messenger On Feb. 14, 1957, a crucial moment of American history was made in Central City, when Martin Luther King Jr. came to the New Zion Baptist Church on Third Street to found the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, what would become one of the country’s foremost African-American civil-rights organizations. [...]

Danae Columbus: Funding and goals clash in Charity redevelopment debates

The Uptown Messenger -

Though there is much progressive talk in New Orleans these days about the need for economic and social equity, the viability of the redevelopment of Charity Hospital and its surrounding footprint will be decided in part by the willingness of Mayor LaToya Cantrell, the City Council and the judges of Civil District Court to relocate [...]

Lycee promises improvement to new school-bus system after first week’s “disaster”

The Uptown Messenger -

As if the first day back at school wasn’t challenging enough, many Lycée Français de la Nouvelle-Orléans students spent so long returning home on the charter’s school’s new bus system that parents gave up waiting for them at the bus stop, only to find out that the school was unsure where exactly the buses were [...]

Cohen alumni association raises concerns about design of new high school, declining scores

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The Walter S. Cohen High School Alumni Association — which fought after Hurricane Katrina to keep their alma mater from being merged with another school — is raising concerns about declining test scores under its charter operator and plans for a new high school building they believe is too small. New Orleans College Prep, which [...]

New Second District police station and indoor pool in Gert Town nears completion; opening date yet to be named

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The new headquarters of the New Orleans Police Department’s Uptown-based Second District in Gert Town — as well as the new indoor pool on the same lot — are nearly complete after more than a year of construction, but no opening date has been announced. Construction on the station at 3411 Broadway Street began in [...]

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