Development and recovery
April 16, 2017: With a flurry of new restaurants are in the works, the $12 million Lakeshore Landing development by the owners of Tipitina's, interest in redeveloping the long-shuttered Lincoln Beach, advocates and officials hope the lakefront area is finally poised for a long-awaited renaissance.
- Read full coverage from Gentilly Messenger: "WATERFRONT REVIVAL: Big plans abound for redevelopment all along Lake Pontchartrain"
(Update) April 19: Also, officials are weighing two competing proposals to develop a parcel in the marina: Sailboat Bay apartments want to build a new 24-unit apartment building, and the owners of Brisbi's want to build a 16-unit condominium. Their proposals are under consideration by a subcommittee of the Non-Flood Protection Asset Management Authority.
- Read more at Gentilly Messenger: "Sailboat Bay, Brisbi’s owners propose competing condo, apartment projects in marina"
The race for City Hall
- UptownMessenger.com: "Eric Johnson formally announces run for District B seat on City Council"
- MidCityMessenger.com: "Joe Giarrusso makes formal announcement for District A City Council seat"
- (Previously) April 13: Timothy David Ray begins campaigning for the District B seat. UptownMessenger.com: "District B City Council race draws another contender"
April 20, 2017: A blighted former Times-Picayune warehouse at 2720 St. Louis Street on the Lafitte Greenway will become a mix of offices, retail and possibly eateries in a $4 million project by the New Orleans Redevelopment Fund with a hopeful completion date of early 2018.
- Read more at MidCityMessenger.com "Warehouse redevelopment aims to breathe new life onto forgotten stretch of Lafitte Greenway"
April 20, 2017: Verret's Lounge on Washington Avenue will no longer have to hire a regular security guard -- which may pave the way toward a sale to new owners who will revamp the menu to focus more on wine -- after the Alcohol Control Board voted to lift the requirement that had been in place since last year's fatal shooting of 42-year-old Gregory Young inside the bar.
- Read more at UptownMessenger.com: "City drops security-guard requirement for Verret’s Lounge, allowing sale to wine bar"
April 18, 2017: City planners approve the creation of the St. Bernard Overlay District along the corridor between Interstate 10 and North Dorgenois Street, raising the maximum height to 55 feet for mixed-use properties so that Liberty Bank can build a four-story senior living facility at 1950 St. Bernard.
- Read more at MidCityMessenger.com: "Proposed St. Bernard Overlay District increases building height to 4 stories"
Crime and public safety
April 19, 2017: The Delachaise Neighborhood Association plans to begin exploring the idea of a tax-funded security and improvement district to pay for extra police presence in their area and in the Milan area.
- Read more from Uptown Messenger: "Delachaise Neighborhood to explore tax-based security district"
April 18, 2017: A 60-year-old woman was shot to death Tuesday evening in front of a home on Athis Street in Gentilly, the latest of more than 50 homicide victims in New Orleans so far in 2017.
- Read more from GentillyMessenger.com: "Woman, 60, killed in triple shooting on Athis Street, police say"
The Charter School Experiment
April 17, 2017: The City Planning Commission has approved the $26 million plan for Columbia Parc Elementary at the site of the former St. Bernard Housing project.
- Read more from MidCityMessenger.com: "Columbia Parc Elementary school gets nod from City Planning Commission"
- Read more at UptownMessenger.com: "Lycee Francais preparing to launch French-curriculum high school in two years"
- Read more at UptownMessenger.com: "Orleans Parish superintendent recommends giving McMain charter to InspireNOLA, closing Mahalia Jackson"
April 13, 2017: The National Wildlife Foundation and the state Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority are asking for the support of the Mid-City Neighborhood Organization in passing updates to the Louisiana Coastal Master Plan.
- Read more at Mid-City Messenger: "Louisiana Coastal Master Plan officials asking for Mid-City support"
April 10, 2017: The city of New Orleans is ready to take on this hurricane season without issues, officials said at the 2017 State of Flood Protection Summit.
- Read more at Gentilly Messenger: "Flood protection officials give updates on master plan projects at summit"
- April 20, 2017: "Matt Haines: Setting out on the Appalachian Trail and – hopefully – steering clear of bears"
- April 20, 2017: "Danae Columbus: Desiree Charbonnet could shake up mayor’s race"