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Development and recovery

The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra’s string section performed on a barge, center, while commercial fishing boats were home to one instrument each during the New Water Music Festival on the shore of Lake Pontchartrain. A variety of development efforts are underway along the lakefront of all different scales. (Zach Brien,

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.

(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.

The race for City Hall

April 20, 2017: Joe Giarrusso III made his formal announcement to run for the District A seat on the New Orleans City Council, as did Dr. Eric Anthony Johnson for the District B seat.

Land Use

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

April 11, 2017:
A Lycee Francais banner hangs from the roof at the former Priestley campus in July 2015.
Lycée Français de la Nouvelle Orléans is preparing for the the launch of their long-planned French-immersion high school in two years by planning the curriculum and at least five different international degrees and certifications students will be able to pursue.

April 12, 2017: Orleans Parish School Board Superintendent Henderson Lewis Jr. recommends that Eleanor McMain Secondary School be converted into a charter governed by the InspireNOLA network.

Flood Protection

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.

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.


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