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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Mid-City Library to move to historic Automotive Life Insurance Building

Posted By on Wed, May 25, 2016 at 4:26 PM

The Automotive Life Insurance Building on Canal Street, which will reopen as the Mid-City branch of the New Orleans Public Library this fall. - KEVIN ALLMAN
  • The Automotive Life Insurance Building on Canal Street, which will reopen as the Mid-City branch of the New Orleans Public Library this fall.

The Mid-City branch of the New Orleans Public Library (NOPL), which narrowly averted eviction from its home at the American Can building last year, will move to the two-story Automotive Life Insurance Building at 4140 Canal Street, City Librarian Charles M. Brown announced today in a memo to staff and city officials.

The modernist building, which features a marble-and-glass facade and terrazzo flooring, was designed by Curtis & Davis Architects (who went on to design the New Orleans Rivergate) and opened in 1963, It was designated a city historic landmark by the New Orleans Historic District Landmarks Commission in 2010. The two-story building features 9,259 square feet of space on a 23,000-square-foot lot.

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Monday, May 23, 2016

Y@ Speak: "satire"

Posted By on Mon, May 23, 2016 at 5:25 PM

Last week delivered us a crash course in nonapologies, from state Rep. Kenneth "It Was Satire" Havard's unapologetic sexism to Bayou Boogaloo's Fence-pot Dome Scandal (can we start that instead of adding "gate" to any minor controversy). Also this week: ... what if termites adapted to eat people?

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Thursday, May 19, 2016

"NOLA Readiness Ride" spotlights evacuation points

Posted By on Thu, May 19, 2016 at 11:17 AM

Evacuspot sculpture unveiled in Armstrong Park. - ALEX WOODWARD
  • Evacuspot sculpture unveiled in Armstrong Park.

Volunteers from Evacuteer, a nonprofit that assists with the city's emergency evacuation programs, will ride RTA public transit lines June 1-3 to share information for the hurricane season beginning in June. 

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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Who tells the story of the Confederate monuments in New Orleans?

Posted By on Wed, May 18, 2016 at 6:40 PM

  • Photos by Derick Hingle & Kandace Power Graves
While 100 people gathered for a panel at the Tulane Hillel building on Broadway Street on May 17, the Louisiana Senate nearly unanimously passed a "Blue Lives Matter" bill that classifies any offense against a police officer as a hate crime.

Similar measures were floated in the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement and growing unrest against police violence — but Louisiana was the first state to bring a measure to the governor's desk. “We have to stop this malicious trend before it starts," said Savannah Shange in a statement with Black Youth Project 100 New Orleans. "We cannot allow the gains of the civil rights movement to be squandered away by police officers scrambling to avoid criticism from their constituents." The statement added that including police — a public agency — as a protected class in hate crime legislation would "provide more protection to an institution that is statistically proven to be racist in action, policy and impact." The measure passed 33-3 without any discussion or debate.

The panel at Tulane — part of The Big Issue series on controversial topics in New Orleans — was to explore "what comes next" for the four Confederate monuments the city voted to remove last year, and what we stand to lose or gain with their removal. Predictably, the panel and the room exploded into a heated debate over the legacy of white supremacy, who gets to determine the city's future and interpret its often-painful history, and how mostly white supporters of the monuments respond to black critics sharing their pain and experience.

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Bayou Boogaloo fence comes down after day of online drama

Posted By on Wed, May 18, 2016 at 12:26 PM

Fencing along the Moss Street side of Bayou St. John was taken down this morning after protests from neighbors and attendees of the annual Bayou Boogaloo festival. - KEVIN ALLMAN
  • Fencing along the Moss Street side of Bayou St. John was taken down this morning after protests from neighbors and attendees of the annual Bayou Boogaloo festival.

After furious online reaction that threatened to derail the popular Bayou Boogaloo festival in Mid-City, organizers bowed to public pressure and removed a section of chainlink fence that stretched for several blocks along the Moss Street side of Bayou St. John.

This morning's removal followed a day of social media protest and complaints about the fence, which blocked the public from using the Moss Street levee for several days before the festival.

Other signs, which closed the popular walking/biking path on the Jefferson Davis Street side of the bayou for a week, were gone this morning as well, though it wasn't clear whether they had been removed by Boogaloo organizers or neighbors.

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Monday, May 16, 2016

Y@ Speak: termite life

Posted By on Mon, May 16, 2016 at 2:50 PM

It's that time of year when 87 percent of New Orleans is just 100 pounds of termites shaped into people. They're among us — in line at the bank, sipping a beer at the bar, in a pile of their dead friends under your living room lamp. If you survived the recent swarms, here's your week: killer strawberries, medical marijuana, and hey, the state budget was figured out in time so our legislators could be home for Scandal.

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Monday, May 9, 2016

Y@ Speak: AirBnBey

Posted By on Mon, May 9, 2016 at 5:30 PM

New Orleans debates Airbnb, worships at the altar of Beyonce and throws a party celebrating our crumbling infrastructure — because everything is such a silly goof in this magical town made of dreams that even the mayor had an "only in New Orleans" take. More from this week on Twitter: Sean Payton in seersucker, because horses/wealth:

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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Canal Street sinkhole driving map, take two

Posted By on Tue, May 3, 2016 at 3:44 PM

Remember the fun we had yesterday trying to make heads or tails of that map issued by the city of New Orleans — the one designed to help drivers navigate around the Canal Street sinkhole regular hole? 

They've got a better one now that answers most of the questions we had:


You are now free to move about the foot of Canal Street again. 

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Monday, May 2, 2016

City provides sinkhole driving map for motorists; translation requested

Posted By on Mon, May 2, 2016 at 5:04 PM

By now you know there's a sinkhole regular old hole in the middle of Canal Street right between The Shops at Canal Place and Harrah's New Orleans — an abyss that's going to take 3 to 6 months to repair, according to city officials.

Since this may be a traffic factor until, oh, Halloween, the city has issued the following map to help you get around downtown:

We have some questions. Let's break this down.

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Y@ Speak: purple rained out

Posted By on Mon, May 2, 2016 at 4:05 PM

After you wash off the Patient Zero-level disease you collected from the musical horse river, let's look at some holes! Massive, people- and car-eating holes sprouting across the city like nightmare moles forecasting some kind of apocalypse or the earth's reclamation of our devil town — that's just so NOLA.

Also: meet a racist deputy!

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