Blakeview: FDR visits New Orleans

The president arrived by train on April 29, 1937
This week marks the 80th anniversary of a presidential visit to New Orleans that led to one of the most beloved quotes by a mayor...

Blake Pontchartrain: New Orleans Trivia

Clancy DuBos: An alternative to gridlock

If lawmakers can't even agree on the simple things, maybe a constitutional convention can address the big picture
The Louisiana Constitution of 1974 was far from a perfect document when voters approved it more than four decades ago. Proof of that is the...

Clancy DuBos

Blake Pontchartrain: Kennedy Park in Bayou St. John

The park is named after Charles R. Kennedy
Hey Blake, I'm unable to find information on Kennedy Park in Faubourg St. John. We've had events there and would eventually like to have...

Blake Pontchartrain: New Orleans Trivia

Blakeview: Joseph M. Bartholomew

The local golfing great built several courses
As we revisit Bayou Barriere's history and see the opening this week (April 21) of the new Bayou Oaks Golf Course in City Park, we...

Blake Pontchartrain: New Orleans Trivia

Clancy DuBos: Pat Taylor's legacy

A message to lawmakers who tinker with TOPS
Amid the hoopla over state funding for the beloved TOPS college scholarship program, it's worth remembering how — and why — the Taylor Opportunity Program...

Clancy DuBos

Blake Pontchartrain: Bayou Barriere Golf Club

Maurice's Plantation Bistro was open less than six months
Hey Blake, I read that the Bayou Barriere golf course has closed. Am I dreaming or was there a fine dining restaurant on the...

Blake Pontchartrain: New Orleans Trivia

Blakeview: Merlin Candies

The company behind Merlin's chocolate bunnies was founded in 1947
For 70 years now, New Orleans children have been delighted to find a Merlin's milk chocolate bunny rabbit in their Easter baskets. This year will...

Blake Pontchartrain: New Orleans Trivia

Clancy DuBos: Agents of change

Remembering Lolis Edward Elie and Ralph Miller
Change doesn't come easily. It typically requires great risk by people willing to take on the status quo against daunting odds. Louisiana recently lost two...

Clancy DuBos

Blake Pontchartrain: Causeway utility vaults

Nineteen small structures house the bridge's power and fiber systems
Hey Blake, About every two miles on the southbound Lake Pontchartrain Causeway, you will see little houses or sheds that jut out over the water....

Blake Pontchartrain: New Orleans Trivia

Blakeview: DeGaulle, Meyer and Collins

Three West Bank thoroughfares named after military generals
I thought we'd go to the West Bank this week for a little history about three thoroughfares named for military generals: DeGaulle, Meyer and Collins....

Blake Pontchartrain: New Orleans Trivia

Blake Pontchartrain: Our Lady of Lourdes church

The former rectory is being converted into offices for the New Orleans Opera Association
Hey Blake, Once upon a time my family lived on LaSalle Street across from Our Lady of Lourdes Church. Most of the nine children...

Blake Pontchartrain: New Orleans Trivia

Clancy DuBos: Edwards' CAT is out of the bag

The governor unveils his "commercial activity tax" plan
A lot has already been said about Gov. John Bel Edwards' proposed "commercial activity tax," or CAT, but the early rumblings against it are noth-ing compared to what's to come. The governor...

Clancy DuBos

Clancy DuBos: Recalls shouldn't be this difficult

Ridiculously high signature thresholds explain why few efforts succeed
Recalling an elected official is a drastic remedy; it should not be so easy that it becomes a cudgel wielded for mere political spite. On...

Clancy DuBos

Blakeview: The Poydras Market

The outdoor market closed in 1932
For much of Poydras Street's history, a two-block area of the thoroughfare was home to an outdoor market. The Poydras Market existed from 1838 until...

Blake Pontchartrain: New Orleans Trivia

Blake Pontchartrain: Sculpture for New Orleans outdoor art project

More than 70 sculptures have popped up since 2007
Hey Blake, I noticed that the sculptures of the two women in bathing suits on Poydras Street have been taken down. Is there any...

Blake Pontchartrain: New Orleans Trivia

Clancy DuBos: Getting smart on crime

Locking up nonviolent offenders only makes us dumb on crime
Louisiana lawmakers will struggle to make sense of our state's fiscal mess when they convene next month, and that struggle will overshadow all other pressing...

Clancy DuBos

Blakeview: William J. McCrossen

New Orleans Fire Department Superintendent from 1973-1993
This week, as we celebrate all things Irish on St. Patrick's Day, we remember an Irish Channel native who carried with him a deep love...

Blake Pontchartrain: New Orleans Trivia

Clancy DuBos: Our monumental challenge

Between 1820 and 1860, New Orleans was an epicenter of the American slave trade. A century later, from the 1950s through the 1970s, New Orleans...

Clancy DuBos

Blake Pontchartrain: Jackson Avenue ferry landing

A defunct passenger terminal above Tchoupitoulas
Hey Blake, What's with the overhead walkway across Tchoupitoulas Street at Jackson Avenue? It seems to connect to a deserted circular building on one...

Blake Pontchartrain: New Orleans Trivia

Blakeview: Eleanor Roosevelt in New Orleans

The former First Lady visited March 6, 1937
This week we remember a visit to New Orleans 80 years ago by first lady Eleanor Roosevelt. According to press accounts, Roosevelt arrived by...

Blake Pontchartrain: New Orleans Trivia

Clancy DuBos: With FEMA, don't give up. Ever.

When they say "no," go back and ask again
It comes as no surprise to those who dealt with FEMA after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita that the agency denied Gov. John Bel Edwards' requests...

Clancy DuBos

Blake Pontchartrain: Country Club Gardens

The neighborhood was part of the Hazeur Plantation
Hey Blake, We just moved to the Country Club Gardens neighborhood. Can you tell us the history of the development of these streets between the...

Blake Pontchartrain: New Orleans Trivia

Blake Pontchartrain: Francis William Gregory

The education leader was principal of what is now Warren Easton
Hey Blake, Who was Francis W. Gregory and what is his claim to fame? I want to share the information with my children since...

Blake Pontchartrain: New Orleans Trivia

Blakeview: "Livery Stable Blues" turns 100

The first commercial jazz recording was made in 1917
The Original Dixieland Jazz Band was not the First Group to play jazz, but historians agree its members were the first to record it commercially,...

Blake Pontchartrain: New Orleans Trivia

Clancy DuBos: Budget fight is all politics

If you think fiscal policy drives Louisiana's budget decisions, think again
On the surface, the special legislative session that ended last week resembled a small step in the right direction. Gov. John Bel Edwards and recalcitrant...

Clancy DuBos

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