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Monday, April 16, 2018

Y@ Speak: media groups

Posted By on Mon, Apr 16, 2018 at 7:00 PM


Some takes on Gambit and The Advocate, plus the Pelicans in the playoffs, bad weather, Sen. Kennedy, and an oil slick's surprise drop-in at French Quarter Fest.

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Friday, April 13, 2018

New Orleans Public Library main branch to remain closed through May 13

Posted By on Fri, Apr 13, 2018 at 4:16 PM

The main branch of the New Orleans Public Library. - PHOTO BY JASON PARIS/CREATIVE COMMONS
  • PHOTO BY JASON PARIS/CREATIVE COMMONS
  • The main branch of the New Orleans Public Library.

The New Orleans Public Library announced last month it would be closed for two weeks in April for repairs, renovations and improvements. Now the closure will last through Sunday, May 13, the library announced today.

Other branches will remain open for the public.


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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

City temporarily suspends glass recycling; adds composting option for residents

Posted By on Wed, Apr 11, 2018 at 4:13 PM

CREATIVE COMMONS/BORN 1945
  • CREATIVE COMMONS/BORN 1945

New Orleans still doesn't have home pickup glass recycling, but now the monthly events where residents can drop off glass bottles and such to be recycled has been suspended as well.

According to a press release from the City of New Orleans, glass recycling will be suspended starting April 14 due to an expansion by its glass recycling contractor. No date was given for resumption, though the city notes that all local Target locations offer glass recycling dropoff containers in front of their stores.

New Orleans instituted curbside glass recycling in 2015 for the French Quarter and Downtown Development District, but suspended the practice in 2017, it said, after low citizen participation.
For those who have been wanting to compost egg shells, coffee grounds, fruit and vegetable scraps and other compostables, the city has good news for you: New Orleans is partnering with The Composting Network to accept compost materials via dropoff at its monthly event at the City’s Recycling Drop-Off Center (2829 Elysian Fields Ave.). Note that The Composting Network will not accept dairy products, meat products and a few other things.

Full information below the jump. Happy composting.

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Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Without surveillance requirement, new ordinance for bars and restaurants aims to 'simplify' permits, licenses

Posted By on Tue, Apr 3, 2018 at 6:00 PM

PHOTO BY ALEXANDER RIST
  • PHOTO BY ALEXANDER RIST

A proposal requiring every liquor license-holding business in New Orleans to install a surveillance camera to be shared with law enforcement is dead, for now. Mayor Mitch Landrieu's office says its future is up to the incoming administrations, though Mayor-elect LaToya Cantrell says she doesn't plan to revive it.

A replacement ordinance not only removes the controversial camera requirement but also sections that give the mayor and chief of police and nearby residents more power to revoke or suspend liquor licenses.

At-Large Councilmember Stacy Head introduced a replacement bill that focuses on streamlining the issuance of liquor licenses from under the wing of the Finance Department and into the city's OneStop shop program with the Department of Safety and Permits, which comprised the bulk of the previous draft.

The measure was approved by the City Council's Governmental Affairs Committee March 29. It'll likely be up for a vote this month.

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Monday, April 2, 2018

Y@ Speak: fooled

Posted By on Mon, Apr 2, 2018 at 6:15 PM


We celebrate spring's arrival with the ceremonial traffic accidents involving municipal vehicles.

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Monday, March 26, 2018

Y@ Speak: parade, march, parade, march

Posted By on Mon, Mar 26, 2018 at 6:45 PM

New Orleans was out on the street this week for gun control, Tom Benson, Mardi Gras Indians and monuments.

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Thursday, March 22, 2018

Editorial: Time to revisit New Orleans' short-term rental laws

Posted By on Thu, Mar 22, 2018 at 6:13 PM

A 2016 rally in the Bywater against short-term rentals. - PHOTO BY KEVIN ALLMAN
  • PHOTO BY KEVIN ALLMAN
  • A 2016 rally in the Bywater against short-term rentals.

Are short-term rentals (STRs) like Airbnb making it harder for New Orleanians to live in the city where they work? The STR industry says it’s just the opposite. By renting out a spare bedroom or half a double, the argument goes, more rather than fewer locals can live affordably here. That argument suffered a serious blow earlier this month when Airbnb’s updated website easily showed who are the city’s biggest Airbnb landlords.

The largest local Airbnb operator — with 154 rental units scattered all over town — is a Spokane, Washington-based company called Stay Alfred, which has thousands of units in various cities across the country. Another out-of-town company, Sonder, controls 124 units in New Orleans. These aren’t mom-and-pop landlords; they’re hoteliers posing as small-time operators.
Breonne DeDecker of the housing rights organization Jane Place Neighborhood Sustainability Initiative told WVUE-TV that the top 10 Airbnb landlords in the city control a total of 568 units — apartments and condos that otherwise could be occupied by full-time New Orleanians. In the Faubourg Marigny, a neighborhood once filled with service industry personnel and others who worked nearby in the French Quarter, one in 10 units now is a short-term rental, according to a story published last year by The Huffington Post and The Lens.


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Monday, March 19, 2018

Y@ Speak: Krewe of St. Chadrick's Day

Posted By on Mon, Mar 19, 2018 at 4:55 PM


Your week in Twitter: Tom Benson, school walkouts, tourists and Airbnb.

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Thursday, March 15, 2018

Tom Benson: 1927-2018

Posted By on Thu, Mar 15, 2018 at 6:25 PM

Tom Benson. - PHOTO BY JONATHAN BACHMAN
  • PHOTO BY JONATHAN BACHMAN
  • Tom Benson.

Tom Benson, the billionaire car dealer, philanthropist and owner of the New Orleans Saints and New Orleans Pelicans, died today at Ochsner Medical Center at the age of 90. He had been hospitalized with the flu for a month.

The New Orleans Saints site has a full obituary. Funeral and memorial services have not been announced.

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Tuesday, March 13, 2018

City Planning Commission rejects Bywater hotel plans

Posted By on Tue, Mar 13, 2018 at 5:25 PM

Plans for a hotel on St. Claude Avenue were denied by the City Planning Commission March 13.
  • Plans for a hotel on St. Claude Avenue were denied by the City Planning Commission March 13.

Bywater residents in City Hall breathed a muted sigh of relief March 13 after the New Orleans City Planning Commission (CPC) denied a proposal for a hotel development in their neighborhood.

The CPC voted to deny approval for a zoning change and conditional use permit allowing construction of a hotel on a large lot on St. Claude Avenue in Bywater, a site that formerly housed the events space The Truck Farm and several residences. Developers also withdrew a plan to add a parking lot on the opposite side of St. Claude.

The CPC's recommendation for denial now heads to the New Orleans City Council which will determine whether the development gets the green light.

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