The NOLA Neighborhood Project: Who we are. Where we live. Why we stay. | NOLA.com

Add your comments here …. New Orleans is the neighborhood we carry inside us. We claim it when traveling where Mardi Gras is merely another Tuesday. We fly our colors boldly in towns where the Saints are just another NFL franchise. On storm evacuations, we pine for home, and pray for it, and bond with the folks who set up barbecue pits in motel parking lots: fellow travelers who become our New Orleans neighbors for a few nights. Even in our suburbs, we embrace the city, proudly declaring “New Orleans” whenever out-of-towners ask where we’re from. via The NOLA Neighborhood Project: Who we are. Where we live. Why we stay. |...

Meeting Feb 10th on 121-25 Royal

  It’s baaaacccckkkk. The owner of 121-25 Royal Street, Angelo Farrell, is again making a proposal for a giant addition – which would require a 183′ waiver of the height limit – to this handsome 19th century structure. There will be a public meeting via the Neighborhood Participation Program on Tuesday, February 10 at 6 pm at 711 Bourbon (aka Bourbon Heat nightclub). If you are concerned about this project, please...

Creative industry ‘at risk’ as developers plan to demolish heritage buildings

Donovan Rypkema is one of the foremost researchers on the links between preservation and economic development. If you aren’t already following his page, we encourage you to “like” him. A campaign group has slammed the extension of the Hackney Wick and Fish Island conservation area as a “waste of time” as developers reveal plans to demolish heritage buildings and build luxury flats. The proposals have fuelled fears amongst the artist community that the regeneration will force them out as warehouses are pulled down to make room for large scale mixed-use developments. via News, comment and reviews from the Hackney...

Regulate short-term rentals in New Orleans or shut them down: Kerry Ranson | NOLA.com

Another successful Mardi Gras has come and gone. Thousands of visitors came to New Orleans to enjoy the “greatest free show on earth.” How many of them stayed in an unlicensed, unregulated rental? A July 2014 University of New Orleans Hospitality Research Center study reported that approximately 100,000 visitors to New Orleans in 2013 stayed in private home rentals. While we don’t know the exact count, it’s clear that many of those rentals were illegal, and it’s high time to do something about it. via...

Urbanist Andres Duany speaks on the CZO tonight at Holy Angels

TONIGHT at 6 pm! On behalf of the Riverfront Alliance, Andres Duany, noted urbanist and planning expert, will be speaking about the city’s draft Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance tonight at Holy Angels (St. Claude at Gallier). This is a rare chance to hear and engage with Mr. Duany, who’s been engaged with revitalization efforts in the city since the federal levee failures. Please attend, and spread the...

More bars could be coming to French Quarter

At Thursday’s city council hearing, your elected officials will consider the creation of a new zoning category for the French Quarter which would allow the creation of new bars. VCPORA does not support this measure. As director Meg Lousteau says in the story, “We’ve been following the master plan and the zoning code and the comprehensive zoning ordinance for many years. We’ve gone to every meeting and never once did anyone ever say, You know what the French Quarter needs more of? Bars.” NEW ORLEANS — More bars could be in the near future for the French Quarter. That’s if the proposal to create a new zoning category called “tobacco retail” is approved. “What this proposal would do is it would allow bars as conditional uses in large sections of the commercial areas of the French Quarter, where again we have the highest concentration of bars in the city,” said Meg Lousteau, executive director of the Vieux Carre Property Owners, Residents and Associates. via More bars could be coming to French...

Proposed tower for 400 block of Canal

Developer Mike Motwani’s proposed tower in the 400 block of Canal. The project would require the partial or total demolition of 4 historic structures, and at 250′, would be over 3X the allowed height of...

Judge evicts NYC tenant for listing rent-stabilized apartment on Airbnb

NEW YORK — A housing court judge in Manhattan has sided against a tenant who listed a rent-stabilized apartment on Airbnb. The decision, while not the first eviction related to short-term rentals, could serve as something of a precedent for how the city’s courts deal with enterprising tenants. Judge Jack Stoller found that tenant Henry Ikezi had engaged in profiteering, and awarded possession of the apartment to landlord Related Companies. via Judge evicts NYC tenant for listing rent-stabilized apartment on...

Controversial CBD hotel project weathers public thrashing | NOLA.com

The prospect of a wrecking ball tearing through the tchotchke-selling tourist shop and nearby kiosk hawking Cajun country alligator tours at the corner of the Tchoupitoulas and Canal streets produced no complaints in the crowd. But knocking down four mid-19th century townhouses to build a 250-foot high hotel tower on their remains … well, that touched some nerves. via Controversial CBD hotel project weathers public thrashing |...

Meeting tonight on demolition proposal for 400 block of Canal

TONIGHT! 5:30 tonight at Jax Brewery in the Riverview Room. A public meeting on the proposal by Mike Motwani to demolish historic buildings in the 400 block of Canal and build a tower *far* in excess of the 70′ height limit. This is a matter of concern not just for our neighbors across Canal, but for the Quarter as well. There are now ***three*** high-rises under construction or on the table for Canal Street, which would dramatically affect the historic character of our neighborhoods as well as set precedents for other out-of-scale developments. Please plan to attend! (graphic courtesy of the Preservation Resource...

Parking Instructions And Traffic Restrictions For The French Quarter In Advance Of Mardi Gras Celebrations

Parking and driving restrictions kick in today for the Quarter! Some details below; click on the link for full info. Be careful out there! FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 03/05/2015 PARKING INSTRUCTIONS AND TRAFFIC RESTRICTIONS FOR THE FRENCH QUARTER IN ADVANCE OF MARDI GRAS CELEBRATIONS NEW ORLEANS – Today, the City of New Orleans issued a reminder that a large portion of the French Quarter will be closed to vehicular traffic and on-street parking during the upcoming Mardi Gras celebrations and anticipated large crowds. Beginning Friday, Feb. 13, 2015, at 6:00 p.m. and continuing until Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015, at 6:00 a.m., no on-street parking or vehicular traffic into the French Quarter is allowed in the area between Iberville and Dumaine Streets and between North Rampart and Decatur Streets, except those vehicles issued Vieux Carre resident permits. Vieux Carre resident permits should be displayed on vehicle dashboards so they are clearly visible to police officers staffing barricades. Vehicles in violation are subject to a $75.00 fine and seizure ($161.25 tow fee). via PARKING INSTRUCTIONS AND TRAFFIC RESTRICTIONS FOR THE FRENCH QUARTER IN ADVANCE OF MARDI GRAS...