Features

Central City
7:00 am
Wed October 1, 2014

Tulane City Center's Maurice Cox On Adaptive Reuse And Creative Resurgence Along O.C. Haley Blvd.

Maurice Cox, Director of the Tulane City Center and associate dean for community engagement.
Credit Eve Troeh / WWNO

This week WWNO has been exploring Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard. The Central City corridor is home to new nonprofits and business ventures, after a redevelopment effort of more than a decade.

Today we wrap up coverage with a conversation just off the Boulevard, on Baronne Street. It’s the new home of Tulane City Center, a venture of the university’s School of Architecture, with a strong service learning component.

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Central City
7:00 am
Tue September 30, 2014

For Businesses On O.C Haley Blvd. There Is More At Stake Than Commerce

Just some of the businesses, established and new, on O.C. Haley Blvd. Some larger buildings are being carved up to accommodate smaller businesses.
Credit Eileen Fleming / WWNO

There have been several ribbon-cutting ceremonies lately on Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard, and more are on the way. The community-based revitalization plan for the commercial corridor, driven by non-profits, is now looking to private business to keep it moving.

The 10 blocks between Jackson Avenue and Calliope Street are crammed with construction crews. Workers are fixing building facades. A jazz center spearheaded by trumpeter Irvin Mayfield is taking shape. So is a grocery store.

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Central City
7:00 am
Mon September 29, 2014

With Memories Of A Bustling Past Still Fresh, O.C. Haley Blvd. Slowly Coming Back To Life

Stores, restaurants and theaters are returning to O.C. Haley Blvd., a once-bustling commercial strip in Central City.
Credit Jason Saul / WWNO

Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard in Central City has recently seen a lot of redevelopment. This Monday, the new location of the Southern Food and Beverage Museum opens its doors. Other large-scale projects are underway, too, and developers expect them to bring new life to the area.

But O.C. Haley has seen a slower resurgence than some other nearby commercial districts. Why has it been so hard to bring business back to this boulevard?

Carol Bebelle says she started coming to Oretha Castle Haley Blvd. when she was a little girl.

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Features
4:22 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

City Holds 'Bootcamp' Training For Jobs In Film And TV Production

Bootcamp participants wire themselves for walkie-talkie training.
Kate Richardson WWNO

Since 2002 Louisiana has provided incentives for the film and TV industry. Under the program, the state reimburses 30 percent of production expenses in the form of tax credits.

The city of New Orleans and surrounding parishes run workforce training sessions called Production Assistant Bootcamps. These help ensure that locals get jobs in the entertainment industry. This year's bootcamp took place at the Ashé Cultural Arts Center. 

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Features
7:02 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

Let Me Clear My Goat: Munching Through An Algiers Park

Author Michael Patrick Welch chases his herd in Brechtel Park. The herd is helping clear the park, which had fallen into disrepair in the years after Hurricane Katrina.
Credit Jason Saul / WWNO

Many ideas have been suggested for how to handle New Orleans’s pervasive blight problem. Reporter Michael Patrick Welch and his wife Morgana believe the answer is goats.

This is the story of how my wife Morgana King entered into a business agreement… with a bunch of goats.

It all began with just one goat, our pet, Chauncey Gardner:

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NOPD
1:55 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

New Orleans Makes Big Push To Get More Cops On The Streets

After a hiring freeze caused by a budget crisis, New Orleans is now struggling to replace the roughly 100 officers a year it loses to retirements and officers quitting.
Rusty Costanza Getty Images

Originally published on Tue August 19, 2014 1:08 pm

New Orleans is still reeling from another spate of violence last weekend, when five people were killed by gunfire and 11 wounded, including two toddlers. The city has launched high-profile campaigns to address gun violence, but a big part of the problem is an acute shortage of police.

Karen Rogers lives in the lower 9th Ward, where a recent drive-by shooting left two people dead and several more wounded. Police say it was drug-related.

"This is not the first time [I've heard gunshots]," says Rogers. "This is the first time to actually see people murdered and shot."

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Features
9:47 am
Fri August 8, 2014

Richard Campanella Cityscapes: Anniversary Of An Epidemic

Workers display rat-trapping equipment in New Orleans, circa 1914.
U.S. Public Health Service National Library of Medicine

At a time when the Ebola virus is causing panic throughout the world, and has prompted dire warnings from international public health officials, we're revisiting a plague of old: The Plague.

For this month's "Cityscapes" piece on Nola.com, Tulane University's Richard Campanella focused on one of New Orleans's own epidemics. This month marks the 100th anniversary of the bubonic plague outbreak in New Orleans.

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Criminal Justice
8:19 pm
Sat July 26, 2014

Business And Community Leaders Working To Reduce Louisiana's Record Incarceration Rate

Credit spirit of america / Shutterstock.com

On a per-capita basis, Louisiana leads the nation in the number of people behind bars. A diverse group of business and religious leaders have come together to support laws that could lower the state’s incarceration rates.

In this latest installment of the continuing WWNO and WYES series on criminal justice reform, Marcia Kavanaugh looks into how the Louisiana Smart on Crime initiative fared in this past legislative session.

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Coastal Desk
5:00 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Coastal Rundown: Austin Badon, Marsh Buggies And Golden Meadow

Austin Badon overlooking the wetlands on Paris Road in New Orleans East
Credit Jesse Hardman / WWNO

Welcome to the Coastal Rundown, a new series exploring the people, places, gear, facts and suggested resources across the Gulf Coast.

 

Meet: Austin Badon

City Council Representative, District 100

State Rep. (D), Chairman of the House Education Committee

Motto: “Don’t wait for your ship to come in, swim out to it.”

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Features
11:38 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Richard Campanella Cityscapes: A New Orleans Childhood At Monkey Hill

Playing at Monkey Hill is one of the essentials of a New Orleans childhood.
Credit Mark Gstohl / Flickr

Local geographer Richard Campanella has spent the last 20 years studying the city's topography and says that, unlike other cities, New Orleans' highest and lowest points are man-made creations.

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