New Orleans – A modern system of public transportation is a vital need for post-Katrina New Orleans and the surrounding region. Creating a good plan to meet that challenge is the ambition behind a recent major transportation conference sponsored by the University of New Orleans at the Port of New Orleans. WWNO's Fred Kasten picks up the story.
Bill Borah is a land use attorney who, in the 1960's, helped fight to keep a highway, known as the Riverfront Expressway, from going through the French Quarter in front of Jackson Square. Plans for the highway were first made by Robert Moses, who designed networks of highways throughout the country, and coincided with the building of the section of Interstate 10 along Claiborne Avenue.
One of the city's most popular literary events happened in March. Correspondent Eileen Fleming has more.
Yes, it's Tennessee Williams Festival. And while many may know the playwright for only A Streetcar Named Desire, other works were also examined during the festival. Master classes were held on fiction writing. There was a gumbo throwdown t with author Kit Wohl, and a musical performance called Songs for a Sunday Afternoon.
New Orelans, LA – Harold Battiste is a New Orleans musician of the finest kind: a man who - in Duke Ellington's well-turned phrase - is "beyond category", with important accomplishments as a composer, educator, performer and entrepreneur. Harold Battiste also has a great track record as an arranger and producer of signature american popular music: helping craft hits for Sam Cooke, Joe Jones, Lee Dorsey, Barbara George and Sonny and Cher. It's that part of the Harold Battiste story that Fred Kasten has for you today.
New Orelans, LA – The New Orleans Sanitation Committee has been assured by garbage service provider SDT that it's close to finding whoever is responsible for dumping human waste into a storm drain in the Lower Ninth Ward. Correspondent Eileen Fleming has more. SDT owner Sidney Torres says his company along with the city is a victim of illegal dumping.
He tells the City Council committee that he's working to find out who used one of his trucks to illegally dump sewage.
New Orleans – Singers from around the globe return to their alma mater as the UNO Music Department presents "Coming Home: Viva La Opera" as part of the university's ongoing 50th Anniversary celebration.