On Thursday the New Orleans City Council voted to change the definition of transient vacation rentals. Proponents say the change will make it easier to enforce the existing laws that prohibit short-term vacation rentals.
New Orleansâ€™ Central City neighborhood was once a stronghold of rich cultural traditions and bustling local businesses. While the arts remain vibrant within this tight community, the area has suffered economically over the past decades.
Now, a new local initiative aims to restore economic vitality along one commercial corridor in the neighborhood.
This weekend, over 30 cyclists from the New Orleans area will embark on a three-day bike ride to the Louisiana State Penitentiary. The third annual â€śNOLA to Angolaâ€ť ride raises money for the Cornerstone Bus Project, a faith-based initiative that offers free transportation for families visiting their loved ones in prison.
To find out more about the cause that this bike trip supports, WWNOâ€™s Nina Feldman rode along on the most recent bus trip to Angola.
No matter what neighborhood you live in, chances are youâ€™ve been confronted with one thing this summer â€” and thatâ€™s construction. As roads from the Lakefront to the Riverbend get smoothed over, city officials are taking the opportunity to ensure that the new roads are better not only for drivers, but also for cyclists.
Lalo Flores, a Mid-City resident and avid bicyclist, is impressed by the repairs to Esplanade Ave.
A ride on Club Whatever, and an interview with the DJ/Driver behind the wheel.
You may have seen it before: a behemoth of a vehicle, rolling at a snailâ€™s pass up Canal Street blasting speaker smashing beats. Its violet exterior shields its partiers from the outside world â€” all that can be seen of them are their arms, flailing wildly from every open window. And then there is the noise: a penetrating boom that reverberates off the surrounding buildings, shakes the bus and compels riders and bystanders alike to bounce up and down.
A one way sign is put up for Jazz Fest a week in advance, but until the day of, these signs are covered and ignored by residents of Bayou St. John (seen here at the corner of Mystery St and Esplanade Ave).
Nina Feldman learns from residents and business owners in Bayou St. John how the Jazz Fest (and the traffic that comes with it) temporarily transforms their neighborhood.
In shady Bayou St. John, the neighbors really know each other. Â The same crew assembles each morning at the local coffee house to read the paper and debate its assertions; another crowd convenes at the various watering holes each evening.
â€śItâ€™s one of the great things about this neighborhood,â€ť says Fortin St. resident Jonas Bishop. â€śThe fact that I know everyone on my blockâ€¦ Itâ€™s definitely a community-centric area that you donâ€™t find a lot of places.â€ť
Delanie Manuel, server at Liuzzaâ€™s by the Track and Jonasâ€™ neighbor, agrees. â€śI thought Iâ€™d be a Quarter Rat forever,â€ť she admits. â€śBut no, I love it here.â€ť