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.
In a show of commitment to rebuilding New Orleans and the Gulf Coast, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan conducted a two day tour of the region in order to personally view the region's rebuilding efforts.
A mere six weeks into Obama's presidency, the secretaries' visit also comes the day after President Obama named Craig Fugate to head the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
When the 2009 Muses parade rolled down St. Charles Avenue, they were accompanied by one of the city's most famous bands: St. Augustine High School's Marching 100. This Mardi Gras Season, St. Augustine's was in a total of nine parades, but none were as momentous as the parade they marched in 42 years ago, when St. Augustine was the first non-white band to roll down Canal Street. Eve Abrams brings us this story.
The Carnival parades are under way, with one of the most unusual setting out from Armstrong Park: the canine Krewe of Barkus. Holding court this 17th year in Mardi Gras were King Scrappy and Queen Paris-- both qualified because they are rescue animals.
Roxanne Mentzer cuddled the queen, who donned a cape of feathers and gold lamme and a bow. She's come a long way from the shivering, thirsty Chihuahua found by the side of the road in Kenner, just after Hurricane Katrina.
The fabric and identity of New Orleans is often revealed through the history of its neighborhoods. Now, a film documentary by two local producers tells the story of one of New Orleans's oldest and most culturally significant.
A long-awaited historical marker was unveiled in February at the corner of Press and Royal Streets, marking the spot in 1892 where Homer Plessy was thrown off a railway car and arrested. Plessy's planned act of civil disobedience eventually made its way to the Supreme Court in the landmark case Plessy v. Ferguson, and, for some, marks the beginning of the civil rights movement.