mid-city

The University of New Orleans is holding its annual Economic Outlook summit today, with Latter and Blum Realtors. This year’s review will focus on how one project in New Orleans is affecting the regional economy.

Ian McNulty


Ian McNulty

The enterprising neighbors and opportune eats in the colorful neighborhood around the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival make for an appetizing scene before or after the show.

Everyone knows you should be ready to eat during a day at Jazz Fest. But no one says you have to show up starving. And on the way back out, I’ve found it’s a good idea to have a little room in the tank too, to be ready for opportune eats.

Ian McNulty

Restaurants and bars have been pioneers for reinvesting in areas across New Orleans. Local dining writer Ian McNulty says the next example is taking shape along Tulane Avenue.

It takes a lot more than restaurants and bars to get an economic revitalization going and turn the corner. But still, when you’re first kicking the wheels into motion, new places to eat and drink are not bad places to start, especially when you’re talking about redevelopment in New Orleans.

Kate Richardson / WWNO

A new Whole Foods store opened in Mid-City on Tuesday, at Broad and Bienville. It’s the site of the former Schwegmann’s grocery, which has been vacant ever since Katrina.

The space includes four nonprofit tenants in addition to the Whole Foods. The upscale grocery is just one of many factors reshaping the area.

Ten days before the grand opening of the new Whole Foods, the meeting room at the Sojourner Truth community center was buzzing in anticipation.

Eve Troeh

One week ago a new Winn-Dixie supermarket opened its doors on Carrollton Avenue, and many people in the neighborhood say that launched a full on grocery war.

Because Rouses Market has a store right across the street.

Giveaways, food samples, contests and entertainment have been the weapons so far. South Louisiana-based Rouses has done a fair share of trash talking about the Florida-based chain Winn-Dixie, to boot.

NOPD

The New Orleans Police Department is asking for the public's help in locating a stolen pig statue, snatched from in front of a business in the 3400 block of Esplanade Ave. on the morning of May 1.

The statue is a pig dressed in a chef's outfit, holding a sign that reads "EAT MORE CRAWFISH".

Police spokesman Frank Robertson says the statue is valued at $6700, and was taken from a business that had a themed marquee. He says the police don't have any leads at this time, "But hopefully we will after we air this."

Danielle Bell / The Lens

With Tropical Storm Isaac bearing down on New Orleans, one of three key Army Corps of Engineers pumping stations that help drain the city during a storm is only at partial capacity — far less than what is needed to keep the Orleans Avenue Canal from filling.

LSU seeking hospital partners amid funding woes

Aug 14, 2012

The head of the LSU System, William Jenkins, says he's talking to private hospital leaders about ways to partner and keep the university-run hospitals open despite ongoing budget woes.

But he acknowledged Monday that with shrinking funding and large numbers of uninsured patients, LSU will have a lot of persuading to do.

Jenkins said LSU will need to bring in private health care facilities to operate some of the public hospitals, if all will be able to remain open.