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Armstrong Park, Sculpture Garden Open Again

“You will see the restored statue of Louis Armstrong, toe and all,” Mayor Mitch Landrieu announced today at a ribbon cutting ceremony to reopen Armstrong Park. The damaging of the […]

C. Ray Nagin Makes the Rounds

Yesterday, former Mayor Ray Nagin was on television promoting his book, Katrina’s Secrets, which was self-published through CreateSpace, as Jon Stewart noticed on The Daily Show. Nagin did this, he […]

The Secret Garden

In one of his last acts as mayor, Ray Nagin dedicated the Roots of Music Cultural Sculpture Garden in Armstrong Park. He had to open it without all of its […]

Le Triomphe Puts Auditorium Development on Hold

As Mayor Ray Nagin’s final term approaches its conclusion, he has talked about the city entering into personal services contracts and big ticket technology contracts, despite incoming Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s request […]

The more things change…

“Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose”…If you’re from New Orleans, you probably know what this means: “The more things change, the more they stay the same.” Over the […]


In early November, we covered the proposed redevelopment of the Memorial Auditorium as CECI – the Center for Entertainment and Creative Industry. Reviewing what I wrote, I feel like I […]

The New All-Purpose Everything

At lunch time, Dooky Chase’s was a circus. There were drummers out front and Lenny Kravitz, Irvin Mayfield and Mayor C. Ray Nagin inside. To make the scene properly surreal, […]

A Shoe Fetish

  Last night, Keith Olbermann did a piece on shoe-throwing, the sort of piece that could only happen on a slow news day. He tried half-heartedly to turn it into […]

C. Ray: Master of the Moment

  Yesterday ground was broken for the mixed income neighborhood on the site of what was once the St. Bernard Housing Project. Now it will be called “Columbia Citi Residences […]