Tag: New Orleans

On parking, development, and better street design

In my City Talk column last Sunday — Lecture emphasizes versatility, beauty in street design — I talked about the recent lecture at SCAD of Victor Dover, an expert on urbanism and co-author of the recently released Street Design: The…

“Bayou Maharajah” explores the mysteries of James Booker and the allure of New Orleans – a review

Near the beginning of Lily Keber’s documentary Bayou Maharajah, which explores the life and times of famed pianist and composer James Booker, various interviewees share the stories they were told about how Booker lost his eye. Was Ringo Starr to…

Savannah Arts Academy grad’s acclaimed documentary about piano genius James Booker screening this week

My Unplugged column for Thursday’s Do is already online: New documentary explores life, legacy of pianist James Booker (Btw, our deadlines for Do are typically on Mondays, and the week’s stories and columns often begin appearing online before the print…

New Orleans’ St. Charles Avenue — a perfect street design for changing times

I was in New Orleans for a few days last week and traveled routinely on St. Charles Avenue. Cursory web searches didn’t turn up the date that St. Charles was first laid out, but it’s obviously a key connector that…

A few lessons from Hurricane Isaac

The first fatalities have been discovered in Plaquemines Parish, most of New Orleans is still without power, and many areas remain flooded.

Exactly 7 years after Katrina, Isaac could test New Orleans levees

Exactly 7 years ago tonight, Hurricane Katrina was gaining strength just off the Florida Keys.

What do Mary Matalin, James Carville, Cokie Roberts, Archie Manning, Wynton Marsalis, Archbishop Gregory M. Aymond, and three college presidents have in common?

They’re all from New Orleans. They have also all called for the Times-Picayune to be sold to an investor who pledges to continue printing the paper daily.

Dirty Dozen Brass Band, photos from Savannah’s Live Wire Music Hall

The Dirty Dozen Brass Band performed two blazing hot sets at Live Wire Music Hall on Savannah’s River Street on Saturday night.

More bad news for print journalism: New Orleans Times-Picayune lays off 202, including half its newsroom staff

In preparation for takeover by the Nola Media Group, layoffs for half the newsroom employees at the New Orleans Times-Picayune.

New Orleans Times-Picayune to cut print edition to 3 days per week, launches ugliest website ever

Sad news for the newspaper world today, and especially sad news for residents of New Orleans.

What’s at stake when 18 to 20 year olds are excluded from the live music scene?

A number of years ago, I did what I could as a community columnist to stop the city of Savannah’s misguided ordinance change that excluded legal adults ages 18 to 20 from many live music shows. I’m not going to…

New Orleans Jazz Fest 2012 lineup announced

A couple of friends of mine were in New Orleans today. My sister, a geology professor of Tulane, drove them to the Lower Ninth Ward and other areas to show them how and where the levees failed. So NOLA was…