Author: AN ORIGINAL ©MIKE LUCKOVICH CARTOON FOR NEW ORLEANS MAGAZINE

North Rampart Street Parade

A New Orleans newspaper article published in the first days of January, 1914, and using the language of the time, reported this about juvenile crime during that past New Year’s Eve: Few Juveniles Arrested Very few arrests of minors were…

When New Orleans Said “No” to an Expressway

Fifty years ago, New Orleans saved its historic district, and in doing so, set an example for other American cities. Though some did not heed. Salvation came from an unlikely source, but the one that counted the most. On August…

A New Day for Daily

This will be an historic month in local journalism. The Newhouse family, which has operated The Times-Picayune for 57 years, will shut down its local presence and the esteemed daily will become part of the Advocate family owned by John…

A Civil Discussion

We support an idea about what to do with the empty space on the monument where the statue of Robert E. Lee once stood. The suggestion? Do nothing, leave the space empty, at least for a while. This idea is…

May We Become Better At Judging History

Except perhaps for during Mardi Gras we hope the city never again experiences an evening when masked men are lurking about around midnight; worst yet they are city employees and one is the Fire Chief. We believe firmly in the…

Speaking Out

An important New Orleans cultural landmark is in danger of being destroyed or, at best, being forcefully removed from its present location. We think it’s an outrage. New Orleans’ Deutsches Haus must be saved.In this magazine’s September issue we strongly…

SPEAKING OUT: WELCOME BACK

Though the Hornets two-year exile to Oklahoma City was necessary, we’re glad that we’ll no longer see the letters “NOK” applied to the team. The letters were shorthand for the two cites in the Hornets’ post-Katrina predicament; one in which…

SPEAKING OUT:A STRONG “YES”

An endorsement for the downtown LSU/VA hospital plan                 New Orleans Magazine strongly endorses the proposal to build a combined Louisiana State University (LSU) and U.S. Veterans Medical Center facility in downtown New Orleans. We are somewhat amazed that there’s any…

NEWS BEAT: Global threats to a ”monumental” city

It turns out New Orleans and Iraq have more in common than just the prevalence of Army National Guard Humvees cruising their streets. The storm-ravaged city and the war-ravaged Middle Eastern country now share high profile billing on a list…

SPEAKING OUT: “BIG BOX” PHOBIA

Mid-City has been in the news lately because of a proposal by a developer to build a retail complex. The area would cover roughly the space between the abandoned former Mercy Hospital on N. Jefferson Davis Parkway and then parallels…

SPEAKING OUT: TELEVISION WITH A VISION

When the subject is WYES-TV/Channel 12, our full disclosure statement is quite lengthy. We are linked to the station personally and professionally, including the Dial 12 program guide which has so long been an important part of this magazine. Even…

SPEAKING OUT: THE RECOVERY

Looking at some of the global coverage of New Orleans’ recovery reminds me of the story of the men who had never seen an elephant. Each was blindfolded, given a chance to touch the beast and then asked what they…

SPEAKING OUT: HAPPY BIRTHDAY COMUS

Depending on how you count it, this year is truly the 150th anniversary of the continuing celebration of Carnival parades in New Orleans.One-hundred fifty years ago, in 1857, the Mistick Krewe of Comus staged its first parade. Though there had…

SPEAKING OUT: WHAT BILL JEFFERSON’S VICTORY MEANS

On the night that William Jefferson was reelected to Congress, a television anchor asked an analyst head what people in Des Moines, IA,  will think about New Orleans sending  a man who has been under criminal investigation back to Congress.…

SPEAKING OUT: GQ VERSUS LOCAL DINING

Near the beginning of food writer Alan Richmond’s article about New Orleans restaurants in the November issue of GQ (Gentlemen’s Quarterly) magazine, he says this about the concept of Creole:“Supposedly Creoles can be found in and around New Orleans. I…

SPEAKING OUT

We are a different people now than we were a year ago. Sure, except for a few Katrina pounds and hair spots that are graying or thinning, we still look pretty much the same. We still believe that this can…