Just like the people, and the music, and the food, and the heat

The trees are present and beautiful. And too powerful but also too endangered to take for granted. Their long-ago choice of location often forces us to consider them, see them and even to

change an absent-minded solo step

to one of watchfulness

that lifts ones eye and mind to a moment of conviviality.


Support Little Red Schoolhouse’s outdoor classroom

Funds to purchase four benches, each 6 feet wide, as a solid start to their classroom.  These benches will be anchored into the ground in the front of the building, along St. Philip Street.  As such, they need to be solid, safe, and attractive.  At approx. $500 each, we need a total of $2000 to fully fund this project.  
We need your help in meeting this funding goal.  Between Patio Planters members, Plessy School parents, and caring neighbors, we are confident we can have this classroom in place by late September.  Please consider giving whatever you can for this cause. Plessy garden

Scandinavian Jazz Church closing

as reported on

The church plans to continue with regular and special events through December, including the Scandinavia Festival, which takes place Nov. 2-3 this year, and its St. Lucia Celebration in December, according to the release. Jazz services will also continue on the first, second and third Sundays of each month, with a piano service on the fourth Sunday of the month. The church will also have a Norwegian service on Oct. 28.

The Scandinavian Jazz Church will officially cease operations Dec. 31. Mikalson said in the release the building is under contract to be sold to a new owner by the end of the year. The buyer was not disclosed.

Sobering Center

A proposed “sobering center” could hold 20 beds and serve up to 80 people a day. Police or EMS would deliver a person to the center, where staff perform a triage to determine their care. People can only enter the center if they don’t have any warrants and if they’re not facing other charges related to police placing them into their custody. Otherwise, the center is pitched as a way to prevent people from entering the criminal justice system.

The open-area space would separate men and women with a wall between it. If people need additional detox treatment, Odyssey House would connect them to a medically supported detox program.

Following a tour of the proposed space last week, Moreno tweeted that “it’s critical to explore creating a sobering center” in New Orleans. “This type of tool could save us [New Orleans Police Department] manpower hours while preventing unnecessary ER/jail use.

Vision at St. Rose de Lima

“One of the things that makes these things possible isn’t just the money. It’s people having the same vision, and they hold to it. There might be bumps in the road along the way, but if people have the same idea, the same goal, the same vision about community redevelopment, it’s amazing what a group of neighbors can do.”

Five years since her husband’s passing, with only a volunteer board behind it, Rose Community Development Corporation celebrates the opening this week of the Rose Collaborative Campus, including the three former church buildings that will now house an arts-focused co-working space, an integrated school, and the new home of the 30-year old Southern Rep Theatre company.

The $11.8-million project, involving the acquisition, rehab and conversion of the three former St. Rose de Lima buildings into new uses, required no fewer than nine sources of capital. There was a New Markets Tax Credit allocation from the National Trust Community Investment Corporation; Historic Tax Credits, both state and federal; low-interest loans from the New Orleans Redevelopment Authority and the State of Louisiana’s Office of Community Development; an economic development grant from the City of New Orleans; and grants for brownfield remediation from the State of Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality and the Regional Planning Commission.

Golden Age of New Orleans Literature with Nancy Dixon

My pal and one of favorite storytellers and literary critics, Dr. Nancy Dixon was on Susan Larson’s Tricentennial Reading List this week. This whole series by Susan is magnificent. But start with “DoctorDix”

Nancy Dixon with Susan Larson


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