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Le Chien Chat Fundraiser

Posted in More Great Posts! with tags , , , , , on November 29, 2016 by katrinafilm


Dear friends,

We are having a special fundraiser to benefit Le Chien Chat rescue founded by our dear friend and
neighbor Keane Colomb this Wednesday, November 30th

The precious little lives saved, the constant love and care, including very costly medical care,
given by this rescue year after year is simply amazing 

Please join us tomorrow by having lunch or dinner at Santa Fe and help us make a difference
We shall be donating 20% of our proceeds, as well as the proceeds of our raffle to Le Chien Chat
who need our support

Together we make an outstanding community!

Looking forward to seeing you among us tomorrow

Thank you
Santa Fe Restaurant
3201 Esplanade Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70119

Keeping Faubourg St. John Clean and Green

Posted in Featured, HISTORY, Living Well with tags , , , , , , , , on November 29, 2016 by katrinafilm

Neighbors Making A Difference

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Robert Thompson is a neighborhood volunteer organizer. Thompson’s primary interest is in small public green spaces, an interest that many of his friends and neighbors share with the Faubourg St. John resident.

Through social media, Thompson helps to facilitate neighborhood projects by spreading the word about neighbor activities and interests, and encouraging people who live in the area to volunteer their help. Thompson also coordinates with NOLA Parks For All, a non-profit support organization that encourages neighbors to take care of their parks and green spaces. The organization often supplies neighborhood volunteers with trash bags and other needed materials as well as helpful tips and information on maintain safe and beautiful green spaces. For practical advice on how to maintain your neighborhood green spaces, contact NOLA Parks For All, or just pick up a rake to get started.

Listen to the podcast here.

Article above courtesy Craig Kraemer

Cynthia Sylvain-Lear, Director of City Sanitation, made sure all debris and trash from each of the clean ups was picked up promptly. Thank you!






Posted in CRIME, Featured, HISTORY with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 15, 2016 by katrinafilm

History affords us many instances of the ruin of states, by the prosecution measures ill suited to the temper and genius of their people. The ordaining of laws in favor of one part of the nation, to the prejudice and oppression of another, is certainly the most erroneous and mistaken policy.
~Ben Franklin 1774


There’s still time!  Please contact the New Orleans City Council regarding Short-Term Rentals (STRs). On October 20, the City Council moved one step closer to legalizing widespread STRs, but they still have to craft and pass an ordinance. The ordinance could be voted on as early as December 1.

Last month, with great disregard for public outcry, the Council voted to allow STRs in every neighborhood except the French Quarter, with no limits on density. The Council eliminated the “Principal Residential” Whole House Rentals category but then allowed whole house rentals as “Temporary” STRs for up to 90 days a year. With this, any and every house could become a de facto hotel and, additionally – there is no way our City will be able to enforce the 90 day limit. The Council claims they will work with Airbnb on reporting, and will pull electric meters for non-compliant operators! We must insist our City use the leverage they have now and craft reasonable, rational regulation instead of passing a weak law that invites abuse.

Furthermore, the Council opened up Commercial and Mixed-Use areas to STRs with no density requirements, meaning every apartment, condominium and commercial building can be turned into entire complexes of STRs with no owner/operator on site. This will devastate our neighborhoods and housing stock and goes against the administration’s own affordable housing initiatives.

The most rational way to regulate STRs is to require operators live on site, and that they have a homestead exemption in order to qualify for a permit. Councilmember Guidry attempted to put this in place last month and the amendments she put forward were narrowly defeated. We need your help reminding the City Council that people come before profits and that neighborhoods are for neighbors.

Please write the City Council and ask that they insist STR permits require homestead exemptions

New Orleans City Council Contact Information

Councilmember At Large Jason Williams  – / 658-1070
Councilmember At Large Stacy Head  – / 658-1060
Councilmember District A Susan Guidry  – / 658-1010
Councilmember District B LaToya Cantrell – / 658-1020
Councilmember District C Nadine Ramsey – / 658-1030
Councilmember Distirct D Jared Brossett – / 658 1040
Councilmember Distirct E James Gray – / 658-1050

Article courtesy the Louisiana Landmarks Society and Pitot House

1440 Moss Street

New OrleansLA 70119


Posted in Featured, HISTORY with tags , , , , , , , , on November 9, 2016 by katrinafilm


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After a long dry spell it finally rained on Monday, November 7, 2016. Many streets were flooded but several representatives of neighborhoods in New Orleans’ Council District A attended a meeting at 6 p.m. at Esperanza Charter School at 4407 South Carrollton Avenue in New Orleans. The meeting was held in a temporary building that is currently used as a music room.

In the link below is a PDF of the presentation. Faubourg St. John will receive $9 million in infrastructure improvements. The work will begin during February, 2017 and continue for many years.

Beginning in February, 2017, one new construction project will begin each week in New Orleans through 2020. $5 billion is required to fix all the streets. $2.4 billion has been obtained through FEMA and other funding sources. Type your address in the search bar after clicking on the link below to find out what will be happening on your street.

A little garden in which to walk and immensity in which to dream

Posted in Featured, HISTORY, Living Well, More Great Posts! with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 7, 2016 by katrinafilm

by Robert Thompson

On Saturday, November 19, 2016,  neighbors turned out in numbers to make the City Beautiful Club’s Capdevielle Green and Clean Day a real success. Litter pickup, leaf raking, weeding and trimming, and gutter clean outs were just some things done.

An impressive project managed and executed by neighbor Pushpa has also resulted in planting the next installment of the Esplanade liriope border. Another great achievement was the conversion of the center bed “crater” into a presentable mound ready for a spring planting. 10 yards of soil, bales of pine straw, and 20-30 garbage bags were among things used that were purchased with donated funds from neighbors. Beverages and snacks were in part provided by our new neighborhood restaurant on Gentilly Blvd, TOAST It was the people power that made the real magic.

About 25-30 people came by and helped or supported the action in some way.  My joy was that the collection of individuals included folks from all walks of life, all age groups, and all economic classes. It is important to note participation by staff and residents of our neighbors at Odyssey House.   Sharing a love of the public space as a commonality was especially uplifting.   NOLA Parks for All had a couple of board members down in the dirt with us as part of their support and encouragement of our grass root efforts.

I wish I could enumerate all and thank them here but I would miss some simply because I wasn’t organized enough to document who came and went. I have a few photos which tell the story better and urge you to check them out in the link below:

On the horizon – can we reach a consensus on what the important center circle bed should be?
Can we convince Park and Parkways to let us do it?

Stay tuned…

Robert Thompson
2653 DeSoto

Here’s a shot of the flurry of activity from young and old as Pushpa harnesses the raw power of our volunteers!

Here’s a shot of the flurry of activity from young and old as Pushpa harnesses the raw power of our volunteers!

Rickie Lee Jones was working with other Faubourg St. John neighbors to help beautify the neighborhood on Saturday, November 19, 2016. In the video above, learn why she lives in New Orleans.


On October 18, 2016, Capdevielle Park received attention from the crews at Parks & Parkways. Diseased trees were removed, others trimmed and thanks to a large backhoe, a large step toward rehabbing the center mound for new plantings took place.

mound-capdevielle-2016oct18All this support from the City means we need to double down on our commitment to restore the central circular bed in Capdevielle Park. On Saturday, November 19th, please bring shovels and rakes, gloves, and muscles so that we can clean up the soil and prepare this bed for greater things to come.


Headed toward our second Capdevielle Place (or Park) improvement action. Your help in the past has qualified you to receive more begging appeals from me!
Seriously, I and others have appreciated the commitments you have made to improve our little neglected park at Crete and Esplanade. I think we are slowly making a difference and are on the way to a much improved public space, one we can proudly claim for our special community.
At the moment we only have a couple of hundred dollars collected. I would like to continue plantings on the periphery begun by Pushpa last meet. Additionally, we have a special gift from Tammany Baumgarten ( of a garden plan for the bed closest to N Broad. More dollars will mean more plants to execute these goals. Large donors seeking tax deduction should contact NOLA Parks For All (a 501c3 who is partnering with us at this time to support citizen actions related to park improvements.
The bulk of the work however is good ole fashioned labor. Litter removal, gutter cleaning, trimming and weeding, bed preparations – all driven by personpower. I have stockpiled pine straw for bed dressing. So please distribute this information in the notice below to interested parties, and respond if you can think auxiliary activities, provide refreshments or have appropriate plant material to donate.
Hope to see you that Saturday, Nov 19 (10a-2p).
Robert Thompson
2653 DeSoto
504 292-1065


Paul Capdevielle (1842-1922)

Paul Capdevielle, the forty-second Mayor was of French descent. He was born in New Orleans, January 15, 1842. His father, Augustin Capdevielle, was born in France, but settled in New Orleans in 1825, becoming a prominent merchant in the commission business and active in politics. It was from his father’s interest in politics that young Paul inherited his interest in governmental affairs. His mother, Virginia Bertrand, was born in New Orleans in 1816.Paul Capdevielle was educated at the Jesuit’s College in New Orleans from which he was graduated in 1861. He served with credit in the War between the States, enlisting in the New Orleans Guard Regiment of Infantry, but in 1862 joined Boone’s Louisiana Artillery, and was wounded at Port Hudson.

After the close of the war he returned to civil life, taking up the first employment that offered itself, studied law in April 1868 was graduated from Louisiana State University. In 1892, he gave up law to accept the presidency of the Merchant’s Insurance Company. He served as its President for sixteen years, until it was liquidated and sold.

His political history began in 1877 when he was appointed to the School Board. Later he was a member of the Orleans Levee Board, a Commissioner of Prisons and Asylums and Chairman of the Finance Committee of the drainage commission. Mr. Capdevielle was an outstanding figure in Louisiana politics from the time of his election as Mayor of New Orleans in 1899. He was appointed auditor of Public Accounts in 1904, and re-elected three times, and held this office up to the time of his death. He survived the political storms attending the fall of the state administrations, the last in 1920, when Governor Parker was swept into office.

The Flower administration was a turning point in the history of New Orleans. It closed one epoch and opened another. With it began the period of commercial prosperity which extends into the present time.

Mayor Capdevielle’s administration was noted for two events, both inseparably connected with the beginning of New Orleans’ industrial development; the installation of the modern sewerage system and the organization of the Public Belt Railroad. The Board of Port Commissioners also began to function actively during this period.

City Park stands as a monument to his energy and civic spirit. The upbuilding of the park was his constant care, and he served continuously as President of the City Park Improvement Association for more than two decades, holding the office at the time of his death.

The new administration went into office May 9, 1900, at the beginning of the twentieth century when a wave of prosperity passed over the country and was felt in New Orleans. Mayor Capdevielle in his inaugural address spoke of the drainage system about to be constructed and stated if the city desired to have its own electric light plant it could do so without great additional cost by using the power house of the drainage system.

The contract to erect a modern jail, to be called the House of Detention, was awarded for $112,800 and the site of the old Marine Hospital, on Tulane Avenue and Broad Street, was selected.

The Clay statue, being in the way of safe operations of the street cars, was removed from Canal Street to the Lafayette Square on January 12, 1901. The consolidation of various street railways into one corporation under the name of the New Orleans Railways Company was an important factor of the years 1901-1902.

On May 1, 1901, New Orleans was honored by the visit of the President of the United States, William McKinley, accompanied by Mrs. McKinley and Secretaries John Hay, Charles Emory Smith, and E. A. Hitchcock. He was received in the Cabildo by the Governor of Louisiana, attended by his staff in full uniform. The bells of the Cathedral of St. Louis announced the arrival of the President and his cabinet, escorted by Mayor Paul Capdevielle, and a committee of distinguished citizens. As the cortege entered the Supreme Court Hall, Chairman Zacharie announced in a loud voice “The President,” and the assembly arose and remained standing while the Chief Justice conducted the President to a seat of honor at his right on the Supreme Court Bench. The Governor of Louisiana took a seat on the left of the Chief Justice, and the Mayor of New Orleans the one on the right of the President, the Justices occupying seats immediately in the rear of the bench. Chairman Zacharie then conducted the members of the cabinet and their wives to places on the left of the dais, where a seat, filled with roses, had been reserved for Mrs. William McKinley, who, at the last moment, was too ill to attend.

In 1873, Paul Capdevielle married in New Orleans, Miss Emma Larue, who died several years ago. Three sons and two daughters blessed this union; the sons are Christian, Auguste and Paul, Jr., and the daughters are the Misses Edith and Yvonne Capdevielle.

Paul Capdevielle was found dead at his home in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, August 13, 1922.

Desoto Place Gets Donation of Sod

Posted in Featured, HISTORY with tags , , , , , , , , , on October 18, 2016 by katrinafilm

Sarah Stogner recently donated some grass sod to a bare spot in Desoto Place at 2623 Esplanade in New Orleans. L.A. Jung donated to the City of New Orleans the triangular plot of ground at the intersection of Esplanade Avenue and Desoto Street. On July 30, 1896, the New Orleans City Council ordained that the plot of land be known as Desoto Place.



Louis A. Jung was a leading figure in the commercial life of New Orleans was born on the Island of Martinique in 1845.

Louis A. Jung came to New Orleans when 3 years old. He attended McCauley’s school, which was then on Camp street, but on account of the father’s idea that in America an education was not valuable, he was taken out of school when he was but little more than 13 years old and put to work. He began as clerk in a wholesale flour store, but afterwards went with Cambon & Avee, where he remained until he was 24 years old, when he went with Godchaux as confidential clerk and held this position for 12 years. In 1881, at the age of 36, Mr. Jung went into the coal business on his own account.

In 1895 he took his sons into partnership with him and the firm became known as Jung & Sons. It was later formed into a corporation, of which L. A. Jung was president. Mr. Jung was also in the oil business, being vice-president of the Texas Oil Co., to which concern he devoted much of his time.

Mr. Jung had a large circle of friends but devoted his spare time to his home. He was a man of artistic tastes and took pleasure in acquiring many objects d’art such as paintings and bronzes.

Mr. Jung died at his home in New Orleans on July 26, 1918 at the age of 73 years.

Information on L.A. Jung courtesy

Neighbor Has Art Exhibition

Posted in Featured, HISTORY with tags , , , , , , , , , on October 18, 2016 by katrinafilm




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