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Traffic Study to Look at French Quarter Flows

From complete streets to a pedicab pilot program, City Councilwoman Kristin Gisleson Palmer has made transportation a centerpiece of her work in City Hall. At her final meeting on the dais this week, Palmer sought to get the wheels turning on future road renewal in the French Quarter. And this time, segways will be considered along with everything else.

Council Votes Down Noise Ordinance

After two years of sound walks, noise ordinance talks, and expert testimony, it is back to the drawing board for a new noise ordinance. At Thursday's City Council meeting, Cynthia Hedge-Morrell, LaToya Cantrell, and Jackie Clarkson voted down a proposal that would have regulated sound on Bourbon Street.

Curbside Recycling Returns to French Quarter, CBD

Curbside recycling made a triumphant return to New Orleans in 2011, but the neighborhoods that serves as the city's showpiece hasn't had bins in the picture. According to city officials, that's set to change next week. The French Quarter and CBD are set to have curbside recycling services once again, city officials announced Wednesday morning at Armstrong Park.

NoDef Nods: Politics

13 Stories from 2014, and 5 to Watch in the New Year

On the political scene, New Orleans saw some old names like Ray Nagin and Charles Foti return in 2013. Meanwhile, BP and Bobby kept the Bayou State in the national spotlight once again. Peruse all of 2013's top stories, and grab a handful for the new year on the way out:

Sound Ordinance, Carnival Parade Manners on 2014 City Council Agenda

While the New Orleans City Council may have come down with Habana Outpost withdrawal at this week's regular meeting, there are plenty of other issues to keep the chambers full heading into the New Year. The city's reps set the table to officially serve up legislation about noise and Carnival parade etiquette. Meanwhile, the docket also included a donation of millions to the Recovery School District

Holding Off on Habana Outpost

Application for Proposed French Quarter Cuban Restaurant Withdrawn from VCC

The team behind a proposed French Quarter Cuban restaurant that has been opposed by some neighbors withdrew their application to the Vieux Carre Commission for the renovation project at the corner of Esplanade Ave. and N. Rampart St.

Jackie Clarkson Announces District C Run, With Mayor's Backing

City Councilwoman Jackie Clarkson was all set to retire, until Mayor Mitch came calling. At an event to formally announce that the longtime NOLA pol will run for the District C seat on the Council in February's election, Landrieu said he urged Clarkson to get into the race after sitting Councilwoman Kristin Gisleson Palmer decided not to run for the seat again.

Jackie Clarkson to Run for District C

Now that Kristin Gisleson Palmer is out of the race, Jackie Clarkson is moving in for a chance at her former District C council seat. The current Council Prez and former Representative for Algiers (District 102) is vying to continue her long history with Downtown and the West Bank. 

Kristin Palmer Not Seeking Re-election

Updated 11:25 a.m.

Sources within City Hall confirmed Tuesday that District C City Councilmember Kristin Gisleson Palmer will not run for a second term. The councilmember was said to want more time with her family.

Landrieu Vetoes Crabby Cabbies' Age-Limit Victory

Cab drivers pushing for a one-year extension on their car’s age limits saw a brief victory snatched away at yesterday’s November 7 council meeting. The Council passed the ordinance in a split decision, but the Landrieu administration followed through with a veto threat in almost the same swoop. 

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