Last of four CARI meetings will be February 10

Carrollton-Audubon Renaissance, Inc. (CARI) is a long-term planning organization dedicated to the betterment of our neighborhood.  A Renaissance Plan, once enacted, becomes a covenant between the city and the neighborhood, providing guidance for the future in a much more detailed way than would otherwise be possible. 

For the area from the universities and Audubon Park to the parish line and from Claiborne Ave. to the river, we have collected and mapped a great deal of data and are now prepared for a public discussion of that data and of our collective vision for our neighborhood. 

Three of four planned meetings have already been held at various venues in the neighborhood.

The next one is scheduled for Tuesday February 10th, 6:30 PM, at St. Andrew’s “Chalstrom House,” the building facing Carrollton at Zimpel, across Zimpel from the church.

With all four public meetings concluded, CARI’s consultant will create a draft document/report that will then discussed in a subsequent public meeting or two.

To learn more about CARI visit their website.


CRNA January Board Meeting – Minutes

CRNA Board Meeting – Minutes

January 8, 2008 

Attending—Board:  Pax Bobrow,  Betty DiMarco, Julianna Padgett, Gary Smith,  and Jerry Speir

Absent Board Members:  Marilyn Barbera , Kevin Brown, Gordon Cagnolatti, Rodney Dionisio, Rudolf Garrison, Tilman Hardy, Marshall Hevron, Todd Leavitt, Judith Miranti, Amanda Smithson, Llewelyn Soniat, Jim Stratton, and Betsy Weymann

 Residents/Guests:  Annettte Bak, Cindy Morse, Robbie Roberson

Annette Bak reported on the recent meeting of the Education Committee.  Each One Save One is working to re-build its mentoring program in local schools (which was much bigger before Katrina).  Mentors are expected to commit one hour per week (preferably the same hour and day each week) to helping a single child with whom they are matched through the program.  Mentors must attend a training class.  The next training class will be Saturday, January 24, at Gentilly Baptist Church, 5143 Franklin Ave. Registration is 8:30-9:00 a.m.  And the class will run from 9 to 3; breakfast and lunch will be provided.  The training will include sessions on conflict resolution, rapport building, cultural awareness and diversity.  Call 504-599-5904 to register.  You can also e-mail the program at  The program director is Leslie Lange. Executive director is Lavonzell Nicholson.

There was also a brief report on developments with Leonidas House—a project to provide extra-curricular tutoring, training and recreation for at-risk youth in the neighborhood.  Renderings have been promised for a possible renovation of the building at Willow and Leonidas.  Some equipment (benches and desks) has been donated by St. Joan of Arc church.  A board is being formed and is meeting regularly.   Anyone interested in helping should contact Tilman Hardy at 

Harrell Park/Stadium is finally back in business (though still not quite complete—thanks to the efforts of lots of people in the neighborhood. 

Much of the meeting focused on ways to improve our organization and to better serve the neighborhood.  Topics of discussion included: 

–the potential value of a house-by-house, block-by-block “census” of our neighborhood.  Data that would be useful would include personal data, like household needs regarding disaster evacuation, educational assistance for children, and the like, as well as “environmental data” about blighted houses, vacant lots, street conditions, etc.  Jerry pointed to the work of the Central Carrollton Association, available at as a possible model for the physical/environmental part of such a census.  This CCA report maps potholes, water leaks, etc.  Julianna agreed to check on what information is presently available from the city on blighted housing and the like.   [After the meeting, Julianna called by attention to —if you pull down the “neighborhood” menu there and select “Leonidas,” which the city calls much of our neighborhood, you will get a ten-page list of problem properties.  It may not be absolutely up-to-date or comprehensive, but it’s a good start.  J] 

–a suggestion that the board members who were present talk to other board members about whatever problems they may be having attending board meetings, their visions for the organization, and the like.

–the possibility of having a joint board meeting of CRNA, Palmer Park, Pension Town, Oak Street and Riverbend Merchants to discuss common goals and coordination.  It was agreed that some preliminary work toward an agenda for such a meeting would be helpful. 

–a continuing concern about the status of the Priestley school building.  Jerry agreed to engage our newly elected school board member, Woody Koppel, on that issue.

–the value and potential of our newsletter.  Pax suggested that an inventory of services/resources available in our neighborhood could be both useful and enlightening.  Pax, our splendid newsletter editor, is seeking short articles from anyone with about issues important to our neighborhood.  Contact Pax

NEXT MEETING:  Thursday, February 12 at the Keller-Willliams offices, 7 p.m.

Cars Vandalized on 1300 Block of Dante, Sat 1/31/2009

A citizen of the 1300 block of Dante reported that residents on the block woke up on Sunday morning to find that at least seven cars parked on the street had their side mirrors smashed or in some cases, completely torn off. 

It appears that the vandalism took place on late Saturday night. Residents report that a Tulane student living near the corner of Plum/Dante saw the vandals and called it into 911. According to the student, there was no response and NOPD later said that they had no record of the call. The police did response to calls on Sunday morning, and a report was taken by Officers Vara and Richardson.

The Tulane student did not get a good view of the vandals, but reported that they were white youths, dressed preppy and had a baseball bat. Another Dante Street resident reported being woken around 3am and seeing four boys and two girls coming around the corner from a bar onto Dante, but he was not certain these were the vandals.

There are no leads on suspects and the victims of this crime are now learning that the replacement cost for the damage is ranging $300-$600 per car. Witnesses or anyone with further information are urged to contact our Quality of Life Officer, Officer Eddington at (504) 491-7796.

The angry residents of Dante Street are trying to figure out what to do next. Spillover of undesirables from the corner store and Willow Street bars has been a growing problem. “I think we might be able to immediately address the issue is if the bar owner would pay for a weekend community patrol or security service that would patrol the neighborhood say between 1am and 4am when they are closing up,” suggests one resident. “With Mardi Gras coming up, it is only going to get worse.”