Strike up the band: Bacchanal scores parking waiver, as permit tussle nears resolution

By Karen Gadbois, The Lens staff reporter |

Patrons, neighbors and employees of Bacchanal, the ultra-hip Bywater nightspot, turned out in force for this week’s meeting of the Board of Zoning Adjustment. Bacchanal, at the corner of Poland Avenue and Chartres Street, an area zoned for light industry, has been in business for over 10 years, growing from wine shop with light food offerings, to a full-tilt food and wine establishment with live music on the back patio.

Balance gentrification with equity along the St. Claude Avenue corridor

By Michael T. Martin, The Lens contributing opinion writer |

With the opening of the Healing Center and the possibility of extending streetcar service all the way to Poland Avenue, it’s time to accord the St. Claude Avenue corridor the attention due to an “up-and-coming” neighborhood that is emerging as a New Orleans success story.