Got plans for election night? Now you do!!!

To students of all political persuasions:

Come out next Tuesday evening to The Rusty Nail for food and drinks and to watch history unfold as the results come pouring in.

The owners are offering all Shapers HAPPY HOUR PRICES!!

So cheers!! To the end of an exhausting political process, to the next president of the United States and to The Rust Nail for being so generous.

*A big THANK YOU goes out to Katie Gunnell for setting the whole thing up. You’re the best Katie!

The Rusty Nail

1100 Constance St.

New Orleans, LA

(Use the comment section for rideshare)


CityWorks Symposium @ UNO on Tuesday Oct. 14th

Submitted by graduate student Lisa Kamuf. Thank you Lisa!

City-Works logo

Where & When
University of New Orleans
Kirshman Hall Room 129 – 1st floor

Tuesday, October 14

Yes or No – A Master Plan with the Force of Law
October 14

An introduction to the ballot initiative – Master Plan with the Force of Law  –

A City-Works Symposium Series

City-Works, in partnership with the Center for Urban and Public Affairs at the University of New Orleans, is hosting a Symposium Series addressing issues of sustainable land-use and development in New Orleans.

Voters in New Orleans will go to the polls on November 4th to decide whether or not to approve an amendment to the Home Rule Charter that will give legal standing to the city’s Master Plan.

This is a very important, but complicated issue. We will, therefore, have four of the city’s most knowledgeable individuals speak on the issue on Tuesday night. Bill Borah, Marshall Truehill Jr., Janet Howard, and John Lovett will each present their analysis of the ballot initiative.

Bill Borah is the director of SmartGrowth Louisiana and has been advocating for this change for many years.

Marshall Truehill, Jr. is a former City Planning Commissioner and has been intimately involved in land-use decisions all across the city.

Janet Howard is the President of the Bureau of Governmental Research and will explain the position BGR has taken on the ballot initiative.

John Lovett is a professor at Loyola Law School and is a premier land-use expert in the city.

We are very pleased to bring together these experts to help us all understand a very complicated question.

“Yes or No – A Master Plan with the Force of Law” will take place Tuesday, October 14th from 6-8:00 pm.

Gentilly Neighborhood Festival: Saturday, Oct. 11

Brought to our attention, again, by Lisa Kamuf. Thanks Lisa!

Since UNO is technically a part of “Greater Gentilly”, we at Crescent City Shapers expect to see lots of PLUS students to support our neighbors!


It’s Finally Here!!!!!!!!

Gentilly Fest 2008
“Back From The Breach”
Saturday, October 11, 2008
11am to 7pm

Pontchartrain Park Playground
6039 Press Drive

Free Admission!

80% of Festival Proceeds Donated to New Orleans Police and Fire Stations in Gentilly area!

Come celebrate Gentilly’s recovery and party for a good cause!

Hotard Gentilly Fest Buses will run all day picking up Festival attendees on Press Drive and from parking lots on Leon C. Simon, the Golf Course and SUNO. On Saturday afternoon, RTA will provide additional bus service for drivers to get to their cars. For directions to Pontchartrain Park, please visit

Great Local Music!

10:30am    Voices of the Big Easy
11:30am     Bamboula 2000
12:30pm    N. O. Helsinki Connection
1:30pm       Charmaine Neville
2:30pm      Fredy Omar Con Su Banda
3:30pm      Philip Manuel & Friends
4:30pm      Rebirth Brass Band
5:30pm      Kermit Ruffins


Café Roma’s Cajun Crawfish Pasta
Lil Dizzy’s Fried Chicken/Potato Salad
Loretta’s Pralines, Cakes/Pies/Sauces
Merlin’s Hot Tamales
Montrel’s Crab Cake Plate
Praline Connection’s Gumbo
S&J’s Catfish & Stuffed Crab Plates
Smoothy King Smoothies/Red Beans
Sweet Potato Café’s Stuffed Peppers
Teen Challenge’s Hot Dogs/Snoballs
TJ Gourmet Alligator Sausage/Steaks
Vaucresson’s Hot & Crawfish Sausage

Children’s Village

“Stilt” Dancers and free Pony Rides, Games, Face Painting and activities from Children’s Museum, Home Depot, Longue Vue Gardens, and more

Arts & Crafts

Silk ties and purses, jewelry, the “twisted hat lady” from Jazz Fest and a treasure trove of handmade items from the area’s most talented

Gentilly Fest 2008 Sponsors include

The Gentilly Shopping Center at Elysian Fields & Gentilly Boulevard,   New Orleans Musicians Clinic,  Sweet Home New Orleans,  Liberty Bank and Trust Company,  Miller Beer, Harrah’s, Whitney Bank, Doerr Furniture, Bedding Plus, Hurwitz & Mintz, Mike’s Hardware,  New Orleans Recreation Department, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, LouisianaChildren’s Museum, Coca-Cola, Cypress Productions, Longue Vue House & Gardens, Entergy, Zephyr Homes, Iberia Bank, UPS,, Larry S. Stokes, Ph.D, REMAX, New Orleans Regional Transit Authority, Holy Cross High School,  and the New Orleans Police and Fire Departments.

We have also received contributions and/or donations from New Orleans Criminal Sheriff Marlin Gusman, New Orleans Civil Sheriff, Paul Valteau, State Senator Edwin Murray, State Representative Cedric Richmond, New Orleans District D City Councilmember Cynthia Hedge Morrell,  Constable Lambert Boissiere, Youth Development Association, New Orleans City Council Vice President Arnie Fielkow, and the Committee to Elect Byron Lee.

For more information, log on to, or call 504-483-9820.

Annual URISA Conference: Going On Until Oct. 10!

Lisa Kamuf sent the following to Crescent City Shaper’s attention:

Hi, if anybody gets a chance, stop by the URISA conference at the 5th floor of the Sheraton on Canal Street. You should be able to register for free to see the exhibitors. I sent my request early last week, but I don’t see a problem with registering on site, it is a pretty laid back group.

Some of the Exhibitors: ESRI,iLOOKABOUT Corp., NOAA. Vertices/GIS4Kids, and U.S. Census Bureau.


For more information on the conference, please visit their website.

URISA stands for Urban and Regional Information Systems Association.

I’ll let them explain who they are:

The Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA) is a non-profit professional and educational association that promotes the effective and ethical use of spatial information and information technologies for the understanding and management of urban and regional systems. It is a multidisciplinary association where professionals from all parts of the spatial data community can come together and share concerns and ideas.

New Orleans has not hosted this event since 1981! So, if you’re interested in GIS/mapping/community development, you better not take the risk of having to wait 27 more years for the next time it rolls into town.

From their site:

This conference is vital to professionals concerned with the effective application of information technology in all state and local government agencies, including:

  • Community & Economic Development
  • Emergency Services/Public Safety/Homeland Security
  • Environmental Management
  • Land Records
  • Public Participation
  • Public Health
  • Public Works
  • Tax Assessment
  • Transportation Planning
  • Urban Planning & Design
  • Utilities

Yes, the conference has already started. Sorry for the late notice, and thanks to Lisa for pointing this out to us! See if you can make it for one of the remaining days of the conference (Oct. 9th and 10th).

PLUS Lunch and Learn: Green Building

An email from Nicole:

On October 27th, PLUS will host a Lunch and Learn program about Green Building.  Our speaker is Dr. Aurora Sharrard, her bio is below:

Dr. Aurora Sharrard manages all of Green Building Alliances ( research projects, most notably for the Green Building Product Initiative, where she manages the Product Innovation Grants and focuses on green labels, certifications, and life cycle assessment.  She also manages DASH: Database for Analyzing Sustainable and High Performance Buildings, which is a national effort to create a building metric database for real estate, operational, and occupant-related building metrics.  In addition, Aurora assists in facilitating the Pittsburgh Climate Initiative and, upon occasion, provides technical support to Pittsburgh projects.  Aurora holds a Master’s and Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering with an emphasis in Green Design from Carnegie Mellon University. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Tulane University. Prior to entering graduate school, Ms. Sharrard was a geotechnical engineer in Greater New Orleans. She is a member of the Connect Greenfield’s Steering Committee and volunteers for UPMC’s Living-at-Home Program. She is also one of the youngest members of the Frick Park Lawn Bowling Club.

-Nicole McCall

Mike Prats to host first Student Association social event: the Saints game on Sunday, October 12th

Here is the email Crescent City Shapers received shortly after our initial meeting:

Hey this is Mike,

I suggested today in our first meeting that I would like to host a gathering on Sunday October 12th, at 11:45am.  The Saints play at 12:00pm.  I need to know how many people want to come.  I am willing to make food and get drinks, as long as people will show up.  We can easily meet at a bar or restaurant for better convenience.  Especially if some do not have a car.  My address is 1913 Houma Blvd. Metairie, LA 70001.  I would paste google directions, but I’m not sure how.  I don’t want everyone to feel like we have to do it at my house, I just think it would be a good excuse for everyone to hang out and get to know one another.  A bar or somewhere else will serve that purpose just fine.  Keep in touch so I will no what concessions will be needed.


Mike Prats

If you’re interested, please email to RSVP and let Mike know if you can make it.