About UTNA

The Uptown Triangle Neighborhood Association (UTNA) is an organization devoted to the preservation of the quality of life and property values within the boundaries of the uptown triangle.  The Uptown Triangle’s boundaries are Broadway Street, St. Charles Avenue and the Mississippi River (Leake Avenue).

The Triangle neighborhood is as diverse in its housing stock as it is in its population. Home to a number of churches, Loyola University Law School and two New Orleans public schools, there are numerous ethnicities and religions represented spanning all age groups.

Formerly known as the Black Pearl in several city maps, the Triangle, according to legend, is said to be the location of the famed “House of the Rising Sun.”  The Triangle is also the birthplace of New Orleans’ own Mahalia Jackson, who used to sing at Mount Moriah Baptist Church on Millaudon St. and whose gospel singing introduced Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech in Washington D.C.

The UTNA is a non-profit organization, and membership is open to all who share the vision of the Organization and wish to join.  There are approximately 1100 households and business within the boundaries.  There are 13 board members that meet quarterly, with one to two annual meetings each year held typically in October or in April.

There are two levels of membership:  General at $20/year or Police Patrol at $200/year, which provides private patrol four hours each three to four days per week.  The more Patrol members we have, the more hours of patrol we can provide.  Patrol members get to have access to the officer’s cell phone for escorts and emergencies.

UTNA sponsors and organizes each year the following events:  Block Party, Bi-annual Neighborhood cleanup which coincides with the national Beach Sweep campaign; Night Out Against Crime gathering, Halloween on Hillary.  In addition, we help organize and sponsor other events that we find benefit the neighborhood.  Some are initiated by board members and general members, and some are initiated by non-members.

Recent initiatives include the following:  Installation and maintenance of 30 dog waste bag dispensers, Fight the Blight at Carver Playground, Banneker Elementary Book Drive, and Pearls in the Pearl Yard Sale.  UTNA also tries to keep the entire neighborhood informed on events in the neighborhood through its mass email blast, website, and newsletter that is distributed to all households and business in the Triangle.

Board

NameBoard PositionServing SinceContact
Todd Taylor President2009president@uptowntriangle.com
María Auzenne Vice President2009vicepresident@uptowntriangle.com
Tim SoslowTreasurer2020treasurer@uptowntriangle.com
Katherine HammerSecretary2019improvements@uptowntriangle.com
Patrick TuckerPatrol Captain1998patrol@uptowntriangle.com
Monica Davidson2004
Jesse Frank 2019
Anna Labadie2015
Heather Williams2019utnaupdates@uptowntriangle.com

Neighborhood Committees

  • Social & Welcome: Organizes neighborhood socials & establishes relationships with new & existing neighbors
  • Neighborhood Improvement: Oversees pet disposal bag program, neighborhood service projects & overall beautification efforts
  • Neighborhood Communication: Keeps neighbors informed through newsletters, emails & Facebook page
  • Patrol: Manages our neighborhood security patrol
  • Blight & Zoning: Identifies blight & zoning issues in neighborhood and provide solutions
  • Governance: Responsible for board member development, insurance & operations

If you would like to serve on a committee please contact Katherine Hammer at improvements@uptowntriangle.com.