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About two years ago the city of New Orleans seemed to making an effort to clean up the French Quarter. It seemed as if there was a police officer on every other block. Also they started to clear out some of the street performs, artist and fortunetellers by enforcing permitting laws. The police presence did give the drunken tourist at least the illusion of safety, but at what cost to the locals? I

4 Comments so far

  1. richard (unregistered) on September 23rd, 2004 @ 7:02 am

    Sugar, all the Aquanet in Jackie Clarkson’s panic room couldn’t tidy up the French Quarter. It’s a neighborhood that’s just MADE for transients–whether those transients are tourists or gutterpunks. Personally, I REVEL in the fact that the Quarter’s a mess. If I wanted to live in fucking Disneyland, I’d move to Times Square.

    I encourage each and every one of you to celebrate bad musicians in Jackson Square! Marvel at the limited color palettes employed my lazy art school dropouts on Royal Street! And smile at the seedy, desperate hustlers crowded in doorways at 6am, willing to give cut-rate handjobs just so they can get their morning fix!

  2. Sam Edwards (unregistered) on September 23rd, 2004 @ 10:01 am

    Well, I think my point was missed on this one. It was strictly an observation of that changes in the city, how it seemed to have gone from one extreme to another. I didn

  3. jfbiii (unregistered) on September 23rd, 2004 @ 10:38 am

    There’s more money in parking enforcement than there is in street trash. But clean up the Quarter? That can only happen in the kind of police state that gives GWB a hard-on just thinking about it.

  4. Mike Hoffman (unregistered) on September 23rd, 2004 @ 1:55 pm

    There’s no much to be secure about between 4-6am, at least on the weekends but that goes for any other major city in the world. In New Orleans people are more prone to be drunk and wandering the streets at that time. My advice is to bring a pair of sunglasses out and stay in the bars until maybe around 11am, ponder the hungry/tired dilema, then pass out. To be able to do this, one must learn to handle their alcohol, which as a local, you should have already trained your liver accordingly if you live the lifestyle to find yourself in this situation.

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