Hurricane Katrina didn't destroy Bourbon Street but will Bourbon Street survive New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu after he announced that he wants to make some changes to the Bourbon Street scene? The New Orleans Morning Advocate reported:
An unprecedented number of electronic eyes will soon be deployed throughout New Orleans, watching over 20 different neighborhoods, tracking vehicles to assist police as they search for suspects and scanning French Quarter revelers to look for hidden weapons.
The massive security deployment, part of a $40 million crime-prevention plan unveiled Monday, includes pumping public and private video feeds into a centralized New Orleans Police Department command center that will be monitored around the clock.
“Here’s the first thing I want everyone to know: When you go on Bourbon Street now, everything you do will be seen,” Mayor Mitch Landrieu said.
The proposal, drafted in the wake of a shooting on Bourbon Street on Thanksgiving weekend that left one person dead and nine wounded, also calls for efforts to tamp down on the atmosphere of street partying and entertainment that often overtakes areas of the Quarter into the early morning hours.
While no closing times will be imposed, bars across the city will be required to keep their doors closed after 3 a.m. to discourage patrons from spilling outside, and an early morning spraying of Bourbon Street will further discourage revelry there.....
On Bourbon Street, a 3 a.m. cleaning that “flushes” the street is planned — apparently similar to the sweep that formally ends Fat Tuesday — with a police escort that could make some consider going inside.
The new rules for bars and some other provisions will have to be approved by the City Council. Those rules would apply citywide and, in addition to crime concerns, are aimed at addressing neighborhood complaints about loud bars and music.... Rest of article.
Vehicles will be barred from the first eight blocks of Bourbon Street; movable bollards will allow emergency vehicles and delivery trucks through when needed.
The plan also calls for increasing regulations on strip clubs and live entertainment venues in the French Quarter and further restricting performers at Jackson Square, while “rebranding the French Quarter and Bourbon Street’s image as a cultural destination.”
Enjoy it while you can.