Mayor Mitch Landrieu's administration announced Tuesday it is dropping a controversial part of its citywide security plan that would have forced bars to keep their doors closed after 3 a.m. — a proposal that had generated backlash from bar owners and others who feared it would harm the French Quarter's spirit of "laissez les bons temps rouler."
But at the same time, the administration is coming under fire for a new proposal that critics argue will contribute to the "Disney-fication" of the Quarter: a crackdown on a "culture of lawlessness" along Bourbon Street that aims to make the city's most notorious stretch of nightclubs resemble the far more sedate environs of nearby Royal Street....
The vision outlined Monday night for cleaning up Bourbon Street, a famously freewheeling stretch of strip clubs and loud music venues, calls for eliminating vendors who sell booze to patrons from buildings' windows, cleaning the street and focusing on code and business violations.
The final touch, once city officials have erected bollards blocking off vehicles from several blocks of Bourbon, would involve adding trees, planters, benches and other furniture to the roadway.
“We see it as changing the culture of lawlessness,” City Planning Commission Deputy Director Leslie Alley said. “We’ve got to go out and change the culture in this town of lawlessness.”
But that proposed change, and other aspects of the plan, did not go over well with many in the crowd that packed the St. Jude Community Center to grill city officials at the first public forum on the security plan since it was announced two months ago.
The meeting was organized by two residential groups, Vieux Carre Property Owners, Residents and Associates and French Quarter Citizens.
“There’s an image that’s coming to my mind, and I don’t want to say the ‘D-word,’ " VCPORA Executive Director Meg Lousteau said of the plans for “street furniture” — an apparent reference to what some refer to as the transformation of the French Quarter into a Disneyland version of itself. Rest of article
Mitch must want to finish the job started by his father- ruining New Orleans.