VCPORA and French Quarter Citizens
on the proposed
Monday, March 13 at 6:30
St. Jude Community Center (400 N. Rampart)
– Free and open to the public –
featuring Jeff Hebert
Deputy Mayor and Chief Administrative Officer for the City of New Orleans
After several high-profile violent incidents on Bourbon Street, including the murder of Demontris Toliver last November, Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s administration began working on a plan to address the problems, major and minor, that are now prevalent on Bourbon Street and the French Quarter, and in the rest of the city. The result is a proposed citywide security plan. You can read the most recent version of the plan here, and below, we’ve included the city’s breakdown of the $39,435,815 estimated price tag.
The most noteworthy citywide elements of the plan involve new requirements that bars close their doors at 3 a.m. and have video cameras on their exteriors that would stream live feeds to a centralized command center. But the plan’s biggest impact would be on Bourbon Street, and by extension, the French Quarter. The proposal would convert Bourbon from a street to a nearly full-time pedestrian mall, with a short window open for deliveries, which has raised concerns among several nearby businesses. Bollards would be placed at the far corners of cross streets to avoid the creation of dead-end blocks (i.e., the bollards to prevent traffic from crossing Bourbon on St. Louis would be placed at the corner of St. Louis and Royal). These blockades would require the reconsideration of traffic patterns and parking and loading zones throughout the entire neighborhood. City officials have stated that a traffic study will be conducted to determine which streets need to be rerouted or turned into 2-way blocks.
There remain many details to be fleshed out on elements of the proposal, such as the “rebranding of the French Quarter and Bourbon Street’s image as a cultural destination” and the call to place benches and planters on Bourbon Street (page 16).
What will these proposed changes mean for the residential aspect of the French Quarter neighborhood? For businesses? For tourism? This forum will offer us all an opportunity to hear more details, to ask questions, and to voice concerns.
Please share – all are welcome!