The New Orleans Mayor is trying to crack down on crime in the big easy and they’re starting with Bourbon street, this is on of the most visited attractions in New Orleans.
But Mayor Mitch Landrieu wants order in the streets and now wants to place a time frame on how long an establishment can stay open.
According to Nola.com
City and state officials want to put an end to this easy access, and they are proposing the bars close their doors at 3 a.m. — but remain open for business — in an effort to curb violence that has stained the city’s image.
“I don’t see what the point is in it,” said Earl Bernhardt, owner of Tropical Isle and other clubs on and near Bourbon. He worries the policy might affect his bottom line. “We do a lot of business after 3 o’clock.”
Officials hope a simple closed door will diminish the intensity of on-the-street, alcohol-fueled hoopla that has, at times ended abruptly in gunfire. They say it’s not a curfew for a city known for all-night partying.
“Right now, the doors are open, so it’s an open pedestrian party at 3 o’clock in the morning,” Mayor Mitch Landrieu told reporters this week. “We’re going to try to encourage them, through changing their environment, that it’s going to be a little bit more comfortable for them to go inside the bars, which they’ll be able to do until whatever hours they want to.”
The closed-door initiative, which needs City Council approval, is one part of an anti-crime program Landrieu, city officials and Gov. John Bel Edwards unveiled this week. The city is dealing with a depleted police force and a murder rate that spiked last year to 175 killings. It had reached a 43-year low of 150 in 2014.
The plan calls for more early morning street sweeping in the French Quarter, as well as the use of high-tech gadgetry such as license plate readers and high-definition cameras to keep an eye on the crowds.
Do you think this will crack down on crime?