Upon further review, we're blaming the wrong people about the looming crackdown on overnight street music in the French Quarter.
Yet, you must remember this: The police are duty-bound to enforce the law. And that is what they're trying to do in this case, based on complaints--who knows how many and from whom--reputedly made by residents of the French Quarter. So the police are just doing their job. As my good friend Steve Steinberg said in his letter to the editor in the Times-Picayune last Thursday (6.17.10): "...please be aware that the folks who are always complaining about noise are not necessarily the majority. They are just the noisiest."
The real culprits, I fear, are our neighbors who moved here not so long ago. Almost universally they came as tourists, charmed by the notion they could carry their breakfast beer down the street and cavort with their plastic cupped cocktail in the wee hours of the morning--things they could never do back home where they came from.
But once they moved here, what had been so wickedly delicious to them as tourists became offensive to them as residents. They seem to want to change the French Quarter--to make it more like where they came from. One NOcrimeline reader noted that when she lived in a horse community it was the newcomers who complained about the smell of manure.
Fingers pointed at French Quarter Citizens as the primary complainers after Brian Furness, president of FQC, appeared on the TV news last Friday (6.18.10) night and said he welcomed the law's enforcement. But Monday (6.21.10) afternoon, he explained:
In the meantime, let's not consider the NOPD the bad guys in all this. They're doing what we want them to do--enforce the law. Don't like the law? Change it.