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New Orleans French Quarter T-shirt Laws Are Skirted

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Thanks to TP writer (and FQ neighbor) Jon Kemp for highlighting VCPORA’s efforts to document the effects of t-shirt shops on our neighborhood!

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French Quarter T-shirt laws are skirted

 
Thursday, January 13, 2011
Jon Kemp

When is the last time you counted the number of T-shirt and souvenir shops in the New Orleans Vieux Carre?

I gave up, but thank goodness Vieux Carre Property Owners, Residents and Associates didn’t. VCPORA conducted a field survey with help from volunteer Evelyn Rodos and counted 66 such shops in the New Orleans French Quarter.

“A whopping 27 (of the 66 shops) were on Decatur Street,” said Meg Lousteau, VCPORA executive director.

Instead of looking beautiful, some parts of the historic Quarter look sleazy and tacky thanks to the stores.

Not helping are deplorable French Quarter sidewalks, with some holes the size of gumbo pots. Honestly, I never understood why people in wheelchairs used the street — until it was my turn. Goodness knows, I could have broken the other leg using our sad sidewalks.

The City Council on Dec. 16 unanimously passed an ordinance by District C Councilwoman Kristin Palmer to ban new T-shirt shops in the French Quarter. Ordinances to curtail T-shirt shops already existed on the books. No surprise there.

Making more laws is not the solution to the problem; enforcing them is.

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