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Mailbag: No More Strip Clubs on Bourbon


Bourbon Street and strip clubs have become synonymous, but many residents do not view that condition as a plus. The City Council is set to consider the state of affairs at the end of the month. Reader William Khan wrote to NoDef to argue why the Quarter does not need any more strip clubs.


Mailbag: Frenchmen Poet's Plea for Help


This fall, the growing safety concerns on Frenchmen Street resulted in the creation of the Frenchmen Street Patrol. While many locals applauded the move, street poet Heath Stevens is concerned that the stepped up police presence is stifling artistic expression. He explains his view in a letter to the editor.


Mailbag: Meter Made--FQ Workers Respond to Parking Compromise


Mayor Mitch’s plan to make public parking downtown more expensive was met with outrage from French Quarter service industry types. So, a compromise was offered. In response, three leaders of the opposition, Nick Detrich, Mark Schettler, and Chris Lane penned an open letter calling for more attention to root issues such as public transit.


Mailbag: Keep Royal's Pedestrian Mall Open


Earlier in December, Brennan’s restaurant spearheaded a push to close the pedestrian mall on Royal Street. Reader Chris Olsen, a small business owner working out of the Quarter, was appalled by the idea. He launched a petition and penned an open letter to Council-Member Nadine Ramsey.


Letter to the Editor: Meter Hike Will Have Local Biz Working for Dimes


The City recently announced plans to raise rates and increase hours for parking meters in the Quarter. Business owner, William Kahn thinks the change is going to hurt local business and push more consumers to chains and big box store. In the following letter to NoDef, Kahn lays out his case against the hike.


Mailbag: NOPD Must Embrace Project NOLA


Crime is on the rise and so are the surveillance cameras that let locals stream videos of violence at the click of a mouse. Bryan Lagarde of Project NOLA, a crime camera advocacy group, says that if the police worked better with his organization crime might be on the decline. In an open letter to Superintendent Harrison Lagarde calls on the Department to embrace Project NOLA. read the letter after the jump.


K10: La Renaissance de la Nouvelle-Orléans


An Op-Ed by Alexandre Vialou of nolafrancaise.com

Ten years ago, Hurricane Katrina and the failure of the federal levees destroyed lives and the physical infrastructure of the City of New Orleans. With it, the indigenous connection that had existed between New Orleanians and their French cultural heritage for 297 years was -yet again- put to test. Iconic Cajun and Creole restaurants had to close, local french-singing musicians were scattered all around the nation. Uncertainty even surrounded the fate of Carnival in 2006.


Mailbag: "Stories That Do Not Belong to You," A Response to Beller's NY'er Piece


Tulane prof Dr. Thomas Beller recently published "Don't Call It Katrina," an essay about the Federal Flood and Katrina in The New Yorker magazine. the essay was received with critical kudos and social media buzz. However, reader Robin McDowell was not impressed. Below she offers a rebuttal arguing that Beller's article continues a dangerous practice of subjugating minorities.


Letter to the Editor: Smoking Ban Extinguishes Tourism


The ashtrays have been removed from bars and in the eyes of the Council, the smoking ban is fait accompli. However, the effects are still trickling down. One reader in Texas writes in to say that he believes the ban is misguided and will not be visiting NOLA as long as crime is high and smokers are unwelcome.


Op-Ed: MaCCNO & the Musical Masses

Cripple Creek's Civillian Theatre Project Series



This Monday at Cafe Istanbul, the Music and Culture Coalition of New Orleans (MaCCNO) will be hosting their annual Fest Season fundraiser featuring Rebirth Brass Band, James Andrews, and more. This next installment of the Civilian Theatre Project series on Nola Defender was written by Hannah Kreiger-Benson, a musician and organizer for MaCCNO. In this opinion piece, Kreiger-Benson explains the controversial organization's stance and future.


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