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Meter Metrics


Despite strong protests from service industry workers, the much hyped changes in parking policies went into effect on Monday (1.11). Meter hours were increased downtown, ticket prices are slated to rise, and parking enforcement  was increased.


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.


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.


Meters Push the Envelope


Few bands can boast a lasting influence on New Orleans music like the Meters. Hits like "Cissy Strut" and "Look-Ka Py Py” helped define the funk genre. Now, that legacy will be signed, sealed, and delivered—literally. The group will soon be featured on an official U.S. Postal Service's commemorative envelope.


Today in NOLA: 3.18.15


It's finally time for Wednsday at the Square. Tonight, noise pop band from Melboune performs at Gasa Gasa. Bay Area rock comes to town in the form of Cool Ghouls to play at late night bar, the Saint. Maple Leaf hosts a tribute to Meters' album "Look-Ka Py Py." On this day in 1687, LaSalle was assassinated by his own men. Now, more details on this Wednesday's events. 


Parking Parade Remade

Behind the City's New Meters



Lovely Rita’s business is getting a makeover for modern times. Last month installation began on 1,361 new parking meters around the city. The city will be replacing 950 single-post meters, and 311 multi-box meters with a modern box. The new-fangled machines will be solar powered and touch screen enabled and will have replaced the old ones by the end of the year. 


Ghost Tour Goes High-Tech DIY


By Elizabeth Davas

Ghost Tours seem to have hit a saturation level in the Quarter, but one local company has developed a new twist. Witches Brew Tours is offering aspiring Spenglers, Stantz’, and Venkmans a chance to hunt the ghosts themselves. The company recently added the “Ghost Hunt” tour to their repertoire. Instead of listening to guides’ tales of horror, visitors can use various pieces of equipment designed to pick up and channel the other side.  


Mardi Gras Music for 12th Night (Video)


Even if they tried, other cities couldn't replicate the one element of Mardi Gras that makes it so distinctly New Orleanian--the music. Carnival season has its own merry soundtrack, full of funk, brass, and the traditional sound that could have only emerged out of a city as rich as ours. Here are a few of NoDef's favorite Carnival songs to get you pysched for the season. 


After the Fest, Day 3


The first weekend of Fair Grounds festivities may be over when the bell tolls 7 tonight, but the party continues into the night. The big bills continue tonight, with super groups, three Meters and lots of drummers in the spotlight. We aren't talking about watching HBO. This is the real thing:


After the Fest, Day 1


During JazzFest there's plenty of music to see, but with the constantly conflicting cubes, chances are high that you'll miss a few. Luckily, there are plenty more shows at night, and most of them feature very special lineups. It's the kind of thing that makes us want to create NOLA music trading cards, or start a fantasy league. In addition to our Fest picks, check in with NOLA Defender everyday during the Fest to see what's going on at night. Click through for today's:


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