Charging for use of the neutral ground is a terrible idea and would be an unnecessary waste of police resources, not to mention an inhospitable shock for new and return tourists alike. Mardi Gras is a free party. I'm not going to be locked out of something I've been doing for decades because I don't have $100 to compete for a chunk of neutral ground. I do have my time and energy, and I've been fitting in fine in between (most) groups of other normal (non-roper-offers, who I agree, should be told to cut it out) citizens so far. Mardi Gras is not supposed to be corporate, remember? I don't want to be banished from the areas near my house because, sorry, this week some wealthy St. Charles residents bought a block to maintain their view or Cox or Shell or whatever highest bidder bought this block for their employees or board members. Yes, people should be held accountable and not allowed to leave their ladders/furniture/anything out *unattended* for days, but charging for creating private spaces is not the answer.
There are never comments activated on the social scene columns. Craaaaazy racism is okay, I guess, but don't you dare mock Nell Nolan.
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