I live in the French Quarter just a few feet from the wildest section of Bourbon and you know what? It's the same as when I moved here. Unless you moved here with blinders and earplugs you knew when you came this is not a serene, picturesque city like the other historic cities like Charleston. It's alive like no other city and why tourists come whether to drink themselves sick or just watch. Sure, I've been annoyed by screaming drunks below my window at 5 am but no city ordinance is going to change that. What I love is knowing a steady stream of impromptu parades pass my window and I still look out to see the brides. I can tell the time by when the music on Bourbon starts up and when it shuts down.
For those who can't take the life in New Orleans maybe they should move on rather than try to remake a thriving community and turn it into a museum. There are plenty of cities that are made to order for you. Noise and all, New Orleans is one of the few places in the country where property value is rising. The culture and sound of the city as is is what makes it unique and value able. Complainers, don't let the door hit you on your way out.
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