The Sunday not-so-Funnies

Anyone for Puccini? Thursday’s council session, this council’s last, was the stuff of a three-act opera in reverse. Flowers, bows and farewells were first, conflict and confusion ruled the end. Working title: Kristin’s Last Stand, or Eclipse in the Afternoon. One of the motifs will come from Hannah Kreiger-Benson’s comment: “They are either terribly misinformed or wildly misleading, neither of Continue reading The Sunday not-so-Funnies

The Dementor Tax on Entertainment

While little eddies of scandal were swirling around who gets control of the Ho’ Zone special tax on hospitality businesses last year, much of it stirred up by the Smith+Protectionist wingnut faction that burdens the life of New Orleans, we missed a special entertainment tax that slipped in under the radar. We could call it the Music Tax. Or in Continue reading The Dementor Tax on Entertainment

Curfew Constitutionality

This article is reprinted with permission of Ashlye Keaton, New Orleans based entertainment attorney and musicians’ advocate, Adjunct Asst. Professor of Law at Tulane, who has worked for years on city sound and music issues. Going on five years now, the noise ordinance has been an issue that we have been working to resolve. The stimulus for establishing the first Continue reading Curfew Constitutionality

The Law Zapper

Behold the Lord High Executioner A personage of noble rank and title — A dignified and potent officer, Whose functions are particularly vital! Defer, defer, To the Lord High Executioner! Defer, defer, To the noble Lord, to the noble Lord, To the Lord High Executioner! Tomorrow at the Housing and Human Needs Committee at Council Hall, and then Thursday at Continue reading The Law Zapper

French Quarter Management District Board Supports Sound Ordinance

This afternoon the main order of business at French Quarter Management District main board was to discuss and decide whether to recommend the draft sound ordinance prepared by City Council and, I believe, the Mayor’s office. Let’s call it a cooperative administration and council bill. Mary Howell also attended as a visitor or attendee. That makes it more exciting – Continue reading French Quarter Management District Board Supports Sound Ordinance

The Respectability Militia

Yesterday the Board of Zoning Adjustment deferred 15 T-shirt shop appeals against VCPORA attacks for 30 days, pending a city government department’s production of relevant documents it has so far failed to produce. Just before the session opened a real* resident of the French Quarter sent this email: From: Michael Tilbury <> Subject: T-Shirt Shop Zoning Review Date: April 14, Continue reading The Respectability Militia

Real Retail and the Gentlewoman’s Dream

In Woldenberg Park, near where the first landing was in the 1720s when Bienville was still in charge and Adrien de Pauger was laying out the street plan of what we now call the Vieux Carre, there is a statue of an arriving immigrant family facing the French Quarter, where many of the arriving people started their new lives in Continue reading Real Retail and the Gentlewoman’s Dream