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BrianW
06-21-2006, 11:23 PM
I haven't noticed this topic discussed yet, could have missed it though.

Anyhow, seems a bit strange having armed soldiers being used as police, with no natural disaster to blame.

Perhaps the NOPD haven't regrouped?

High C
06-21-2006, 11:34 PM
Brian, over half on the city is still unoccupied. The houses in these areas remain damaged and unrepaired. The NOPD is heavily occupied dealing with squatters and looters in these semi-abandoned neighborhoods.

Meanwhile, the criminal element is returning in droves from Houston, Atlanta, and elsewhere, and resuming its old ways with great vigor. The police are overwhelmed with the load of regular drug/gang crime, and dealing with the looters and squatters in the vacant areas.

The National Guard has taken over patrolling the vacant areas, so the NOPD can concentrate its manpower in the populated parts of town.

It's a stinking mess, crime central. :( :mad:

Paul Girouard
06-21-2006, 11:41 PM
I haven't noticed this topic discussed yet, could have missed it though.



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Seems NO has plenty of those National guard needed 6 dead over the weekend . Nice city:eek:

http://apnews.myway.com//article/200...D8IBLG5G1.html (http://apnews.myway.com//article/20060620/D8IBLG5G1.html)


National Guard Ordered to New Orleans

BrianW
06-21-2006, 11:43 PM
Sorry Paul. :)

bamamick
06-21-2006, 11:51 PM
who tell me that the fine line that used to exist between what was funky and cool and what is just plain dirty and dangerous has dissappeared. They may never be able to get it back.

My fear is that the New Orleans of the future is going to be some kind of Orlando-like sanitized version of what used to be.

All in all I think that the National Guard is a good idea. They honestly need the help. Believe me, New Orleans is one of the last places in the country who would ask for it. They need the help.

Mickey Lake

BrianW
06-21-2006, 11:51 PM
Sounds like most folks are happy there. That's good enough for me.

My thoughts are that there are fewer folks in town, and the police force was about the same size, so I was suprised they needed the help.

But, it's just an observation from a long ways away, of a place I don't rightly understand anyhow. :)

Paul Girouard
06-21-2006, 11:53 PM
It was twisted into another thread , not many but HiC saw it . I am all most invisible ;)

Sad thing is the least violence NO has / had seen MTL where in the days right after Katrina hit :(

Well except for all those folks / police etc, that the Halaburton Spec ops and Navy SEALs had to kill to blow those levies :rolleyes:

Nut case conspiracy freaks :rolleyes:

Meerkat
06-22-2006, 02:06 AM
It's a stinking mess, crime central. :( :mad:Ah, returning to business as usual eh? Has the corruption restarted yet?

High C
06-22-2006, 08:35 AM
Ah, returning to business as usual eh? Has the corruption restarted yet?

The street crime is getting back to normal, beyond normal, in fact. Corruption is on the decline, however. They reelected Ray Nagin, and whatever you may think of his competence, he has a fine track record WRT corruption. They threw out a number of bums from the City Council and replaced them with promising looking characters. Also there are more controls than ever, more folks keeping an eye on things, as it is well understood that in order to recover from Katrina, NO must do it's best to stay squeeky clean.

PatCox
06-22-2006, 09:33 AM
They gonna turn Bourbon Street into Church Street Station, like? Too bad I never got a chance to see it before it happened. Orlando is hell on earth, The Worst Place Ever.

RichKrough
06-22-2006, 10:10 AM
My liberal side says 5 dead young men are a tragedy, but there is that part of me that says these 5 little SOB's won't be shooting at anyone else.
We have spent money on education, jobs, so-called drug wars religion you name it.. The only thing that seems to have worked against street crime here in the Northeast is skyrocketing real estate prices that are driving the poor people and many of the street criminals out of the city and dispersing them into the suburbs.

High C
06-22-2006, 01:31 PM
My liberal side says 5 dead young men are a tragedy, but there is that part of me that says these 5 little SOB's won't be shooting at anyone else.
We have spent money on education, jobs, so-called drug wars religion you name it....

I've heard similar sentiments expressed here (in New Orleans) as well. It's pretty much bad guys killing each other, so it's not such a bad thing, right? They do occassionally miss and hit the wrong targets. I think they hold their pistols funny.

Pat and others have mentioned concern that New Orleans will become a sanitized, Disney like vision of its former self. Some locals hold that fear. I've seen no signs of it, though. Commitment to investment of most any kind is still very low. If that's the worst that becomes of New Orleans, I'd say she's damn lucky.

Osborne Russell
06-22-2006, 02:07 PM
Pat and others have mentioned concern that New Orleans will become a sanitized, Disney like vision of its former self. Some locals hold that fear. I've seen no signs of it, though. Commitment to investment of most any kind is still very low. If that's the worst that becomes of New Orleans, I'd say she's damn lucky.

Surely they don't regret not following through on earlier attempts to "modernize" the French Quarter -- ?

John of Phoenix
06-22-2006, 02:09 PM
We were in the Quarter in December and practically had the place to ourselves. I took a picture in Jackson Square at noon on a Saturday and there is NO ONE in the picture. Vacant. Not even street vendors.
We could actually walk down Bourbon Street at night. Usually you just shuffle along with the crowd.

If there's any good news, you can get into great restaurants that normally require six to nine months advance reservations. The Court of Two Sisters was a real treat and Emeril’s banana cream pie is to die for. Unfortunately the Acme Oyster House hadn't reopened. Never did get any oysters or mud bugs. Gotta go back!