I browsed the NOLA FQ board today - and found some comments like these. I have lived in or around Chicago all my life - so I'm aware of the issues/problems in any big city, so it doesn't strike me as that unusual - but it seems most of these comments are from locals. Is a lot of this activity new since Katrina? Some of these comments could be fake - anything can be said on an anonymous board - but I thought I'd check with locals and recent visitors to see if you've seen this type of activity on the streets/corners/times mentioned.
Our trip to NOLA begins Monday - and we can't wait! We know to be careful (not go anywhere alone at night - stay in busy areas - wallets in front pockets - etc) - just as we would be in Chicago (plus, I doubt we'll be out as early in the morning as noted in most of these comments!!!).
"the 200 & 300 blk of bourbon 800 & 900 blks of conti - st louis are HORRIBLE with thugs - crack whores - and transvestites - I have never in my 35 years in this Quarter seen so much blatant drug dealing - the NOPD has been really giving this area a cleansing but they keep coming back"
"I've noticed a lot more of the unsavory element in and around my block in the FQ. The corner of Burgundy & Saint Peter seems to have more traffic from what looks like a street corner dealer...I've called the cops to get them to patrol more. Is there more that one can do? Are there other problematic areas in the FQ that I need to pay attention to? Please advise."
"800 block of St Louis is horrid - the Quality of Life officer from Dist 8 promised action on it and it has gotten better. Street is still filled with unsavories around 5 to 6 AM"
"I walked my dog this am around 7:00 am from the 500 blk of Burgundy around to St Louis (900) up past Bourbon I saw 8 - EIGHT - black transvestite hookers - when I returned to sit on my stoop with neightbors they just stroll by and the cars stop and pick them up - what is going on you would think the cops could SEE THESE HOOKERS they are easy to spot - and the hip-hop drug dealers are taking over the 800 and 900 blk of st louis its a tragedy - and surely the cops can hear the musice coming from the cars - putting parked partol cars on the corners just gives them a place to lean while waiting for their tricks to pick them up!"
"Last night at approximately 10:00PM we were walking in the Quarter to a parking lot and passed "Rotolo's" at 201 Decatur (WWOZ Radio's website states it is a "new music venue").There were fifty or so thugs hanging out on the corner and blocking the street (with more walking towards the place from down the streets) ... cars blaring rap music were going around the block over and over squealing tires and burning rubber (creating clouds of smoke that went down the street) ... and there were what looked like on-going drug deals going on. We instantly felt unsafe and walked as quickly as possible from the area (as did many tourists who happened to walk up on the scene). I can't imagine anything good coming from this."