We’re kicking off the new year with a big bang. Actually, lots of small bangs: the sounds of pervasive gunfire. People are dying, and it’s not just the gangland drug dealers. A mom and dad with their 2 year old daughter got shot in Marigny. She died and he’s in the hospital, wounded protecting their daughter. Stuff like that.
The mayor is meeting with the chief of police, and ideas are being floated around (e.g. reinstitute the 2 am curfew, which is not the sort of thing that the French Quarter folks who are hoping for a resurgence in tourism want to hear). Explanations are offered for the crime rise, usually by local officials who have no idea how to curtail the violence and so they want to make the problem seem overblown.
Chris Rose, the passionate chronicler of Katrina life (a transplant from up north who settled in New Orleans and loves this city more than many of its native born residents) is wondering if it’s time to leave. I wonder the same thing.