New Orleans Rolls Out French Quarter Security Plan

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Worried about New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s plans to enforce new safety measures in the French Quarter and beyond, a few residents have noticed a theme familiar to followers of national politics, reports the New Orleans Times-Picayune. The promise of bollards, new pavement, upped security details and bright lights on Bourbon Street reminded them of building a wall. Perhaps not quite on par with what President Trump wants to build along the Mexico border, but a barrier nonetheless. “We’re building a wall down Bourbon Street and forgetting what’s outside the wall,” French Quarter resident Ken Caron said.

City officials provided more details on the plan yesterday. The audience continued to question the administration’s assertion that this was a sound way to spend almost $40 million. More than a quarter of that investment is slated for a network of surveillance cameras built on the remnants of former Mayor Ray Nagin’s scandal-plagued crime prevention system. Aaron Miller, Landrieu’s homeland security director, said that price would cover the installation of 250 cameras around the city.  New saucer-like cameras can be seen along the first blocks off Canal Street. They are accompanied by LED streetlights.  City Hall plans to have a command center built by September and operational by October. License plate readers letting officers to track vehicles through the quarter are expected to be installed in two phases.

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