A June 29 shooting in the French Quarter injured nine people and left one woman dead. The tragedy drew national attention to New Orleans and raised concerns about public safety in the Quarter, an especially big problem in a city that relies so heavily on tourism.
We’re grateful for the steps taken by the New Orleans Police Department, as well as the Louisiana State Police, to beef up French Quarter patrols. Autumn weather usually brings an increase of visitors to New Orleans, and that reality underscores the need for continued vigilance in keeping residents and tourists safe.
But in the wake of summer’s problems, here’s some good news. New Orleans received a welcome reminder recently of why the city continues to be such a positive draw for visitors.
Now that temperatures have dropped, The Wall Street Journal recently lauded the Crescent City as a great destination. The Journal also reminded readers across the country that New Orleans has many other charms beyond Bourbon Street.
“Fall is the perfect time to explore quieter yet still character-rich quarters of New Orleans, like bohemian Bywater and leafy Mid-City,” the newspaper declared in the headline of its travel and leisure section.
Correspondent Matthew Kronsberg urged readers to get beyond the typical tourist districts and discover the many other pleasures the city has to offer.
“Since the devastation of Hurricane Katrina,” Kronsberg wrote, “the city’s population has nearly recovered from its post-storm lows, bringing new vitality to lesser-known neighborhoods. Now is the time to see the Crescent City in a fresh way — skipping tourist zones for areas like bohemian Bywater and leafy Mid-City. You can still have booze, beignets and brass bands, if you’re so inclined, but in a more intimate (and some might say, authentic) way. This is the season to do it — the heat has faded, and Mardi Gras throngs are safely months away.”
Kronsberg’s profile of the city included landmarks such as The Columns Hotel on St. Charles Avenue, City Park and The New Orleans Museum of Art. Although residents tend to take the city’s beauty and culture for granted, Kronsberg’s story should help us remember why the city is so special.
With Ebola scares on airlines and cruise ships, the tourism industry here and across the nation could be in for choppy waters this autumn. Even so, we’re hoping for a successful tourism season in New Orleans. In coming to New Orleans, says Kronsberg, visitors can “appreciate just how far the city has come.”