I recently took a stroll down Bourbon Street, something most locals, including myself, rarely do. I immediately noticed the iconic “Rue” street signs. I also noticed that several of them were missing. Now most likely adorning college dorm room walls, they obviously were stolen by overly zealous and intoxicated French Quarter revelers. Many of the other signs were either defaced with graffiti and stickers or bent by hanging drunks. Only a few were actually in good condition. As a proud New Orleanian, I was embarrassed.
From St. Charles Avenue and Magazine to Canal and Desire streets, many of New Orleans’ streets are recognized all over the world. Some, like Bourbon, almost are as famous as the city itself. We need to do a better job of keeping them recognizable.