Than the one I highlighted and commented upon earlier this morning on Twitter.
New Orleans status as the US's sole third world municipality again on display. Is shit hole too strong a word? https://t.co/xBqbt0iJTX
— Slabbed New Media (@SlabbedNewMedia) October 26, 2015
It’s certainly not the kind of story you would see in the travel media promoting New Orleans as a tourism destination or one written by the current bane of long suffering NOLA lifers in the “hipsters” – or even in the jaded newsroom of the NOLA Media Group aka The Times Picayune, a news organization that is now a shadow of its former self.
How a once great city became the hollowed-out a place where the organs of public safety now more closely resemble a cartoonish hamster on a spinning wheel under the hood of the muscle car than an actual police force is a case study in decades of rot spawned by systemic public corruption. The integration of municipal government to more closely resemble the community in the late 70s and 1980s also meant there were more people looting the City as the old line families never left the trough, rather the trough expanded to accommodate more people. And through the decades the impacts on municipal infrastructure, public schools, public safety etc is undeniable.
Finally if there is a lesson to be learned by everyone is that in a City where large areas are essentially without the rule of law, provoking the wrath of another by showing your fanny can carry terrible consequences. That is a lesson every tourist needs to understand beyond the overarching one that in NOLA, tourists are considered prey by a local criminal class forged by the exact same conditions that hollowed out the NOPD.