Super Bowl's boulevard of broken dreams

January 29, 2013

Bourbon Street has been one of the most famous New Orleans attractions for about 200 years, but I’m wondering if even the pirates who once walked the famous cobblestones would have been shocked and embarrassed by what it has become.

Think of The Block on steroids ... or that deer antler stuff. Strip clubs everywhere, each with an irritating barker offering a free glimpse of what you can see pretty much for free all day long during Mardi Gras starting next week. There was even one club that advertised “Live Love Acts,” and I’m pretty sure they weren’t talking about Ray Lewis and Ray Rice hugging after the Ravens shocked the Denver Broncos.

This is nothing new. The area has been a center of debauchery for generations and attempts to clean it up have met with obviously mixed success.

For some reason there were also a ton of ATM machines. Guess that’s where a lot of people go to do their banking.


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