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Old 06-18-2023, 02:16 PM
 
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Was the french quarter and downtown popular with disco music? Was it still a wild nightlife area in the 70s?
Also, knowing that crime was high in the US in the 70s, was it grittier back in the 70s and more crimey?
Thanks for the insight.
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Old 07-06-2023, 09:34 PM
 
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Yes, we used to go dancing at La Boucherie on Bourbon (open all night, every night), The Dungeon and lots of places. The Quarter was always a little spooky (we lived on the corner of Bourbon and Esplanade at the time, 807 Esplanade), but nothing like today. No one was getting shot or anything in the daytime. It felt much safer then than even 10 years ago when we visited. I was uncomfortable in Jackson Square in the broad daylight, as some of the people milling about had my radar up. Back in the day, many was the night we came home alone or in small groups w/o any issues at all. It FELT a little unsafe but nothing happened. I knew a couple of people that were robbed Uptown, but oddly enough, knew no one in the Quarter that had experienced trouble. Those were very different times.

My pet theory is that when Carlos Marcello was deported by Bobby Kennedy, the Mob lost its edge. When they were running things, including the police, crime was manageable. You had to cross them to get in serious trouble. I could tell some tales, but discretion is the better part of valor. Or in their own words, I wasn't there, and if I was there I was sleeping. But the Mob was organized crime, and high crime levels were just plain bad for business. With Marcello gone they were weakened, and then the gangs started to come in, which was disorganized crime. You no longer had to cross them to get shot, you just had to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. But now? It's worse than I have ever seen it.
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