A new group has released some suggestions concerning the city's ongoing noise ordinance battle, the Mid-City Messenger reports. The Music and Culture Coalition of New Orleans is a group of musicians, community organizers and residents. They've outlined key points regarding sound levels and neighborhood complaints, while reminding us of the cultural significance of live music. The MCCNO plans on passing their recommendations on to neighborhood associations and local businesses.
· They would like noise complaints to lead to a "formalized mediation process" and not criminalization and/or inordinate fines.
· No "blanket regulations" – unique characteristics of neighborhoods should be recognized.
· Accepted hours of performance and sound levels should be made available to street performers.
· Honor tradition – jazz funerals, Mardi Gras Indian practices, second lines, parades must be kept in mind.
In other noise ordinance news, it seems that the Vieux Carre Property Owners, Residents, and Associates group isn't doing so well. Their strict guidelines didn't draw many fans and last week the Broadmoor Improvement Association withdrew its support.
· Music and Culture Coalition Releases Noise Ordinance Recommendations [Mid-City Messenger]
· A Noise Ordinance For All New Orleanians [MCCNO]
· 7 Essential Items To Make Our Noise Ordinance Work [VCPORA]
· Broadmoor Withdraws Support From Effort to Strengthen Noise Ordinance [Uptown Messenger]