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The murder capital of the US. A quote from a piece by Gelinas in City Journal:
When New Orleans began slowly to come back to life after Katrina, it enjoyed a respite from violent crime, one that residents and their elected leaders thought would continue indefinitely. New Orleanians had a “sense of euphoria about the city being a new city, that the violent crimes just weren’t there,” says U.S. Attorney Jim Letten, who handles federal cases for Louisiana’s eastern district. But after roughly ten weeks of peace, murders—many drug-related and acquaintance-based—started to appear in the headlines again. Then, as the city’s population began returning in greater numbers last spring, violent crime roared back “with a vengeance,” as Letten puts it. The highly publicized shooting death in March 2006 of 28-year-old Michael Frey at the hands of a street robber in the Faubourg Marigny, a funky neighborhood on the outskirts of the French Quarter, seemed to trigger in many New Orleans residents the realization that things were now back to “normal.”
Haven’t been to NO for a few years, turned down JazzFest this week, and all of my architecture books are on another property, BUT, I believe that building pictured with the elaborate ironwork is located on the corner of Royal and St. Peter Streets. After fires in 1788 and 1794 destroyed most of the old French colonial architecture, there was a Spanish rebuilding of the area, characterized by flat tiled roofs, stucco walls, and ornamental ironwork balconies and galleries (which aren’t self-supporting like balconies but use poles or column supports.)
About the metalwork: Highly corrosive-resistant wrought iron is typically pre-industrial age and manufactured using charcoal fires and a lot of hammering handwork (“wrought”/worked). Mass-produced mild steel eventually supplanted labor-intensive wrought iron, and most French Quarter ironwork is actually cast iron from the 1850s on. IIRC, much or most of it was made in Memphis, TN.
I would imagine the crime rate of refuge Houston has gone down in direct correlation to NO's rise.