New Orleans can't limit street art sales to French Quarter
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Louisiana's Supreme Court has thrown out a New Orleans ordinance limiting street art sales to two parts of the French Quarter, saying it violates the right to free speech.
Friday's 5-2 ruling came after Lawrence Clark challenged a ticket for showing art for sale in the broad median of a street bordering the French Quarter in 2016. Public defender Laura Bixby says the ruling means artists will be free to show art for sale in all other neighborhoods without risk of being cited for a crime.
The city did not immediately comment on the ruling. The minority opinion said that without the ordinance, anyone could sell artwork anywhere, undermining city efforts to keep up the French Quarter's character and economic vitality.
Desktop NewsClick to open Continuous News in a sidebar that updates in real-time.
Man allegedly shot & killed girlfriend at Burbank Drive apartment complex near...
Local bars facing shortage of liquor brought on by hurricane, pandemic
Last chance for Ascension residents to sign up for hurricane debris pick-up
Former flight attendant explains how passengers survived fiery plane crash
Councilmember removed from contentious Ascension drainage meeting after shouting at attendees, colleague