Feeling a little concerned about my accommodation plans for our family trip in September. We will be in NOLA for 3 nights, arriving fairly late on the 1st night. We chose to stay in the FQ because we like to be in the thick of everything and not spend precious time travelling between sights, where possible. If it were just me and my husband, I wouldn't worry too much, but as we are travelling with children 12 and 14, would you recommend staying out of the FQ nowadays?
I'm not as worried about the shootings (although of course my heart goes out to the local community and all involved) as I do believe that something like that can happen anywhere. We had a very tragic incident happen here in Australia at a very peaceful Tasmanian tourist spot a few years ago and many people died at the hands of just one very sick man, it just proved to me that terrible things can happen anywhere, anytime, some people are just walking time bombs...no one can know that anyplace is safe. But one can not stop living life because they might be hurt.
Having said that, balance is the key and as a parent it is my duty to do everything I can to protect my children and keep them out of harms way where possible. With children, our latest night (apart from the 1st night) would be walking back to he hotel after dinner, possibly a ghost tour? (Think my family will be too chicken for that though haha) should I stick with my choice accommodation at Hotel Provincial? I did research this months ago, but have to admit I didn't hear much about the pan handlers and homeless people. Won't be going to bourbon st, although previously had planned to have a look early evening, around dinner time, but now happy to stay away from there now, if this is suggested?
Please don't get me wrong, I don't mean to sound like an alarmist. And we won't be avoiding NO all together at all, I realise there is much more to it than just the FQ, just wondering if we should re think our accommodation options. Is the FQ an adults only destination?