The future of 13 French Quarter souvenir shops is being decided Tuesday at the Board of Zoning Adjustments.
Seventeen shops in all were cited for violations last year as part of the city's crackdown on novelty stores, The Advocate reported.
The stores were said to be in violation of a 2011 city ordinance banning new tee-shirt shops in the French Quarter, and an older law that prohibits novelty shops from opening within 600 feet of another shop.
This week, the city held public hearings about overhauling the citywide zoning code.
Most people don't pay attention to zoning issues, but it has a direct impact on potentially every property in the city — from bars and retail to major manufacturing.
Reporter Karen Gadbois covers land use for The Lens. She talks with WWNO's Eve Troeh about the many ways that zoning decisions and other city initiatives like blight reduction can impact neighborhoods and homeowners, and how those important decisions are made.