Jeff Adelson over at The Advocate has a great piece in today’s paper looking at what types of Calls for Service occur on Bourbon Street after 3 AM. I chatted with Jeff about the piece and one of the things I pointed out was what I called the “Rowdiness Index” of Bourbon Street.

The Rowdiness Index is a combination of non-duplicate and non-voided Calls for Service for fights, simple batteries and disturbances. These are usually not serious crimes but they can certainly contribute to perceptions of craziness on Bourbon Street.

To create the Rowdiness Index I took all 2016 Calls for Service for those three incident types and measured them by time of day. I then highlighted those which took place specifically on Bourbon Street by hour of day. The results are in the table below:


Bourbon Street is at its rowdiest from 10 PM until 4 AM with things dropping off considerably from 4 AM to 10 AM. This is unsurprising to say the least. Also unsurprising is the fact that the citywide percentage of rowdy incidents occurring on Bourbon Street grows steadily before cresting at 3 AM reflecting a populace that is going to sleep everywhere but in the French Quarter.

I don’t find anything earth shattering in these findings, but this data and Adelson’s piece are wonderful examples of how open police data can be used to evaluate policy proposals. Better analysis can inform better policy which, in theory, will make us all happier.