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Mar 23, 2012 10:55 AM by AP

In a musical city, a plea to turn down the volume

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Like the architecture that gives the French Quarter an ambience of a by-gone era, music is a treasured part of its culture.

A thriving club scene is an essential part of the city's tourism-based economy.

But there is more to the French Quarter than Bourbon Street. The city's oldest neighborhood is also a residential area, and there is a growing clash between the people who call it home and those who make their living off the clubs.

Club neighbors say the use of loudspeakers - placed outside in courtyards, hung from balconies or aimed outside from open doors and windows - has grown as bar owners and souvenir shops fight to lure tourist traffic.

They're fed up with the noise, and want the city to do something about it.

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