The bonfire this year was different from year's past, and may of the neighbors agree that is a good thing. In particular, the reduction in wild fireworks on the site was an improvement that brought out a lot of families with small children who often skipped or had to stay far back from the bonfire site.
That said, I personally have to agree with the assessment by blogger Schroeder of People Get Ready. There needs to be some balance between the controls imposed by the city and the essential character of the event. I want to make clear that the Bonfire Krewe volunteers might disagree with Schroeder's assessment, and I don't speak for them here.
If nothing else, we need to find some way for people to safely run the bonfire.