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Old 04-09-2010, 10:39 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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My husband and I currently live in Los Angeles but are strongly considering a move to New Orleans in the near future. My husband is a union carpenter, but the jobs have dried up in California since they are all funded by the state. Manufacturing jobs pay about $10/hour which is ridiculous since our 1 bedroom apt. is $1250/month. I'm a writer and can work from anywhere.

There seems to be a lot of carpentry/manufacturing jobs in New Orleans and I know the cost of living is a little lower there. Our life in L.A. isn't the greatest since my husband can't find a decent job anymore, but we do like our apartment and are comfortable living in L.A.

We've visited New Orleans many times and love it. I know that living in a place and visiting is compeltely different though, and the crime rate really scares us. Also, if we move, we will sell all of our furniture and stay in an extended stay hotel while we look for a decent place to live.

My fear is that we give everything up here and get stuck living in a hotel because my husband can't find a job. He has applied to a few things in NOLA but hasn't recieved any responses, most likely because we are out of state.

One more issue is that our families live in the Midwest and we never see them. In the five years we've lived in L.A., we've been home once. I am terrified of flying and the drive is just too far. If we move to NOLA, we will be MUCH closer to our families and can drive home for holidays. That is a huge factor for us- we feel like we've missed out on so much (but we're not willing to live in a cold and snowy area again.)

Any thoughts? Should we make the plunge? We will either lose it all or end up loving our new lives. Life is risky!
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Old 04-09-2010, 10:48 PM
 
Location: The US of A
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If I were in your position, I would move to be closer to my family. I've been to NO once and I thought it was great. I'm from LA, though, and wish I could go back. So, it would really depend on where you live in NO as far as the crime goes. The decision is yours. Good Luck!
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Old 05-18-2010, 09:49 PM
 
Location: New Orleans
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Wow that is a really tough question esp. since you are not moving there FOR a job already lined up.

I lived in New Orleans for 19 years. I now live in Los Angeles.

I have heard a lot of people in New Orleans are out of work right now. My mom says business is down 30% due to the economy.

Crime? Yes there is a lot of crime but it is mostly in those ghetto neighborhoods. If you stay in good areas such as Kenner, Metairie, Uptown (can be sketchy but is awesome and walkable), French Quarter (awesome also and walkable, but can be sketchy), Mid-City (can be sketchy), Lakeview (is like suburb in the city on the lake, really nice, clean, and safe area).

If you have any questions about New Orleans please e-mail.

Good luck!
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Old 05-18-2010, 10:05 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX/Chicago, IL/Houston, TX/Washington, DC
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My husband and I currently live in Los Angeles but are strongly considering a move to New Orleans in the near future. My husband is a union carpenter, but the jobs have dried up in California since they are all funded by the state. Manufacturing jobs pay about $10/hour which is ridiculous since our 1 bedroom apt. is $1250/month. I'm a writer and can work from anywhere.

There seems to be a lot of carpentry/manufacturing jobs in New Orleans and I know the cost of living is a little lower there. Our life in L.A. isn't the greatest since my husband can't find a decent job anymore, but we do like our apartment and are comfortable living in L.A.

We've visited New Orleans many times and love it. I know that living in a place and visiting is compeltely different though, and the crime rate really scares us. Also, if we move, we will sell all of our furniture and stay in an extended stay hotel while we look for a decent place to live.

My fear is that we give everything up here and get stuck living in a hotel because my husband can't find a job. He has applied to a few things in NOLA but hasn't recieved any responses, most likely because we are out of state.

One more issue is that our families live in the Midwest and we never see them. In the five years we've lived in L.A., we've been home once. I am terrified of flying and the drive is just too far. If we move to NOLA, we will be MUCH closer to our families and can drive home for holidays. That is a huge factor for us- we feel like we've missed out on so much (but we're not willing to live in a cold and snowy area again.)

Any thoughts? Should we make the plunge? We will either lose it all or end up loving our new lives. Life is risky!
May I be frank with you?

I love NOLA, very much, I have never lived there, but look, many cities have a high crime rate. In fact Chicago is always high on the list and we have corrupt politicians too.
My point is, there will be good and bad to any place you go to, NOLA has some really nice neighborhoods too, you won't be living in the ghetto because you live in the city. You can find great areas to live in without worrying about your safety.

Now, the only thing I am worried for here is the job situation. Make sure your husband can get a very steady grasp on a job before you make the move. Keep applying as much as you can, try broadening your application list of cities, try other cities too. Try Dallas, Austin, Oklahoma City, Houston too, but that's just my take on it, that's for plan B in case you have to leave LA and move out and haven't secured a job in NOLA.

The family factor is important, it seems like a much better option being in NOLA than LA as far as family goes.
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Old 05-18-2010, 11:17 PM
 
Location: Upper East Side of Texas
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Keep applying as much as you can, try broadening your application list of cities, try other cities too. Try Dallas, Austin, Oklahoma City, Houston too, but that's just my take on it, that's for plan B in case you have to leave LA and move out and haven't secured a job in NOLA.
Dude, I swear we think alike most of the times. I was going to recommend OKC too.
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Old 05-18-2010, 11:31 PM
 
Location: New Orleans, United States
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I don't think the OP will be moving to NOLA. Inquiries on the NO forum turned ugly.
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Old 05-19-2010, 12:14 AM
 
Location: Austin, TX/Chicago, IL/Houston, TX/Washington, DC
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Dude, I swear we think alike most of the times. I was going to recommend OKC too.
Great minds think alike.
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