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Old 01-27-2011, 09:07 AM
 
Location: Pereira, Colombia
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Monroe, along with Shreveport and Alexandria, is pretty well represented among the student population at UL-Lafayette. Surprisingly very few students from BR and Lake Charles were willing to give Lafayette a chance, so the main contingents were 1.) Acadiana Region (of course), 2.) New Orleans area (including the Northshore), 3.) North Louisiana. A lot of these N. La students came down because they wanted the South Louisiana lifestyle but were afraid of the "big bad cities" of Baton Rouge and New Orleans. Anyway...

I bonded with the Monroe clique pretty quickly. The friendliness amongst everybody really stood out in my mind. I ended up visiting there, twice I believe. I thought ULM had a decent campus, and it was very friendly as well. But honestly, I couldn't live up there. No way. It's so different from my image of what Louisiana is. The paper mills, the "bored" cops, the strictness on drinking.. it just doesn't strike me as a place to be, at least among young people. And to be fair, it was West Monroe that I really thought was the pits, I hung with some people in Monroe proper that had money and yeah it was fun, don't get me wrong. So while I wouldn't live there, I seriously like the people there...maybe because there is less to do, people value friendships and togetherness more. That's a blessing in disguise, no doubt.
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Old 01-29-2011, 01:21 AM
 
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how about a controlling, wife beating husband that left me totally broke? and guess what... i met him in Monroe. If I could afford to leave, I would.
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Old 02-08-2011, 03:23 AM
 
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So many people who haved posted here seem to hate the Monroe-West Monroe area.
I would guess that it is because anyone south of Ville Platte considers anything north of them to be Arkansas. It seems like there is no movement from people in south LA to north LA and vice versa. Also Mardi Gras is huge in LA and I've NEVER heard anyone say that they are going to Monroe or Shreveport for Mardi Gras. Definitely a forgotten part of the state.
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Old 02-08-2011, 11:21 PM
 
Location: Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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I'm a born a raised BR man, I love Shreveport, it has its problems, and it has its gems. And its skyline gleams compared to Baton Rouges. Monroe.... I was there for a week on ULM campus, its a nice campus, and the bayou that runs through it was behind the house I was staying at, I loved to go out there and chill. It was near the Pecanland Mall, and the street that runs in front of ULM campus with a Kangaroo on the corner. On the other side of the freeway, I believe it runs to West Monroe was literally full of trash. I mean, Baton Rouge has its dirty streets, and I can name a few, but these streets were Bourbon filthy. Cups, boxes, paper, cigarette packs, and random debris was lying everywhere. I couldn't help but take a negative feeling back home with me. I don't hate Monroe but I would never move there. I haven't spent enough time there to get a good feel for the city, honestly.
And once again, don't get the wrong impression from this post, I care for Monroe just as I care for Baton Rouge.
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