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Old 01-09-2009, 09:29 PM
 
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Oak Hill, Gardere, Plaquemine

Are these good areas to live? Not worried about school district. No kids
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Old 01-10-2009, 11:21 AM
 
Location: Baton Rouge, LA
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Oak Hill, Gardere, Plaquemine

Are these good areas to live? Not worried about school district. No kids
- Oak Hills is good if you can afford it.
- Gardere, ABSOLUTELY NOT. It's a crime ridden, flood prone slum. Now, there are apartments/homes being built around the periphery, but it all depends on where the property is.
- Plaquemine ? Depends on if you like small town living near petrochemical plants. And Iberville Parish is largely a poor parish.
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Old 01-10-2009, 03:50 PM
 
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Oak hills is nice. Gardere is not! Do not live in Gardere! I like Plaquemine. It's a very pretty little town with about 7,000 people if I'm not mistaken. Alot of History there. And there is alot of growth going on between Plaquemine and Interstate 10.

Where will you be working?
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Old 01-11-2009, 10:30 AM
 
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My wife and I live in the Gardere area, but we don't consider that, "It's a crime ridden, flood prone slum" as previously described. It used to be but has been changing for years. My house has not flooded in any of the 29 years it has existed, just for example.
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Old 01-12-2009, 08:40 AM
 
Location: Baton Rouge, LA
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My wife and I live in the Gardere area, but we don't consider that, "It's a crime ridden, flood prone slum" as previously described. It used to be but has been changing for years. My house has not flooded in any of the 29 years it has existed, just for example.
Note the word "Gardere AREA" - if you live off Bluebonnet, for instance, I don't consider that Gardere. And for those who think it doesn't flood, I remember a massive flood BR had in 1989 where stores at Burbank/Gardere were flooded nearly to the roof, and Burbank was impassible. Westhaven subdivision and anything south of Bayou Fountain was hit very hard. And this was with way less development out there 20 years ago.

But I encourage those interested to drive down Gardere and GSRI. And read the Advocate - the shootings/crime that makes the paper is usually in the "numbered streets" or in Gardere......

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Old 01-12-2009, 08:47 AM
 
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Oak Hill, Gardere, Plaquemine

Are these good areas to live? Not worried about school district. No kids
Oak Hills would be a good area.

Gardere is not.
Gardere is a failed part of Baton Rouge expansion to the south. In recent years, the idea was to gentrify it somewhat, but I believe all they're really doing is building a ring of higher priced properties around it and caging in the crime and low income. I'm not saying low income is bad. But to put such disparity in incomes so close to each other is not good and will not really gentrifying anything. I think all they're trying to do now is force the undesireables out by using economics. Unfortunately, a lot of lower income but good quality people are going to get hurt by that.
But as much as I know there are good people in Gardere, it takes a big man, or a trouble maker to want to live there.

Plaquemine is a pretty nice little town, but it's little. So don't expect great service at the local Walmart. You can expect better service at Leblanc's however and some other locally owned shops and such. If you're religious, the churchs will seem nice and small townish. It would be a good avenue to meeting people.
Plaquemine is not so small though as to not have its bad areas, such as Seymourville and Iron Farm/Haase Street (W.W. Harleaux).
If you know exactly where it is you're looking at in Plaquemine, I can vouch more on that specific area. I lived in P-town for several years and still have family living, working, teaching, and going to school there.
Of course, the main employers of Plaquemine are Dow and Georgia Gulf. Dow is on the north side of town, GG on the southside, but GG is a lot smaller and a little further away than Dow.
If you like to fish, or entertain in water sports, you will have pretty excellent access to areas on the west side of the basin, the spillway, Lake Verret and such.
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Old 01-12-2009, 09:24 AM
 
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Oak Hills would be a good area.


But as much as I know there are good people in Gardere, it takes a big man, or a trouble maker to want to live there.
I've lived in the Hermitage subdivision just off Gardere Lane since November 1979 and I've seen the area deteriorate then re-vitalize, so I'll take this as a compliment to my own perseverance. In reality, though, I'm not much different from my neighbors: We just want to see Obama's socialist agenda succeed. That will help immeasurably to improve things in and around here. That sports complex that was built recently isn't the start that many thought it should be, though.

I'll agree that something needs to be done to GSRI on both sides of Gardere.
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Old 01-12-2009, 09:31 PM
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I've lived in the Hermitage subdivision just off Gardere Lane since November 1979 and I've seen the area deteriorate then re-vitalize, so I'll take this as a compliment to my own perseverance. In reality, though, I'm not much different from my neighbors: We just want to see Obama's socialist agenda succeed. That will help immeasurably to improve things in and around here. That sports complex that was built recently isn't the start that many thought it should be, though.

I'll agree that something needs to be done to GSRI on both sides of Gardere.
I think the Gardere area in pretty bad, which is kinda sad becasue I see little kids running all over the place with no parents in sight! I saw they had built the new sports complex there around Gardere, but have no idea how that is going. AS far as the Obama comment-I disagree, he will not be able to fix everything that is wrong with this mess we are in now-at least he can try though!
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Old 02-06-2009, 09:07 AM
 
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Gardere is bad....mostly because of the run down rental properties off GSRI. Otherwise, it's not as bad as many say that it is.

I wouldn't invest money in a home there, but it's not a bad place for a college student or rental property.

I don't think there is any particular item of the Stimulus that is directed to Gardere. It's going to be private investment in that area combined with the public works projects already underway by our local governments that will turn that area around....if anything can do it.


Oak Hills is a great neighborhood.
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Old 02-06-2009, 04:56 PM
 
Location: Baton Rouge, LA
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Gardere is bad....mostly because of the run down rental properties off GSRI. Otherwise, it's not as bad as many say that it is.

I wouldn't invest money in a home there, but it's not a bad place for a college student or rental property.

I don't think there is any particular item of the Stimulus that is directed to Gardere. It's going to be private investment in that area combined with the public works projects already underway by our local governments that will turn that area around....if anything can do it.

Oak Hills is a great neighborhood.
Gardere is the kind of area that when they have reports of robberies/murders and the like, it's not surprising when it happened in the Gardere area. I would NOT recommend that a student live there. There are plenty apartments in other areas that are safer. Plus, you have flooding issues and the sewer plant that you can smell sometimes.
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