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Old 06-24-2009, 07:20 PM
 
Location: Baton Rouge
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Cool!
Thanks for your help. Will let you know how i make out with the map.

Just another question. Seems a lot of mention about crime in Baton Rouge on this board... What kind of crime are we talking about? Like an occasional car theft or assault (like in any city)? Or are we talking like Detroit crime or Newark, New Jersey crime with gangs and drugs and shootings?

Also, i read mentioned somewhere "slums"... Is this to say like a low-income or rundown neighborhood? Or slums as in, people throwing garbage out their windows and limited city sanitation pick-up, slow police response in emergencies, etc...

Sorry... was just wondering. A little nervous...

Don't be nervous. I wouldn't call it slums. I'd call it low income and sometimes high crime. My take on a ghetto is parts of north BR and, yeah, some of that area of old south BR just north of LSU. But it isn't like Detroit or parts of NYC or Chicago. After that, it's generally just low income so it looks more run down and sometimes invites more crime.
You don't necessarily see thugs and gangs walking around the streets, unless you're already in a bad part of town. If you're smart and use common sense when in large cities, then you should be fine here. Don't leave valuables in the car, keep doors locked, etc.
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Old 06-25-2009, 09:00 AM
 
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Thanks, again... Will try to do some more research this weekend and come up with some places...
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Old 07-11-2009, 02:12 PM
 
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Hi all,
Back again... Still haven't moved, but have found some rentals... How is the neighborhood around Grant & Alaska? Or Mid-City on Convention Street?

Thanks! Looking forward to moving soon!
hz
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Old 07-11-2009, 03:10 PM
 
Location: Baton Rouge, LA
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Hi all,
Back again... Still haven't moved, but have found some rentals... How is the neighborhood around Grant & Alaska? Or Mid-City on Convention Street?

Thanks! Looking forward to moving soon!
hz
Grant at Alaska - WAY too close to the less desirable neighborhoods - it's as bad as living at the Edward Gay apartments

Convention - not that great either
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Old 07-12-2009, 07:55 AM
 
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Old 07-12-2009, 08:16 AM
 
Location: Baton Rouge
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He's right. Unless you're just willing to take a chance (because not all people are affected by crime the same way, if at all). I wouldn't chance it though. Although I will say that most of Convention Street is not known for the violent crime. I'd be more worried about break-ins and home invasions there.
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Old 07-12-2009, 09:04 AM
 
Location: Baton Rouge, LA
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(Disclosure: I'm being a broken record here)

I would NOT venture north of LSU. And I would start by looking at the area I had described in post #5 - you'll have plenty of choices:

".....Since proximity to LSU and price are issues, I'd advise you to look within the following geographic area - Where Bayou Duplantier drains into University Lake, draw a line along the bayou to Lee Drive. Then draw a line from Lee Drive/Bayou Duplantier all the way to the Mississippi River (along the way, Lee Drive becomes W Lee Drive then Brightside). At the Miss River, draw a line from Brightside to South Stadium Drive.

This region (give or take a street or two) should provide you with a decent selection of apartments to choose from within your budget...."
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Old 07-24-2009, 10:15 AM
 
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Back again... hope you guys don't mind me coming at you with all these questions, but i really do appreciate your help.

How about Walker, Louisiana...? Too far to commute to school 4 days a week, in terms of traffic & headaches, etc...?

We are coming down next week to drive around and look for ourselves, so i promise less questions by then!!
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Old 07-24-2009, 10:34 AM
 
Location: Baton Rouge
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Back again... hope you guys don't mind me coming at you with all these questions, but i really do appreciate your help.

How about Walker, Louisiana...? Too far to commute to school 4 days a week, in terms of traffic & headaches, etc...?

We are coming down next week to drive around and look for ourselves, so i promise less questions by then!!
Hmmmm... I'm mixed. #1, it's rural. It has a few services, but you'd obviously have to drive to BTR for some things, including school.
Here's my deal on it, it's a suburban escape for the people (mostly white) who choose to leave the city because of what they don't like about it, crime, or even simply education (which I can deal with). If I had a family, I might consider Livingston or Ascension Parish. But I don't. So to me, living 20+ miles (60+ minutes commute) outside of the city just makes no sense to me.

So ultimately it just depends. Come down one day and drive in from Walker one morning around 7:30am and then try to drive back out around 4:30pm and see what you think then. It's ridiculous.

If you have kids, perhaps it's an option. You have more space, less crime, and better schools. Property values are slightly lower (so you could get more house for the money). But if you don't have kids or if you don't work in Livingston or Hammond, I wouldn't waste the time. You'll regret all the driving you'll be doing, especially if you end up spending most of your time within the city.

Not a problem with the questions though, ask away.
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Old 07-24-2009, 10:38 AM
 
Location: Baton Rouge, LA
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Back again... hope you guys don't mind me coming at you with all these questions, but i really do appreciate your help.

How about Walker, Louisiana...? Too far to commute to school 4 days a week, in terms of traffic & headaches, etc...?

We are coming down next week to drive around and look for ourselves, so i promise less questions by then!!
Feel free to ask away -that's why we're here.

Walker would be a NASTY commute. The I-12 traffic is bad (with lots of wrecks to boot), and they're going to be doing road widening work for the next few years.

I agree with what daryl said below, and I'd add that if schools were an issue, I'd have a milder preference for Ascension Parish based on where you're working. The traffic isn't the best, but you have some more options than dealing with I-12.
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