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Old 04-04-2015, 04:21 PM
 
Location: New Orleans, LA
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I grew up in Bossier City, went to school (and graduated) at Parkway High. Some people could recognize Bossier as a safe suburban community in Shreveport. During the 90s, Parkway was a top public non-magnet school in the state (it could still be, it just had a new facility built). 2 of my friends I went to school with have been victims of homicide. One guy I went to school with blew his own brains out to get out of testifying against somebody on a drug selling charge. I know a guy who killed his own father to stop from being abused. While I was living in the Shreveport area, I was assaulted at a gas station, had a knife pulled on me and robbed in my own neighborhood, had my car broken into once, and had my door kicked in by some drunk guy thinking it was his home.

Crime isn't just confined to New Orleans in this state, it's everywhere and it's bad.
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Old 04-04-2015, 05:44 PM
 
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Just my opinion and view, but Utah, well I would reconsider that notion, Salt Lake City, has a 1 out of 100 rating for crime according to one particular website, which is as high as you can go, on the scale. New Orleans has a rating of 9. So SLC has a pretty high crime rating in other words, higher then New Orleans even, according to one particular website. True or not, I do not know, but this is what a particular website is showing that I use. SLC has one of the highest crime rates in the USA according to this one website.

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Old 04-06-2015, 10:23 AM
 
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Violent crime rate comparisions in Shreveport vs National Averages: U.S. average for becoming a victim of violent crime is 2.29 per 1,000 persons. In Shreveport it's 4.58 per 1,000 persons, exactly 2X the national average for violent crime.
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Old 04-07-2015, 06:26 PM
 
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I grew up in Bossier City, went to school (and graduated) at Parkway High. Some people could recognize Bossier as a safe suburban community in Shreveport. During the 90s, Parkway was a top public non-magnet school in the state (it could still be, it just had a new facility built). 2 of my friends I went to school with have been victims of homicide. One guy I went to school with blew his own brains out to get out of testifying against somebody on a drug selling charge. I know a guy who killed his own father to stop from being abused. While I was living in the Shreveport area, I was assaulted at a gas station, had a knife pulled on me and robbed in my own neighborhood, had my car broken into once, and had my door kicked in by some drunk guy thinking it was his home.

Crime isn't just confined to New Orleans in this state, it's everywhere and it's bad.
That's the thing though. Crime is everywhere. I'm sorry you have had bad experiences here. But there are many people who haven't had those experiences with that. You can go to the safest state and there will be somebody talking about how they have been robbed or assaulted or something. So no reason to discourage people because just because you have had a bad experience doesn't mean they will.
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Old 04-08-2015, 02:25 AM
 
Location: New Orleans, LA
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That's the thing though. Crime is everywhere. I'm sorry you have had bad experiences here. But there are many people who haven't had those experiences with that. You can go to the safest state and there will be somebody talking about how they have been robbed or assaulted or something. So no reason to discourage people because just because you have had a bad experience doesn't mean they will.
It's very easy to point to statistics to show violence and random crime is much worse here than elsewhere and you're much more likely to be involved in violence, or know somebody who is. If the things I mentioned don't bother someone then come on down, they might like it. But some people think it's just like any other state and it's safe like anywhere else, no... it isn't safe like anywhere else in the US. It's objectively the worst state in the country and it's not even close when dealing with crime. And quite possibly personal liberties.

Our punishment system is extremely arcane and is geared towards keeping people in prison as long as possible. We have people locked up for decades for pot possession. Yes, possession. We tried and failed to take a criminal law off the books that was ruled unconstitutional (sodomy). Baton Rouge continued to arrest people under the "gay law" up until this year. Thank our Sheriffs, their buddy judges, the DA's and the states wonderful privately owned prison system for that. Oh, and our own inability to put people in office that'll do something different because they're good at tricking us into thinking we're gonna get that next REALLY big project if so and so gets reelected.

All that said - ain't nothin like it. News doesn't leave this state very easily and neither do the people. I've been here 30 years because it does have genuine qualities that are very attractive.
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Old 05-09-2015, 01:12 PM
 
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Louisianans with graduate degrees teach college, practice law, save lives, build drilling equipment, start businesses with capital, design homes, travel overseas, plan the future of the state... etc. They aren't loud and noisy, but quiet and self-effacing, and their everyday contributions tend to be overlooked.
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Old 06-10-2015, 09:48 AM
 
Location: Macao
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What turned me off of Louisiana was the tv show with Billy the Exterminator.
They've got crazy amounts of insects, snakes and etc. that we don't have in Massachusetts.
I suppose most southern, humid states have the same vexation.
Love that show!
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Old 06-10-2015, 09:51 AM
 
Location: Macao
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There's a reason why Neo-Nazi Skinheads are pervasive in the Houston area and other Texas metros but not in Louisiana. Texas' prison system may be the only one with two competing racist gangs in the Aryan Brotherhood and the Aryan Circle and neither exist in Louisiana's prison system. As far as the OP = apathetic jerk!!
Interesting. I wonder if that also has to do with so many Texas-California connections. California is another state absolutely filled with latin gangs, white supremacy prisons, and on and on.

I could imagine BOTH Texas & California having 'white supremacy gangs', but I can't imagine it in any other states.
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Old 06-10-2015, 09:52 AM
 
Location: Macao
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There are tons of bugs and snakes in the rural areas for sure. But the populated areas have half the problem. In all my years in Louisiana, I've never seen a snake in the wild. Moved to Charlotte, NC and saw a copperhead on my walk in a populated area within one month.
Interesting. I wonder if it has anything to do with all of the new growth throughout North Carolina. I imagine they are paving over much of their previous forests, etc.
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Old 08-19-2015, 10:27 PM
 
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Obviously the OP doesn't really believe it's the worst state ever (said dramatically) or he wouldn't be trying to convince everyone it is. In life, Bubba, ya either accept things or change them, and since we all won't try to make Louisiana how YOU personally would prefer it, perhaps you should move to one of those places you mentioned. But trust me, with your attitude you're gonna hate wherever you live.
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