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Old 02-27-2016, 09:04 PM
 
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Hey all. Thinking about moving to Lafayette for graduate school (Uni of Louisiana). Visited for a couple of days, and really enjoyed the atmosphere. Yes, I had crawfish. Damn, y'all know how to cook.

Some questions:
1) What's the live music scene like? Is it all Cajun/Zydeco, or is there more variety? And where does the music take place (meaning downtown? uptown? etc.)?
2) If anyone's in the APA, how do you guys like it? I'm a low-level player, and I'd like to continue shooting pool if I can...
3) How's biking around here? I don't have a car, and I've heard that public transportation is ****. Got to get around somehow...
4) What's the dating scene like? I'm a black woman who's open to all races; is that a common thing in Lafayette, or what?
5) What neighborhoods/areas are best to live in? I'd like to get an inexpensive studio/efficiency, if possible, maybe something close to campus.

And finally...
6) Would you suggest moving here? Seems that LA is in the beginning/midst of an economic downturn. Will that be a problem? (I know that education is taking a big hit, but according to the department I interviewed for, although they'll not be offering the fellowship that I'm up for after this year, whoever gets it this year will be guaranteed funding for the next 4 years.)

Thanks for any replies!
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Old 02-28-2016, 10:07 AM
 
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1) Music is popular in Lafayette but I couldn't tell you where to go since I'm not that familiar. Downtown is a popular neighborhood for bars and clubs though.
2) I love pool but I just play in bars.
3) You're probably going to want a car or live close to campus. Not sure how vast the bike lanes are.
4) Yeah Lafayette has a high mixed/creole population as well. Plus it's a college town, however it's still in the south so don't expect a SF type of openness to it.
5) The Freetown Port-Rico neighborhood is between downtown and UL campus. It's the oldest neighborhood in the city. Would be perfect since you don't have a car. Although I still wouldn't really suggest living there without a car.
6) Lafayette is an awesome city. The biggest problem is education and oil and gas. As soon as gas prices rise, we'll be back on top. We really need to diversify faster. You will love Lafayette but I would be cautious about the university as far as the state budget goes.
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Old 03-03-2016, 08:38 AM
 
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6) Would you suggest moving here? Seems that LA is in the beginning/midst of an economic downturn. Will that be a problem? (I know that education is taking a big hit, but according to the department I interviewed for, although they'll not be offering the fellowship that I'm up for after this year, whoever gets it this year will be guaranteed funding for the next 4 years.)

Thanks for any replies!
Lafayette is in the midst of downtown as is most of state of Louisiana due to an over weighted dependence on oil revenues and government aid programs like TOPS which are underfunded.

Lafayette in particular never had the foresight to attract substantial new industries outside the oil industry and the population is now experiencing a new housing / mortgage default crisis.

Lake Charles on the other hand has a world class graduate program at McNeese State University. The graduates find jobs with the new industrial expansion in the area of which include: Sasol, Conoco, Westlake Group, Bio-Lab, Firestone, Citgo and many other industries that are expanding due to low priced oil that helps them produce new product lines.

For entertainment and part-time jobs, Lake Charles is a hot spot with casino venues offering life performances by many local musicians. Many students at McNeese State University have discovered that working in the service sector of Lake Charles, Louisiana offers generous tips on top of nationally competitive wages that exceed those in downturn economies like Lafayette.
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Old 03-04-2016, 01:00 AM
 
Location: Lafayette, La
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Lafayette is in the midst of downtown as is most of state of Louisiana due to an over weighted dependence on oil revenues and government aid programs like TOPS which are underfunded.

Lafayette in particular never had the foresight to attract substantial new industries outside the oil industry and the population is now experiencing a new housing / mortgage default crisis.

Lake Charles on the other hand has a world class graduate program at McNeese State University. The graduates find jobs with the new industrial expansion in the area of which include: Sasol, Conoco, Westlake Group, Bio-Lab, Firestone, Citgo and many other industries that are expanding due to low priced oil that helps them produce new product lines.

For entertainment and part-time jobs, Lake Charles is a hot spot with casino venues offering life performances by many local musicians. Many students at McNeese State University have discovered that working in the service sector of Lake Charles, Louisiana offers generous tips on top of nationally competitive wages that exceed those in downturn economies like Lafayette.
Lake charles is even more dependent on oil and gas than Lafayettes economy. Dont mislead people.
Lafayette also offers small high tech startups and a growing healthcare sector. Its not all oil.
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Old 03-04-2016, 07:28 AM
 
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Lake charles is even more dependent on oil and gas than Lafayettes economy. Dont mislead people.
Lafayette also offers small high tech startups and a growing healthcare sector. Its not all oil.
Disagree completely, Lake Charles is a refining town while Lafayette is a drilling & servicing oil platforms town. Huge difference when the price of oil drops, Lake Charles is still in high demand because the US and world need our products.

Finally, small tech startups are prone to failure and a recent check of the Classifieds in Lake Charles will show that the town is actively seeking RN's, LPN's and other healthcare personnel to support our industrial boom.
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Old 03-04-2016, 08:07 PM
 
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I never saw Lafayette as an "oil" city. I always thought they were more of a healthcare city. There are at least 3-4 hospitals there. I work in oil/gas in Lake Charles and the area is definitely more industry focused on science and technology. There are at least several plants in the area, more if you include Sulphur.
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Old 03-05-2016, 07:44 PM
 
Location: Lake Charles,Louisiana
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Lake charles is even more dependent on oil and gas than Lafayettes economy. Dont mislead people.
Lafayette also offers small high tech startups and a growing healthcare sector. Its not all oil.
Lafayette does have both of those industries growing! If we are talking more dependent on oil extraction Lafayette is more dependent than Lake Charles.( Most oil and gas dependent counties in the US are
) They are both tremendous and remarkable cities either way! I wish Lake Charles had more people propelling and gravitating toward small and local businesses. There's an innumerable amount of small businesses in Lafayette and that is what I admire about them. Lake Charles is making a gradual enhancement in that regard as well in healthcare.

I have family who resides in Lafayette and it is a great city and has a lot to offer. I think you would love it there. It isn't for me I prefer Lake Charles. You will enjoy and love Lafayette as do so many people!. And you will definitely need a car! I agree almost entirely with Annie_himself. I do not know much about their bike lanes either (search their government/City website for bike lanes/trails) therefore I will concur and reiterate living close to campus as an ideal suggestion and as he stated you will still need a car. Lafayette also has uber if that helps. And their economy will improve no worries! Louisiana as a whole needs to diversify their economy! There's some nice lofts downtown and the quarters apartments in Freetown that are pretty inexpensive and cottage landing is pretty nice and reasonably priced all within walking distance of UL and downtown nightlife. All in all I would recommend Lafayette to anyone! It's a charming and vibrant city but just not a city I would call home.
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Old 03-06-2016, 02:30 PM
 
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Lafayette is in the midst of downtown as is most of state of Louisiana due to an over weighted dependence on oil revenues and government aid programs like TOPS which are underfunded.

Lafayette in particular never had the foresight to attract substantial new industries outside the oil industry and the population is now experiencing a new housing / mortgage default crisis.

Lake Charles on the other hand has a world class graduate program at McNeese State University. The graduates find jobs with the new industrial expansion in the area of which include: Sasol, Conoco, Westlake Group, Bio-Lab, Firestone, Citgo and many other industries that are expanding due to low priced oil that helps them produce new product lines.

For entertainment and part-time jobs, Lake Charles is a hot spot with casino venues offering life performances by many local musicians. Many students at McNeese State University have discovered that working in the service sector of Lake Charles, Louisiana offers generous tips on top of nationally competitive wages that exceed those in downturn economies like Lafayette.
I had to laugh at this. UL Lafayette is better than McNeese and Lafayette has a budding tech sector. Lake Charles has the oil industry and casinos.
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Old 03-07-2016, 08:21 AM
 
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I had to laugh at this. UL Lafayette is better than McNeese and Lafayette has a budding tech sector. Lake Charles has the oil industry and casinos.
I was thinking the same. I'd choose Lafayette many times over Lake Charles.
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Old 03-11-2016, 05:39 PM
 
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Lafayette also has the entertainment industry. It has managed to attract and grow that industry, I read. Lafayette is a much larger city than Lake Charles, so has amenities that a small city like L.C. won't have. One thing L.C. doesn't have is good medical care. You actually have to leave town to get treated for certain conditions. When you think of it, that makes sense. Medical providers make a lot more $ in larger cities. Lafayette has all the medical care anyone needs.

Lafayette has more competition in shopping, because it's larger. If you don't like the price of something somewhere, you have more options to try to find it for cheaper.

But I don't think it's an either-or comparison. They're different. One is larger, one is smaller.

As for the casinos in L.C., those provide jobs, but they're low paying jobs. Lafayette is more music oriented and livelier, and somewhat more French, though both have a lot of French descendents. Both also have hurricanes & flooding!
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