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Old 09-10-2010, 11:43 PM
 
Location: Palm Desert, CA
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Me, my girlfriend and my cousin are all looking at apartments in New Orleans. Were looking for a decent cheap price range 2 bedroom (700-1000) but still close to public transport in the city. But the kicker is we'd love to live somewhere where were not the young punk kids on the block but a place where youth and art is commonplace. Thanks for any help at all guys.
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Old 09-11-2010, 12:48 PM
 
Location: Pereira, Colombia
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You're pretty much good to go here. New Orleans is quite simply a very young city, between all of the universities and the economic stability has made this place a popular spot for young transplants. Not to mention the people here to help rebuild, though many of them are more temporary.

The Uptown area of course is filled with families and older people, but certain sections are brimming with youth. Around the Tulane/Loyola area it's of course filled with young people. Key streets in the area are Broadway, Palmer, St. Charles in front of the campus, Freret, etc continuing into the Carrolton area. If you are more on the preppy side you will like this area, rubbing elbows with college kids from all over the country. In fact, riding down Broadway looking at the license plates you'll have no idea that you are in Louisiana. You see much more New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Maryland, Missouri, Florida, etc plates.

The other side of Uptown (heading downtown) is a little rougher around the edges, and some neighborhoods have just recently turned into hot spots. Magazine Street past Louisiana Avenue heading downtown is the main artery here. This area is sometimes called the Irish Channel and has a great deal of charm on the cheap. This is more a hipster-ish neighborhood, but it seems welcoming to all. I would advise a roommate for this area as it is a tad bit grittier at times (but worth it).

In the downtown area, on the other side of French Quarter, is an area known as the Marigny. The main drags here are Esplanade Ave. and the famous Frenchman Street, the live music strip. This is hipster central, and if you are really prep you may very well feel out of place. I am an Uptowner and whenever I go to Frenchman and walk around I sort of feel as though I am visiting a different city. The two neighborhoods can be that different. This area has been popular with young people for a long, long time but it keeps a pretty rough around the edges feel. I echo what I said about the Irish Channel in terms of safety.

Your price range will get you something nice. Rents are going down. As far as public transportation goes, it was better pre-Katrina when we had a higher population and a larger car-less demographic, but it's still good for a medium sized city. Don't expect New York frequency and efficiency. You may want to get a bike or keep some money saved for cabs here and there, but all the neighborhoods I mentioned are served by public transit. Good luck and I hope yall move here! New Orleanians love showing people our city and we welcome newcomers, assuming they can adapt to the vibe down here
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