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Old 02-13-2011, 07:11 PM
 
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Everyone always talks about how hard it is to live in N.O., so I'm curious if you could all list (like a Top 10 list) the negatives of living in N.O., as well as the positives.
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Old 02-14-2011, 07:51 AM
 
Location: Metairie, LA
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High insurance costs and poor public schools. Would be the two biggest ones for me, although there are some good public schools, they are very good to get into.
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Old 02-14-2011, 07:53 AM
 
Location: Pereira, Colombia
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Positives, no particular order:
1.) Music scene
2.) Friendly (native anyway) people
3.) Awesome food
4.) Beautiful architecture
5.) Permissive attitude towards the pursuit of pleasure and happiness
6.) Mardi Gras, Jazzfest, and many many other festivals
7.) Mild winters and nice fall/spring..humid but not freezing, typically
8.) Pedestrian-friendly, aside from suburbs
9) Welcoming attitude towards outsiders..easy to get in and fit in
10.) Rising positive momentum after the storm

Negatives, in no particular order
1.) Not a very diverse economy...tourism and port and rebuilding
2.) Public schools aren't too good, at least there aren't enough good ones to meet demand
3.) Rich food, large amount of people with unhealthy lifestyles/party people
4.) Older houses tend to be less energy efficient, possibly dealing with termites
5.) High crime, though it rarely affects bystanders
6.) High cost of living post-Katrina
7.) Hot, humid summers
8.) Hurricanes
9.) Flooding
10.) Still much work to be done post-Katrina
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Old 02-14-2011, 06:58 PM
 
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I lived in New Orleans (Uptown) from 1978-1986. I have relatives who have lived there for generations. There is no place like New Orleans. It is a rich experience, plenty to do and experience for the simple fact that tourists and conventioneers are constantly coming in and leaving. Plenty of history, a lot happening around the clock. As it was then, so it is now: it is not a place for children. Education is tenuous. One must have the money for Newman, Jesuit, or DeLaSalle. Insurance rates are sky high, then and now. It was a very messy place, and I do understand that it has improved somewhat. Too many street people and grifters, especially during Carnival. Alcoholism and skewed priorities are noticeable. However, if one does not have a family to worry about: it cannot be anything but a rich experience. I grew up with the heat and humidity in another part of the state; that could be a big thing to overcome for another person from a western locale with four seasons and an higher elevation.
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Old 02-14-2011, 08:25 PM
 
Location: New Orleans, LA
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Originally Posted by topaz88 View Post
Everyone always talks about how hard it is to live in N.O., so I'm curious if you could all list (like a Top 10 list) the negatives of living in N.O., as well as the positives.
bad ones:

place feels too crowded
roads are terrible
expensive everything
people can be a bit overbearing/ talk too much
food sometimes s not all that great
joggers/ children peeing in audubon park/ playgrounds
cockroaches/termites/ lizards
people finally calling you back after you d forgotten about them
rundown skinny houses that are called architecture


good ones:
beautiful trees
polite drivers
helpful / easy to talk to people
warm climate
wine and cheese picnics with children in audubon park
great variety of private schools with language immersion, etc
black / white relations
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Old 02-14-2011, 11:50 PM
 
Location: New Orleans, United States
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Bad
Cost of Living
Infrastructure
City/State Govt.

Good
Food
People
Social/Racial relations
Entertainment
Activities
Diversity
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Old 02-15-2011, 04:42 PM
 
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Bad- Humidity

The rest I could live with.
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Old 02-16-2011, 03:59 PM
 
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I've only been living here the past few months, so my impression:

Good:
Lots to do after work and on the weekend
Alcohol sales 24/7 including holidays
Huge parks (Audubon, City, and LaFreniere)
Diversity of shopping (locally owned & chained)
Variety and quality of food (both restaurants and grocery)
Dog parks
Lots of local options for higher education
Interesting people
Affordable private schools

Bad:
Sky-high insurance
The only way to find out if the levees are really fixed is the hard way
Poorly maintained mid-century houses passing as "historically significant"
Residential streets treated as thoroughfares
Expensive housing
Traffic
Poorly supported public school system
Lack of highly-rated universities
Never-ending road construction
Never snows, not even a little, even it's ridiculously cold
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