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Old 04-30-2011, 03:47 AM
 
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I always see recommended places to live in NOLA:

French Quarter (district 1)
Central City/Garden District (district 2)
Uptown (district 3)
Mid City (district 4)

Places to avoid I usually see:

Lower 9th ward

OK What to avoid district-wise? I see on wikipedia that there's 13 districts in New Orleans?

Neighborhoods in New Orleans - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The first 4 districts have the 4 recommended neighborhoods I listed above. Does that mean districts 5 and up should be avoided?
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Old 04-30-2011, 07:08 AM
 
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I don't know what the "official" districts are, and I only have a minute here, but I'll tell you that most parts of Central City are NOT recommended, although the Garden District is. A lot of people will disagree on boundaries and names of different parts of town. Apparently New Orleans is a bit more of a checkerboard than a lot of cities which have clear-cut boundaries of "good" and "bad" sides of town, but there are generally desirable areas and areas to avoid. Also, Uptown encompasses a lot of smaller areas, like Broadmoor and Carrollton, which are awesome, and Hollygrove, which is improving but has a ways to go. It doesn't take long to learn, since New Orleans is a relatively small city, but it does take a good bit of driving around and getting familiar with the different areas.

ETA: After a quick look at that link, I'll tell you this - Lakeview, Gentilly, and Bywater are all pretty good areas for the most part, although they are VASTLY different in character and "feel". On the West Bank, Algiers Point (which is technically part of the actual city of New Orleans) is very nice, but I've heard that there's a good bit of crime in other parts of Algiers and the West Bank. I don't have personal experience with that area, though.

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Old 04-30-2011, 09:25 AM
 
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I've never seen/heard of these district designations that are apparently used by the planning commission.

Agree with the above, basically I'd consider New Orleans East, Lower 9th ward, and Central City to be non-starters. I wouldn't go to the Home Depot in Central City (you know the one with the huge fence and portable guard tower) without bullet proofing my vehicle and a well armed squad sized element, but maybe that's just me.

There are other dangerous areas on that list as well. Basically the best advice is to check out the NOPD crime map and then after finding areas that look good (well, ok, maybe just areas that look less bad) drive around a bit.
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Old 04-30-2011, 10:48 AM
 
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I wouldn't go to the Home Depot in Central City (you know the one with the huge fence and portable guard tower) without bullet proofing my vehicle and a well armed squad sized element, but maybe that's just me.
We work kind of between Mid-City and Broadmoor and we go to that Home Depot pretty frequently and have never had any trouble. I kind of like that there's a guard tower there. Do you know something I don't?
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Old 04-30-2011, 11:00 AM
 
Location: New Orleans, United States
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I always see recommended places to live in NOLA:

French Quarter (district 1)
Central City/Garden District (district 2)
Uptown (district 3)
Mid City (district 4)

Places to avoid I usually see:

Lower 9th ward
You'd have to be more specific as all 4 of these areas you mentioned vary from one extreme to the other in terms of desirability depending on what street you're on.


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I wouldn't go to the Home Depot in Central City (you know the one with the huge fence and portable guard tower) without bullet proofing my vehicle and a well armed squad sized element, but maybe that's just me.
Are you serious? Yeah, it's just you.

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We work kind of between Mid-City and Broadmoor and we go to that Home Depot pretty frequently and have never had any trouble. I kind of like that there's a guard tower there. Do you know something I don't?
That Home Depot is just as safe as any other one around here. The only reason for that guard tower is to make people "feel" safe about being a block off of MLK. What store in this area does not have NOPD or OPP in front or inside regardless of what are it's in?
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Old 04-30-2011, 12:34 PM
 
Location: New Orleans, LA
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I feel safe the majority of places I go in New Orleans. But in my workplace I see the results of Central City violence so I avoid the whole area (can't say I've seen anything bad that happened inside the home depot, but you have to get there somehow). Not that it's the only place in the city bad things happen but it's definitely troubled.

That's not to say my opinion is justified or reasonable, we are all influenced by our environments. So, guess it is just me.
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Old 04-30-2011, 01:25 PM
 
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That's not to say my opinion is justified or reasonable, we are all influenced by our environments. So, guess it is just me.
I'm sure it's not just you, and we are all definitely influenced by our environments and our previous experiences and we therefore all see things a bit differently. As for me, I'm still relatively new here and I wasn't here when that store was built. I can totally see how people might have questioned the decision to build it there. Believe me, I don't stop and have a picnic on the sidewalk on the way there!

I know that a lot of bad things happen in that general area, but I also know there are a lot of wonderful people and amazing historic structures in Central City, as well. Hopefully it will start to turn around soon. It's a shame that a relatively small group of troublemakers can basically hold an entire chunk of a city hostage, but that's another topic for another thread
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Old 04-30-2011, 02:39 PM
 
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I lived in N.O. most of my adult life, like 35+ yrs, and I never heard anyone refer to "districts." 9th Ward, yes, but the rest were Uptown, Downtown, the Quarter, mid-City, Espanade, the Marigny, etc.
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Old 05-02-2011, 01:55 AM
 
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wikipedia called them districts. I was going by that.

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I lived in N.O. most of my adult life, like 35+ yrs, and I never heard anyone refer to "districts." 9th Ward, yes, but the rest were Uptown, Downtown, the Quarter, mid-City, Espanade, the Marigny, etc.
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Old 05-02-2011, 11:02 AM
 
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Districts are somewhat equivalent to neighborhoods.
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