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Old 01-08-2012, 12:02 AM
 
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I live in Philadelphia but want to move to New Orleans. Long story. Is it true that New Orleans is like a Northeastern city in disguise? Because I couldn't help but notice the presence of Italian culture, Northeastern-like accents (Yat), Democrats (due to the minority population), and A&P supermarkets which are a New York/Philadelphia institution. Are true Southerners not liked down there?
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Old 01-08-2012, 12:18 AM
 
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Its the old South but its urban in a northeastern sense.

I'd call somewhere like say, Atlanta as un-South but very suburban in nature.
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Old 01-08-2012, 10:45 AM
 
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New Orleans is definitely not old-south. We have a French/Spanish background that has shaped our cultural traditions. Almost everyone I know who lives in the city is liberal and progressive and most are intellectual and cultured. As a New Orleanian, I have always felt I have more in common with people from Boston or Philadelphia than anyone from other cities in the South. We are an urban city that is not as car-driven as other cities in the South (people here actually take public transportation) and it is a very bike-friendly and walkable city. We have a large artist population with loads of great new innovative pieces coming out of the city all the time. We have a long history and appreciate it. Also, the city's heritage is based on many different cultural backgrounds, being a port city. Most Southern cities are based on one or two cultural backgrounds. Growing up in New Orleans, when we went on road trips through the South my brothers and I always noticed how different people in other Southern states were. We never understood until we were older that this is because New Orleans is so different than the rest of the South.

However, New Orleans is in the South and I love being a Southerner, for different reasons than people in other cities. I love the slower pace and relaxed feel that New Orleans offers (although I've never been quite sure if this is because we are Southern or because we are French).
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Old 01-08-2012, 10:46 AM
 
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Also, A&P no longer exists in New Orleans. It was sold to Rouse's (a local supermaker chain) a couple years ago.
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Old 01-08-2012, 11:12 AM
 
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New Orleans up until around 1950 was the de facto "capital" of the South, but if you're thinking of southern belles sitting on their porches sipping sweet tea or mint juleps, no, that really isn't the thing here.
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Old 01-08-2012, 12:32 PM
 
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the South isn't mono-cultural. We are different but all Southern. So I guess you can say Southerners are liked.
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Old 01-08-2012, 12:46 PM
 
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NOLA always reminds me of South Florida which was originally populated by Northerners.
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Old 01-08-2012, 01:06 PM
 
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I'd argue that New Orleans is the old South. But its not the rural South or even the deep South...

Its the URBAN old South. It is cosmopolitan, multicultural..but it is the old South.

Until the 1960s it far outpaced every other city in the south in terms of population.

In the 1860s, Atlanta was at 25,000
New Orleans was near 300,000 (which was a feat considering much of what we consider now as the city..the East, Gentilly, Lakeview, Broadmoor was uninhabitable...not to even discuss Metairie)
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Old 01-08-2012, 01:19 PM
 
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Remember that's where Rhett took Scarlet on their honeymoon so she would be really impressed.
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Old 01-08-2012, 02:05 PM
 
Location: Mobile,Al(the city by the bay)
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I'd argue that New Orleans is the old South. But its not the rural South or even the deep South...

Its the URBAN old South. It is cosmopolitan, multicultural..but it is the old South.

Until the 1960s it far outpaced every other city in the south in terms of population.

In the 1860s, Atlanta was at 25,000
New Orleans was near 300,000 (which was a feat considering much of what we consider now as the city..the East, Gentilly, Lakeview, Broadmoor was uninhabitable...not to even discuss Metairie)


Well said ! I always wondered what stopped the growth in New Orleans.
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