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Old 02-27-2012, 02:32 PM
 
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This city kicks so many other cities' rearends like Houston, Dallas, San Antonio, San Diego and Philly.
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Old 03-03-2012, 08:48 PM
 
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No, New Orleans does not have the feel of a city. Recently moved from Chicago and I am feeling the difference! Locals think about New Orleans as a vibrant city, but any well traveled person would notice the difference. You might see some movement in the touristy French Quarter area and for Mardi Grass or other Festivals, but otherwise is pretty much a town feel (with its good and bad things).
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Old 03-03-2012, 08:54 PM
 
Location: New Orleans
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No, New Orleans does not have the feel of a city. Recently moved from Chicago and I am feeling the difference! Locals think about New Orleans as a vibrant city, but any well traveled person would notice the difference. You might see some movement in the touristy French Quarter area and for Mardi Grass or other Festivals, but otherwise is pretty much a town feel (with its good and bad things).
I've traveled the world, including cities as well-known as Paris, Hong Kong, Buenos Aires etc... New Orleans may not be a big city on the order of Chicago but it's still definitely more than a "town".
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Old 03-03-2012, 09:58 PM
 
Location: Denver
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No, New Orleans does not have the feel of a city. Recently moved from Chicago and I am feeling the difference! Locals think about New Orleans as a vibrant city, but any well traveled person would notice the difference. You might see some movement in the touristy French Quarter area and for Mardi Grass or other Festivals, but otherwise is pretty much a town feel (with its good and bad things).
Nothing like a town city. I've been to a few cities 5 times its size and New Orleans is with them sometimes.
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Old 03-04-2012, 09:05 PM
 
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I can see how moving from a place like Chicago would feel like you have left a city and arrived in a town. However, New Orleans is very much a cosmopolitan city in its own right. If you have "recently arrived", then perhaps you haven't had a chance to explore and discover some of the riches of New Orleans and surrounding areas. I realize Chicago is on a whole other scale size- wise, but bigger doesn't have to always mean better. Some say the glory days of New Orleans are well behind her, but I think her future is very promising.
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Old 03-04-2012, 11:24 PM
 
Location: New Orleans
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I can see how moving from a place like Chicago would feel like you have left a city and arrived in a town. However, New Orleans is very much a cosmopolitan city in its own right. If you have "recently arrived", then perhaps you haven't had a chance to explore and discover some of the riches of New Orleans and surrounding areas. I realize Chicago is on a whole other scale size- wise, but bigger doesn't have to always mean better. Some say the glory days of New Orleans are well behind her, but I think her future is very promising.
Yeah, I really have gotten the same feeling living here that I did visiting Austin in the mid-90s. The city is buzzing right now, but true to fashion even if we have a boom we'll never give up our unique flavor. Unlike most cities, people move to New Orleans because they really want to be a part of the local scene- they add to the culture rather than demanding wholesale changes to fit their preconceived notions of what a city should be.
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Old 03-09-2012, 02:15 PM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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IMO, New Orleans is the most vibrant city in the South and has plenty of big city "hip"ness. It doesn't have a great skyline, but to me, it feels as big (or bigger) than cities of comparable size or even larger. For instance, as a child I lived in New Orleans and visited Atlanta often. I thought they were the same size b/c New Orleans is very dense downtown with lots of old historic buildings. I was surprised when I learned how much larger Atlanta is b/c to me N.O. felt more urban.

Don't get me wrong, N.O. isn't going to feel like any of the "Big Six" cities (NYC, Chicago, San Francisco, Philly, Boston, DC) but it has enough big city "feel" for almost anyone else. Restaurants, bars, music, special events, etc...New Orleans has all of those in abundance.
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Old 03-24-2012, 10:26 AM
 
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New Orleans offers it's own unique style of urban and historic heritage that can't be duplicated by any other large or small city in this country. The feel of NO is too different everything from architecture, accent dialects, foods etc.. That's what I loved about the city when I first visited 3 years ago for the first time. If I had the money I would buy me a home in the historic French Quarter and retire or a second home.
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