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Old 01-25-2012, 09:21 AM
 
Location: Milwaukee, WI
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Considering moving back to the South and New Orleans is at the top of the list. I've been there several times and enjoy it but worry I'll find it small after living there for a while. So, locals, is New Orleans hip in a big city way or more so in a quaint, charming small city way? Does it seem as if there is a large population of mobile, nightlife-oriented twentysomethings or are a smaller population all tucked into one or two neighborhoods?
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Old 01-25-2012, 10:46 AM
 
Location: Denver
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Best of both worlds. City feels big when you're downtown and there's people everywhere but once you leave it can feel like a smaller city. Always feels like a large bustling city to me, considering I'm from smaller Baton Rouge and live in Houston now. Houston doesn't have the same feel that New Orleans has.
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Old 01-25-2012, 11:05 PM
 
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New Orleans, in my opinion, definitely has a hip, vibrant feel to it in a big city way. There is a variety of neighborhoods, each unique with its own shopping, restaurants, bars, population, that you don't get bored easily. On top of that, many people have always said that NOLA feels bigger than it really is due to its vibrancy and density and I agree with that. I've lived in NOLA my whole life and I still find myself trying something new all the time. Outside of the central core of the city, distinct neighborhoods can feel like quaint small towns in the fact that they each have their own amenities. However, a lot of big cities are like this as well.

But to answer your last question, yes, I think New Orleans definitely does have, especially recently, a large population of nightlife-minded 20-30 somethings. This is noticeable all over the city, from the central core to the smaller corridors in other neighborhoods.
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Old 01-26-2012, 01:09 PM
 
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I found NO to be the perfect size city. Big enough to keep you entertained. Big enough to bring in big name concerts. Big enough to have a festival every week it seems like.

Plus, after I moved to Chicago, I noticed that after a while I started going to the same 5 restaurants, same 5 taverns, same 2 movie theatres. Chicago's size is wasted on me. I'd prefer NO if I could take my job with me.
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Old 01-26-2012, 01:55 PM
 
Location: Metairie, LA
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I guarantee there are more bars, restaurants, festivals and live music per capita than any city in the US. No one leaves NOLA because their bored.

The population is small, though. The infrastructure and the nightlife scream big city, but there's only 340k people in the city proper, so you might find that you'll see the same people around town at different events (This could be a good thing or bad thing depending on your point of view). That probably wouldn't be the case in Chicago or LA.
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Old 01-26-2012, 02:12 PM
 
Location: Denver
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I guarantee there are more bars, restaurants, festivals and live music per capita than any city in the US. No one leaves NOLA because their bored.

The population is small, though. The infrastructure and the nightlife scream big city, but there's only 340k people in the city proper, so you might find that you'll see the same people around town at different events (This could be a good thing or bad thing depending on your point of view). That probably wouldn't be the case in Chicago or LA.
With the amount of tourists, I can't see that being true on most occasions.
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Old 01-26-2012, 02:46 PM
 
Location: New Orleans
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With the amount of tourists, I can't see that being true on most occasions.
He's right though. It's not uncommon for me to run into 10 people I know on an average Jazzfest day.

To the OP: if you're thinking of the kind of ironically self-aware hipness that you'll find in a lot of big cities, that's not New Orleans. You've been here so I won't elaborate too much, and it's been said a million times, but New Orleans realy does have its own, very distinct style.
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Old 01-26-2012, 02:48 PM
 
Location: Denver
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He's right though. It's not uncommon for me to run into 10 people I know on an average Jazzfest day.
I'm not even from New Orleans and run into people I know every time I go so yea he's right.
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Old 01-26-2012, 03:11 PM
 
Location: Da Parish
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I guarantee there are more bars, restaurants, festivals and live music per capita than any city in the US. No one leaves NOLA because their bored.

The population is small, though. The infrastructure and the nightlife scream big city, but there's only 340k people in the city proper, so you might find that you'll see the same people around town at different events (This could be a good thing or bad thing depending on your point of view). That probably wouldn't be the case in Chicago or LA.
Oh absolutely, and don't go thinking that it doesn't get back to your mama what you did so you'd better behave.
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Old 01-26-2012, 03:12 PM
 
Location: New Orleans
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Oh absolutely, and don't go thinking that it doesn't get back to your mama what you did so you'd better behave.
Now why'd you have to go bringing my mom an'dem into this conversation?
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