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Old 03-16-2012, 08:55 AM
 
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Just a question-- I am scoping out neighborhoods and kinda like the idea of living in the Quarter for a short period. I have called a few ads and it seems like they are very excited to rent to a recent transplant-- many go on a litany about the couple from Ohio who live downstairs, the doctor from San Diego in the carriage house, etc. Do locals actually live there? Every time I have been it just seems like tourists.

New Orleans will be my home for the forseeable future, so I am not in any hurry to decide on one neighborhood. The plan is to purchase, but only after I am sure where I want to be. Therefore I have time to get acquainted. Will spending time in FQ put me in contact only with those who are passing through?
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Old 03-16-2012, 09:10 AM
 
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Well the quarter is one of those mixing bowls. Plenty of locals, plenty of tourists, and everything in between. It is a hub of activity in that way. You would definitely be a good location for learning about the city. Tourists don't make the quarter any less authentic. It's part of the whole scene.

But it depends on what kind of day to day existence you're looking for. What is it specifically that attracted you to the quarter? Perhaps those things can be found in other parts of the city.
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Old 03-16-2012, 09:34 AM
 
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I love the architecture, the feel of the Quarter. Usually, when I am in town I stay near the Esplanade edge or in the Marigny. I have no desire for a 24/7 Bourbon St party, but I like the energy and the buildings themselves. Esplanade is one of my favorite streets in the city-- wide, huge trees, beautiful but often decaying houses.
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Old 03-16-2012, 11:40 AM
 
Location: Metairie, LA
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I love the architecture, the feel of the Quarter. Usually, when I am in town I stay near the Esplanade edge or in the Marigny. I have no desire for a 24/7 Bourbon St party, but I like the energy and the buildings themselves. Esplanade is one of my favorite streets in the city-- wide, huge trees, beautiful but often decaying houses.
Try looking for a place on that side of the Quarter. You're going to have a better chance of rubbing elbows with locals from Dumaine down to Esplanade. They might not have been born here, but a lot of people are transplants who have been here for 5,10,20 years and are far from tourists. IMO they're more native than the so called "locals" who were born here but live out in the suburbs.
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Old 03-16-2012, 12:10 PM
 
Location: Denver
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Try looking for a place on that side of the Quarter. You're going to have a better chance of rubbing elbows with locals from Dumaine down to Esplanade. They might not have been born here, but a lot of people are transplants who have been here for 5,10,20 years and are far from tourists. IMO they're more native than the so called "locals" who were born here but live out in the suburbs.
I think New Orleans is one of the only cities in the south where living in the suburbs is a 'bad' thing.
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Old 03-16-2012, 06:04 PM
 
Location: Milwaukee, WI
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I think New Orleans is one of the only cities in the south where living in the suburbs is a 'bad' thing.
I would have said that of suburbanites when living in Birmingham and it's not a destination city by any stretch of the imagination.

It's a rather small city with not a tremendous amount going on, but it still has a fair share of character and culture. Living on the southside of Birmingham allows you to interact with a diverse group of people, walk to restaurants and not be completely isolated from your neighbors.
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Old 03-16-2012, 07:50 PM
 
Location: Denver
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I would have said that of suburbanites when living in Birmingham and it's not a destination city by any stretch of the imagination.

It's a rather small city with not a tremendous amount going on, but it still has a fair share of character and culture. Living on the southside of Birmingham allows you to interact with a diverse group of people, walk to restaurants and not be completely isolated from your neighbors.
Do many of the people in Birmingham proper ridicule the people in the suburbs?
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Old 03-16-2012, 08:47 PM
 
Location: New Orleans
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Old 03-16-2012, 09:11 PM
 
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This is you?
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Old 03-16-2012, 11:11 PM
 
Location: New Orleans
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This is you?
Wouldn't be caught dead in that shirt.
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