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Old 04-24-2013, 11:18 PM
 
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My boyfriend and I, both 24, are moving to New Orleans in 3 months, at the very end of July. We've both been heavily researching the city and it seems like the right place for us, but reviews on the different neighborhoods get kind of mixed, so I'm just hoping to hear from some locals about the pro's and con's of each.

We don't have a car, we do have bikes. We'll be looking for an apartment, studio is fine but preferably 1bedroom, with max rent $800. We want to be in a neighborhood that feels safe enough to walk around during the day and evening, and is walking/biking distance to most stores/businesses. Also would like to know about any community colleges in the area that you'd recommend. My boyfriend would be looking to continue working at a bank as he does now, or for any teachers aid or similar position. I can work retail and restaurants, I prefer a job related to food service or hospitality. We're a pretty laid back couple, we like to spend time outdoors, getting to know new people, and exploring all that your wonderful city has to offer

Any advice really for a first time young couple moving to your city will be greatly appreciated!
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Old 04-25-2013, 11:44 AM
 
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You should look at City Park/Delgado/Lakeview area. Delgado is a community college and you would be within bike distance of UNO and Dillard campuses as well. You'd also have access to Canal St Streetcar if you needed to get to downtown/uptown/carrolton.
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Old 04-25-2013, 03:24 PM
 
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I agree with mouzon, you seem the perfect fit for the Lakeview area around City Park. But don't be afraid to look in Lakeview closer to the lake and slightly northwest of the park. I used to live really close to the lake and it was a lot of open (on New Orleans' standards) land and alot of place for your outdoor activities, while not being far from City Park. The levee area near the lake is perfect for running.
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Old 04-25-2013, 04:50 PM
 
Location: New Orleans
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My boyfriend and I, both 24, are moving to New Orleans in 3 months, at the very end of July. We've both been heavily researching the city and it seems like the right place for us, but reviews on the different neighborhoods get kind of mixed, so I'm just hoping to hear from some locals about the pro's and con's of each.

We don't have a car, we do have bikes. We'll be looking for an apartment, studio is fine but preferably 1bedroom, with max rent $800. We want to be in a neighborhood that feels safe enough to walk around during the day and evening, and is walking/biking distance to most stores/businesses. Also would like to know about any community colleges in the area that you'd recommend. My boyfriend would be looking to continue working at a bank as he does now, or for any teachers aid or similar position. I can work retail and restaurants, I prefer a job related to food service or hospitality. We're a pretty laid back couple, we like to spend time outdoors, getting to know new people, and exploring all that your wonderful city has to offer

Any advice really for a first time young couple moving to your city will be greatly appreciated!
Lakeview isn't walkable, as far as to commercial areas. It's basically a postwar suburb that happens to be within city limits.

I would try the Lower Garden District.
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Old 04-25-2013, 07:45 PM
 
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Also the riverbend area might be a good fit. My friend lives there and bikes all over the place and it's a short streetcar ride to some pretty fun places!!!!
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Old 04-26-2013, 02:30 PM
 
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City Park area would be convenient to our community college, Delgado. Other areas you may like are around Magazine Street as it has many shops, restaurants and groceries.
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Old 04-27-2013, 04:51 PM
 
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Many here are providing you with good advice about housing areas, so I'm going to give you some additional advice before moving here.

You said you would not have a car, but bikes instead. While New Orleans is one of the most walkable cities I have ever lived in, all areas, even safe areas, are not safe to walk or bike in at any hour of the day and if you have some sort of emergency you would be dependent on public transportation or taxi.

You really need to have a car. Even if you never drive it, you need to have a car in case of evacuation. When we lived in NOLA we rarely used our car. We walked, rode our bikes, took the city bus or streetcar, or caught a ride with someone else. Our car was only moved the three times we had to evacuate because of hurricanes or threat of hurricanes. On these occasions, I was extremely glad we had a car. As proved during Katrina, being dependent on public transportation during an emergency can be tricky.

Bring a car, even if it is a piece of junk, as long as it will get you where you need to go ... if you need to go.
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Old 04-27-2013, 11:02 PM
 
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My boyfriend and I, both 24, are moving to New Orleans in 3 months, at the very end of July. We've both been heavily researching the city and it seems like the right place for us, but reviews on the different neighborhoods get kind of mixed, so I'm just hoping to hear from some locals about the pro's and con's of each.

We don't have a car, we do have bikes. We'll be looking for an apartment, studio is fine but preferably 1bedroom, with max rent $800. We want to be in a neighborhood that feels safe enough to walk around during the day and evening, and is walking/biking distance to most stores/businesses. Also would like to know about any community colleges in the area that you'd recommend. My boyfriend would be looking to continue working at a bank as he does now, or for any teachers aid or similar position. I can work retail and restaurants, I prefer a job related to food service or hospitality. We're a pretty laid back couple, we like to spend time outdoors, getting to know new people, and exploring all that your wonderful city has to offer

Any advice really for a first time young couple moving to your city will be greatly appreciated!
About the biking...
We were there on vacation recently and rented bikes to roam around the Garden District, and it was a challenge. Drivers do not like to stop at all for bikers! Not just our imagination... when we returned the bikes we asked the shop keeper about it and he said, yeah, NOLA isn't a very bike friendly place. Then his buddy piped up and showed us his broken arm, (the car won) and said things are improving though, there's been a few less deaths this year so far than last year!
Of course no matter where you are, it's always wise to be careful when biking. Goes without saying, but if you are from some college town where bikes prevail and drivers yield to bike riders be very very careful.
It was quite a contrast to when we visited Midtown Sacramento and Davis where people rode their bikes with abandon, even through stop signs!

Be safe! Hope it all works out for you guys!
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Old 04-28-2013, 01:09 AM
 
Location: New Orleans
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We have LOTS of bikes. We're one of the top 5 or 10 cities by # of bike commuters. It's true, though, that attitude doesn't necessarily extend to drivers... I was on St. Charles one night (where it's one lane in each direction) and there were two bikes riding shoulder to shoulder down the middle of the lane. If that's the kind of stuff that is expected in "bike-friendly" cities, then I'm just going to stay grumpy, 20th century style.
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Old 05-02-2013, 10:37 AM
 
Location: Metairie, LA
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New Orleans is bike friendly in that it has a dense connected network of low traffic residential streets that can get you where you need to go without having to bike on a major arterial suburban highway. We do have a lot of marked bike lanes throughout the city, but this isn't exactly Amsterdam or Copenhagen. The laws don't cater to bicycles. Drivers face light penalties(if any) in accidents involving people on bicycles (or pedestrians for that matter).

Some neighborhoods are better than others. The older areas between city park and the river are well connected and more conducive to getting around by bike. Newer areas like Lakeview, Gentilly and the East are very suburban where it's difficult to stay on a low speed/traffic street to get anywhere.
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