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Old 06-27-2008, 02:58 PM
 
Location: The French Quarter of New Orleans
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I, too, love New Orleans, but I live here. I see the projects 1 block away from my apartment right here in the French Quarter everyday. I've seen people get murdered (not often) in broad daylight in "nice" areas like the Quarter. I've seen cops violently assaulting innocent people while murderers two or three blocks away run rampant. Yes, I love New Orleans but anyone with any sense living here will tell you it's mostly a facade. We have whored-out our culture and history for the sake of tourism.

Like I said, I love this town, but people who move here or visit here see very little, if any, of the "real" New Orleans. The Vieux Carre' is "safe," but it's nowhere near downtown Manhattan or downtown Atlanta, and it's our most famous neighborhood. Parts of Uptown have their own little neighborhood "police," which make the quality of life there MUCH better. The Quarter, with all its charm, however, is still policed by the 8th District N.O.P.D. They are (mostly) horrible people. The reality is dealing with a LOT of tourists, crooked cops, hustlers, and tricks every time you walk outside. Not to say that isn't found in most big cities, but New Orleans isn't a big town. I think this is why it's true "bad side" has long been often ignored. It's not really better or worse than Compton or some place like that. It's just a lot more ghetto fabulous than people realize. Not to mention, it is insanely unhealthy in general.

I love the beauty and charm of the city and the old Quarter, but I see it for what it is.

And, as far as my post being negative, I was and am serious. I work next door to an agency filing claims against insurance companies for the formaldehyde found in FEMA trailers and the TOXIC effect it's having on the people living in them.

Also, there is a dusty cloud of industrial waste always floating around town from the levee failures and the flooding from Katrina. That sh** soup is still in our water system because the president signed a waiver allowing us to pump that sh**--UN-FILTERED--back into our water supply.

The air here makes most people sick. Literally. It's not like it was before Katrina. I'm not joking. Most people have a really ugly cough down here (including myself).

Granted, where else can you see this (poorly-maintained) architecture? I honestly do love the buildings here, but there are a lot of sad buildings. The food? The music? The parades and festivals? Yes, it is all wonderful, and there is truly no place like New Orleans, BUT the city can easily be described as a bouquet of roses and feces. It's enchantment served up with filth and disgust. That's not me downing it. That's just what it is. And, it is what it is.

I love New Orleans. I'll NEVER leave, if I can help it.
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Old 07-03-2008, 06:25 PM
 
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The really sad thing is that The Netherlands has created a levee system that could handle even a category 5 hurricane without weakening. I don't know why no one has bothered to look into making levees like that for where it's needed in the U.S.
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Old 07-04-2008, 12:33 AM
 
Location: Mostly in my head
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I appreciate your response, Miss Cookie Moses, but that isn't exactly what I wanted to hear. I was expecting some more positive responses that would encourage me to move there, not scare me away.
Do you want people's perceptions or just what you want to hear? Better to hear all sides than to have yes-it's-fine meaningless answers. I was born in N.O., lived there most of my life, and am appalled every time I go back, to see how little has really been done. Aside from Metairie and the tourist areas, the city is a shambles. And yes, I was there for 2 weeks in May. I've been there every 2 months or so since Katrina and not much has changed since 2005.
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Old 07-04-2008, 06:01 AM
 
Location: The Great State of Arkansas
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MODERATOR: Back to asthma, please, we're drifting OT. Let's start a new thread for a general discussion.
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Old 07-04-2008, 09:40 PM
 
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Do you want people's perceptions or just what you want to hear? Better to hear all sides than to have yes-it's-fine meaningless answers. I was born in N.O., lived there most of my life, and am appalled every time I go back, to see how little has really been done. Aside from Metairie and the tourist areas, the city is a shambles. And yes, I was there for 2 weeks in May. I've been there every 2 months or so since Katrina and not much has changed since 2005.
You have a good point there. I would rather hear all sides than yes-it's fine meaningless answers. So Metairie is doing well?
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