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Old 08-08-2008, 08:05 PM
 
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Feel like I am getting mixed signals from alot of posts on the true safety issue in New Orleans...
How is the French Quarter's safety?

Thanks again all!

So excited to be planning our 1st visit in Sept!!
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Old 08-08-2008, 08:16 PM
 
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Metairie and the North Shore are the safest, oh, also Harahan. Not sure about Algiers Point, although it would be the only one with walkability. The Quarter is very expensive and not really a good environment for children, IMHO.
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Old 08-09-2008, 07:40 AM
 
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The crime rate is high in NOLA but that is true of many big cities. Use common sense and you should be safe. We have lived here almost 2 years now and haven't had any problems. There are so many wonderful things to experience in this city. It would be a shame for you to miss them out of fear.
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Old 08-09-2008, 09:44 AM
 
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i just moved here end of june. my company only gave me 3 days to find a place so i got a shoebox apartment in the garden district. definitely been great so far. however the car insurance is lame so i'm keeping my alabama address info to buy me some time to raise that much money. it's really stupid to pay that much for a parked car. insurance companies are worse than the mob really.

come on down. don't be skeerd.
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Old 08-09-2008, 03:02 PM
 
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PArked cars get broken into all the time if they're out in the open. Never leave anything visible in the car.
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Old 08-09-2008, 05:26 PM
 
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There are so many wonderful activities in this great town! Don't be scared; just use common sense. There are incredible local musicians and artists, amazing restaurants from dirt cheap to arm-and-a-leg expensive, festivals, farmer's markets, museums, the list goes on and on. I would definitely not look in the French Quarter. Magazine St has lots of boutiques and artsy shops (or so I've heard) and seems to be a fun place to live. One of my friends also recommends Old Metairie. I also still stand by my vote for Algiers Point. Take advantage of your time here in Sept to feel out the place. You might want to talk to a local realtor before you come and have him/her give you an idea of places to look for housing.
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Old 08-09-2008, 11:23 PM
 
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Portraitofluv,

I am looking for a similar place with the walkability to shop and other goodies. Since you do not have any kids....it seems like Garden District, Uptown, and then Metairie. The pricing is what I have to get used to as Garden District & Uptown are $1000 + for a 1 bedroom. I am moving from South Florida.
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Old 08-11-2008, 08:04 PM
 
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PArked cars get broken into all the time if they're out in the open. Never leave anything visible in the car.
absolutely. i never leave anything in my car. i learned that from living in birmingham. that place wasn't mayberry.

the car insurance (which i thought was mainly because most of the locals can not drive to save their own life ) is the only bad thing.

i do love not having to drive.

buying a bike is my next project.
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Old 08-14-2008, 02:08 PM
 
Location: Baton Rouge, LA
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Feel like I am getting mixed signals from alot of posts on the true safety issue in New Orleans...
How is the French Quarter's safety?

Thanks again all!

So excited to be planning our 1st visit in Sept!!
French Quarter is pretty safe. I'm not crazy about the area to the northwest edge of the Quarter - I think the projects are there.
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Old 08-15-2008, 04:13 PM
 
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I think you should try renting first. That way, if you and your husband do eventually have children, you can buy a home in an area with safer schools.
Check out Esplanade Ridge, Mid City, Lower Garden District, Marigny and the French Quarter. The city itself is not really all that big and you can get from one side to the other in about 20 minutes drive time. Also, the St. Charles street car is up and running, or will be soon.
I've walked from the Garden District to the French Quarter and even to the fair grounds many times and have never had a problem. Use your best judgement. Also, I hear NOLA is becoming more bicycle-friendly, so maybe that would help out with location.
Good luck.
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