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Old 11-12-2008, 11:52 PM
 
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I'm looking to relocate to New Orleans, but I don't know anything about how the city's mapped out or who lives where.

I need:
-to live somewhere that doesn't require a car to get around
-to be surrounded by all kinds of people and food
-lots of bright colors

Ideally, I'd be somewhere inexpensive (less than $700/month for a one-bedroom apartment) and safe, as I am a single lady with no attack animal (I'm also a bartender who will be working very late nights).

Two other things to consider: I'm a writer looking for connections with fellow (poor) writers and artists, and if at all possible I'd like to live away from hurricane-onslaughts.

What can you tell me?
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Old 11-13-2008, 11:06 AM
 
Location: Mostly in my head
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Don't come to New Orleans if you don't like hurricanes. Remember KAtrina? MOst of the city flooded. Other than that, the Marigny and Bywater sound like what you want excpet I don't know anyhting about rent.
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Old 11-13-2008, 11:41 PM
 
Location: New Orleans, LA
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The whole city has art friendly people. Gotta do the research to find out exactly what you're looking for. I'm a writer and I live way uptown by the colleges and I love it, I lived in the Irish Channel and it was a nightmare.
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Old 11-14-2008, 09:32 AM
 
Location: Da Parish
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Hottoddy you've presented us with a tall order

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I need:
-to live somewhere that doesn't require a car to get around
-to be surrounded by all kinds of people and food
-lots of bright colors
Bywater, The Marigny, FQ and parts of Uptown would be the neighborhoods for you.

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I'd be somewhere inexpensive (less than $700/month for a one-bedroom apartment) and safe
Under $700 is not going to happen in Bywater, The Marigny, FQ or Uptown, and safe is relative in all of these neighborhoods. Safe and inexpensive would happen perhaps in Laplace, or the Northshore.

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if at all possible I'd like to live away from hurricane-onslaughts
Not going to happen in the southern half of Louisiana.

I know this doesn't help much as far as meeting your requirments, but I hope it helped you in your decision making.

Misery, the Irish Channel?! A friend's family were originally from there and left the home that had been in the family for 100+ yrs because things had gotten so bad. That was in the early 90s; geez I can't imagine what it must have been like when you were there.
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Old 11-16-2008, 04:41 PM
 
Location: New Orleans, LA
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We lived on Constance/Peniston and it was AWFUL.

The Irish Channel has this stigma of artist types looking to live real "New Orleans Bohemia" that isn't downtown. Sadly, as cool as it was to live off Magazine, it was scary as hell when we had to venture back to our home. Drug dealers galore and loud people who were very vocal when it was known that they had guns and drugs.

All the time we lived there we saw a cop MAYBE twice.
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Old 11-23-2008, 12:01 AM
 
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I initially wanted inexpensive and safe, as well, but it just isn't possible in New Orleans... At least not from what I've seen thus far. The whole city can be artsy, depending on your definition. If you are looking for bohemian then certainly the Marigny and Bywater -- I'd take the Marigny over Bywater when considering safety, but neither has a "safe" reputation. Make sure you are checking craigslist religiously for rentals as the cheap ones are taken quickly.

I'm assuming you understand that hurricanes come here and just want to minimize your involvement. I'd suggest an upper floor apartment to avoid flooding... but keep in mind that a ton of damage is due to roofs failing, not water flowing in.
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Old 12-01-2008, 10:51 AM
 
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(I do not live in N.O.) but a great friend of mine, a marvelous writer and editor, lived in the Marigny neighborhood for years. Now, he's a guy, and less concerned about safety. After leaving the city for almost three years after the flood (and losing his job), he is now back with a great job, great apartment with a walk to work.
I sent him the OP query, and his advice was brief "Stay home."
There is a wonderful writers' community, with festivals, playhouses, organizations, and so on. I don't think it's for the poor or young (at least, my friend is in his 40s and a lot of the people he knows have been there for years and have some measure of writing success, and/or spouses who own a restaurant or something).
He says there is nothing like the N.O. environment for a writer, nothing, and he's lived elsewhere.
But for "poor/young/artsy" and wanting a safe neighborhood late at night, I think there's no such thing there. Maybe a bit more success somewhere else first? Or getting a steady-state skill and then tackling writing? (I'm such a drone...)
Best wishes.
Oh, and ditto on the hurricanes. I gather people there live in places they hope are safe (higher land- more expensive) and absolutely have evacuation plans in hand. Remember, the disaster in N.O. wasn't the Cat 2 that didn't hit N.O. (Katrina) it was the insane failure of the levees and the storm surge up the lake. N.O. friend says this has barely been addressed. When Gustav came, he had a plan (rental car), a get-outta-town bag and some money, and a reservation in a motel in Mississippi.
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Old 12-03-2008, 12:33 AM
 
Location: New Orleans, LA
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I live pretty cheaply and I write, my rent is $312 a month, granted I live with three other people.
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Old 12-03-2008, 02:13 PM
 
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That kind of rent might be found in Lakeview, where there are rentals galore, but that's because everything was 10 ft. under from Katrina, among other reasons. Also, Lakeview isn't really near any of the other things you want at all, including needing to use buses and/or streetcars to get to where you want to be. But it's pretty safe, lots of cops cruising around. I know two young ladies on my street who are both looking for roommates and would probably be in your stated price range. I doubt this is helpful, as it really fills few of your desires.
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