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Tired of living in Southern California Palm Springs, considering moving to New Orleans, information on crime rates in New Orleans,

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Old 01-04-2009, 12:03 PM
 
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I am sitting here reading tons of postings about NO after finding it' one of if not THE worst crime riddled city in our country. To be honest with you here not many people are making me feel any better about the city than that horrible distinction does. The reason I am reading up on NO is because I am seriously considering moving there. I am from what my title eludes to a New Jersey native originally. I am sitting in Southern California in sunny palm springs watching older gentleman play golf everyday and shop at fancy upscale chain stores with their plastic (literally) wives, oh and little tiny mouthy dogs in tow. My girlfriend is sleeping in the next room, five months pregnant with my first born little girl. I am partially educated and trying to finish my bachelor in secondary education because I have the undying urge and naivety to change some lives in this world and make my daughter proud of her dad someday. I have lived in or spent lots of time in New Jersey, New York city, Miami, Philadelphia, Albuquerque, San Diego, Los Angeles, and yes sunny Palm Springs. What pulls me towards NO along with beautiful stories of the place from an English professor is the magic and heart. I have seen cities that look absolutely beautifully. Aesthetically perfect with aesthetically perfect inhabitants walking and living about it. What i have found in those places is nothing more than that. When your in a city that has more going on underneath the surface you feel it and know it, like for me parts of New York city are wonderful and invigorating. Certain cities have sprinkles of that magic and some do not (just my opinion sorry if i insult anyone). I have only been through and visited NO once, my girlfriend has spent lots of time there and is in love with it. I have felt in love with it from only glancing over pages of stories including rich descriptions of NO style funerals. Any people who celebrate life like that are who i would like to try and make a dollar around. The point, ok i have gotten way off course but here it is, there seems to be a mentality in our society here that you barricade yourself behind a perfect facade of a home with man made ponds and gross landscaping, surrounded by cookie cutter homes resembling your own with possibly a neighbor who shakes it up a bit and puts a golf ball mailbox on his property. You feel safe, you get in your suv, you get your kids to school and compare your recent gap purchase to your friends to make sure you look like a more suitable parent, you visit starbucks to take in the local culture, you order sushi to feel like your cosmopolitan,you finish off your night watching the latest canne film festival award winner, all the while you feel safe setting your alarm systems and latching your doors from your neighbor Bob and Janice. This is what people seem to desire here and i understand to a degree, safety, good schools, nice community, plenty of starbucks, but I want more for me and my family. I want imperfect, I don't want bullets flying which is almost what it seems on some of these forum posts, I don't want random murders just because i want to walk down the street at night. I want heart and soul. I want a heavy steep in tradition and history that makes culture palpable. I want genuine, I want real, I would like raw and gritty, ( I'm from New Jersey). I just want some honest assesment about opportunity and real life in NO. Look for me most citites have bad areas and if you mess around with bad people you get hurt, you keep your head down sometimes and use your brain for some common sense it's the part about living in a city that you deal with. I would not or will not move my little girl into the wild west if it is that but obviously from what you can tell I pine for a bit more than the suburban dream. Oh and if i did not mention it, i would rather take a crappy pay check teaching somewhere i can make a difference rather than sitting complacent counting the hours to end each day. I'd rather get my hands dirty in life and change things rather than run from them. Any help appreciated.

I concur. NOLA what a great city with lazy entrenhed tradiionalist people. This city shoyuld be one of the top 10 cities in the nation with all the resources around it. It is my love for the city that says this.
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Old 01-05-2009, 10:44 PM
 
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Moderator cut: edit I was just trying to tell him,her that New Orleans is one of those great cities that isn't superficial like So Cal tends to be. I could not care less about someone's size; it's the heart that matters and New Orleans has a great one. Don't be so quick to jump to absurd conclusions. Obviously you didn't understand my post. back at ya.

I understood the comment, I hate southern california, exactly for reasons cited earlier, to each his own in life but i'd rather focus on matters other than frosting my hair, not to offend anyone who frosts their hair just saying it's pretty low on my list of things to worry about, thanks for the info on some areas to check out
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Old 01-06-2009, 02:16 AM
 
Location: Houston, Texas, USA
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New Orleans is a great city. I'm from there. Not that this matters to me, but I'm just going to tell you now (since most people probably won't), that the city and even surrounding areas have plenty of Black people. Being the minority in many situations may take some getting used to. Even if you live in a predominantly White neighborhood, if you go to the grocery, restaurants, etc, then you have a good chance of being the minority.
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Old 01-06-2009, 09:50 AM
 
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yeah, thanks for the frankness, although i do realize this
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Old 02-02-2009, 01:17 PM
 
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I think you get new orleans, and it might be a good place for you.
Now, keep in mind that if you are in the French Quarter that after around 6pm a huge shift of consciousness occurs. You go from sunday school girls carrying purses to gangs of thiird world like groups with a living hell vibe. As far as the rest of the city neigborhoods, there will be a shift of consciousness like this around 6pm also, but i'm not familiar with what it would be like to live in many areas of the city. I lived in Sacramento, california, and i actually thought that it was more intense than New Orleans; bars in Midtown had a scarier more artificially plastic evil feel than the french quarter. Just my take.
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Old 02-02-2009, 06:08 PM
 
Location: Lafayette, La
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Some of the French quarters best moments are found when the sun goes down, but its definitely a time to keep your wits about you. dont let your guard down, especially around Bourbon street and the surrounding buildings. there are so many nooks and crannies for thugs to hide due to the european construction of buildings, with courtyards and narrow alleyways. ITs fascinating but potentially dangerous. but you know, in a way that only makes it more exciting.
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Old 02-03-2009, 01:06 PM
 
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I am sitting here reading tons of postings about NO after finding it' one of if not THE worst crime riddled city in our country. To be honest with you here not many people are making me feel any better about the city than that horrible distinction does. The reason I am reading up on NO is because I am seriously considering moving there. I am from what my title eludes to a New Jersey native originally. I am sitting in Southern California in sunny palm springs watching older gentleman play golf everyday and shop at fancy upscale chain stores with their plastic (literally) wives, oh and little tiny mouthy dogs in tow. My girlfriend is sleeping in the next room, five months pregnant with my first born little girl. I am partially educated and trying to finish my bachelor in secondary education because I have the undying urge and naivety to change some lives in this world and make my daughter proud of her dad someday. I have lived in or spent lots of time in New Jersey, New York city, Miami, Philadelphia, Albuquerque, San Diego, Los Angeles, and yes sunny Palm Springs. What pulls me towards NO along with beautiful stories of the place from an English professor is the magic and heart. I have seen cities that look absolutely beautifully. Aesthetically perfect with aesthetically perfect inhabitants walking and living about it. What i have found in those places is nothing more than that. When your in a city that has more going on underneath the surface you feel it and know it, like for me parts of New York city are wonderful and invigorating. Certain cities have sprinkles of that magic and some do not (just my opinion sorry if i insult anyone). I have only been through and visited NO once, my girlfriend has spent lots of time there and is in love with it. I have felt in love with it from only glancing over pages of stories including rich descriptions of NO style funerals. Any people who celebrate life like that are who i would like to try and make a dollar around. The point, ok i have gotten way off course but here it is, there seems to be a mentality in our society here that you barricade yourself behind a perfect facade of a home with man made ponds and gross landscaping, surrounded by cookie cutter homes resembling your own with possibly a neighbor who shakes it up a bit and puts a golf ball mailbox on his property. You feel safe, you get in your suv, you get your kids to school and compare your recent gap purchase to your friends to make sure you look like a more suitable parent, you visit starbucks to take in the local culture, you order sushi to feel like your cosmopolitan,you finish off your night watching the latest canne film festival award winner, all the while you feel safe setting your alarm systems and latching your doors from your neighbor Bob and Janice. This is what people seem to desire here and i understand to a degree, safety, good schools, nice community, plenty of starbucks, but I want more for me and my family. I want imperfect, I don't want bullets flying which is almost what it seems on some of these forum posts, I don't want random murders just because i want to walk down the street at night. I want heart and soul. I want a heavy steep in tradition and history that makes culture palpable. I want genuine, I want real, I would like raw and gritty, ( I'm from New Jersey). I just want some honest assesment about opportunity and real life in NO. Look for me most citites have bad areas and if you mess around with bad people you get hurt, you keep your head down sometimes and use your brain for some common sense it's the part about living in a city that you deal with. I would not or will not move my little girl into the wild west if it is that but obviously from what you can tell I pine for a bit more than the suburban dream. Oh and if i did not mention it, i would rather take a crappy pay check teaching somewhere i can make a difference rather than sitting complacent counting the hours to end each day. I'd rather get my hands dirty in life and change things rather than run from them. Any help appreciated.
As a native New Orleanian sitting in So Cal also I understand your longing. I say go for it. If it doesn't work out what have you lost?

I LOVE LOVE LOVE Nola's history and culture so I understand that appeal. I used to spend hours going through books on the homes and plantations that inhabit the state. I love the food, the funerals, jazz and the list goes on (the tradition of wearing all white to the funerals was started by free blacks and slaves in NOLA).

Find a safe neighborhood and be smart. I should be back there in a few months. Maybe us city data folks should hook up?
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