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Old 01-06-2009, 07:34 PM
Location: French Quarter, NOLA
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I briefly stayed in New Orleans about a year ago (less than a month) but loved it and am coming back to stay next month, and I'd love it if some of you residents could give me some information!

Where should I live? I'll be working late hours, serving/bartending in the Quarter. I don't drive and I'd like good access to transit and the ability to walk to fun bars, cheap places to eat, groceries/corner stores, coffee, and the like. I don't want to get shot at, but I'm not terrified of men on the corner - I lived in some bad parts of Atlanta and I'm used to and comfortable with the kind of neighborhood where it's common sense not to walk around at 3 am alone. I want to be around people my age - mid twenties - and the sort of things that young people generally enjoy. I don't really like living in what people consider "nice" neighborhoods - you know, screaming toddlers, SUVs, that kind of thing.

What's the grocery situation like? Are there farmer's markets or little neighborhood places, or are big stores more the norm? What are grocery prices like compared to the rest of the country?

Is it easy to ride a bike around town? Is it safe to ride a bike at night in places where it wouldn't be safe to walk?

And... what are the cool kids doing these days? I won't be making enough money to hang out at the nicer, trendier spots or the touristy spots - I'll be working there. Where do all the industry employees live/hang out?

Thanks in advance!
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Old 01-07-2009, 12:07 PM
Location: New Orleans, LA
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Just live in the Marigny/Quarter.
Seems like that your best option if you're without a car.
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Old 01-08-2009, 03:49 PM
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Live Uptown if possible. Working and living in the quarter can get a little claustrophobic. Easy transportation from anywhere Uptown to the Quarter. Also Algiers, which is just a ferry ride away.
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Old 01-11-2009, 04:27 PM
Location: New Orleans, LA
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Live close to Downtown---this is a pretty big bike city. I live in Mid-City and have many neighbors that ride bikes. I'm less than two miles from Downtown and I'm flat in the middle of Mid-City.
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Old 01-11-2009, 05:10 PM
Location: Mostly in my head
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I'd re-think the bike idea b/c of the near-constant high humidity. When it's 90 degrees and 90%, you don't really want to bike and simmer in the air. Buses are better, in MHO. Also, living close to the Quarter, as misery said, is easier. The Quarter itself can be pretty expensive.
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Old 01-12-2009, 04:13 PM
Location: Baton Rouge
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Marigny maybe. That seems to be the place to be if you are young and trendy. Maybe a loft in the warehouse district or something. If possible, I wouldn't live too far from work if you don't have a vehicle.
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Old 01-13-2009, 07:31 AM
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The warehouse district is for young people and you can catch a street car to Canal - edge of quarter. Uptown is nice - again a street car to canal. Marginy is Ok but watch the crime. Down canal toward the lake is an option - again a street car to the central business district. Welcome
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Old 01-13-2009, 02:41 PM
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Everyone has a different opinion. If you are looking for something more affordable than FQ, Marigny & Uptown, you can get an apartment in Mid-City within a few blocks from the streetcar line -- only 2-3 miles from the FQ. If you read neighborhood crime reports, you'll see that there are safer areas of Mid-City than some areas of FQ/Marigny. The closer you are to Carrolton/Canal, the more grocery & restaurant options you will have. Marigny is such a cool neighborhood, but if you don't have a vehicle, getting groceries will be difficult. Rouses Supermarket on Carrolton is very convenient and getting a lot better than what it was about 6 mos. ago.( More natural food options and better staff.) Also, plenty of young people in Mid-City with lots of fun neighborhood gatherings. New to this neighborhood is the free Bayou Bugaloo Music Festival.
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