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Old 02-01-2009, 10:31 AM
 
Location: Baton Rouge
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I have been going to NOLA for years. Just before or just after Mardi Gras. This was the slowest I have ever seen Bourbon St. I wondered why the cops were going down every street constantly. Since I have been going to NOLA [1999] I have always been told that if you stay from Bourbon to the Mississippi you are fine at any hour. If I was told correctly this woman was shot on Gov. Nicholas St. in this area of the quarter. I took my Brother and his wife through Saint Louis No 1. Which is on the edge of the 1/4 and the projects and is a bit secluded. I had my hand on my 380 automatic with finger on the trigger that was in my pocket and was on the look out for anything unusual. I did see two black men in hoods walking several row's away so we worked our way out to the front looking around corners carefully. I know there is a police station just across the st. but I also did not see any tours in the cemetery. I quickly showed them the Italian mausoleum where easy rider was shot, and the man who brought craps to the US, and Marie Laveau's tomb. Then back out. Then we went to Lafayette No 1 where it is relatively safe.
Yikes! I'm glad you got out of there okay. You're awfully brave to go in there without a tour group. I would never go in there without a tour group since it's right next to the Iberville Projects.
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Old 02-01-2009, 12:26 PM
 
Location: Not where you ever lived
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I went to NO and found a ghost town and met the nicest people in the world at Walgreen's and the only gas station in town that was open. The people I met had very different reasons to be there.. They were trapped by circumstance or they truly love NO and would die before they moved. To a person they were bitterly disappointed in their local, state and congressional leaders.

But I also talked to professionals who say we don't rebuild because no one wants to work. And then I talked to the newspaper - the guy that has his finger on the pulse of NO.

The moldy moblie homes could have been fixed in less than an hour. So why don't you tell the people? We did. What happened? The DC lawyer threatened suit on anyone who fixed anything. What's going to happen to those families? I don't know; were're gonna have a lot of sick babies if they don't get out.

Ty Pennington from ABC Home Make Over show - said essentially the same thing. There is no incentive to work.

How do you revive a dying city? All the football games, casino and Mardi Gras in the world isn't going to put this Humpty Dumpty back together again. Boards, nails and hammers are useless if no one will pick them up. Maybe each of the other 47 states have to adopt a portion of New Orleans. And maybe it has to die before it can be reborn.

I know what I saw. It is so hard to believe. It makes me sad inside.
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Old 02-01-2009, 02:31 PM
 
Location: Baton Rouge
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I went to NO and found a ghost town and met the nicest people in the world at Walgreen's and the only gas station in town that was open. The people I met had very different reasons to be there.. They were trapped by circumstance or they truly love NO and would die before they moved. To a person they were bitterly disappointed in their local, state and congressional leaders.

But I also talked to professionals who say we don't rebuild because no one wants to work. And then I talked to the newspaper - the guy that has his finger on the pulse of NO.

The moldy moblie homes could have been fixed in less than an hour. So why don't you tell the people? We did. What happened? The DC lawyer threatened suit on anyone who fixed anything. What's going to happen to those families? I don't know; were're gonna have a lot of sick babies if they don't get out.

Ty Pennington from ABC Home Make Over show - said essentially the same thing. There is no incentive to work.

How do you revive a dying city? All the football games, casino and Mardi Gras in the world isn't going to put this Humpty Dumpty back together again. Boards, nails and hammers are useless if no one will pick them up. Maybe each of the other 47 states have to adopt a portion of New Orleans. And maybe it has to die before it can be reborn.

I know what I saw. It is so hard to believe. It makes me sad inside.
How long ago was this?
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Old 02-01-2009, 10:19 PM
 
Location: Da Parish
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The moldy moblie homes could have been fixed in less than an hour.
Bless your heart.
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Old 02-01-2009, 10:48 PM
 
Location: New Orleans, LA
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I went to NO and found a ghost town and met the nicest people in the world at Walgreen's and the only gas station in town that was open. The people I met had very different reasons to be there.. They were trapped by circumstance or they truly love NO and would die before they moved. To a person they were bitterly disappointed in their local, state and congressional leaders.

But I also talked to professionals who say we don't rebuild because no one wants to work. And then I talked to the newspaper - the guy that has his finger on the pulse of NO.

The moldy moblie homes could have been fixed in less than an hour. So why don't you tell the people? We did. What happened? The DC lawyer threatened suit on anyone who fixed anything. What's going to happen to those families? I don't know; were're gonna have a lot of sick babies if they don't get out.

Ty Pennington from ABC Home Make Over show - said essentially the same thing. There is no incentive to work.

How do you revive a dying city? All the football games, casino and Mardi Gras in the world isn't going to put this Humpty Dumpty back together again. Boards, nails and hammers are useless if no one will pick them up. Maybe each of the other 47 states have to adopt a portion of New Orleans. And maybe it has to die before it can be reborn.

I know what I saw. It is so hard to believe. It makes me sad inside.
I don't believe you. I believe this is a troll post. Did you speak to anyone about the large number of mid size companies (that don't make the Fortune 500) with annual revenues of $100-$150 Million based in New Orleans??? You are talking about a metropolis of over 1.2 million people like it is dead. You are talking about a city that is larger than Pittsburgh, St. Louis, Tampa, Buffalo, & Birmingham. You are talking about a city that has an EXPANDING economy and is experiencing population GROWTH in the city and all of its' suburbs while almost the entire country is a part of an economic crisis that hasn't been experienced since the Great Depression. Ty Pennington was involved in a plan that was supposed to occur one block from my home on that show. The neighborhood association negotiated with them on that project and basically it was a recipe for crime. They wanted to set up a playground that catered to the poorest of the poor and frankly, we don't want that type of crime-breeding area in our neighborhood. We'll build our own playground that is nicer than the inferior product they wanted to build here. Ty can mouth off all he wants---he got angry because he didn't like what we proposed. And we are very glad that the project didn't come to fruition.

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Old 02-02-2009, 05:46 AM
 
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I saw a lot of work going on in the 1/4, and some in the business and garden district. But there was so much that could be done. How many places are there that have closed up fronts and abandoned second and third floors and no sign of fixing them up. With rent in the 1/4 going for 750 for a 300sf apt, why is this not being done? Are they old people who own the property and just do not want to do anything to change? Prices in the garden district are still high and the 1/4 is still orbital. I do not see people doing any speculation, it all looked like it was owner building only, Some have said that the permits to repair is a problem. After the shooting in the 1/4 there sure was a cop on every st. with flashing lights. I almost stepped into two open water meter holes where the covers were stolen. And Bourbon st. was slow as I have seen it since I have started going in 1999.
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Old 02-02-2009, 06:28 AM
 
Location: New Orleans, LA
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Sounds like ya'll just hit Bourbon St. on a bad night---it hasn't been that bad. My best friend is a GM of a hotel in the quarter and he said that 2008 saw the largest number of visitors to New Orleans in the cities history--not just his hotel, but, the Hotel Association said the number of visitors in 2008 surpassed any previous year in history.
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Old 02-02-2009, 01:05 PM
 
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About this robbery. I just wish to comment on an article. I was searching the internet, and had entered the name of a peron who had robbed me, a sociopath. Long story. Anyways, he was listed on the internet because a news agency had written an article on this very robbery/murder. He was quoted as saying how horrible a thing it was for this to have happened. I suppose he liked the attention of being interviewed because he's a sociopath who has spread HIV all over the country, and had legal problems in New Orleans..skipping probation. Well, now he's back in the city, but does the city care? No. And i personally thought it was the height of hypocricy that he be interviewed and quoted as a saint regarding this murder.
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Old 02-02-2009, 01:29 PM
 
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Sounds like ya'll just hit Bourbon St. on a bad night---it hasn't been that bad. My best friend is a GM of a hotel in the quarter and he said that 2008 saw the largest number of visitors to New Orleans in the cities history--not just his hotel, but, the Hotel Association said the number of visitors in 2008 surpassed any previous year in history.

I’m not buying the story your friend told you. I was there for a week and it was slow as I have seen it. I was told that it has been slow all summer, and there were only about 9 vendors in the French market. I have never seen that. I got my room in the holiday in on royal st for 39$ a night. That is the cheapest I have ever gotten a room in the 1/4. We took a ghost walking tour and were told that tourism was down 40%. One vendor complained that they made only 500$ for sugar bowl and usually make 15k. There was also a lack of people street performing. only 1 art vendor in Jackson sq. and 4 palm readers. Cafe Du monde was almost empty when we went 3 different times. It has never been like that. I have had to wait at times to get a seat in times past. Frenchman’s St. was empty also. I was there 3 different times and i do not think I saw 5 people walking up and down the Street. Restaurants were empty for the most part. When I called Alpine off of Jackson Sq. for reservations I was told that because of how slow it was I did not need to worry about it, just come on in. When we got there it was us and no others at 7:30 and before we left only one other couple came in at 8:30. I have been going there since the late 90s and can tell you it has never even been this close to this slow.
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Old 02-02-2009, 01:31 PM
 
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Yikes! I'm glad you got out of there okay. You're awfully brave to go in there without a tour group. I would never go in there without a tour group since it's right next to the Iberville Projects.
I know it was not the safest thing to do, but it was mid day and I had my hand on my 380 auto with finger on the trigger in my oversized coat pocket. if anyone would have jumped out that is the first thing they would have seen. I would not hesitate to drop the hammer on some scumbag.
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