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Old 10-05-2010, 11:55 PM
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New Orleans has everything.

Originally Posted by clfauche View Post
New Orleans is a very, very, special place. Honestly, the city has it all. The french quarter is like no place in the world. Bourbon street, shopping, festivals, casinos, art galleries, museums, river boat cruises, Caribbean cruises, & world class dining - the seafood is unmatched in the U.S.

If your a sports fan the city has a professional football team and basketball team. If your a fan of history the D-Day Museum is truly something to see. If you like fish - Louisiana boasts the top fishing town in the country. Grand Isle, LA is one of the worlds greatest fishing havens - you can do some deep sea fishing, you fish the oil platforms in the Gulf of Mexico - Or you fish the marshes and estuaries along the Louisiana Coast.

I read one comment that said Austin has the upper hand in higher education - I'd challenge that statement as well - New Orleans has very, very, good universities - Tulane University is a top 50 research university. Loyola University has many top programs. Xavier University likewise. & that's not to mention the cities public universities. Futhermore, the city has 2 law schools (tier 1 & 3) and 2 medical schools. The diversity & quality of life in New Orleans is one to be reckoned with.

Old 10-06-2010, 06:33 AM
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I've lived in both Austin and New Orleans.
Either city is a fun place to reside.

The music scene in New Orleans is better. The food in New Orleans is better.
Old 11-06-2010, 10:00 PM
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Having moved to NOLA 3 years ago, I'll say that it has been an exhilarating experience, both good and bad. As with any place without a safety net, it's exciting and fun - but when you crash it's a doozy.

Re: Mandeville and Metairie. Sure, not everyone there is a racist. But man, I've never seen racists like the ones that are there. It's a racism that is of the vilest, nastiest, and despicable nature. However, almost all of them would wear Reggie Bush jerseys and cheer Chris Paul.

The racial issues are so complex here: On one hand pretty much everyone that was here a few generations is related. When the Saints won, everyone danced together, during Mardi Gras, everyone parties together. But while Caucasians may scratch their heads at African-American support for William Jefferson, you see Mayor Mitch Landrieu cutting all contracts to black contractors and you can see why they want anyone to represent them - even if they take cold hard cash payoffs. Then you see Jefferson Parish being forced to integrate by court order last year....YES. INTEGRATE. AS IN WHAT HAPPENED 50 YEARS AGO. It's all a vast morass that will be a challenge to deal with for any policeman.

Then you get "red" people, those African-Americans of Halle Berry's complexion, making fun (or "ribbing") darker skinned people, and the racial aspects even go on within cultures.

The thing was, in the 60s, they built Metairie and suburbs in Jefferson Parish right when the schools were integrated. With white flight came decades of not dealing with racial problems and passing down that hatred through generations. Then you get hatred of a councilwoman in the 80s who said that the city shouldn't provide city services to Mardi Gras Krewes who excluded people because of their race. AND SHE'S SEEN AS THE WORST VILLIAN OF ALL TIME.

Re: Murders.
You almost never see them. Likewise, the Mardi Gras Krewe balls, the Gala events, the people that run the city, you almost never see them as well. The classes are so tightly packed and protected from each other, that you almost never see it. Please look at crime maps before you move (there was Good Government in New Orleans now has a name that had amazing statistics of crimes and the place they happened in, but it seems to be down now.) I found an apartment that was astonishingly beautiful....until I found out 2 home invasions happened on the next block. With a wife and a 1-year-old that wasn't an option.

The problem you'll find is that each neighborhood is achingly beautiful, yet has something that makes it a pain in the ass to live in.

For instance,
French Quarter - What New Orleans is all about. The vibe, the walking, the architecture, the music...but no parking and a 100 stickups a weekend.

uptown - Tipitinas, safe neighborhoods, streetcars, Audubon Zoo and the Park, Whole Foods....but almost impossible to get to the French Quarter when there's something good going on and too far from it.

Mid-City - Jazz Fest, Great architecture, Rock n Bowl, City Park...but crackheads and murders.

Lakeview - The gorgeous Lakefront, City Park, Safe community...but 3-foot floods everytime it rains and busted ass streets from Katrina.

So on and so forth.

That said, I'm probably moving to Austin next year. As great as it is to raise a family here, the schools are too scattershot to stay. We had an awful experience with one of the elite schools in the city, and if that's a problem at one of the best ones, imagine the worst ones.

But with the festivals, the cheaper taxes (compared to New Jersey, they're 75% less,) the ability to live life instead of living for your house in the burbs (always having to fix it, mow the grass, go to Bed Bath & Beyond or Home Depot,) the restaurants, and the awesome music on Frenchman St (New Orleans not having national acts my ass....they're constantly touring. JUST BECAUSE THEY'RE NOT ON A CANDY-ASS SHOW LIKE AMERICAN IDOL DOESN'T MEAN THEY'RE NOT INCREDIBLE. BETTER THAN EZRA, INDEED,) I simply could never live in the 'burbs again.

A beautiful city, and a place of adventure.
Old 11-16-2010, 01:44 PM
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Originally Posted by Daphiny View Post
NEW ORLEANS just got its approval for 450 million dollars to help replace CHARITY HOSPITAL which means the OK for the 70 acre VA/CHARITY HOSPITAL RESEARCH AND MEDICAL CENTER in MIDCITY .... This one alone with bring thosands of jobs , including IT, MEDICAL, CONSTRUCTION and everything in between.
Massive new apartment and condo buildings are replacing old ***** drug den motels that lined TULANE Ave..
The 4 massive projects that were nothing more than death traps for the poor who lived in them as well as the THUGS who ruled them have been demolished and are being replaced by beautiful mixed use apartments and condos , renters and owners ...
As bad and horrible as KATRINA was for this city, and boy it was tough, but we made it, and it seems to have been a little blessing in disquise ....
Our city is changing for the better and most New Orleanians wont say it, or those that do say it with shame in their voice , but facts are facts....
Our wonderful 300 year old city, 8 years away from being 300, I had to pull this from WIKI ..
"La Nouvelle-Orléans (New Orleans) was founded May 7, 1718, by the French Mississippi Company, under the direction of Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville, on land inhabited by the Chitimacha. It was named for Philippe II, Duke of Orléans, who was Regent of France at the time. His title came from the French city of Orléans. The French colony was ceded to the Spanish Empire in the Treaty of Paris (1763) and remained under Spanish control until 1801, when it reverted to French control. All of the surviving 18th century architecture of the Vieux Carré (French Quarter) dates from this Spanish period. Napoleon sold the territory to the United States in the Louisiana Purchase in 1803. Thereafter, the city grew rapidly with influxes of Americans, French, Creoles, Irish, Germans and Africans. Major commodity crops of sugar and cotton were cultivated with slave labor on large plantations outside the city. "

The city is progressing really fast and for the better, I think the really cool thing that will happen with New Orleans is that it has all this really incredible fantastic history and yet it has the possibility to be on the cutting edge of MEDICAL RESEARCH , FILM and FOOD ....So in other worlds its like mixing a city like PARIS or LONDON with their HISTORY and yet with SILCON VALLEY and Austin with their IT advantages .......We still will have all of our great HISTORY and Tourism and yet our incredible FUTURE with all the possibilities of the great MEDICAL RESEARCH and possible IT future that will come along with it all just still has many here not realy thinking its real or going to happen, just like with the SAINTS, we had learned to accept the worst.....But again, like the SAINTS proved to the city and state that we deserve the best and should EXPECT the best ..............
Really good post! Very positive!
Old 11-18-2010, 02:01 PM
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Family is important. Go to the city in which you have family members. If you don't have family members in either city, then I would go to Austin simply because they don't have a threat for hurricanes or any natural disasters. Austin also has much better education than New Orleans.

On the other hand, New Orleans has great food and culture. New Orleans is also not in the middle of nowhere like Austin, which is good for road trips.

Hard choice though with these two cities. If I had to choose a city for my residence in the southeastern USA I would chose Atlanta or Birmingham. But that's just me...
Old 12-02-2010, 10:19 PM
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Austin is an awesome city. Vibrant economy, bright future.
Old 12-02-2010, 11:18 PM
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Austin is nice, I am from TX. But... Louisiana is a very unique place. Lots of interesting history & it is definitely, progressing.
Old 10-30-2011, 07:37 AM
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Default Short and Sweet

Originally Posted by cg151 View Post
I'm in a similar situation as the starter of this thread, except my choice is between NO and San Antonio.

I saw a post indicating that TX has higher property taxes. This may be true, but TX has no state income tax and the overall tax burden is considerably lower in TX.

To refer to NO as "libertarian" would be laughable if the reality weren't so tragic. Under the "chocolate city" liberal policies of Mayor Nagin, NO's 9th ward remains one of the poorest and most crime- ridden areas in the entire country. Nagin's whining followed by panhandling after Katrina was one of the most shameful public displays by a politician that I've ever witnessed- and that's saying a lot considering all the shameful politicians around these days.

To refer to Mandeville and Covington as "Duke Country" is incredibly insulting to thousands of hard-working, law-abiding, non-racist citizens of this area. Just because someone wants to live in a relatively safe area with good public schools and well-maintained infrastructure doesn't make them a racist follower of David Duke.

And here's a news flash: being conservative does not equal being a racist any more than being liberal equals being a communist. Good grief! If that's being honest, then I wonder what you say for an encore- perhaps that the levees were sabotaged by the Bush administration to rid NO of poor, black folks?

If you think you're helping to advance the positive aspects of your city, Pentalarc, you may want to tone it down a little bit.

Your post sits squarely in the "cons" column for me in making my decision of where to move.
WOW incredible reply, so much true info here. We do live in the USA and have choices of how an where to live w/o being racist. Dukes problem was to make public he would end most state aid, this wouldn't work in N.O. because there would be no cash flow. That's not racist is the truth. New Orleans I do love to visit . However never would consider living there. It was completely destroyed by Nagin with Blanco's help and many others. Of course this was only several years. South La. has always been corrupt with mostly whites. Is that racist? They are trying in vain to bring it back but it is what it is... The current governer has some good ideas but,,, good Luck 8 years won't be enough time to turn it around. The amount of aid after katrina vs. the Ms. gulf coast and the abuse of what was out there to get and who qualified for it is was outrageous... One example how can you get 100k for a home/land(La.'s road to recovery) you never owned(the federal govt. was already paying ppl to live,eat breed etc. for years and years to a point they thought they owned it ???) Don't get me started... If you work and pay taxes you don't qualify... Don't work have 8-20 children and you get so much aid you can't spend it all so you sell it 50 cents on the dollar to the struggling ones who can't support themselves the right way... Enough already, this was meant to stop at Short and Sweet...
Old 10-30-2011, 08:40 AM
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Please don't bring up old threads.
Old 10-30-2011, 09:53 AM
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Originally Posted by annie_himself View Post
Please don't bring up old threads.

And please remind them to get the facts right
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