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Old 10-16-2009, 12:17 PM
 
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When I was almost 10 years old, I went back to Louisiana for a funeral. Compared to where I was currently living at the time(Marietta,GA), the areas surrounding New Orleans felt like a third world nation. I also got very sick too.
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Old 10-16-2009, 03:59 PM
 
Location: City of Central
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It's a hell hole . One of the last places I would choose to live , exceptfor maybe Detroit .
You can only take so much French Quarter , Mardi Gras , and all of that other " New Orleans
culture " nonsense . It doesn't make up for the downside .
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Old 10-16-2009, 04:21 PM
 
Location: New Orleans, United States
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It's a hell hole . One of the last places I would choose to live , exceptfor maybe Detroit .
You can only take so much French Quarter , Mardi Gras , and all of that other " New Orleans
culture " nonsense . It doesn't make up for the downside .
If that's the case then that pretty much goes for the whole state.
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Old 10-16-2009, 05:10 PM
 
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OTHER THAN CRIME, what are the downsides of living in New Orleans?
Mosquitoes. Closely followed by termites.
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Old 10-17-2009, 04:42 PM
 
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Mosquitoes. Closely followed by termites.
Don't forget about the flying cockroaches!
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Old 10-17-2009, 04:49 PM
 
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I don't live in New Orleans. My friend lived in Morgan City so I spent many a weekend in New Orleans and I love it, but I've never actually lived in New Orleans. My wife almost got a job at Tulane in which case we were real-estate shopping in Metarie but that fell through and we went to SF instead.

I currently live in the San Francisco area and can feel what you mean regarding tourism - they can be very annoying and also humorous, but it's a lifeblood to both of our cities - San Francisco and New Orleans.

You may find yourself annoyed, but they are keeping new money flowing inward - without them, the current and future prospects are far, far more bleak.

Don't bite the hand[s] that feed[s].

* As a note: Westbank makes a great point regarding education in New Orleans (really, the entire state). Public schools are a joke within New Orleans. But if you know that, simply make sure you put them in the best private school your money can buy. You'll recoup the money later when your son/daughter earn a free ride through college (hopefully).
I was born/raised in N.O. and attended one of the highest rated private schools, kindergarten through graduation. I left the state over 20 years ago for a better career opportunity and a more "family-friendly" setting. What people don't realize about the poor education system in N.O. is that, yes, YOU might be able to afford to send your kids to private schools BUT you still have to LIVE amongst a largely uneducated populace. Where I live now (the Northeast), millionaires send their kids to PUBLIC schools. So, not only are your kids well-educated via the local education system so is almost everyone else. That makes a huge difference in one's quality of life. And, yes, we do have to pay a higher property tax rate than we would under the "homestead exemption" system down there. To me, it is worth it.
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Old 10-23-2009, 07:22 AM
 
Location: Downtown New Orleans, LA
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There are 3 Dunkin Donuts in the metro area. 2 downtown and 1 on Vets.
Where exactly are these downtown Dunkin Donuts. I've lived in downtown NO my entire time in New Orleans (since Dec 2006) and I've never encountered any of them. The Veterans one I can't say because I'm not as familiar with Metairie, West Bank etc but for downtown NO, I'm fairly certain they are none now (I hear there used to be but that was before my time here), but please pass on the info on where.


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There are local donut shops and bakeries, you just have to know where to find them. There are a lot on the Westbank too.
I know quite a few bakeries in the downtown CBD/French Quarter area and maybe a couple in Marigny-ish, and they're excellent, but they're not donut shops. I'm not a donut person but it would probably be helpful if you listed the donut shops so that the person missing DD could check them out, no?


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I'm just curious, when people say New Orleans is very urban, what do they mean?
What is your definition of urnab?
I'm not sure in what context you heard it called urban. But in the literal sense of the word, I guess I'd say that its very city-like, very built up, there isn't much/any countryside in the area even in the suburbs. You know how in some cities you can almost feel sometimes like you're in the countryside in some neighbourhoods? Well New Orleans ISN'T like that. There are a few parks and green areas but it certainly isn't the most greens space-d city I've ever lived in.
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Old 10-23-2009, 09:08 PM
 
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...because all I ever hear about is the crime.
RENT is expensive, especially in a low crime area like the Garden District.
Lumpy roads and highways.
The number of wrecked houses still standing on the east side and uptown from Katrina.
Auto insurance within Orleans parish - resembles New Jersey's.
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Old 10-23-2009, 09:18 PM
 
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I was born/raised in N.O. and attended one of the highest rated private schools, kindergarten through graduation. I left the state over 20 years ago for a better career opportunity and a more "family-friendly" setting. What people don't realize about the poor education system in N.O. is that, yes, YOU might be able to afford to send your kids to private schools BUT you still have to LIVE amongst a largely uneducated populace. Where I live now (the Northeast), millionaires send their kids to PUBLIC schools. So, not only are your kids well-educated via the local education system so is almost everyone else. That makes a huge difference in one's quality of life. And, yes, we do have to pay a higher property tax rate than we would under the "homestead exemption" system down there. To me, it is worth it.

I went to a suburban philadelphia public schools system that was small and the schools had blue ribbon ratings. i am amazed that people have to pay through the nose to send their kid to a private school in NOLA so they can get a decent education. I don't have any kids , but I would send them to Lusher if i did. Why the good people put up with this nonsence and demand that the orleans school district (Recovery) give them a quality education is beyond me. People want jobs to come to New orleans but what's keeping the companies away is the lack of an educated workforce.
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Old 11-02-2009, 12:50 PM
 
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I was born/raised in N.O. and attended one of the highest rated private schools, kindergarten through graduation. I left the state over 20 years ago for a better career opportunity and a more "family-friendly" setting. What people don't realize about the poor education system in N.O. is that, yes, YOU might be able to afford to send your kids to private schools BUT you still have to LIVE amongst a largely uneducated populace.
I agree, also went to highly rated private schools and all of my neighhood buddies either never went to college or dropped out the first year. I love to go back and visit family/friends especially during Mardi Gras but don't see how I could raise my kids there and I was raised there......
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