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Old 03-07-2010, 04:37 PM
 
Location: Howard County, MD
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I'm black, currently in college, and have grown disenchanted of northeastern living. I'm leaning towards somewhere down south, and am curious about black middle class life in metro New Orleans.

Would you say there's a sizable, or even moderately prevalent black middle class in the area? Are black middle class residents concentrated in one area, or more spread out?

Any other insightful comments you may have on the matter would be helpful.

 
Old 03-15-2010, 05:01 PM
 
Location: Mostly in my head
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There used to be, before Katrina. A lot lived out in New Orleans East. I don't know what the current situation is. I would imagine they are still there but new Orleans East is definitely not what it used to be. Sorry I can't tell you more, I just wanted to answer since no one else was.
 
Old 03-15-2010, 07:49 PM
 
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Orleans Parish ("New Orleans proper") is 2/3 black. There are plenty of poor folk like in every city, but there are plenty in the middle class. neighborhoods really are divided more on economic lines than racial ones. so to answer your question, yes there is a viable black middle class, there are a few neighborhoods that are predominantly black middle class, but there is also a large degree of "spreading out," as you call it. but almost no one lives in a typical "bedroom community" here because we don't have a typical suburban landscape

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Old 03-15-2010, 08:56 PM
 
Location: Baton Rouge
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There is some black middle class on the west bank. Look into Woodmere.
 
Old 03-16-2010, 01:24 AM
 
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+1 !

back to OP: Orleans Parish ("New Orleans proper") is 2/3 black. There are plenty of poor folk like in every city, but there are plenty in the middle class. neighborhoods really are divided more on economic lines than racial ones. so to answer your question, yes there is a viable black middle class, there are a few neighborhoods that are predominantly black middle class, but there is also a large degree of "spreading out," as you call it. but almost no one lives in a typical "bedroom community" here because we don't have a typical suburban landscape
New Orleans is not 2/3rds black, not since Katrina.
At best its 57-58% black...38ish% white and the rest Vietnamese/Hispanic.
 
Old 03-16-2010, 01:56 PM
 
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New Orleans is not 2/3rds black, not since Katrina.
At best its 57-58% black...38ish% white and the rest Vietnamese/Hispanic.
well, I didn't make the number up; that was a common figure pre-K, and according to our host here (city-data), it's 67.3, which is where I checked before posting:

//www.city-data.com/city/New-Or...Louisiana.html

of course, I couldn't find their source, so who knows when it dates from (their gender and income data on the same page date from 2008); let's say 60% plus or minus. I assume that's Orleans alone, and don't have access to any recent demographic #s. I will say that I currently live in Algiers (NOT English Turn) and work in Gentilly, and I suspect that if you were to take a census on everything on the "north" side of Canal to the parish line it would be WELL above 58%. But it's really not worth fighting over. I'm just a little suspicious of this claim, having lived here in the 70s and 80s and now back, it seems pretty much the same, except I can ride my bike a little more slowly through some sections of town than in the old days (think Fischer, St. Thomas, St. Bernard), and of course the presence of latino culture which was essentially non-existent before
...ok, I had to keep digging, and Prytania's # of 58.8 is what a 2006 recount came up with, white at 36.8--but again that was already 4 years ago...
back to OP: just come visit, you'll find some place to call home. there are lots of young folks in town now--who knows if they'll stay, but it's a good scene. people know how to live down here, and while lots of the politics are not as progressive as you'll find in the NE, the people are alot more open and hospitable, and there's a sense of community I've rarely found elsewhere. that's why I'm back.
 
Old 03-16-2010, 02:24 PM
 
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So did you move?

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Old 03-22-2010, 04:24 PM
 
Location: Where I want to be
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The Black middle class is in Gentilly,N.O East, and in parts of Algiers.I grew up in the Gentilly Woods/Pontchartain Park neighborhood and never worried about crime,murders,or crack.We are tight knit community.I'm sure the racist "Uptowners" will diasagree with me.
 
Old 03-23-2010, 09:56 AM
 
Location: Baton Rouge
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The Black middle class is in Gentilly,N.O East, and in parts of Algiers.I grew up in the Gentilly Woods/Pontchartain Park neighborhood and never worried about crime,murders,or crack.We are tight knit community.I'm sure the racist "Uptowners" will diasagree with me.
You realize there are plenty of blacks uptown, too? They're racist against their own race?
 
Old 03-23-2010, 11:58 AM
 
Location: Where I want to be
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Yeah they live in the 3rd ward (Central City)Gertown,Hollygrove,the 10 th ward and for the most part they are impoverished areas surrounded by affluent white areas.So when I say racist "uptowners" I mean the residents of the garden district,carrolton(non hollygrove) and Audubon .
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