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Old 06-06-2007, 12:06 AM
 
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I want to go to New Orleans this summer and i have heard that some parts are built up. Is that true? Besides residential areas, are any of the tourist areas still in ruins or would I be able to enjoy mysfelf.

I have never been to New Orleans before and I want to have fun, but it is it even close to as fun as it was before Katrina?
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Old 06-06-2007, 12:49 AM
 
Location: Baton Rouge
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I want to go to New Orleans this summer and i have heard that some parts are built up. Is that true? Besides residential areas, are any of the tourist areas still in ruins or would I be able to enjoy mysfelf.

I have never been to New Orleans before and I want to have fun, but it is it even close to as fun as it was before Katrina?
Pretty much all of the tourist attractions are back up and running. Bourbon Street never even closed all the way down (2 bars remained opened), even during the height of the storm lol. buses are running, and the streetcars are rolling. The airport is at about 75% it's pre-Katrina capacity. Art museum, Aquarium, Zoo, D day museum, all opened. The only major attraction that is still closed is six-flags. about 90% of pre-Katrina hotel rooms up and running, even more restaurants than before the storm. Katrina is pretty much just a memory for the touristy areas of town.
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Old 06-06-2007, 07:26 AM
 
Location: Eastern Oregon
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Tourism is the main economy there. It's up and running very well. Go, play, eat and sight see. Be sure to take in one of the many "Katrina tours" to see first hand the scope of what still needs to be done. You can totally avoid that if you want though.
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Old 06-06-2007, 09:00 AM
 
Location: Up above the world so high!
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Tourism is the main economy there. It's up and running very well. Go, play, eat and sight see. Be sure to take in one of the many "Katrina tours" to see first hand the scope of what still needs to be done. You can totally avoid that if you want though.
The French Quarter has never looked better, or cleaner! Please go see for yourself - you'll eat some of the best food you've ever had in your life!!
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Old 06-06-2007, 09:25 AM
 
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so are the bad areas only the residential areas. like, are the tourist and downtown and all that stuff back up, just not residential areas?
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Old 06-06-2007, 11:18 AM
 
Location: Up above the world so high!
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so are the bad areas only the residential areas. like, are the tourist and downtown and all that stuff back up, just not residential areas?
I wouldn't say the downtown is all "back up" and running, no. Many businesses will never return and have in fact set up shop across the lake in safer areas. And many residental areas aren't even being worked on yet, especially in the 9th ward. But, the things tourists like to do are all pretty much available. Plan to see the zoo, the French Quarter and all its great shops or restaurants, take a ride on the ferry just to cross the river and see it up close and personal, go to the aquarium, maybe even take a swamp tour. There would be plenty for you to do.
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Old 06-06-2007, 02:05 PM
 
Location: Baton Rouge
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so are the bad areas only the residential areas. like, are the tourist and downtown and all that stuff back up, just not residential areas?
No no, not all the residential areas are bad, pretty much just mid city and central city. Gentilly is not the greatest, but I would feel safe there.
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Old 06-06-2007, 02:08 PM
 
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Basically everything the vast majority of tourists go there to see and experience is still there, and back up and running. The French Quarter, Garden District, Magazine Street, the Marigny, and the CBD are back to normal for the most part.
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Old 06-07-2007, 07:20 AM
 
Location: Da Parish
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so are the bad areas only the residential areas. like, are the tourist and downtown and all that stuff back up, just not residential areas?
The Quarter is just as safe for a tourist as in any other tourist area in other US cities. I'm a little, not even five foot tall, woman who goes (about once a week) to the Quarter alone and have not had any problems since, well, for about 40 years now.

I would advise you to stay in the more populated areas, stick with your traveling companions, and if you are going to get inebriated make sure you have reliable drinking budies, I can't tell you how many times I've seen some poor 20 something left on a door step, bench, stool, etc. by his/her "friends". Basically the same rules for anyone who travels to another city for a visit.

Please come and visit NOLA; we would love to have you!
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Old 06-08-2007, 12:01 AM
 
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No no, not all the residential areas are bad, pretty much just mid city and central city. Gentilly is not the greatest, but I would feel safe there.
It is unfair to characterize all of Mid-City as unsafe. The part of Mid-City that is north of Canal and west of Jeff Davis is fine. It gets worse as you move toward Broad and Tulane.
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