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Old 04-14-2010, 10:00 AM
 
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I am thinking of moving to New orleans, and in the past have been lived without a car in Washington DC for 11 years. Is that feasible anywhere in New Orleans? In DC I was fine without a car by relying on walking, subway, bike, and occasional cab. There were many places in the metro area I could not get to, but all necessities (everyday shopping, medical care, entertainment) were within reach.

Is this possible in NO? If so, what area(s) would be best? I am thinking of the warehouse district.

My other prime consideration would be housing price. I would be looking to buy a 2 bedroom place condo (maybe 1,200 - 1,500 sq. ft.), move-in ready, for up to $525,000. Would this be possible in a car-free area?

Thanks
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Old 04-14-2010, 12:21 PM
 
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As long as you don’t go out to the suburbs often, you should be able to get by in NO without a car. Many of the older areas were developed before cars. In addition to the warehouse district, consider areas along St. Charles Ave or Magazine St. You should have no trouble finding a nice place in your price range. One warning for life here without a car -- have a means to get out of town in the event of a hurricane evacuation.
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Old 04-14-2010, 01:50 PM
 
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I went without a car for over a year in New Orleans. I couldn't afford the insurance! I lived Uptown with plenty of public transportation options, and a cheap bicycle. Everything is pretty flat here, so cycling is a breeze.
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Old 04-14-2010, 05:16 PM
 
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I am thinking of moving to New orleans, and in the past have been lived without a car in Washington DC for 11 years. Is that feasible anywhere in New Orleans? In DC I was fine without a car by relying on walking, subway, bike, and occasional cab. There were many places in the metro area I could not get to, but all necessities (everyday shopping, medical care, entertainment) were within reach.

Is this possible in NO? If so, what area(s) would be best? I am thinking of the warehouse district.

My other prime consideration would be housing price. I would be looking to buy a 2 bedroom place condo (maybe 1,200 - 1,500 sq. ft.), move-in ready, for up to $525,000. Would this be possible in a car-free area?

Thanks
For an American city the older parts of New Orleans are relatively dense and varied, even in the original "suburbs" like Faubourg Marigny and the Garden District, and so walking is not only viable it's enjoyable. The Warehouse District is a great place to walk around, and you'll be within walking distance of Canal St., the French Quarter, the CBD (Central Business District, N.O.'s corporate enclave), and the streetcar lines to Mid-City and Uptown. The biggest drawback to the Warehouse District, and one for which you may long for a car, is the absence of a supermarket.

For your budget you'll have a lot of choices in a nice home. If I were you I would place proximity to public transportation at the top of my priorities after walkability. This is a pretty handy site for checking out the latter: Get Your Walk Score - A Walkability Score For Any Address and the you can find out about buses and streetcar stops and schedules here: New Orleans Regional Transit Authority :
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Old 04-14-2010, 10:16 PM
 
Location: New Orleans
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New Orleans Streetcar Map - Google Maps
This is a link to the street car route map, which I found helpful as I am planning on moving here with out a car as well.
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Old 04-14-2010, 10:41 PM
 
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Keep in mind...(and this is the biggest caveat)

How do you plan to leave the city in case of a hurricane evacuation? Because you don't want to go on a city chartered bus to where ever they take you.
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Old 04-16-2010, 02:24 AM
 
Location: New Orleans
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I will certainly agree that a mass evacuation is likely, however, simply owning a car is no guarantee that you will got out of town. Many evacuations cause major traffic jams and reduce the number of people who do get out as well as the length of time required to do so.

As they say timing is everything. my plan is to leave early, the same plan if I had a car. I don't mean to be flippant, but if having a car is someones only plan, they maybe just as bad off as the car-less with no plan.
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Old 04-16-2010, 06:14 AM
 
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I will certainly agree that a mass evacuation is likely, however, simply owning a car is no guarantee that you will got out of town. Many evacuations cause major traffic jams and reduce the number of people who do get out as well as the length of time required to do so.

As they say timing is everything. my plan is to leave early, the same plan if I had a car. I don't mean to be flippant, but if having a car is someones only plan, they maybe just as bad off as the car-less with no plan.
Sorry, but this is written by someone who never went through a major storm in New Orleans. You will spend a fortune if you leave every time a storm enters the gulf, which is what you will have to do to be sure of getting out on public transpo.
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Old 04-16-2010, 08:12 PM
 
Location: New Orleans
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True, I have not lived in New Orleans. I have lived in Florida, Texas and currently in Thailand and have been through major storms in all three places. Though I have never evacuated.

I also lived in California where earthquakes occur without warning and there is no opportunity to evacuate. So pre planning or not are the only options.

I was reinforcing the two previous posts about having a plan in case of a hurricane.

As far as expense goes, owning a car vs leaving early on public transportation might just be a push.
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Old 04-16-2010, 10:47 PM
 
Location: New Orleans, United States
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At least if you have a car and leave early, you can go wherever you choose. If you wait until evacuation with a car you are limited to where you can evacuate to. If you wait for public transport you'll be bussed, trained, shipped, or flown to wherever they feel like sending you and you'll be there until they feel like bringing you back.
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