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Old 05-25-2012, 11:53 AM
 
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Hi,

Good afternoon peeps! I hope you are blessed.

I'm a pro Louisiana guy but that is due to virtually all of my time being spent in South Louisiana. A little bit of info about me is that I'm an evangelical Christian, plan on sending all of my kids to Christian schools, a family guy that loves great food and a huge LSU/Saints and Hornets homer. I don't like the drunkenness that goes on in some areas of the south and how people just accept it as the norm.

Can you make some points why I would love North Louisiana versus South? I will say I really love the Northshore because it has values that are contradictory to some places in the south.

Have a blessed day
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Old 05-25-2012, 02:42 PM
 
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Well, there are way more drinking laws & restrictions up here in Northern Louisiana. Im gonna say this as simply as I possible can about the difference. COUNTRY & absence of cajun culture, except the food. Other than that......same ol' same ol'. As far as religion.....very little Catholic Culture up here. Baptist dominates.
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Old 05-25-2012, 07:59 PM
 
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Hi,

Good afternoon peeps! I hope you are blessed.

I'm a pro Louisiana guy but that is due to virtually all of my time being spent in South Louisiana. A little bit of info about me is that I'm an evangelical Christian, plan on sending all of my kids to Christian schools, a family guy that loves great food and a huge LSU/Saints and Hornets homer. I don't like the drunkenness that goes on in some areas of the south and how people just accept it as the norm.

Can you make some points why I would love North Louisiana versus South? I will say I really love the Northshore because it has values that are contradictory to some places in the south.

Have a blessed day
Nope, I really can't.

South Louisiana IS Louisiana
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Old 05-27-2012, 09:54 AM
 
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Nope, I really can't.

South Louisiana IS Louisiana
Apparently that's what most people see it as. North La has always been referred to as Arkansas or Texas which it isn't, but has few of the qualities Louisiana is known for.
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Old 05-27-2012, 10:07 AM
 
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Mr. Whodat

You seem like a likeable good person. I think you would find north Louisiana to your liking. It is duller up here, but actually there are many festivals up here. The drinking laws are tighter here as they are in most places. Nothing anywherre is quite on the level of parts of southern La.

It is church oriented; however, fewer people attend regularly than was the case years ago. I don't find it so cut and dry across the board right-conservative as is often thought of. It depends who you talk to.

We do have drinking problems with DWI being so rampant. The party scene is not what it is down south in La, but there are still plenty of drinkers.

Meth is a big problem in some areas up here as well. I've known several who have wound up addicted. And I'm not any kind of drug user myself.

For the most part it is peaceful and quiet in many locales.

Read the local news papers of Shreveport, Monroe, etc. online and you may get a better idea of what goes on around here.
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Old 05-27-2012, 01:34 PM
 
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Thanks y'all. We all have differences of opinions and that's OK. What most of us are united on is that we for the most part love Louisiana. I don't see as many jobs up in the northern part of the state as the southern. I'm an underwriter and most banking/financial positions are located in the south.

I hope everyone has a blessed Memorial Day weekend. God bless.
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Old 05-30-2012, 09:57 AM
 
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I think you sold yourself.
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Old 05-30-2012, 12:51 PM
 
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How so? I still have only found one job that fits my skillset in the Shreveport and everything else is in the south. I think my preference would be Baton Rouge since I am familiar wih the area and they have a lot of fun things going on. I would still be close enough to New Orleans but without the whip of actually living there.

I do think that living in Alexandria or Shreveport or maybe even Monroe would be pretty cool- I just haven't found the jobs up that way.

BTW, are you moving back? I saw your post the other day about being back in 13 days... If so, congratulations!

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I think you sold yourself.
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Old 06-03-2012, 09:20 AM
 
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All I can say my friend, is that you have to sell yourself one way or another. People can give you pros and cons, realistic or not, but ultimately you have to look at the things that are important to you and go with your gut. If you're leaning toward south Louisiana but settle on north Louisiana, you might come to regret your decision, and vice-versa. My friend, follow your gut.
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Old 07-28-2012, 11:03 AM
 
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FWIW: NW La. has historically associated itself with more of an East Texas vibe. For example, downtown city streets were named after Texas heroes, Texas Ave is the main street, then there's Crockett, Travis, Fannin, etc. Oil & Gas were the dominant players back in the hey-day / boomdays. Some are hoping that will happen again and to a certain extent O&G have made a comeback with a spike and now a lull in regional exploration as rig count has dropped drastically in favor of wet-shale plays in Eagleford TX. The Haynesville Nat. Gas here will be a player for many, many years but not until prices rise better.

NW La. discovered the Louisiana image appeal back in the mid-to-late 80's after the O&G bust hurt the area image & economy.
So the local CVB & affiliated organizations started to push Louisiana heritage pretty hard by starting annual Mardi Gras parades which do pull in quite a few out-of-towners for the parades. Then the casino industry developed here and has been a major economic force as far as jobs and players from Texas coming to lose their money. Aside from the La. Boardwalk outdoor lifestyles/shopping center, the promise of riverfront revival as far as an "entertainment district" really never took off. There's talk of that changing but as with a lot of things like that, talk, studies, coalitions & masterplans is what has resulted.

The major employment influences in this area are the school systems, healthcare systems, Barksdale AFB, casinos, automotive sales / supply / services, and retail. O&G does employ a good many folks but a recent employment survey showed it wasn't as big as everyone thinks. In a nutshell, median income levels aren't as strong as you'd expect from a MSA of this size. It has always been that way and continues even today. Losses of the GM plant and with state budget cuts won't help either.

Socially & culturally speaking: this is a very conservative area with a high religious component. If you are of a strong church-going mindset, you'll find this area very suited to your outlook. Often the second or third question one hears upon meeting people is "what church do you belong?" While some may bristle at that as being an exaggeration, I can tell you from first-hand experience that has been my observation. Not knocking it, it's just been our experience as we tend to be more-or-less secular in our social pursuits. To some church is like a country-club membership here and that's cool if that's what you like.

The biggest challenges facing NW La. is to find ways to not only attract but keep the younger, better-educated populace from migrating elsewhere. Our local colleges & universities are cutting programs which will force those seeking certain areas of study to neighboring Texas and other states. Keep in mind younger people with degrees will demand better-paying jobs, which results in more money spent in the area on goods, services, real estate and taxes. They have families and demand better education and support the school system. Whereas if you have primarily an older population, they tend to have less disposable income, spend less on consumer products, more on healthcare and less on taxes. They don't have the same dynamics of a younger populace and so is reflected in how political races result, future growth & development, etc. etc. etc.

As some have stated here and elsewhere; NW La. can be either a great place to live or a lousy place to live. It is up to each to decide what they expect from an area, how living here improves their quality of life and what they want to do workwise, playwise and otherwise.

My2cents. Good Luck!
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