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Old 02-15-2010, 09:37 AM
 
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Hello,

We Live in suburbian NYC....my husband is a doctor and is being recruited for a hospital in Shreveport.

I have read the posts regaurding this area and most are highly negitive.....having been through this before, in a number of very diverse locations...Kansas City, North Dakota, Washington state....

I know there are those who are always negitive and those who can be more even...

Please...this is one way for me to get a read on an area before the site visit...any help would be greatly appreciated!

here are the starting questions:

what areas do the profosional types live in? Comming from NY, we own a house, I don't think the cost of housing will be problematic.....

what are the towns which surround Shreveport that would be good for us to live in if the city is mostly an "inner city" situation....safe...good schools...etc.(we do not have small children but schools are a good indicator of an area......)

How is the area in relationship to religious tolerence?....we are Jewish and are concerned about this issue.

how is travel in the area....if one lives in one of the suburbs?

thanks in advance

yasadora
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Old 02-19-2010, 12:04 AM
 
Location: deep in the south
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Talking Lafayette

Your husband being a doctor I would think any town here in Louisianna would be holding open arms for you all to live in it. We too are from NYC originally and re-located down here back in 1981, although I became a long distance commuter for many of those years between Lafayette and NYC until 2002. Best advice would be for you all to hop on a flight and really check out the areas you think would interest you. We are quite happy here in Lafayette, lots of diversity, safe, friendly people, many of whom are east coast transplants like us. I know we do have a temple here in town and we have many medical facilities with a major new one under construction right now. If you decide you don't care for the Shreveport area (I've never been up there so I can't say anything about it) maybe take a look at Lafayette as another option, you'll find many of your east coast peers here who may alleviate the feeling of being all alone in a strange place.
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Old 03-02-2010, 09:44 PM
 
Location: SE LA
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I ,like mollies mom, live in South LA so I can not say much about the Shreveport area. Here in Southeast LA we actually have a decent sized Jewish population and there are many temples and Jewish centers/organizations in South LA between Lafayette and New Orleans. In fact, NOLA has a great Chanukah celebration at the Riverwalk on the MS River every year. That said we also have a very large Catholic population here and even a number of Orthodox Churches, Buddhists temples and Islamic Centers in NOLA and Baton Rouge so there is a lot of religious diversity. I believe that North LA is a bit different though as they have many more Baptists and are considered part of the "Bible Belt;" I have not spent much time in North LA so I don't know if religious tolerance is the same in the Shreveport area as it is down here. That said I would imagine that the presence of Barksdale Air Base ,which is about 4 miles from Bossier City, means that there are a variety of people from different cultures and religions in the area. Even though I am not very familiar with North LA I do know people that are from the area, and judging from I have been told if you plan to locate there you may want to look at the Bossier City area for several reasons. As I have already said the military base that is located there means there should be a variety of people from around the country living in the area. Also, I believe that the school systems in the area are quite good and much better than Shreveport. Bossier City is also supposed to be very safe, and the standard of living in the city seems quite good. There is decent shopping at the Louisiana Boardwalk, and the proximity to downtown Shreveport allows you access to the casinos and restaurants in downtown Shreveport.
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Old 03-03-2010, 07:17 AM
 
Location: south Missouri
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Barksdale AFB is actually IN Bossier City; the main entrance gate is off Barksdale Boulevard.

There are many very nice areas of Shreveport; I would look for a nice home around the Broadmoor area. which is southeast Shreve. Some parts of Bossier are nice, some are pretty tacky.

Some very nice areas out around Cross Lake just outside Shreve; Dixie Gardens down near the Jimmie Davis Bridge (over the Red) is okay too.

Shreveport is a wonderful city overall; my in-laws are from there so I visit often and at one time thought we might relocate there but in the current economy, it's not happening any time soon.
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Old 03-03-2010, 07:24 AM
 
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thanks all, we more than likly will be taking a tour of various places that are interested in us....so once angain thanks for your thoughtfull resposes.
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Old 03-03-2010, 09:45 AM
 
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South Bossier is a good choice if you like quiet country living close to the city. Olde Oaks Gated Community is nice and has upscale homes..lots of professional people...military officers... casino execs live out there. Has a good golf course too designed by pro golfer Hal Sutton. Some deals can be had thanks to the recession too..so I'd check it out. You can be in the popular South S'port Youree Drive corridor in under 18 minutes too. Willis-Knigton Pierremont, Highland Christus-Schumpert is in that area also...if that's any help.

Broadmoor is nice.... Southern Trace is an exclusive gated community in South Shreveport ... there are a number of newer developments along Kings Hwy South near the river... The Haven comes to mind.

Bossier is basically a sprawling bedroom community of Shreveport...nicer, newer developments in Bossier but there is an older section closer to the BAFB. S'port... downtown is a dump... they've been trying to "improve it" but not a lot of luck. West Shreveport... mixed bag... North Shreveport... same deal. Highland area is older and mish-mosh...some folks have done good with renovations but one block over you may be near a slumlord's duplex... again mixed bag. South Highlands ( south of King's) is better, older but mostly renovated, larger homes along Line Ave South where boutique shopping & dining can be experienced.

University Terrace & Broadmoor Terrace... slightly newer ( 1970-ish on up) and nicer as far as better established neighborhoods in S'port are concerned.

You just need to spend a few days and really get the feel for a neighborhood. Southern Trace is trendy and pricier and if you're concerned about status...then that's the place. Provenance is newer and nice.. community-cluster living and pricey but not too too bad for what it is... convenient too.

If I were you.. I'd rent for 6 months in a nicer apartment area and get the feel cuz Shreveport-Bossier is a "Little-Big-Town"... some things are annoying traffic-wise and well..you just need to experience a little before you plunge down a lot of cash on something that you might not like a year later. Plus you may decide on building rather than buying and so a 6 month orientation may be perfect for you to do that.

My2Cents
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Old 03-03-2010, 08:35 PM
 
Location: USA
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There are two synagogues in Shreveport- Agudath Achim (conservative) and B'nai Zion (reformed). At one time there were five and for a city this size in those days that was pretty phenominal. There has always been a strong Jewish presence here and though it has diminished over the years, there are still the faithful around.
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