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Precious Roy
RE: Opinions on New Orleans? How is it living there?
It is an acquired taste. I live on the Gulf Coast, not in NO. I am originally from the east. When I first saw a bowl of etouffe, I thought it looked like baby spit up. Now I eat etouffee at least once a week.

If you really dive into the culture, it can be a pretty amazing place to live. Get a little house in the lower Garden District, go to jazz clubs, eat at lots of great restaurants, etc. Running is a challenge in the summer. You either have to go run before the sun comes out or late in the afternoon when the sun is setting.

The negatives are that NO is a tourist town and the Bourbon St./French Quarter scene is pretty awful. The recovery from Katrina has been great in the nice areas. There are even more great restaurants than before as many businesses that went bust after getting flooded left behind a big renters market that allowed local chefs to flourish. But for the have nots, the recovery has been very uneven. Many with flood insurance rebuilt, but many did not and are still suffering the effects. So you have very odd neighborhoods where there are lots of good looking new houses, lots of vacant lots and few run down flood survivor houses filled with crack heads.

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