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RE: Opinions on New Orleans? How is it living there?
I lived near NO for 4 years. The summer is OPPRESSIVE. You will not do any quality workouts or long runs from about May until October. I grew up in the Northeast and I looked at it the same way I looked at winter there- just get through it.
Despite the heat, New Orleans is my favorite city in the country. It's vibrant, unique, tolerant, and has a lot of character that you won't find anywhere else. The people who live there are passionate about their city. Mardi Gras is awesome. St. Patrick's day is awesome. Jazz Fest is awesome. There is some festival going on almost every weekend.
Downside- NO is getting more dangerous by the day. It's dirty. It smells in the summer. Leave the city and people are backwards. The unofficial state motto of LA is "Live hard, die young." The food will kill you. There are the ultra rich people out on St. Charles and the ultra poor in most of the rest of the city.
All this being said, if I got the chance to live there for a few years, I'd take it in a heartbeat. I don't know if it's a place I'd want to live the rest of my life but it is a great place to experience for a while.
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