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User currently offlineQANTASforever From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (8 years 3 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 2016 times:

Hi everyone,

I'm off to the USA at the beginning of next year, and am going to travel around the southern states. I've always admired New Orleans and have always wanted to go there, but of course the hurricane did make me postpone my plans. Are things getting back to normal? Is it a good place for a tourist visit, or should I hold off?

Thanks,

QFF

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User currently offlineGunsontheroof From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 3503 posts, RR: 10
Reply 1, posted (8 years 3 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 2005 times:

My dad was visiting there a little over a month ago. Most of the heavily affected areas are still in ruins (from what I saw in the video he took), but rebuilding is underway. Unfortunately, it doesn't seem that said rebuilding is being done to give the displaced residents new homes.


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User currently offlineHalls120 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (8 years 3 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 1991 times:

Quoting QANTASforever (Thread starter):
I'm off to the USA at the beginning of next year, and am going to travel around the southern states. I've always admired New Orleans and have always wanted to go there, but of course the hurricane did make me postpone my plans. Are things getting back to normal? Is it a good place for a tourist visit, or should I hold off?

My brother was there last week. Many of the larger hotels still rely on portable air conditioning units, and as other posters have noted, most of the heavily damaged areas haven't been rebuilt.

Which is a good thing, since development should never have been permitted in the lower ninth ward and most of east New Orleans in the first place.

If you go, you will probably find some excellent deals on lodging, and the food in New Orleans has always been outstanding. Just don't expect everything back to normal.


User currently offline57AZ From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 2550 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (8 years 3 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 1961 times:

They're giving it a good effort but overall, the picture's still poor. Hurricane season is here and there's a concern that this season may compound the situation there. New Orleans will recover eventually but it will never be the same. Right now, historic St. Charles Avenue is still pretty tangled up and it will likely be a year or more before that streetcar line reopens. Rebuilding the lesser damaged areas and returning the city so a reasonable sembalance of normalcy will take 3-5 years. Of course, that is assuming that there is no damage from the current storm season.


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User currently offlineCO7e7 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 2849 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (8 years 3 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 1958 times:

Quoting 57AZ (Reply 3):
Hurricane season is here and there's a concern that this season may compound the situation there

True, and that's very sad! I wonder what the gov't is gonna do to prevent such a nightmare from happening again?!

-Zaki


User currently offlineFlyingTexan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (8 years 3 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 1952 times:

Recent article from the AP on this topic.


I'm planning a trip in September there.

Where are our resident NOLAers; Tom & Steve ?


User currently offlineMSYtristar From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 6560 posts, RR: 51
Reply 6, posted (8 years 3 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 1943 times:

FlyingTexan, long time no see! How've you been?

NOLA will come back bigger and better than before, but it is going to take years, if not decades.

That being said, the city is up and running for tourism...some restaurants and hotels are still closed and some have limited operating hours.

Lots of music clubs are open...museums...the zoo...casino...aquarium...Mississippi River steamboats....riverfront and Canal streetcars...French Quarter tours....etc.

Come on down for a visit, believe me, the city will APPRECIATE your business!


User currently offlineQANTASFOREVER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (8 years 3 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 1937 times:

I've been reading some of the municipal progress reports, and it seems like things are very slowly getting back to normal. I've decided to go.

I'm really looking forward to it, I just hope that Rue Bourbon doesn't look too different from how I've always pictured it!

QFF


User currently offlineDeltaDC9 From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 2844 posts, RR: 4
Reply 8, posted (8 years 3 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 1932 times:

I have three contacts down there, two living there and one working with FEMA.

The effort to tear down the houses in the 9th ward is going RIDICULOUSLY slow. A buddy of mine that owns a excavating company told me that they will get an order to tear one house down at a time on a block where every house needs to come down and they must be careful not to "damage" the remaining houses that will come down eventually anyway. This is wasting huge amounts of time. He said one house was sandwiched between two others all three way off their foundations and they were ordered to only remove the middle one. Crazy.

Another buddy is working in the neighborhoods that had just a few feet of water and he told me that there are so many houses that can be saved it will take years. Materials are so hard to come by I just sold him my 20' cargo trailer so they can make runs to Texas or Alabama on the weekends. The number of kitchen cabinets alone that they need is insane.

As far as the flood control goes, nothing much has changed yet. The nightlife is slowly returning, and there is some tourist activity again too, which is helping the economy. They think that NO will end up about half the former population.

Thats all pretty much all I know.



Dont take life too seriously because you will never get out of it alive - Bugs Bunny
User currently offlineDeltaGator From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 6341 posts, RR: 13
Reply 9, posted (8 years 3 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 1921 times:

Quoting QANTASFOREVER (Reply 7):
I just hope that Rue Bourbon doesn't look too different from how I've always pictured it!

The French Quarter wasn't affected much by Katrina. IIRC they barely had any flooding in there. Areas like the Lower 9th Ward wouldn't have been places you would have gone anyways but you will still see a fair amount of damage while there.

Do be careful though while there. Crime flowed freely through NOLA even before Katrina and still does to this day.



"If you can't delight in the misery of others then you don't deserve to be a college football fan."
User currently offlineRAPCON From Puerto Rico, joined Jul 2006, 671 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (8 years 3 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 1919 times:

A little more dumpy and seedy than its usual dumpy and seedy self.

Man, there are better places in the US to go have fun. Try "Meeeameee Beeeatch" or Washington "The Real Chocolate City" DC!



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User currently offlineDeltaDC9 From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 2844 posts, RR: 4
Reply 11, posted (8 years 3 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 1917 times:

One more thing, the Super Dome is almost ready, and the Saints will play there this year.


Dont take life too seriously because you will never get out of it alive - Bugs Bunny
User currently offlineMSYtristar From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 6560 posts, RR: 51
Reply 12, posted (8 years 3 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 1900 times:

Quoting RAPCON (Reply 10):
A little more dumpy and seedy than its usual dumpy and seedy self.

Man, there are better places in the US to go have fun. Try "Meeeameee Beeeatch" or Washington "The Real Chocolate City" DC!

Yeah, just don't go to Puerto Rico, what a shi*hole! Miami too...oh wait, they have South Beach...wow, I'm jealoous! Not really.

Obviously you haven't spent a lot of time. Your loss.


User currently offlineMSYtristar From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 6560 posts, RR: 51
Reply 13, posted (8 years 3 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 1900 times:

Quoting RAPCON (Reply 10):
A little more dumpy and seedy than its usual dumpy and seedy self.

Man, there are better places in the US to go have fun. Try "Meeeameee Beeeatch" or Washington "The Real Chocolate City" DC!

Yeah, just don't go to Puerto Rico, what a shi*hole! Miami too...oh wait, they have South Beach...wow, I'm jealoous! Not really.

Obviously you haven't spent a lot of time in New Orleans. Your loss.


User currently offlineQANTASforever From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (8 years 3 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 1878 times:

Quoting DeltaGator (Reply 9):
Do be careful though while there. Crime flowed freely through NOLA even before Katrina and still does to this day.

Yeah, I've heard that.

Do you have any specific advice on how to stay safe while in N.O.?

QFF


User currently offlineHalls120 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (8 years 3 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 1870 times:

Quoting QANTASforever (Reply 14):
Yeah, I've heard that.

Do you have any specific advice on how to stay safe while in N.O.?

QFF

While in the French Quarter, stay close to the river. Don't go more than one or two streets north of Bourbon, and one or two streets east of Dumaine. Don't venture more than a block off of St. Charles until you get to Riverbend/Tulane U area. Don't visit the historic cemeteries around dusk.


User currently offlineGilligan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (8 years 3 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 1863 times:

We were there a month ago on a weekend stopover. French Quarter is coming back strong. Lots of people around Jackson Square and on Bourbon. Plan on eating early, most restaurants close very early, like around 7pm. Those that are open are crowded and the menus are limited. You can venture uptown along St. Charles but I would advise against going anywhere else on foot. If you want to tour the damaged areas get a rental car and buy the insurance.

Quoting DeltaDC9 (Reply 11):
One more thing, the Super Dome is almost ready, and the Saints will play there this year.

Is the roof going to be that funky silver color or have they put another coating on it since we were there?


User currently offlineDeltaGator From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 6341 posts, RR: 13
Reply 17, posted (8 years 3 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 1863 times:

Quoting QANTASforever (Reply 14):
Do you have any specific advice on how to stay safe while in N.O.?

What Halls120 said is good advice.

If you are standing in Jackson Square and looking at the cathedral you will want to stay out of the upper right quadrant of the Quarter at the very least.

If you wander down into the Warehouse District on the other side of Canal Street don't go farther than the Robert E. Lee Monument.

Be very careful in the cemetaries even during the day and don't go alone.

Stay out of the Lower 9th Ward at all costs.

Stick to the main touristy areas in the Quarter and Garden District. That's where you will find cops and be a little safer.

Have fun though. When are you planning on going? I would wait until at least October just to escape some of the humidity. No offense to NOLA but given the fact they are below sea level it can be a little smelly with sewage during the summer months.



"If you can't delight in the misery of others then you don't deserve to be a college football fan."
User currently offlineTexan From New Zealand, joined Dec 2003, 4276 posts, RR: 52
Reply 18, posted (8 years 3 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 1860 times:

My brother is down there right now. I'll try calling him tomorrow, see what it's like. He'd volunteering in the upper 9th Ward, I think, tearing down and rebuilding houses.

Texan



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User currently offlineQANTASforever From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (8 years 3 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 1847 times:

Quoting DeltaGator (Reply 17):
Have fun though.

lol - in spite of the apparent security concerns I shall try!

Quoting DeltaGator (Reply 17):
When are you planning on going?

In February. I'm going through Atlanta, New Orleans, and El Paso in the southern states, and quite a few cities in the north (LA, NY, DC, Chicago).

Should be fun.

QFF


User currently offlineMSYtristar From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 6560 posts, RR: 51
Reply 20, posted (8 years 3 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 1840 times:

Quoting QANTASforever (Reply 19):
lol - in spite of the apparent security concerns I shall try!

Don't let them scare you off. While the city does have its share of crime, 99.9% of it occurs in areas where you won't be anyway. Just like in any big city, don't wander off alone at night down a dark alley, etc. Enjoy your time in our city...enjoy its history, food, music, architecture. I'm downtown basically everyday at random times and I feel completely safe.


User currently offlineBobster2 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (8 years 3 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 1836 times:

See article in today's New York Times. In brief, cocaine and heroin problems have escalated and murder rate has increased since Katrina.

User currently offlineNWDC10 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (8 years 3 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 1832 times:

Quoting CO7e7 (Reply 4):
I wonder what the gov't is gonna do to prevent such a nightmare from happening again?!

Our Govt. has plans? Do they know this? Robert NWDC10


User currently offlineFlyingTexan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (8 years 3 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 1826 times:

Quoting QANTASforever (Reply 19):
and quite a few cities in the north (LA, NY, DC, Chicago).

LA = Southwest



and happy 5,000th. . .


User currently offlineDeltaGator From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 6341 posts, RR: 13
Reply 24, posted (8 years 3 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 1821 times:

Quoting QANTASforever (Reply 19):
In February. I'm going through Atlanta, New Orleans, and El Paso in the southern states, and quite a few cities in the north (LA, NY, DC, Chicago).

You picked a nice time. February on the Coast will be cool. Be careful with the weather as we do get ice storms during that time that will screw everything up. Up north though you'll freeze your butt off. Have fun while you're here.



"If you can't delight in the misery of others then you don't deserve to be a college football fan."
25 Cedarjet : That's a low blow considering what New Orleans has been through. So you're from PR? How's San Juan these days? Dumpy? Seedy? I see.
26 AA61Hvy : There is an article in today's Dallas Morning News saying all the drug dealers are back from Houston. They have more potent drugs, more drugs and all
27 QANTASforever : Of course, and I do know this. In all I'm going to: Tahiti, Los Angeles, Seattle, Chicago, Milwaukee, New York state (all across), NYC, Washington DC
28 DeltaGator : They're a novelty even for us and that's after having a couple of them a year. The hilarious thing is when the damn Yankees that move down from the N
29 Post contains images N1120A : If you want cheap t-shirts with funny phrases along with a whole bunch of really drunk tourists, it is perfect. Otherwise, you should head over to th
30 QANTASforever : Don't I? lol What's in the Garden (of earthly delights it would seem!) district and Uptown that I would either avoid or have to see? I intend to do b
31 Halls120 : That's right. I want him to remain safe. That's why I said to stay close to St. Charles. Would I venture farther afoot? Maybe, but I know the city. A
32 Post contains images Gilligan : Well these were taken in March on the west bank..... We were there in July and that same restaurant still had that same sign up. Shoneys was still do
33 102IAHexpress : No need to hold off. The touristy areas are safe, clean, and fun. I doubt you will be disappointed if you make a visit to the quarter. The greater NO
34 N1120A : Well, just get a hold of me and I will call Steve up and we will help you with just that. You wouldn't want to avoid anything. The area is famous for
35 Post contains images Halls120 : So where is your retraction and apology for your insinuation that I was a homophobe? Given that the City of New Orleans has barely half of its pre-Ka
36 Post contains images DeltaGator : Jesus H. Christ on a pogo stick! I don't hate gay folks and would expect the same requested apology out of you as well. I was just giving information
37 N1120A : And St. Tammany Parish, and St. Charles Parish, and Tangipahoa Parish. The population explosion in these places very easily accounts for 230,000 peop
38 Gilligan : I could post more pictures of more signs on more restaurants but why waste the time. I stand by my statement as of last month on both sides of the ri
39 DeltaGator : And also a section where I know quite a few coworkers and other friends have been mugged. Gay or not I don't go there anymore. Since I don't go into
40 Halls120 : As of June 2006, most population estimates put Greater New Orleans' population at approximately 1.2 million. Since in June 2003, the official estimat
41 Tom in NO : Those of us in Jefferson Parish don't have that problem. It is chock-a-block people out here; restaurants are open until 9 or 10 at the earliest; I-1
42 MAH4546 : New York state? Atlanta? El Paso? Any particular reasons, because you won't be missing much if you don't go there. If time permits, I would suggest t
43 QANTASforever : I'm really looking forward to it; and I do appreciate all the advice. I'm going to play it by ear when I get there. I have no doubt that the people o
44 MSYtristar : You will have a great time in New Orleans. The advice that N1120A has given you is good advice. He wouldn't lead you wrong, he's too good of a person.
45 MAH4546 : Yes, it is. Though there is a lot more to see in Central Pennsylvania then New York state (and I'm not saying that sarcastically; it's true. There is
46 Post contains images DeltaGator : Not from NYC there aren't. Not too far off the beaten path and both good choices but I have to pimp ATL a little bit. A little off the straight path
47 Halls120 : Other than the fact he engages in unwarranted and unsupported personal attacks on other posters, he's a fine fellow.
48 N1120A : Sorry I missed those 100,000. The increase in Baton Rouge's size, which is not part of the New Orleans metro but is still dependant on the city, can
49 Post contains images Halls120 : Where in my post was there ANYTHING that remotely suggested people should stay out of "gay" areas of New Orleans? If I was going to do that, I'd have
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