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New Orleans

Fri Apr 02, 2004 6:11 pm

Hey guys

I'm a senior in high school and I have to choose a college to go to, and right now the best school looks like Tulane, which is in New Orleans. If you've been to New Orleans, can you just give me some of your ideas and thoughts? How is the city and, if you have been to Tulane itself, how is it? (I haven't visited). Please talk about both what you liked about New Orleans and what's bad about it.

Thanks! I might be visiting myself soon - and so far everybody I've talked to says eat at the Palace Cafe!!!

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RE: New Orleans

Fri Apr 02, 2004 6:25 pm

Bad: If you want to visit Paris-CDG from there, you'll have to make a connection...

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RE: New Orleans

Fri Apr 02, 2004 6:34 pm

It's the greatest city in the South.It's old, dirty with lots of culture and very affordable!  Big thumbs up It's my kind of town! I work with a guy who graduated from Tulane. If your in to big sexy girls that can cook, it's heaven! Enjoy Tulane!

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RE: New Orleans

Fri Apr 02, 2004 6:37 pm

Yeah, but I hear the city has gone downhill since Sophie moved to Florida!
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RE: New Orleans

Fri Apr 02, 2004 6:49 pm

L-188:SophieMaltese messed up on that move! It's not like she moved in with me or Donald Trump or Gene Simmons. She moved to TAMPA!What the hell?!?!?!?!?  Wow! Thats like moving from New York, New York to Rochester, New York!

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RE: New Orleans

Fri Apr 02, 2004 8:31 pm

The Big Easy is a great city! I have family in New Orleans and we visit their at least 3 times a year. It is a very old city with modern ammeneties(sp). The women are extremely beautiful and the food is great. If you like to party then this is your kind of town!

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RE: New Orleans

Fri Apr 02, 2004 11:51 pm

New Orleans is one of a handful of truly unique cities in the U.S. You will certainly enjoy your time here.

Tulane itself is loacted in one of the most beautiful areas of the city, called the "Garden District." It is surrounded by hundreds of million-dollar manions. Right across the street from Tulane is Audobon Park, a very popular park which has, amongst other things, a 2-mile paved track perfect, newly re-built golf courses, and an excellent zoo. Behind the zoo on the Mississippi River is an area called "The Fly". It's basically just a big park where college students visit on a frequent basis. Perfect spot for people watching and a great view of the river with lots of green space. There are numerous small eateries and several nice clubs in the area of Tulane. Also, one of the best features is that Tulane is loacted on the St.Charles Avenue streetcar line, which will take you right downtown in about twenty to thirty minutes depending on the time of day. The streetcar runs 24/7 and you buy a commuter pass on it. It's a very scenic ride and it's usually always packed full of locals and tourists. Overall Tulane is a very nice place. I have several friends who are in graduate programs there and they love the place.

As for the city itself, there is a lot more to do than just Bourbon Street obviously...which some people do not realize unfortunately. The French Quarter in and of itself is a gorgeous area, home to hundreds of small clubs, cafes, art galleries, and eateries. I never get tired walking around there. Many places are open 24/7 which can be good and bad at the same time lol.

On the riverfront downtown is the Aquarium of the Americas (a great place)and IMAX theater, the Riverwalk (home to about 150 stores/eateries), the always bustling cruise ship terminal, the World Trade Center (home to the world's largest revolving lounge on the 33rd floor...great skyline views1), the Hilton Riverside, plus some national chains including Virgin Megastore, Hooters, Hard Rock Cafe, and Ripley's Believe it or not.

The new Canal Streetcar line will be opening in about two weeks. With this opening you'll be able to finally get to City Park from Tulane (and downtown) without driving. City Park is actually larger than Central Park and features the New Orleans Museum of Art, a newly-opened Sculpture Garden, Botanical Gardens, 32 tennis courts, four golf courses, plus fishing and boating in the numerous lagoons. It's a very nice place overall.

There is of course the new Six Flags New Orleans loacted about 15/20 minutes from downtown...pretty nice place, not as large as some of the other one's but it's worth a few visitis. A water park is in the works currently.

There are a couple of bad things about New Orleans: 1) Lousy streets. Since the city is built on swampland, it doesn't make the best base for streets and sidewalks. The streets get pretty bumpy down here. 2) Crime. As I'm sure you have heard, N.O makes the news every now and again for its crime rate. While it is bad, be certain that 99% of all violent crime occurs in poor residential areas, areas that you will most likely not be going through. Most of the crime is drug related. The Garden District area, downtown, and French Quarter are all very safe. Just use common sense like you would in any large city. It's no different really. 3) For some people....the heat. Be prepared for some very very hot and humid Summer's. If you like the heat, this is your place.

Overall the positives outweigh the negatives here. There is always something going on in the city, the people are nice, the food is top notch. Basically, you won't get bored here. Get out and explore the surrounding areas whenever you get a chance. White-sand, turquoise water Florida beaches are only 3.5 hours away.

I hope this was of some assistance to you. Send me an email and I can send you more info if you want it.


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RE: New Orleans

Sat Apr 03, 2004 12:28 am

I've been to N.O. twice and have enjoyed both visits. The first time was in late Feb. 1979....37 degrees outside on a Friday night you could not move on Bourbon Street...just packed with people having a great time. The second time was in late July, 1988...another fun time but good grief..the humidity was awful.

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Is there still a casino in downtown New Orleans??? I remember when it first opened (I believe it was Harrah's) it had some major problems. I know that there are quite a few people who visit New Orleans, and drive to the Gulfport/Biloxi area to gamble. If the casino in N.O. is still open....is it near the cruise ship terminal????
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RE: New Orleans

Sat Apr 03, 2004 12:43 am

ElectraBob, yes Harrah's casino is still located downtown, probably about 1/2 mile away from the cruise ship terminal. It's right at the end of Canal Street across from the WTC.

The casino did initially have problems shortly after it opened, but it is profitable now. In fact, construction is now underway on a 450-room Harrah's hotel located across the street from the casino. Harrah's is also adding some more entertainment and dining options in the casino itself, and they are beginning to develop the 1st floor of their massive parking garage into the "Fulton Street Entertainment District", which will be a pedestrian mall including dining and retial. Most of that development will open along with the hotel in 2006.


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RE: New Orleans

Sat Apr 03, 2004 12:51 am

Thanks for your input everybody, the info is really helpful.

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RE: New Orleans

Sat Apr 03, 2004 12:56 am

Steve -

Thanks for that info. I have a free cabin from Carnival and one of the ships that I am interested in is the Conquest that sails from New Orleans at 6pm every Sunday. I could check in and head over to the casino.  Smile
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RE: New Orleans

Sat Apr 03, 2004 1:06 am

Electrabob,

The Conquest is an amazing ship. I was there when it first came into port...man, it's huge...so huge in fact that it cannot fit under the bridge that spans the river.

The Riverfront streetcar actually stops at the cruise terminal, so you could take that to Canal Street (or Poydras Steeet) and walk right across the street to Harrah's...or you can take it further down to the French Quarter and Farmer's Market area if you choose. The streetcar price is $1.50 so it may be better just to walk to Harrah's since it's not too far, but it's a good option if you plan on going to get some cafe au lait and beignets at Cafe Du Monde.


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RE: New Orleans

Sat Apr 03, 2004 1:19 am

New Orleans is a fairly overrated city, IMO.

The architecture in the French Quarter is cool and the bars during festivals get pretty wild, but other than that, the city is just one big downer. Its really, really, really dirty, there are a lot of homeless drunks, and a lot of the people of the area have the typical 'I hate tourists' attitude. Did I mention dangerous? New Orleans has the highest crime rate of any US city for calendar year 2003.

N.O. is cool for a day or two, but your legs get tired after that from stepping over the homeless drunks.

BTW, any of you MSY guys coming up for the Airliners International memorabilia show?

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RE: New Orleans

Sat Apr 03, 2004 1:24 am

N.O is not a city for everybody obviously, but pretty much everyone i've talked to...aka passengers going back to DEN or whereever...seem to enjoy their stay. We must be doing something right.  Smile

By the way....Josh, when is that being held and where? I haven't been to one of those in a long time.


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RE: New Orleans

Sat Apr 03, 2004 1:32 am

Its actually being held this Saturday at the DFW Marriott South. I'll probably drop by.
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RE: New Orleans

Sat Apr 03, 2004 1:40 am

Damn, won't be able to make that, I have an oversold flight to deal with on Saturday. Oh well. Maybe i'll try to catch the next one. Advance planning on my part would probably be a good thing.

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RE: New Orleans

Sat Apr 03, 2004 2:47 am

I've gone to the DFW show 4 or 5 times in the past 6 or 7 years. Wanted to make it this year, but I've got family in town. Probably make it back up for next year's show.

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RE: New Orleans

Sat Apr 03, 2004 2:28 pm

My family and I have been going to NO regularly for the past 23 years -- my wife is from that area, and we live about 3 hours drive away. So we have been there more than once or twice.

Despite the drawbacks noted by Jcs17, it's a great place to go to college, especially Tulane. It's a city, though, and many country bumpkins don't like cities. But if you like cities, you will love NO and especially the Garden District. The dirt and stench of the French Quarter are just part of the character - you'll learn to love it for what it offers. The great food, music and vibrant life more than compensate!

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RE: New Orleans

Sat Apr 03, 2004 2:42 pm

I've been to New Orleans a bunch of times. Went down Bourbon St in 9th grade when we went there for a band competition. Then we took a full band trip in 2002 when we played LSU, then in 2003 when we played Tulane AND LOST!!!! we SUCKED. Then a mission trip last summer for two weeks where we stayed in a small church in the Quarter and worked at the Brantley Baptist Center, which was a great experience.

The Garden District is really nice. We had a big party in one of the houses of a guy our band director new. Probably a $500,000 house at least. Very nice interior grounds. And living in the Quarter for two weeks was neat.

Tulane plays MSU this year at home, which is about 5 hours from New Orleans.

 
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RE: New Orleans

Sat Apr 03, 2004 3:19 pm

St. Louis Cathedral is also a great site to see!

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RE: New Orleans

Sat Apr 03, 2004 6:22 pm

thanks everybody

I'm trying to visit sometime soon, hopefully I can enjoy everything that you guys did!

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RE: New Orleans

Sun Apr 04, 2004 1:19 pm

New Orleans is probably one of the top cities in the US. The cultural aspect of it is amazing. It is like you are in Europe when walking through the French Quarter too. The food is great, if you like Cajun style food. The Quarter is wild too, it rocks! I would rank New Orleans up with SFO in terms of culture though. Tulane's campus is beautiful too. I would move down to New Orleans in a heartbeat. The people of New Orleans, or all of Louisiana for that matter are very, very friendly and welcoming people. New Orleans is a world class city.

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RE: New Orleans

Mon Apr 05, 2004 9:21 pm

I am totally homesick for New Orleans. I was born and raised there and now live in Tampa and it's not the same. About Tulane, my only impression is spoiled drunk obnoxious students who piss me off. However, that's an impression from living near the school and not going there. You can get a good education there. I went to Loyola though for part of my college career and thought it was a great school. I also went to UNO and found that a good education could be had for less money, but if you're into college life, forget UNO...it's not the same. I was a working student though so it was different for me there.
 
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RE: New Orleans

Mon Apr 05, 2004 9:29 pm

Sophie, my aunt is a director of career services at Loyola (Law school). You may have run into her a time or two.

For those of you that don't know, it's interesting to note that Loyola and Tulane are located right next to each other. Literally. That area has become a magnet for college students, which many clubs/eateries catering mainly to the college crowd. Lots of interesting little places to find in that area.


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RE: New Orleans

Mon Apr 05, 2004 11:47 pm

You can smell it before you see it.
Not the best recommendation.

I think it's the dirtiest major city in the South.
 
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RE: New Orleans

Tue Apr 06, 2004 12:25 am

Yeah, just take any other French city and you have New Orleans.
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RE: New Orleans

Tue Apr 06, 2004 12:29 am

go to the martiegra festival!, wich is a wild party in New Orleans!
I am not sure when?......maybe someone can comment


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RE: New Orleans

Tue Apr 06, 2004 12:49 am

go to the martiegra festival!, wich is a wild party in New Orleans!
I am not sure when?......maybe someone can comment


Mardi Gras will be February 8, 2005.

There's already going to be a mini-A.net meetup (about 5 visitors are coming in, hopefully will intro them to the 5 or so resident A.netters we have here) and would really like to meet more of you.

Still harping on KROC, AA61Hvy, DeltaSFO, Fartsyman, etc to come as well  Big grin
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RE: New Orleans

Tue Apr 06, 2004 6:01 am

I don't mean the people....the city itself smells.
Anywhere near the Quarter and it reeks of vomit and urine...and then a lot of the city smells like industrial waste...

I'm there about once every other week...and I still can't get used to it.

Parts of the city, though, are incredibly beautiful--but damn...what an odor!
 
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RE: New Orleans

Wed Apr 07, 2004 12:39 pm

Give it a break, Greg, it's a port city at zero MSL.

Just get a liquor slurpee.
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