New Orleans - United States

New Orleans (pronounced /nʲuːˈɔrliənz, nʲuːˈɔrlənz/; French: La Nouvelle-Orléans (help·info)) is a major United States port city. From its founding in 1718 until Hurricane Katrina devastated the city in 2005, New Orleans was the largest city in the U.S. state of Louisiana, but because of the large number of residents who have left due to Katrina, Baton Rouge is currently slightly more populous. New Orleans is the center of the Greater New Orleans metropolitan area, which remains the largest metro area in the state.New Orleans is located in southeastern Louisiana, straddling the

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William :

My friends and I are planning a road trip to New Orleans. I have a few questions, First is it safe to go? Second What are some things to do in the city? Third where is a good semi-cheap place to stay?

Barry :
"Crime tends to become a topic in questions about New Orleans. Use the same common sense you need in every major city in the world and there is little chance you will be a victim of anything except a need to visit the gym: Pay attention to your surroundings. Stay away from anywhere dark & deserted. Pay attention to your feelings - if anyone or anywhere gives you a bad feeling, leave the area. Don't leave something like a camera-bag or backpack unattended on a park bench while you wander off to take photos. Etc. Katrina flooded about 80% of New Orleans with salt water, and the water stayed for almost a month. Much of the city is still struggling to recover and all you have to do to see devastation is drive around. It will take years for NOLA to fully recover from Katrina. However, the parts of the city that tourists usually visit were not flooded. It's not a coincidence - the French Quarter and other old parts of the city were built on relatively high ground and only suffered wind damage from Katrina. Almost all of the damage has been repaired and you have to look closely in the FQ to see that Katrina happened at all. You should visit and see for yourself. If you drive or rent a car, put your car in a lot or garage and leave it there unless you are traveling away from downtown. You don't need a car to get around in the French Quarter, Central Business District, or Warehouse District. Also, the parking regulations are Byzantine and there are lots of Parking Control Agents. The regional transit authority ( sells 1 and 3 day passes that offer unlimited use of buses and streetcars for the day(s) you select. There is always music, but the bands change: Go to and click on Music then Listings or to and click on Listings, then Music. Wander around the French Quarter, enjoy the architecture, watch the street entertainers (do tip), and visit some of the historic buildings that have been turned into museums. Most of them charge admission but some are free (go to and click on Historic Attractions). Assuming the weather is good, you can collect a sandwich lunch and eat in the riverfront park (watch the shipping) or in Jackson Square (a very nice park). The Riverwalk shopping center has an air-conditioned food court with dining overlooking the river ( The lobby for the Wyndham Canal Place is on the 11th floor and overlooks the French Quarter. It is a great place for an afternoon drink/snack: Cafe du Monde is in the French Quarter and you shouldn't miss having cafe au lait & beignets ( Another great coffee shop is the Croissant d'Or (at 615 Ursulines Street), which is open from 7:00am to 2:00pm and has food other than pastry. The Palm Court restaurant is very nice, has moderate prices, and traditional live jazz starting at 8:00pm: 1204 Decatur Street, tel 504-525-0200 (reservations are important and they are not open every day). There is a free ferry across the Mississippi at the "foot" of Canal Street. It is a short trip but like a harbor cruise w/o a guide: The Aquarium and Audubon Zoo are world-class attractions ( and you should see them if you can. There is a shuttle boat (not free) between the Aquarium (which is next to the French Quarter) and the Zoo (which is several miles away). You can also drive to the Zoo (which has free parking) or take public transit from the French Quarter. New Orleans is home to a number of other museums, such as the National World War II Museum ( and the New Orleans Museum of Art ( Both can be reached by public transit: The WWII museum is in the central business district but a long walk from the French Quarter and NOMA is not within walking distance of downtown but has free parking if you choose to drive there. Hope you have a good visit!"
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JellyBean Bri :
"yes, new orleans is safe as any other big city. sitck to the main areas , the quarters, canal street, st. charles. as far as thing to do, hag out on bourbon walk the quarters and take pictures of the buildings and shop , go to the french market there are plenty to do, depending on who you cmeing, its festival season right now so there might be one going on, jazz fest is next weekend and the following weekend and Essence is in july. as for a cheap place to stay, i can't really say, prices change alomst daily, try yahoo travel or orbitz travelocity, expedia or other sites like that. if i where to give and average price maybe $50-sometimes $300 a night depending and $50 might be a little low, since you have a car i would stay outside of the city and drive in, rates are much cheaper. try metaire, there are plenty of hotels there and maybe a 10-30 min. ride into the city depending on traffic (actually my mom can get into the city faster but she been driving those highways for years) here are some sites to check out anythign else let me know"
brad s :
"I have stayed there a few times once at the St. Ann right near off bourbon. It was great. Old charming and cheap when we were there. The Kerns Studio or aka Mardi Gras World is really cool they are where they make most of the floats and have tons of history. it was very cool. We did the haunted walking tour it was cool. Not amazing but still cool. If you are in to Art right now there is a Vatican Mosaic exposition and this is the only stop in the US."
theycallmetacos :

I'm thinking of temporarily relocating to New Orleans for the summer and I work as a server, would it be worth it financially? I could transfer to a restaurant in my company in the French Quarter.

Barry :
"Summer (particularly July & August) is low season for tourism in New Orleans. However, business is not equal across the board so you need to check with the particular restaurant where you might work. Good luck!"
jedidoughboy :
"as busy as it is any other time of the year."
ReturnOfTheFly :
"Summer isn't really "season". The restaurants aren't dead, but nothing like later in the year."
Princess Alexandra :

Hurricane Gustav seems to be headed for the New Orleans area. It seems like a horrible replay of August 2005. Governor Jindal says it could be worse than Katrina.

comfort eagle :
"Ha, I just asked a question very similar to this, and I agree the old site of New Orleans should be abandoned except as a small-population seaport."
2008 :
"It's cyclical. With this thinking it would have been abandoned in the 1500's."
Vote! :
"It's a lost cause. It's wasting time and money. Our government CANNOT afford to continue rebuilding this city! They just can't."
nola02 :
"Why would you say something like that!!!!!! Do you stay in Louisiana i guess you dont because if you did would not say something that ignorant katrina was not that first storm to hit New Orleans so why would they do if thats the case what are they waiting on to get rid of florida they state that gets most of the hurricanes that hit the atlantic Im from New Orleans born and raised and I am pretty sure i know better than you about this and you need to feel stupid for asking a question like that TIP: maybe you should read more before you ask question like that making bigg statements"
Tom Mxmustangcatdogtreehousebird :
"it might not hit new orleans it might go west and hit texas are some where else who knows."
NOLA guy :
"New Orleans is not optional. History, architecture, culture, and the fact the city is home to many people are usually mentioned when the topic of rebuilding is discussed. However, those factors (while significant) are NOT why NOLA is important to the rest of the United States. New Orleans is a metro area of almost 1.4 million people – not some small town that could be easily relocated somewhere else. More than 35% of America's energy is either produced in Southeast Louisiana or imported through here, and the infrastructure is focused on New Orleans. What may be the largest oil field on earth was discovered offshore of Louisiana in 2006, and it will be exploited via New Orleans. The Port of New Orleans is the largest or second largest port in North America each year (tons of cargo) and one of the top ports in the world each year. The Port of New Orleans is not replaceable. More than 25% of America's petroleum refining capacity is in the New Orleans area. That percentage will increase due to a new refinery already under construction and the planned expansion of existing refineries. A large percentage of America's non-petroleum chemical industry is here. New Orleans is one of only three principal east-west transportation points for the USA, and the resulting convergence of water, rail, pipeline, electricity, and highway links is not replaceable. A large percentage of America's ship building & repair industry is in New Orleans. NASA builds essential parts for the space shuttle in New Orleans, and will build components for the next generation of spacecraft here. Other manufacturers (ex. Bell-Textron) have factories in New Orleans. A large percentage of America's seafood comes from SE Louisiana, and the distribution network is focused on New Orleans. And so on…. It is theoretically possible to move the industry and the population, but only at horrific cost. The Mississippi river, Gulf of Mexico, and the oil fields cannot be moved. To even attempt to replace New Orleans would cost Trillions of Dollars and the attempt would fail. In contrast, New Orleans can be protected from future hurricanes with the expenditure of about $15 Billion (that should have been spent before Katrina) spread out over a period of a decade. Note that New Orleans is NOT "prone" to hurricanes or being flooded. The last one to hit before Katrina was in 1965 and before that was in 1947. Neither of those flooded the city proper like Katrina, which was the strongest storm ever recorded to strike North America. There is a widespread myth that New Orleans is "built below sea level”, but that is not true. Realize that nowhere is without risk. NYC and Miami are at more risk from hurricanes than New Orleans. Los Angeles and San Francisco are at risk from earthquakes and fires. Seattle is threatened by volcanoes and Tsunamis. The Midwest is hit by tornadoes every year. However, I don’t hear anyone claiming New York, Florida, California, Kansas, or Washington (state) be abandoned, or even not rebuilt after the next disaster. However, people routinely claim New Orleans should be abandoned, or that we somehow don’t deserve help after Katrina. Why is that?"
violetkites :
"NOLA guy is absolutely correct. I voted for him. Thank you for knowing your facts and not basing your opinions on your emotions and misinformation. I am quite disappointed that the media just tries to "charge" people's emotions up about this issue and makes no effort to present the facts. It just causes people to form opinions that are based on misinformation and ignorance."
NOLA Proud :
"Just adequately rebuild (or maybe the better term is "build") the levees and the city will never have to be rebuilt again. The levees failing is no more a natural disaster than the collapsed interstate bridge in Minnesota is a natural disaster of gravity. It's silly to think we can't build walls and piles of dirt big enough to stop tides and save a city when we can cut through granite mountains just to make traveling easier in other parts of the country."


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