Now, there has been a lot of development in the Irish Channel--the blocks between Magazine Street and Tchoupitoulas [not sure what it's called further Uptown]--and there are excellent deals on some really beautiful renovations in this area since Katrina. It's the driest place in New Orleans, period. If this area, on the natural Mississippi levee, floods, we're all dead! However, before Katrina, crime was an issue pretty much all the way up to Jefferson Ave, but spotty--more a block by block thing. From what I hear, this part of town is gentrifying quickly and neighbors are close and committed to their homes [have young families]. So I would definitely look at real estate opportunities there. You can get a renovated 3/2 Victorian for under 300K and live within walking distance of Magazine Street and all its goodies.
Covington, like all of Southeast La., floods. And New Orleans is settling unevenly, so you might believe that a house around Tulane is safe because it's Uptown, but it floods there all the way up and past Claiborne. Take a look at an elevation map showing where Katrina flooded. Nola.com, through the Times-Picayune, has a graphic that you can find in the archives. I live three blocks south on the river side of St. Charles and the water stopped a half block from my house.
Not everyone Uptown is rich. In fact, some of the driest and highest elevated neighborhoods are Section 8. I live in the Garden District and I am far, far from rich. My neighbors are teachers, accountants, and artists. We all bought into our block when it was run down--the Archdiocese owned some blighted properties on the block and we bought them and neatened them up. I suggest you do the same. There is a condo on the 3300 block of Chestnut that needs work and has been on the market a while. I'm expecting to get under 300K for my 3/1 house on that same block because we didn't really care too much for a sterling renovation--just a pleasant, neat house was enough for us. So you see there are deals, depending upon your comfort level.
As for crime, I live in walking distance of three housing projects and some troubled blocks. I have never been a victim of a crime here. I even leave my car unlocked. The crime situation, sadly, is a gang thing, involving rivalries and turf battles...and I taught many of these kids at Delgado and they are good kids without proper community support. When I lived in my native NYC, in a very good area, a desired area with good schools, my mom was car-jacked at the supermarket; my car was stolen four times; I was mugged; I was approached by a pervert masturbating in his car while following me as I walked home; in the light of day some robbers took the front door off our neighbor's house and then stole everything in it with a moving van; teenage hoodlums prowled the streets at night breaking car windows and tail lights with bats; and two of my friends were raped. This was a GOOD neighborhood. In NOLA, the only time I had trouble was when I lived in the Quarter. The homeless would break the windows and steal jackets, loose change--whatever I left in the car. But in the Garden District--never. Nothing in 15 years and I like to take long, late evening walks when I can't sleep--like at 2 am. And once, I got a flat at the Magnolia Projects and all the hoppers came running over to help me put on the donut--if that had been NYC, I would have been raped, beaten, killed, and my car would have been stripped and burned. I kid you not.
New Orleans is a wonderful, magical place. If you feel its pull--don't over-rationalize, come over. Come home.
Daniel--New Orleans is a cultural pearl and there is a true and vibrant intellectual life here. So who is ignorant and numb? Shame on you. It's people with your attitude that denied us the levee protection we should have had before Katrina...and scoffed at the cries of environmentalists who warned La. what would happen if the marshlands died. BTW, it's 'you're in a fish bowl', not 'your'. That's third grade English. Forgive me, but it's true.
May be able to look up the newspaper archives @ NOLA.com
This may show FEMA's new digital flood insurance rate map that was in the paper about a month ago.
I've published a bit, here and there, so if you want to use my posts, just have my full name attached for copyright purposes. I am Angelica Kiedrowski.
Your in a fish bowl! So, your rich enough to buy on St Charles avenue or perhaps somewhere in the french quarter....then what, the levys break, the hood runs rampant!.....
New Orleans is a dysfunctional city, a numb, lazy ignorant population, and lets be honest, a corrupt government!
If you want safe, go to Covington
Hurricanes reach as far north as Tennessee...so there are no places not vulnerable for hurricanes...and then from Tennesse to Chicago you have tornadoes...and Chicago to LA you have tornado's, snowstorms and earthquakes.
So at the end of the day, the French Quater is one of the safest places in the world to be, AND have fun 7 days a week.
There are plennty in the outlying cities like Metairie and Kenner.
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