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Old 10-26-2007, 11:37 AM   #81
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I lived in Tx a couple times before El-Taco ( Paso).
I was more thinking on the N.O. situation of everyone knowing since the 1950's that the lake would some day make N.O. a swamp. Yes I could agree Bourbon street and few others may of
been nice to party but for the most part it was high crime and unemployment area. I could never imagine more than a vaction there. I've been and lived in worse because of work myself.
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Old 10-26-2007, 11:45 AM   #82
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I lived in Tx a couple times before El-Taco ( Paso).
I was more thinking on the N.O. situation of everyone knowing since the 1950's that the lake would some day make N.O. a swamp. Yes I could agree Bourbon street and few others may of
been nice to party but for the most part it was high crime and unemployment area. I could never imagine more than a vaction there. I've been and lived in worse because of work myself.
A lot of popular tourist destinations are like that, not only in the U.S. but also some of the major cities in Europe.

When a city has a huge dependence on tourism, a disproportionate chunk of their law enforcement budget goes to patrolling the (usually small) touristed areas of the city, be it New Orleans, Las Vegas or even a place like Rome. They know that if there's a lot of crime in the touristy areas, the tourism gravy train might derail.

That often means inadequate law enforcement outside the touristy areas, and a breeding ground for crime.
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I lived in Tx a couple times before El-Taco ( Paso).
I was more thinking on the N.O. situation of everyone knowing since the 1950's that the lake would some day make N.O. a swamp. Yes I could agree Bourbon street and few others may of
been nice to party but for the most part it was high crime and unemployment area. I could never imagine more than a vaction there. I've been and lived in worse because of work myself.
I'm sorry that you were not able to become even slightly familiar with New Orleans as it was. At least that is all I can conclude from your posts. As a long time resident, I must admit that I don't know much about the tourist traps like the bars on Bourbon Street, except that they are still there and open for business if that is how you get your kicks.
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Old 10-26-2007, 11:57 AM   #84
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Yeah I guess better than the sand box over here.
Little if any crime other than very extreme stuff but not many
go away from where they work and live unless we leave country.
Europe 6 hours and asia 6 hours, in between h*ll.
UAE is a somewhat decent place for winters.

Never been in Louisana, not sure how to spell it either! Had friends from
there that I worked with in Europe and here. None seem to be planning
on returning to live there mainly because of low pay.
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I'm sorry that you were not able to become even slightly familiar with New Orleans as it was. At least that is all I can conclude from your posts. As a long time resident, I must admit that I don't know much about the tourist traps like the bars on Bourbon Street, except that they are still there and open for business if that is how you get your kicks.
Indeed.

And for Jazz Fest 2008 we have Van Morrison, Doctor John, Steelie Dan, Bryan Lee, Richie Havens, Bonnie Rait and a zillion other big names. But even better, the "small names" are world class. Who knows - we may even see our very own Janet H some time .

We own a time-share on Tchoupitoulas for Jazz fest week. Golden moment was taking a beer break at the fairgrounds in a near-empty venue. Guy with an acoustic guitar eases on to the stage, adjusts his mike. After a quick glance at what I thought was a sound check by a stage hand, this guy starts making music. Turns out it was Keb Mo before he became well known (one of my favorite contemporary blues vocalists).

Anyhow, a bit off topic, but the NOLA memories are flowing. Great city, hope it roars back some day.
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I liked the movie with travolta, scarlet and other guy.
Guess that doesn't count for anything.
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