i am thinking of moving to new orleans how is the garden distric?

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i am considering uptown or the garden distric for my new home are there any new orleanians with advice? i heard there is still alot of corruption is that true? i live in texas so it is here to but much quieter, but does it affect the residences?

Governmental corruption in New Orleans is pervasive, but probably not in ways you might imagine. NOLA has been politically dominated by a pack of criminal, racist, thugs for the past 30 years, and their intention has been to drive out every business, every job, and every resident with an education. Their objective has been to transform New Orleans into a Port au Prince (or at least a Marion Barry-type Washington, DC). The surprise isn't that New Orleans has problems – the surprise is the city remains a great place to live despite the criminals-in-office.

However, few residents and visitors encounter "corruption" on a personal basis: No police officers will solicit bribes during a traffic stop, etc. The corruption tends to be much more hidden, and often involves government contract fraud. They want everyone with an education gone so there will be no one with the smarts to ask questions like" What happened to the other hundred million dollars?".

"Crazy Ray" (Chocolate City, "I know God's Plan", etc.) Nagin is the most recent & best known of the crooks at City Hall, but he is actually not the worst (that honor is reserved for Marc Morial).

An ongoing federal investigation has put scores of elected & appointed officials in jail, and that will continue unless Barak Obama wins in November. Katrina disrupted the power base of the criminals-in-office and the elections of 2007 made a good start toward getting rid of them. The elections of 2010 should accelerate the cleaning-up of government in New Orleans. I hope you will be here to vote.

The Garden District is well known, but there are many, many nice residential areas in and around New Orleans. Note that NOLA is geographically very large and commuting is an issue. I always recommend that potential residents look around the area they plan to work or go to school. A real estate agent can help with that. Once you have more info please post another question giving the neighborhoods you are considering.

You also REALLY need to visit before deciding anything.

Best wishes!

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  1. $Sun King$ Says:

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  2. Barry Says:

    Governmental corruption in New Orleans is pervasive, but probably not in ways you might imagine. NOLA has been politically dominated by a pack of criminal, racist, thugs for the past 30 years, and their intention has been to drive out every business, every job, and every resident with an education. Their objective has been to transform New Orleans into a Port au Prince (or at least a Marion Barry-type Washington, DC). The surprise isn't that New Orleans has problems – the surprise is the city remains a great place to live despite the criminals-in-office.

    However, few residents and visitors encounter "corruption" on a personal basis: No police officers will solicit bribes during a traffic stop, etc. The corruption tends to be much more hidden, and often involves government contract fraud. They want everyone with an education gone so there will be no one with the smarts to ask questions like" What happened to the other hundred million dollars?".

    "Crazy Ray" (Chocolate City, "I know God's Plan", etc.) Nagin is the most recent & best known of the crooks at City Hall, but he is actually not the worst (that honor is reserved for Marc Morial).

    An ongoing federal investigation has put scores of elected & appointed officials in jail, and that will continue unless Barak Obama wins in November. Katrina disrupted the power base of the criminals-in-office and the elections of 2007 made a good start toward getting rid of them. The elections of 2010 should accelerate the cleaning-up of government in New Orleans. I hope you will be here to vote.

    The Garden District is well known, but there are many, many nice residential areas in and around New Orleans. Note that NOLA is geographically very large and commuting is an issue. I always recommend that potential residents look around the area they plan to work or go to school. A real estate agent can help with that. Once you have more info please post another question giving the neighborhoods you are considering.

    You also REALLY need to visit before deciding anything.

    Best wishes!
    References :
    New Orleans resident

  3. The_Doc_Man Says:

    The biggest side effect of the corruption down here is that it increases costs for some things. Businesses who have to "pay off" the inspectors pass along their costs. And sadly, it is still sometimes hard to get a legit inspection in the city.

    But I agree with Barry. The corruption rarely hits at the personal level unless you run your own small business.

    We get a lot of folks indicted for malfeasance in office, misuse of public funds, things like that. We are getting better results as we weed out the trash. And we must give credit to Katrina for the start of that problem. The power base of the crooks was the poor people who got doled out little "handouts" from the crooks and remembered that at election time. But the staggeringly poor people have moved to other cities. (OK, that's an evasion – they are too poor to move back after being evacuated. Houston wants to get rid of them but can't.) Anyway, with the "beholden" voter base disrupted, some of the crooks got voted out.

    The school board, which was ALSO corrupt, got scattered to the winds because of the issues with Katrina, though the state had already stepped in because of the incredibly bad job they did pre-Katrina. At one point just before Katrina, the school board had done such a terrible job that only SEVEN schools out of several hundred got passing grades for the job they did in teaching. The school contract corruption was incredible. Where it hurts us is that our worker base is less educated than for comparable cities.
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