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[14 Feb 2007|01:47am]

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Greetings. [30 Oct 2006|05:38pm]

Hello,I am from upstate NY(which is a good distance from the city btw,in fact,closer to canada)but I plan on moving to NOLA(or the outlying reigon)as soon as Jaunary. I have a degree in creative writing and will most likely be working toward High School teaching certification when I get there.

I have a few questions
1. where is a good place to look for an apartment for someone who is just starting out?(I'm mostly looking for somewhere somewhat safe above all else)

2. Would it be a better idea jobwise,safetywise,pricecwise or whatever else to live in the city,or in one of the nearby areas?

3. How is the mass transit in NOLA?

Thank you very much for your time,I've been planning this move for ages and just needed a couple questions answered.
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moving [03 Aug 2006|12:34am]

[ mood | curious ]

apartments by tonti?
im looking at moving towards the end of the month from michigan. i have a friend in metairie. i've been searching on craigslist, and then i came across this on move.com.
thoughts?? are they decent apartments? is there anything i should be aware of?
if it helps, i'm a 21 year old female. i don't exactly want to be in a place that isn't going to make me feel safe.

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Weddings? [21 Apr 2006|02:39am]

Does anyone know any good locations for a wedding? My boy and I would prefer an outdoor wedding but if its beautiful inside we can be swayed.

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[17 Apr 2006|12:19pm]

x-posted....a lot of places.

I recently received a letter from an executive at Shell US Gas and Power LLC, regarding a petition I had signed earlier in the year. The purpose of this petition is irrelevant in regards to what I am about to share with you.

This executive made the following statement: “I am proud of Shell’s long history of environmental responsibility. We have contributed more than $10 million during the past 6 years to wetlands protection and marine habitat enhancement programs.”

To the average person, this might sound like a good chunk of money. And it is…but not in the grand scope of things.

I work for an environmental consulting firm in Houma, LA, approximately 50 miles west of New Orleans. I began working here after Katrina hit, when I lost my job in New Orleans to floodwater. For the majority of my time with this company, my primary client has been a landowner who owns 150,000 acres in St. Bernard Parish—the parish directly southeast of New Orleans that offers the most hurricane protection to the city. This is also the parish that the infamous MRGO (Mississippi River Gulf Outlet) runs through. You probably heard mention of this channel on the news, as many believe it was storm surge traveling up the MRGO that caused the levee breaks in New Orleans.

Over the course of the past six months, I have learned a lot about the city, as well as the wetlands that protect it, and how to fix those parishes to prevent this from happening again. And believe me when I tell you: 10 MILLION DOLLARS IS NOTHING.

We are currently working on a restoration plan for St. Bernard Parish that will affect 230,000 acres of wetlands, estuaries, and populated regions. This plan, still in its preliminary stages, calls for a wide variety of restoration activities such as marsh creation, nourishment, plantings, shoreline protection, ridge and levee rebuilding, and barrier island restoration…as well as a HUGE scale freshwater diversion that is still undergoing a feasibility study. The cost estimate for this restoration, not including the freshwater diversion, will cost between 500 million and 1 billion dollars. These are not government inflated estimates, folks. These are bare basic estimates from our engineering department and our company’s many years of experience.

So, allow me to share with you EXACTLY what 10 million dollars can do.

$10 million would:Collapse )
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The Country Club [02 Apr 2006|07:37pm]
I was living in NOLA but I now live in Houston. I know that the Bywater Country Club was destroyed during Katrina. Can anyone tell me if it's opened back up or if it will be soon?
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Help us! [15 Feb 2006|11:27pm]
We are four students looking for a place, any place, to stay at for Mardi Gras starting on the 24th until the 26th. We are willing to pay $100 a night! We're all very responsible and would stay in seperate or the same room. Please please please make a little extra money and invite us to stay with you!
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[15 Feb 2006|08:28pm]
[ mood | excited ]

Hi, my partner and I will be travelling to the USA in September this year...we will be staying in NYC for a few days before flying south to New Orleans for 2 weeks...we'd like to travel around in LA and surrounding states so does anyone have any tips for MUST SEE places in the Southern states (or NYC for that matter)

Thanks in advance!

(cross-poted to neworleans and ljtravel)

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Mimi's in the Marigny [09 Feb 2006|05:43pm]

[ mood | chipper ]

If anyone will be in New Orleans within the next month or so, I suggest you visit Mimi's in the Marigny on Tuesday nights from 9pm till about 11 or 12. You can get fantastic drinks, tapas (appetizers), and hear AWESOME music. And there is NO COVER! No visit to New Orleans would be complete without great food, great drinks, and fabulous music!!!

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The Ghosts of New Orleans [09 Jan 2006|11:29pm]

What are the New Orleans ghost tours like?

Are there any interesting ghost stories you could tell?

The New Orleans travel guides I have (basic tourist stuff really) mentions something about a Storyville murder/s and hauntings since then?
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mardi gras 2006! [08 Jan 2006|10:20pm]

hey all;

i've decided to visit for my first mardi gras this year. i've never considered going before, what with much preferring to visit the city during more affordable times and all. as it is, i haven't been since 2002, and i figure i'd rather give my tourism dollars to new orleans over anyplace else. mardi gras seems like as appropriate ocassion as any.

that said, i'm seeking some general guidance about this year's events. so far, the most informative site has been mardigrasneworleans.com, which suggests that i find hotels along the parade routes as opposed to in the quarter. unfortunately, i have no idea where the parades are aside from the general locations on the site (uptown, metairie, etc). are there other sites with the parade routes specifically outlined for this year? is that information even secured at this point? etc? i'm more or less lost.

any tips/suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
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Hi. [07 Jan 2006|03:46am]

Just signed up and saying hi. :)

I'm not from New Orleans (I'm in the UK), but I do so hope to visit one day, so I hope no one minds me joining.

Another reason why I'd like to join (assuming everyone is ok with this) is to learn more about the city and environs. I run a roleplaying game (tabletop) set in New Orleans and while I have used the city as setting for many years, I'd like to learn more about it so that I can make the game more real.

So I hope thats an ok reason to join.
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New Year's Eve... [28 Dec 2005|10:18pm]
[ mood | happy ]

When you head out to party on New Year's Eve ... make lower Decatur Street your Midnight destination! There will be a lot of bars (Molly's, Abbey, Aunt Tiki's, Mojo Lounge, Whirling Dervish, Turtle Bay, Oswald's & others) Giving out free champagne at 11:45, so we can all meet in the street and have a huge community toast together to bring in the new year. Come have fun, hang out with other locals, watch the spectacular fireworks & see the gumbo pot drop from Jax Brewery at the stroke of twelve! We want all New Orleanians together for this one, so we can all say goodbye to a rough 2005 & bring 2006 in on a more joyful note! - once again, the bubbly is all complimentary, courtesy of the above mentioned bars... hope to see you there!

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New member [22 Dec 2005|05:30pm]

[ mood | contemplative ]

Hi y'all. My name's Whitney & I just joined the community. I moved back home a few months ago &am here to stay:) Thought I'd share an article I just contributed to Pology magazine about the post-K experience.

Feel free to add me to your friends list if you want--I'd like to meet new people:)

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Apologies to those who have seen this post alread... [11 Nov 2005|12:21am]

Just trying to really get the word out, especially on boards where there may be a lot of posts in a given day:

I'd like to invite everyone once again to please stop by the community I am trying to fuel: "Dear NoLa..." Everyone who is or who has ever been in love with New Orleans, this is a call to all of us to write her love letters in this time of need. We hope that these love letters will be read by anyone who could possibly suggest "not rebuilding". We hope to try to make our government, our fellow citizens, and the rest of the global community understand what this city is to us.


If this community gets enough posts, I hope to direct media attention to it. But we need to act fast if this idea will work. The gears are turning on a decision concerning the levee system, and hurricane season 2006 gets closer every minute.

Thank you all so much, who have left your letters so far! Please spread the word. And good luck to you all. -Ari
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Dear NoLa... love letters to our city [10 Nov 2005|04:12am]

I would like to invite you all to visit the new community I am attempting to start.

This community was designed as an open invitation to everyone who is or who has ever been in love with New Orleans to write her letters in this time of need. We hope that these love letters will be read by anyone who could possibly suggest "not rebuilding". We hope to try to make our government, our fellow citizens, and the rest of the global community understand what this city is to us.

If you feel motivated to do so, please help me spread the word about this idea. I feel that if we can compile our stories, we may be able to help people understand that New Orleans is a living, breathing place, with a heart, soul, and mind. Please stop in and write NoLa a letter. Best wishes to everyone.

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Coming back on Tuesday [01 Oct 2005|06:03pm]
First of all Shawn,Bennete and myself are going to New Orleans to try and salvage some of our belongings. Shawn and I lived on the corner of Dauphine and Desire and we know for a fact that that area did not flood!! Even after the leavy was breached. So, we are heading back on Tuesday to see what we can do. Hopefully most of our things are ok. We are bringing with us

List so far:
Gas cans filled with gas,masks(so we can breathe),food,water,rented Uhaul,and other things that I can't think of right now. So, our trip will start Monday night probably and go well into Tuesday. Then when we come back we will put our things up and look for jobs and back to business as usual.
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New Orleans Lives [27 Sep 2005|12:54pm]

I've just started an forum in support of New Orleans which covers various New Orleans items including books music relating to New Orleans.
It also has general sections for books, movies, tv series and general chat. It's a very new forum and I'm looking for people to help me find more info about New Orleans and also pictures. Please join New Orleans Lives here.

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New blog: wewillrebuild [11 Sep 2005|07:00pm]

[ mood | hopeful ]


Chronicling the reconstruction of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.

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[09 Sep 2005|01:33am]

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE try to get ahold of a copy of the book I mentioned in my previous post: "Bayou Farewell" by Mike Tidwell. I finished reading it today, and am even more adamant that this is an issue that needs to be addressed. It's such a beautiful book, and it truly does paint an accurate picture of life in Southern Louisiana, and how that life is being affected by the disappearance of the wetlands. If you have to, try to get it on an interlibrary loan. SO worth it.

It's really almost prophetic. This is from the second to last paragraph in the book:

"Thus, the question persists: What will this coast do when a Category 4 hurricane finally does come ashore with almost nothing to stop its surge tide, which is likely to be in the neighborhood of 18 feet? The water will furiously topple all levees in its path and go and go and go, all the way into the outskirts of Baton Rouge, like a liquid bulldozer, flattening everything it meets, and hundreds of thousands of people will be at risking of drowning."

Scary how true...and this book was written in 2001. Published in 2003.
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