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Name: Fred | Age: 24 | Gender: Male | ZIP: 70809 | Resident for: 3-5 years | Added at: 2006-06-25
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One aspect that New Orleans would like to get the word out on is the fact that very few of the areas that tourists and businesspeople would care about were heavily/permanently damaged by Hurricane Katrina.
Certain parts of the French Quarter, Downtown, Warehouse District, and Restaurant District didnt even lose power in the storm... much less flood.
All but one of the past (and even two new) cruise lines have announced their return to the city for the fall of 2006, as well as the famous Audubon Zoo & Aquarium of the Americas have reopened.
There are however, lingering downsides as well: the vibrant local-performers often seen in the French Quarter are few and far-spread, many still perhaps displaced or working to rebuild their residences. Also, despite returning to 110 daily flights (as of June 2006), the city's Armstrong International Airport is still rather limited in its total flight and seat-count relative to pre-Katrina leveles... so flights are fewer, fuller, and more expensive into the city. Several destinations, ranging from major (e.g., San Francisco) to relatively minor (Birmingham, AL) have yet to return, meaning connections must be made on flights that were once nonstop. Scheduled international service has yet to return to the airport, making it somewhat for arduous for foreign visitors to arrive... however, several charters have lately been employed to cities throughout Mexico, Honduras, and the United Kingdom, to ease the burden of lacking nonstop air service. Litter is something of an eyesore for such a historic place, but anyone familiar with the city pre-K would already be well aware of that. Emergency facilities are fewer and operating at capacity since the storm, so medical/fire assistance may be more difficult to come by should the need arise. Crime tends not to be an issue for tourists/visitors, as the high-crime/violent areas that the city is infamous for are far displaced from the areas where tourists tend to concentrate. Also, as a measure of additional security and confidence-building, the city has welcomed the National Guard as well as Louisiana State Troopers in tandem to its own force.
All in all, I would definitiely recommend New Orleans to those seeking to visit. With the possible exception of travel arrangements, visiting the city has never been less expensive or has hungrily desired by the local populace. Safety should not be a concern so long as one avoids remote/devastated residential areas and uses the same modicum of common sense they would employ when visiting any large city. The food's never been hotter, the music's never been more soulful--- enjoy New Orleans!