New Orleans, commonly known as “The Big Easy” or the Crescent City, is the largest city in Louisiana. According to the 2010 census, New Orleans (NOLA) has a population of 343,829, which declined nearly by 100,000 because of Hurricane Katrina. (The entire metropolitan area has a population of over 1.2 million.) The median rent in New Orleans is $797/month. The median household income is $50,148.
The New Orleans port is among the busiest and largest ports on a global scale. Much of the nation’s petrochemical production and oil refining takes place there. Off-shore drilling facilities and natural gas production also play a major role in the local economy. The health care industry is a growing sector.
Because of the city’s location, shipbuilders, commodities brokerage firms, and shipping and freight companies call New Orleans home. Some top employers with a large presence in the city include Northrop Grumman Ship Systems, Expeditors International, Intermarine, Exxon, Shell, Conoco, BP, Dow Chemical, and many others. Coffee and sugar refining companies have facilities in New Orleans, including International Coffee Corp., Folgers and Domino Sugar.
New Orleans is also home to numerous reputable educational institutions. Tulane University and Loyola University New Orleans are two large private universities, while the University of New Orleans is a large public college. Leading African American colleges call New Orleans home, including Xavier University of Louisiana, Southern University at New Orleans, and Dillard University.
Tourism is a key industry in New Orleans. The largest festival in the U.S. (and arguably the world) is Mardi Gras, which takes place in the notorious French Quarter. The French Quarter is a large center for activity and holds the famed Bourbon Street. Magazine Street features many shop and boutiques. Other top tourist attractions include Jackson Square, the Riverwalk (where the mall, Natchez steamboat and IMAX threater are located), the National World War II Museum, New Orleans Mint, Saint Louis Cemetery, the French Market, as well as antebellum mansions, like the Houmas House that can be toured.
New Orleans is a city for artists. Tennessee Williams crafted “A Street Car Named Desire” in the city. Several music festivals also take place in New Orleans, featuring jazz, blues, and rhythm and blues, and music central to the various cultural groups.
Sports teams also call New Orleans home, like the Super Bowl Champion Saints, the Hornets (NBA), the Zephers (PCL), and the Voodoo (AFL).
Popular neighborhoods include the French Quarter, Uptown, the Warehouse District, and the Arts District.
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PadMapper makes apartment hunting less awful, almost fun. It does this by plotting the apartments on a big map, and letting you filter for exactly what you want. There are also neat overlays to help you learn about the different areas.
My goal with PadMapper is to make apartment hunting into something people no longer dread. It shouldn't have to be harder than buying a car. You shouldn't have to deal with slimy people. You shouldn't have to make big Excel spreadsheets to keep track of what you've seen and what you think. Landlords should respond to your emails, and once you move in, you should be treated well. I'm going to help make it that way.
I was looking for a place with some friends in NYC in the summer of 2008, and it ended up taking us 6 months. This was our first time, so we got scammed more than once by brokers and shady landlords.
In between scams, I sifted through thousands of Craigslist listings, and it was getting to the point where I was losing hope. It was like wading through my spam folder trying to find real emails. I'd click and read each listing, only to find out that it was in a bad location, or it looked like a slum, or there was a toilet in the kitchen, or it was too "cozy" to fit a double bed.
So, I ended up writing what became the first version of PadMapper to do most of the sifting for me and generally make the hunt better. I've used it and the iPhone app in 3 apartment hunts since then, and it has found me a place quickly each time.
I hope it helps you and your friends find a great place to live. Good luck with your hunt!
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