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"Do Not Go to Baton Rouge"


Do Not Go to Baton Rouge - 4/11/2007
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Brad
Denver, CO

I am from New Orleans and I lived in Baton Rouge for 1 year after Hurricane Katrina and the experience was awful. I never want to see that miserable city again. The people are narrow-minded and rude. The food is a poor attempt to mimick New Orleans food. The weather is horrible. The jobs are terrible. The traffic is a nightmare. Quality of life is the worst. LSU is a shameful, ugly magnet for people looking to party, not to receive an education. In fact, I cannot say one good thing about Baton Rouge. Do not go there. Stay away. You can find a better place to live.

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Baton Rouge - 7/26/2012

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Baton Rouge, Falling short - 3/7/2012

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People here are rude! - 3/4/2012

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Is Baton Rouge a good place to live? - 1/5/2012

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Gil
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Don't count out BR yet - 9/23/2011

Baton Rouge has grown tremendously in the last 30 years, and a lot of that growth has taken place South of the city along the I-10 and I-12 corridors in terms of residential and retail development. Retailers that would have snubbed it's nose at Baton Rouge, let alone the area years ago have settled here, mainly in the Mall of Louisiana and the Perkins Rowe area. I spent a great part of my formative years between here and New Orleans. At one time, I despised Baton Rouge with a passion and dreaded coming here. Baton Rouge has always lived in the shadow of it's neighbor, New Orleans, but it is rapidly becoming a great place on it's own. When I visited BR about a year ago, I was beyond impressed at how the city has changed. To be quite frank, 10 years ago, I probably would have told you not to consider coming here. Additionally, the downtown area is undergoing a massive re-birth. At one time, Downtown BR was the epicenter for shopping and entertainment, but back in the 1970s, stores began to close up shop for good or move to malls on the city's outskirts such as Bon Marche and Cortana. In time, the DT area was more or less deserted after five, save for a few bars here and there. There are a few musuems, the La. Arts and Science Center, The Shaw center, the State Capital and the Old State Capital. In addition, there are some casinos along the river near downtown. These have caused quite a bit of controversy prior to their establishment, but IMO, they at least help to bring people back downtown. Plus, a lot of the new growth has also been fueled by New Orelans residents who left during Katrina and have decided to make Baton Rouge a permanent home. For those who blame the crime problem on NOLA residents, well you are wrong. Baton Rouge already had it's fair share of criminals long before Katrina. The area is also becoming more culturally diverse, but blacks and whites still make up the majority of the population, along with a small, but growing latino population. I have also noticed that, compared to 20-30 years ago, race relations have improved somewhat. There is more work to be done, but any improvement is something to celebrate. Of course, it would be sinful for me not to mention B.R. and not LSU , which is situated on the South end of town. it is definitely a huge part of the city's culture and heritage. LSU football is a religion here, that's for sure. The main "drag" is along Chimes St. and Highland Road near the campus with lots of bars, some coffeehouses and eateries. There is also Southern University at the North end of town, but there is not a whole lot outside of the campus. However, both schools have beautiful campuses situated along the Mississippi River and have definitely contributed to the city's history in a big way. BR has a long way to go, but has the potential to be a city and area that people will appreciate. [read more...]


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Traffic and crime - 8/21/2011

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you can do a LOT better than here - 6/14/2011

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Traffic, traffic , and more traffic - 8/30/2010

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Mike
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Having lived here all my life and finally retired, - 8/30/2010

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Cindy
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Bad and Good - 8/14/2009

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Whitti
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You People Are Wild... - 7/17/2009

Baton Rouge is actually a cool place to live. When you enter the city, you can almost feel the positive energy that comes from a college town atmosphere. I lived there for 5 years. Some of my best friends from Baton Rouge became my friends through random conversation at a local eatery or standing in line somewhere. Baton Rouge is a friendly town with lots to do. Their attractions boast a swamp tour, a water park, the USS Kidd, a doll museum that is super cool, thriving art galleries, and yes...LSU. Who can resist Mike the Tiger? He's gorgeous. But there's also Southern. You can visit movie theaters, the zoo, a casino, a mall, go skating, play putt putt golf, go bowling, or get a job. The nightlife is so fun. There are ample spots to listen to great live music. There are clubs and bars to fit every style. Baton Rouge has great margaritas, so I'm sold right away. :-) One of my personal favorite things to do in Baton Rouge was to sit at the Mississippi River and wonder what great men passed through that very way over the years. You won't find a more intersting place to study politics than Louisiana. And Baton Rouge is rich with history, culture, spirituality and diversity. I can't speak to the grade school situation because I don't have kids. But I attended LSU and loved it!!!! Crime? Hum, there is crime everywhere you go. Can't get away from that one. I personally love Baton Rouge.[read more...]


Claudius
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The New Southern Cosmo - 6/10/2009

Baton Rouge is finally blossoming into a cosmopolitian city. Downtown which was abandoned back in the day is alive and well. It used to strive on LSU, now it's holding it's own and surpassing New Orleans. The weather is very hot and humid in summer through mid fall but the winter and spring are nice and mild. Plenty of places to eat,shop and rest. The crime rate is going down and that is a good thing. While other parts of the coutnry have experienced a depression Baton Rouge is doing well on the economic front.[read more...]


Cookie
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A shame - 12/13/2008

Baton Rouge was once a beautiful and friendly place. With a population of around 40,000 people and a present, but subdued crime rate. Now Baton Rouge has a population of nearly 230,000, mostly New Orleans folk that fled here, and the city is now filthy, crime infested, crowded and rude. My Baton Rouge has been stolen from me. I am not knowledgeable about the schooling, however, the economy seems to be going strong right now. There are many new businesses opening, and old jobs are still available. Unfortunately the cost of living has gone up drastically. The good is, even during this time of economic downturn in America, Baton Rouge is doing fine. The bad is, Baton Rouge is now just as bad as New Orleans with it's crime and low morals, due to the population increase.[read more...]


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