Follow-up to previous, After 18 months of living i
After living in Opelousas, for 18 months I'll respond to changes from my provous post.
The 24 Hour liquior sales has been banned, except at the Evangeline Downs Racino. The issue with the water lines busted, most have been fixed and upgraded, also most of the City streets that were pothole ridden has been fixed not all though but a significant improvement. Still waiting on state roads to be resurfaced espically Vine St. which passes thru downtown, and Hwy 749. Also there are new retail establishments locating in Opelousas, they are (Starbucks, Office Depot, Ashley Home Furniture store, Game Stop) to name a few. Evangeline Downs is expanding with a new Hotel & Cofference Center Attached the their Racino (hopefully their proposed campground and Golf Course soon follows). The past Holiday season was great with the Chrismas lighting and Local merchants, at Le Village. Also the Music & Market every Friday in the spring and Fall, You could Buy Fresh Fruits & Vegetables, and listen to Local Musicians (Cajun & Zydeco) play and Shake a leg while supporting our local farmers. I'm Looking forward to the new events that will be added to the Mardi Gras Celebration. I'll follow up after Mardi Gras (Feb, 5) on how that went, as this will be the first time I'll attend the Mardi Gras Parade & Events in Opelousas (I usually go to Lafayette Mardi Gras celebrations I feel like doing something different this year).
In My opinion the housing market doesn't reflect what is shown on This site at this time (1-21-08) it shows that housing price are down 7% it may be true for older areas of town but there are new Homes poping up, just North of the city and especially along the I-49 Corridor heading south to Lafayette. Most of these New homes are price 200,000 or above. You can still find nice size homes (1700 - 2000 sqft) for $80,000 to $135,000 in older historic areas of the city (some May need updating), I find that really affordable and Like living in Mixed race and Mixed Income Neighborhoods I am Gay and have no reason to be prejudice to anyone expecially after all the prejudices thrown my way for what? being me.
Will Follow up next year. To all have a great year.
John | Opelousas, LA