Quick request to any New Orleans readers...

Submitted by C B Wright on

It turns out that I will be working a two-month contract in New Orleans starting after the Thanksgiving holiday. Any readers in New Orleans who can point me towards information about living in that city (i.e., bus routes and schedules, places in the city that offer short-term leases, etc.) please drop me a line. Thanks!


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Not new orleans but...

Can't help you out for the cajun stuff, but if you ever find yourself needing a place to stay in Eastern Iowa, I could hook you up with that :)


You're goin', eh?

Well. I'm not sure New Orleans is really your kinda town, but i guess we'll find out!

The Anono in your El.

Fortunately Hurricane Season will be over...

...but I'd still take along a personal flotation device.

And a hammer - you could make good money on the weekends as a carpenter.

Yes, I'm being a bit snarky - after watching the complete foulup that the local governments made of Katrina (and then blaming it all on the feds), NOLA isn't a place I'm likely to visit soon.

Bus Routes?

You must be from one of those cities with real, actual public transportation. I'm from Baton Rouge, but I've spent a fair amount of time in New Orleans and have several friends who are NO natives. Suffice it to say public transit isn't a realistic option in either city, IMO.

I asked one of my NO friends about the public transit situation there and it went about like this:

Me: does the public transportation system in New Orleans fail as badly as the one in Baton Rouge?
Him: it fails worse and is practically nonexistant since the hurricane anyway
Him: he needs to get some wheels, that way he won't have to worry about a.) finding public transit schedules and b.) getting shot on said public transit.


I have heard some different things about that, though. Apparently there *are* buses running (two people have emailed me links to the bus schedules) and I'm told the streetcars are supposed to start back up this month as well.

Right now we absolutely cannot afford a second car, so it's either public transportation or I find a place within walking distance of work, which might be a challenge.

Writer, former musician, occasional cartoonist, and noted authority on his own opinions.


Having previously been a consultant -- have you been able to negotiate either them picking up some (all?) of your expenses (which they can deduct), or can they channel some portion of your pay into a Per Diem -- money for expenses that's not taxed (like 5% up to 25%, or some flat rate like $50 per day). Depending on the city and your pay rate -- you might be able to get some money tax free for use of your room, (rental) car, travel home, food, etc. (If you can't get that, keep track of your expenses, which might be deductable later on.)

. -- Scott

. -- Scott


I have a per diem -- I'm pretty happy with how that worked out.

Writer, former musician, occasional cartoonist, and noted authority on his own opinions.


I just got a call from them, and the contract start date has been pushed back until January. I'm not as pleased with that -- such is the exciting life of contract work. :)

Writer, former musician, occasional cartoonist, and noted authority on his own opinions.