I'm one of those people who has lived here my entire life, and had a nice, safe, educated and cultured, privileged upbringing in a nice, pretty place. I guess experiences are personal and opinions are expressions of experiences, but in living in the area around LSU I've had plenty to do (and I don't bother following LSU sports) and life is quite nice, people are friendly and genuine, things are good. I can understand someone moving to town and living in another area and thinking it's awful. Honestly, when I have to leave my area I think it's awful. I can also understand people not finding the social communities in town if they don't know where to look. Anyplace is what you make of it, and you and I seem to make a better place than most of these respondents.<quoted text>
I'm not disputing your word, it's been a long time since I just visited, my last time there was around 2004, maybe earlier, but I sure hate to hear all of this. When I was there I thought BR was a pretty place, it looked cared for, the parts I saw of it. And I know a lot of good decent friendly people, lived there all their lives. But heck, it aint just BR that has changed, the whole country has gone down hill, IMO. I keep hoping the economy will turn around and things will look up.
I really am sorry to hear such a bad report on this once fine city.
#45 May 8, 2013
#46 May 9, 2013
It's not that bad. It's not that great either. Every place is the same, you just carve out your own place within whatever place you're living. If you don't know how to just be a happy person and expect the city in which you live to provide happiness for you, you're a sad person.
And the crime here isn't as bad as statistics make it seem. Most of it's confined to specific areas. Just stay out of those areas.
#47 May 12, 2013
I left Baton Rouge due to a job transfer in 2003. I had lost my job, and we wanted out of East Baton Rouge Parish Schools. We moved to Arlington Texas right smack in the middle of Fort Worth and Dallas. For the first two years, it was heaven. The education was outstanding, and it was almost (in comparison) like 1950's suburbia.
In the past ten years, things have changed. We got a lot of the Katrina refugees, and the illegal population has swelled tremendously. My once "prestigious" neighborhood with a 3,600 a year tax burden has become a virtual ghetto slowly but surely. "White" flight is evident, and the homes are slowly filling with section 8 and families that live ten or more to a home. Cars line the street because they all own cars, and the driveway is not big enough, the yards go unmowed, and kids run the streets unattended. The once stellar education is dropping like a rock. The school is overburdened with theft, fights, bullying, and racism.
It nearly feels as if I am living off of Florida Blvd in Baton Rouge. I go home to Baton Rouge, and in comparison it's nice. The people are friendly, life is slower, food is terrific, and the weather is rainy and nice. Yards are kept up, even in my old neighborhood with it's cheap older "starter" homes. Say what you want, but it's not a place where people live or move for money. They live or move there because they love it and the people there. Yes, crime is bad, but I invite you to hang out in Dallas for a while. It's terrible here as well. As with anyplace, it's all about using common sense and being careful about where you go and associate with. We are now looking for a transfer. My daughter was called a dirty white B ( I am mixed race, hub white) at school here in DFW and my son can no longer tolerate the daily fights at school. I hope to relocate to Central, La. For what I pay in rent in DFW I can buy a 239,000 home.
#48 May 21, 2013
Is the mid-city area a good safe place to live? Or are there any places in BR that would be recommended for a family with small children?
#49 Jun 11, 2013
My spouse is about to accept a job is BR and reading most the posts really are scary. Thanks for writing something more positive and hopefully we will have a good experience, but leaving Chicago is scary....change period can be scary.
#50 Jun 14, 2013
if you live in chicago you should already be adapted to living in the inner parts of baton rouge?from what ive read Chicago is scary too.
#51 Jul 4, 2013
Bston Rouge is the #1 worst rated city for murder rate per capita and AIDS. It is #3 in human trafficking. Number 5 in violent crime and #6 in overall murder rate. It has the worst traffic of any medium size city. It has the worst education system anyone could imagine. These are national stats, not state. Corruption is beyond belief and blatant. Anyone is a target. Anyone even considering moving here should stop and those that live here should leave (as many like myself are doing). BR will never be what it once was. Face it and leave before it is too late. If you have to move here, do not live in East Baton Rouge Parish.
#52 Jul 5, 2013
Baton Rouge is great city but be cheaper to live in Zachary. The crime rate is low where you could leave the house doors unlocked also the people are friendly and great schools in Zachary. Im not from Zachary but live 91 miles in northern Louisiana in a MY LORD GOD SAD SAD SAD TOWN OF FERRIDAY LA can't wait to move down to Zachary my own self with you. Zachary is a very nice town suburb of Baton Rouge everything is in Zachary from a Walmart to a little shopping center also Zachary has lots of beautiful homes also its growing the town has come on up. Zachary be cheaper and schools are great for your children also has less traffic than Baton Rouge where be stuck for hours BR is great city just like my 3rd home but most areas are rundown still look at L.A and New York heck those cities are the life but pass through some areas see how rundown they are ain't nothing like my poor excuse of hometown im living in just come up to northern Louisiana other side of Natchez MS to Ferriday you just want to vomit for days after passing through Mayberry LOL!!!!. Zachary would be the place for you and your family to live with beautiful dream homes and nice schools its also one of the top ten best towns to live in Louisiana.
#53 Jul 11, 2013
I may be relocating to BR soon as well (not by choice), and although I am familiar with BR, I'm not familiar with the apartment complexes around there (what is safe and what isn't). I'm looking for a one to two bedroom/one to two bath apartment or condo, unfurnished, with W/D connections or W/D in unit within a reasonable commute to Essen Lane area. I will still have a home and mortgage to pay out of state, so I need something reasonable and hopefully something that includes some utilities or even all utilities (would be nice to have one fixed payment). Any of you locals have suggestions of places to rent? Thanks!
#54 Apr 24, 2014
I am an older single mom.
my son would be in 9th grade.
we currently reside in Philly and want to make a new start.
We are planning on a 2016 move.
what are job opportunities like - I have a degree in behavioral health and human services + years of administrative work
A good balance of diversity is important to us.
All suggestions are welcome-including other places
#55 Jun 18, 2014
Baton Rouge is a beautiful place to live. If you need any resources this is a great site http://www.allmysons.com/batonrouge/baton_rou...
I hope this helps, good luck!
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