The city of New Orleans, while beautiful and with a lot to offer to curious travelers, is also a place where you’d want to know your whereabouts before starting to roam around the city. Naturally, before every travel or holiday, you should have a list with some of the places you don’t want to get yourself into when visiting your location of choice.
We will now offer you information about five of the places you have to avoid while visiting New Orleans. Let’s get started.
Basin City Projects
Crossing Rampart from one of the sides of Canal Street will get you into a neighborhood known as Basin City Projects. You might wander away and get yourself into this area because the French Quarter is located before it, where iconic cemeteries are located. Of course, visiting these cemeteries is safe, but getting into Basin City Projects is not.
It is recommended that you are in your car, definitely not on foot, especially if you plan to go past Basin City Projects, on the I-10. This neighborhood has very little tourists that populate it, therefore marking it as dangerous for travel – as a tourist, you will attract muggers, especially if you are in a small group.
Warrington Drive/Robert E. Lee Blvd.
This area is mainly unsafe because people with incomes that are as low as 85% from the rest of the country live here. Of course, it’s also marked as the area with one of the lowest incomes in the country. Therefore, there’s the risk of pickpocketing and robbery if you travel these streets.
Moreover, when it comes to the poverty levels, 44% of the children find themselves below the standards here – getting mugged by a band of little mischiefs could be possible if you are not paying attention.
Port Street/Urquhart Street
This neighborhood, while small when it comes to size, is one of the high crime spots in New Orleans. Also, according to some reports, only 30% of the people living in these areas walk or take the bus to work.
Therefore, during the evenings – and nights, of course – and especially in winter, this neighborhood might look like a deserted area that will give you the creeps. It’s better that you stay in a reputed hotel and have your favorite wine glass than traveling to these parts of the town.
The 8th and 9th Ward, Esplanade, South Claiborne, and North Rampart Streets
These areas are to be avoided completely – during the day as well as during the night. They are mostly populated by teenagers and homeless people. While the homeless might do you no harm, except the usual begging, the teenagers have reportedly caused much trouble to tourists in the past. The first thing they’ll look for when approaching you will be your money – so keep your wallet in a safe place.
If something unpleasant occurs, you should not engage in any conflicts. It’s better to just leave and mind your own business – staying calm and being smart will get you out of any situation that involves muggers or such.
This area is deemed as one of the unsafest, especially after dark. Here, the NASA Assembly Plant of Michoud can be found as well. If you are into such things, you might want to give it a tour – however, be careful of the means of getting there, and visit it during the day.
A thing that’s worth mentioning is the fact that New Orleans, when it comes to safety, is safer than just 5% of all of the U.S. cities.
In the end, you should think twice before visiting New Orleans – and if you do eventually get in this city, be sure to stay indoors during the night and avoid any of the aforementioned areas.