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The renewal of New Orleans is underway. Both long-time and new residents live, work and play in this most European of American cities.  The focus of the area has shifted to one of rebuilding--in both the bricks-and-mortar sense and the institutional sense.  Construction and renovation and restoration of buildings, incorporating new designs with traditional architecture of the area, takes place alongside the rebuilding of important institutional components of the city--the public school system, the judicial system, re-invigorated neighborhood associations, and other governmental entities. New businesses have opened alongside many of our old favorites. But the atmosphere of “laissez les bon temps rouler” (let the good times roll) has never been stronger.

New Orleans is the largest city in Louisiana and is the state's banking, judicial, medical, and cultural center.  Located on the Mississippi River 50 miles above the Gulf of Mexico, New Orleans is one of the world's largest ports.  The shipping industry has been the greatest contributor to the prominence of New Orleans as a center of admiralty law and international trade.  As the South's port of call for 200 years, New Orleans has developed as a city of rich ethnic traditions.

There is a hint of the history and culture of New Orleans in the food at almost any local restaurant. And students are delighted to find how affordable the internationally acclaimed Creole and Cajun cooking is.  New Orleans plays host to some of the best music in the world, yet entertainment in the city is astonishingly affordable as well.

New Orleans is still a popular destination for tourists and is regularly the site of Super Bowls and Final Four basketball tournaments.  Major conventions and other events are held here almost every day, including meetings of law-related entities--our Career Development Office regularly sets up meetings for students with potential employers who are visiting the city to attend professional meetings.

Another pleasant surprise is the affordability and congeniality of living accommodations.  While a relatively small percentage of students live on campus (less than 10 percent), many live in apartment buildings and older houses in the University neighborhoods immediately surrounding the campus.  Others live closer to downtown in the Garden District or the Warehouse District--still less than 15 minutes from campus. Students who prefer a suburban lifestyle find it on the West Bank, in Metairie, River Ridge, or Harahan.

Read an insightful guide written by some of the members of the Payson Graduate Student Association: Welcome to New Orleans: A Brief Adventure Guide from One Payson Graduate Student to Another, 2014-2015 (PDF)

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