This article was a really interesting read and very well written!
Natives of New Orleans do not ask where you went to high school to judge and figure out the kind of person you are. This is a common misconception among newcomers to the city. I usually ask that to someone when I meet them to see if I can make any connections with that person and see if we know any of the same people. I feel like the same would (or atleast should) happen in any other city in the world. It's like if I meet someone from NYC and I ask them what neighborhood they are from. I'm not trying to judge them (nor could I since I'm not even from there). I'm simply curious and want to see if they may know someone that I know from a certain area.
I really just don't understand why this offends transplants so much. When I ask a transplant "are you from New Orleans?" and they answer yes. I immediately ask them where they went to highschool because I want to know if we know some of the same people because this gives you something immediately to talk about. Or you can then have a little fun talking about football rivalries and what not. But, when the transplant then answers "no, I'm not originally from here" I don't judge, I just ask them where they are from. I just don't get why so many people move here and then base all these judgements ON US about the kinds of questions we ask people. I mean, it's really not that weird to ask someone where they went to school. Our schools have been around a long time and so have we. This ain't Houston where there's a new school in some new suburb every year.
While I generally like your posts (because I enjoy the bus), I do have to point out that saying "the marigny or bywater" is absolutely not a transplant thing. I was born and raised here (still live here) with 5 generations of New Orleanians in my family. My great-great grandfather is buried in St. Roch Cemetery. Everyone in my family refers to these neighborhoods by the marigny or the bywater. I definitely agree that the bywater is the 9th ward (obviously), but just know that that is NOT a transplant thing. I think it generally depends on what part of the city you're from or other lines. For instance, many people consider Treme to continue all the way to Broad. I feel that it stops at Claiborne. I refer to the entire section of the city from esplanade to the industrial canal and right up past gentilly terrace as downtown while some say downtown is just below st. claude.
This is what makes our city so unique is that we are so diverse with so many neighborhoods and types of people that we are bound to argue over them. The same happens in most great cities of the world.
Actually, French was spoken and taught in schools all over New Orleans and parts of Louisiana until about the 1920's when the state government outlawed using French in schools.
I love Uptown Messenger. It supplements the other local news media outlets very well. I definitely like hearing about smaller-scale news that would normally not be reported on in the traditional news outlets. This model should definitely be reproduced for all neighborhoods in New Orleans.
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