What N Rampart and Ursulines -- is that a safe area?
I have been following the other thread about the area around Clarion Hotel.
I will also be visiting New Orleans but I am going to be staying at the French Quarter Courtyard Hotel at 1101 N Rampart Street, at the corner of Ursuline St.
How safe is this area?
Thanks in advance.
My night time safety zone includes Bourbon Street on the west (but possibly the 100-300 blocks of Dauphine Street), St. Peter maybe St. Ann to the north, the river to the east, and Canal (Street maybe Common Street to include the Hampton Inn in the CBD) to the South. My daytime boundaries could extend north to Esplanade Avenue and south through the CBD. Always always watch over your shoulder and who's approaching you on the sidewalk ahead - same as in any city USA.
We stayed there one year during Mardi Gras, before we moved here. It was fine. You don't want to walk behind the hotel, into the area that is called Treme, but crossing the street into the Quarter in the daytime is not a problem. At night, stay on well-lighted streets. Just use common sense and be aware of who is around you, as you would in any city. You should take cabs if you are going to other areas.
NO! NO ! NO !!!!!!!
STAY AWAY FROM ANYTHING ON N. RAMPART ST !!!!!
This is NO JOKE !!!
This is NOT just not some KINDA bad neighborhood......
THIS IS FRIGGIN B A D NEIGHBORHOOD !!!!
I use to work a block away and one day almost got raped !!!!
THERE ARE OTHER PLACES !
DON'T TAKE A CHANCE !!!
Last year during Jazz Fest I walked to the Morris FX Auditoruim (which is in Louis Armstong park) during the daytime to figure out where it was for the Van Morrison concert and had no problems nor felt any fear. I sat in the park there off of Rampart outside the auditorium and drank a beer with a fellow who had just got off work and we talked. I then returned that night crossing Rampart at Orleans or St. Peter St, I forget which, and entered the Auditorium entrance area which is on the opposite side of the building away from Rampart.
Granted my nighttime travel was during a high traffic time but it was very lightly populated during the day but neither time was I worried or in fear. Even saying all of this I would not stroll any further along Rampart towards Esplande than I had to, especially at night.
As for the comments of including portions of the CBD in your "safe area", I have had many more confrontations or hinky situations on the opposite side of Canal away from the FQ and the side streets leading into the CDB than I ever had in the FQ or the Fauborg Marigny area.
All that said, NO is a big city with all the components that make big cities what they are and the advice to always be aware is very sound. Almost all experts agree, always look like you know where you are going. Study those maps ahead of time, know the street names and note the crossing streets ahead of and after your target area. Preperation is key.