New Orleans Locals Share Their Most Unpopular Opinions About The City

What's your unpopular New Orleans opinion?

by Alex Galbraith
August 9, 2018

For a Catholic city, New Orleans sure has a metric ton of sacred cows. There are restaurants, traditions and ideas that are off-limits as far as criticism is concerned. Even though we like to think of ourselves as a city where everyone can do what they wanna, stepping out of line with the consensus on certain topics will be met with quick and stern retribution. Local Redditors have had enough. They created a space for residents to let out their most out-of-order views, asking folks to share their unpopular opinions on the city.

Take a look at a few of the best below:

Going for the Jugular

https://www.instagram.com/p/Bi2A7_EHJww/?tagged=nolapotholes

New Orleans’ tourism industry relies on romanticizing the dysfunction of the city – u/SquatsAndAvocados

Ready for Riots

https://www.instagram.com/p/BmJZCXEgrte/?tagged=jazzfest

[JazzFest] should cap ticket sales. The last 2-3 years have been very unenjoyable for me due to crowd size. – u/rollwave21

Called Out, Part the First

Genuinely, some of the people who complain the most about gentrification and usually also the ones gentrifying areas. It’s mind blowing honestly – u/Uptownorbust

Called Out: Redux

Nearly everyone whines about airbnb in our city but when they travel its the first thing they look at when finding a place to stay – u/DoctorNation

Hmmm…

Living in Metairie is OK, especially if “being able to walk across the street to a bar” isn’t on your list of must haves and “functioning AC, properly insulated house, no boiled water alerts” is on your list of must haves -u/Kryten_2X4B-523P

Locals?

Transplants are a good thing and are the only way this city will survive, long-term. We need some outside competency and investment – u/Esipmac

Go Big or Go Home

https://www.instagram.com/p/BmEFe8ag1fb/?tagged=mardigras

Mardi Gras needs an overhaul. It is an ecological mini disaster. Useless plastic by the hundreds of tons introduced into the environment and thrown away shortly thereafter serving no useful purpose. The trash people just throw everywhere. Diesel engines and gasoline engines idling away and running for hours and hours. Not to mention the traffic jams, the mediocrity of many troupes and krewes, the extended fuckery caused all over the city for two weeks every year, and all the other crap that comes with Mardi Gras – u/nonaffiliated

Fighting Words

Willie Mae’s Scotch House is too expensive, sides are too small and the chicken isn’t any better than Popeyes –
u/Moongooner

Don’t Do It

People who compare the city to a third-world country are annoying and have not been to or know enough about actual undeveloped nations. The city has a lot of problems that need work, but overall, this is a decent place to live compared to many, many other places in the world. We should be more grateful, more present, and enjoy our time while also trying to improve things.
Also, crime here is not a mystery. It’s a cycle that people purposefully avoid looking at head-on because it scares them – u/petitcochon

Go Off

https://www.instagram.com/p/BldV36jnhzO/?tagged=companyburger

Company burger blows – u/Esipmac

The Big One

https://www.instagram.com/p/BmMlXW4n5Oe/?tagged=beignet

I was born and raised in New Orleans and ever since I was kid I hated beignets – u/catheterhero

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