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Is New Orleans safe? Iíve read a lot about how corrupt the police are,
and there seems to be a lot of violence during Mardi Gras.

Sadly, New Orleans is a poor city and we have many urban problems. We donít
have enough rich people to pay taxes that will go for public services. While we
have many wonderful colleges and universities, our public schools are dreadful.
Carnival, the party that precedes Mardi Gras, can be dangerous if youíre
careless. Thieves abound, and the excess drinking can lead to violence in some
neighborhoods. But donít let that scare you off! New Orleans is fun all year
round, thereís always cold juleps, good food, great music, and gorgeous

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