Lakeview is the best place to live. Well, to be fair, it was the best place to live. Right now, it's not very nice, but it will be again - and soon!
Basically, Lakeview is my home, and I love it. Here's why!
Why Lakeview is Better than Old Metairie:
Lakeview has sidewalks! I went to highschool in Old Metairie, and while it's nice, THERE ARE NO SIDEWALKS! And sure, a lot of the Lakeview sidewalks were kinda rough, pitted, cratered ... but it's the thought that counts!
Why Lakeview is Better than The Garden District:
My friends who lived in the Garden District didn't get to ride their bikes around the neighborhood as kids. They all had big fences, and couldn't leave the yard. We Lakeview kids got to ride our bikes and rollerskate all over!
Why Lakeview is Better than Kenner:
Sure, Kenner has the airport, but Kenner isn't actually New Orleans. Lakeview is in New Orleans, so people from Lakeview can truthfully say when asked, "I'm from New Orleans." However much Lakeview may feel suburban in terms of the quality of life, it's a part of the City.
Why Lakeview is Better than Uptown in General:
We know our neighbors. The crime rate is lower. The grocery stores are better (I never liked Whole Foods that much - too crowded and too expensive). WE HAVE MORE SNO-BALL STANDS PER CAPITA! You feel safe pumping your gas.
Why Lakeview is Better than Baton Rouge:
Baton Rouge is fulf of traffic. The bars all close at 2 a.m. Tony Angello's restaurant is in Lakeview, not Baton Rouge. Russell's Marina Grill is in Lakeview, not Baton Rouge.
Why Lakeview is Better than Atlanta:
Did I say Baton Rouge traffic sucks? Atlanta traffic is even worse! Jimmy Carter Blvd. does not move, and the interstate near it does not move.
Why Lakeview is Better than Houston:
Houston has serious smog problems, that it shares with Baton Rouge. I've been to Houston, and I didn't see boulevards lined with oaks. There is a lot to do in Houston, but I've never heard people who moved away rhapsodizing about moving back. Lakeview is a generational thing - once you've lived here, you don't WANT to live elsewhere!
Why Lakeview is Better than Manhattan:
There's always parking in Lakeview, and you don't have to pay for it! No parking garages, no parking meters - just on and off-street parking as far as the eye can see.
Why Lakeview is Better than ANYWHERE ELSE:
The people, the places, the attitude - Lakeview is a truly unique area. It has the charm and safety of a suburb, while being IN a big city. It has the BEST restaurants - Tony Angello's, Reginelli's, Russell's, Lakeview Harbor - everything from fine dining to burger bars! The predominant architecture is beautiful - italianate villa-style homes with spanish tile roofs. Children can play outside - people know to be on the lookout for kids chasing balls into the street. Families live here for generations. When you leave, all you can think about is coming home.
Even if the rest of the city of New Orleans crumbles and falls, I have a feeling there will still be some of us trying to maintain a normal life at home in Lakeview.
That's why Lakeview is so special: it's HOME.