Boston vs. New Orleans: It’s Not a Contest

I don’t have anything bad to say about Boston.  I used to live in Boston.  Boston was very good to me.  In a contest between Boston vs. New Orleans, New Orleans is the opposite of Boston in every single way.  It is like comparing an apple to a kumquat.  It’s more than a simple matter of taste.  Stay on Esplanade Avenue in New Orleans to find out for yourself which city you prefer.  You may find yourself loving New Orleans as much as I do.  Haters gotta hate, but everyone falls in love with New Orleans, especially on Esplanade Avenue.  Esplanade Avenue is an enchanted street in a very interesting New Orleans neighborhood.


I’m a New Englander, so you may think I’d be inclined to prefer Boston over New Orleans in this matchup.  Boston has it’s charms.  Settled in 1630, Boston is The Cradle of Liberty.  Boston is full of history.  If you like sports, Boston has you covered: baseball, football, basketball, and hockey.  Boston is home to the oldest subway system in North America, and to the first public park in the U.S.: Boston Common.

I’m a New Englander, but I’m from Connecticut.  The Connecticut state motto is: “Qui Transtulit Sustinet.”  He Who Transplants Sustains.  I don’t think the Connecticut founders had transplanting to New Orleans in mind when they came up with that motto, but it’s worked out that way in my case.  I’m transplanted. A tree grows in New Orleans.

Children grow up in New Orleans, too.  They grow up in a New Orleans state of mind….

La Belle Esplanade!
Every day is a parade on Esplanade Avenue. Ours is an amazing city.

The New Orleans year revolves around Mardi Gras.

New Orleans has it’s charms.  Founded in 1718, the Crescent City is full of history.  New Orleans is The City That Care Forgot.  If you like sports, New Orleans has the Saints, a team that can do no wrong in this city, and we have the New Orleans Pelicans.  We don’t go in much for baseball or ice hockey in New Orleans.  New Orleans has the oldest streetcar system in the world, and New Orleans has two beautiful urban parks.  There is Audubon Park, uptown, and then there is the urban gem, City Park, at the end of Esplanade Avenue, a picturesque stroll from our boutique hotel’s address.  The New Orleans Museum of Art is also located at the end of our street, in City Park



Boston is made up, geographically, of 89.63 square miles.  48.4 of those square miles are land.  It has a population density of 13,841 people per square mile.  The median household income in Boston Is $51,739.  16% of families live below the poverty line.  Boston is known as “a city of neighborhoods.”  According to the Boston City Government, the city is made up of 28 officially designated neighborhoods, each with its own unique identity and personality.

New Orleans is made up, geographically, of 349.85 square miles.  169.42 of those square miles are land.  It has a population density of 2,310 people per square mile.  Don’t let that density figure fool you.  A large proportion of New Orleans is made up of uninhabitable swamp.  The inhabited parts of New Orleans, where we live, is dense and richly textured.  The median household income in New Orleans is $36,964.  27% of New Orleans families live below the poverty line.  New Orleans is known as “The Big Easy.”  According to the New Orleans City Government, the city is made up of 73 officially designated nieghborhoods, each with its own unique identity and personality.

Life in New Orleans is granular.  What New Orleanians lack in their paychecks, they make up for it in culture.  New Orleans is culturally rich.  There are more bars, restaurants, and nightclubs per capita in New Orleans than there are in Boston, by a long shot.  There are more musicians making a living from their music in New Orleans, as a percentage of the population, than there are in Boston—again, by far.  New Orleans is relaxed.  Every day in New Orleans is an excuse to “laissez les bon temps rouler.”

Boston’s motto:  “Sicut paribus sit Deus nobis.”  As God was with our fathers, so may He be with us.  We keep the same sentiment in New Orleans, but we don’t make that big a deal out of it.



Let me count the ways over breakfast.
Your humble narrator is wrong. There are more than 3 reasons to love New Orleans.

Reason Number One, which can’t be discounted when it comes to Boston vs. New Orleans:  New Orleans is the exact opposite of Boston in every way possible.  When I first visited New Orleans, I was in the Cabildo, one of our local history museums, and there was a plaque quoting a visitor from Boston in the 1870s.  It said, “In New Orleans, they celebrate the Sabbath the way we in Boston celebrate the Fourth of July.”  That is still true to this day.  Even when nothing is going on in New Orleans, something is going on.

Reason Number Two, which also can’t be discounted, when it comes to Boston vs. New Orleans:  The food is better. The cocktails are better.  The music is better.  There is good food, good drink, and good music everywhere in New Orleans.  You don’t have to seek them out.  You just have to walk down any street.  If you want a beer, you won’t have to go to a package store.  You can walk into any bar and order a go-cup, and then you’ll continue on your stroll to your next destination with a refreshing beer in hand, and you won’t be late for your next dinner date.

Reason Number Three:  When you visit New Orleans, you can stay not only in the #1-rated place in New Orleans (that goes without saying), but in the #3 small boutique hotel in the United States (#1 is in St. Augustine, Florida, which is nowhere near as interesting as New Orleans.  #2 is in Stockbridge, Mass.  If you’re going to Stockbridge, you may as well stay at home.), and in the #17 inn in the world.  You know where I’m talking about dontcha?  You’re on the right website to make a reservation if you want to get into the New Orleans state of mind and visit New Orleans like a New Orleanian (or like a transplanted Bostonian for a few days).  Good memories are made on Esplanade Avenue.  Reserve early.  12.7 million people visited New Orleans last year.  We only have five suites.  Be one of the lucky few.

À votre santé,

La Belle Esplanade

..ranked the #1 inn in New Orleans and in Louisiana, the #3 inn in the U.S., the #17 place to stay in the whole world.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018:  Every day in New Orleans is a cause for celebration.  Boston has a population of 687,584.  How many of them are true Bostonians and how many of them are transient students at one of the city’s 40 colleges and universities, I can’t say.  New Orleans has a population of 391,495 New Orleanians.  I can go anywhere in the world and say I am from New Orleans and everyone will know where I’m talking about.  The first word out of their mouth when they learn where I’m from will be, “Jazz!”  And, they’ll exclaim it with a smile.

————The people have spoken!——