NEW ORLEANS, La.
— It was the second most crowded metropolitan area in the U.S., with more than 1.5 million people in New Orleans, according to new data from The Associated Press.
New Orleans is in the middle of an urban renaissance, but some people in the city’s downtown and suburbs are still frustrated with traffic.
Many residents live in the most densely populated areas, including the city center, and they say it’s getting harder to find a job and find a place to live.
“The first thing I’m going to say is we are living in a time where the city has changed a lot in terms of what is happening in the downtown and the suburbs,” said New Orleans resident Lisa G. Johnson.
Johnson is an architect, and she is trying to move to the city, but she is worried about her commute time.
She said she spends nearly all of her time in her office.
She also says that when she has to leave the office for work, she will often miss a bus because it’s too crowded to get on.
Johnson said she would like to move downtown, but there are several issues that make her not want to move.
She said it’s hard to find affordable housing, and the city does not have a dedicated bike lane.
“There’s a lot of parking and a lot more cars,” she said.
Johnson said there are not enough people to pay rent, and even though the city offers free wifi, she is still having trouble finding places to rent.
The AP is using a proprietary formula that accounts for population, employment and home values to compile data about how many people live in a city.
But many people in NOLA don’t have a clue how much of the city they are living.
It’s impossible to know exactly how many homes there are because the city doesn’t have many official counts.
There are about 15,000 vacant homes, which means there is no way to tell if someone is a homeowner.
That’s why Johnson said she is frustrated with the state of the housing market.
“There are a lot places that are just begging for people to come, and I don’t know how many more people are willing to rent,” she told ABC News.
Johnson has been a member of a housing advisory board for the Greater New Orleans Chamber of Commerce for more than a year.
The group is advocating for more affordable housing.
“I have lived in New York for more years than I can remember,” she explained.
“And New Orleans has been one of the most affordable places I have ever lived.
And we need to find housing for all of these people, not just those who are willing, but also those who aren’t willing to give it up.”
Johnson said many of the apartments in New Louisianas are too small and cramped.
Some of the smaller apartments are already oversold, so she said she has been getting more offers.
While there are plenty of small-business owners who are struggling to stay afloat, Johnson said there needs to be more housing for those in need.
“We need more apartments,” she stated.