N'Awlins is one of those cities that you have to appreciate and understand to love. Can it be dangerous, sure. Use a little common sense and you will probably be safe. Can it be dirty, yes. I have lived in New York City, Dayton, Filthydelphia, Tampa, and Fort Lauderdale as well as New Orleans, and except for New York City, N'Awlins offers much more to do and there is something for everyone. I have found most of the people who hate it either have had a bad experience(my wife for example lived there for years and hates it), or have heard something bad about it, or have not truly experienced it. As far as I am concerned it is one of the best cities and underappreciated cities in the world.