Well, for example, I can walk out of my front door and go exactly one block to Magazine St. and take a left or right. I can then walk to dozens of restaurants or bars, shops, galleries, dry cleaner, grocery, etc. I can be at my CBD office in 10 - 15 minutes by driving down beautiful St. Charles Avenue.
That doesn't mean it doesn't exist for someone on the Northshore, it just means it requires a drive, which is the case for most of the people in the NOLA metro area anyway.
Not that any of your other points aren't valid, but you have to drive almost an hour to get that Nola culture. It isn't on the north shore. Of course you have access to it, but you don't have it.
Not for dining, as I mentioned earlier, 1/3 of the metro areas restaurants are on the Northshore. And not for alot of outdoor concerts/festivals, etc. Not for fishing, boating, hunting, etc. (Louisiana, Sportsman's Paradise).
Now, for the festivals/Jazz Fest/Saints games and such, yeah it requires a drive. When I lived in Harahan, it used to take me about 25 minutes from my house to parking my car for a Saints game. Now, from Mandeville, it takes me between 45-50 minutes...so a drive, but I'll happily drive 25 more minutes 8 times a year for the benefits I get from the Northshore.
Everyone I know that lives on the NS misses out on a lot of events in NOLA. Main reason is nobody wants to drive across the bridge after cocktailin. For instance after work today I'll go down to the CBD and check out the free concert. North shore people don't do this.
I agree the Causeway (aka, the Gauntlet) is a big deterrent for drinking and driving. But, I think another factor that it is hard for people that don't live on the Northshore to realize is, another reason is because there are some good options on the Northshore too and alot of those options are just preferred by people on the Northshore sometimes (families, etc.)
Things like Jazz'n the Vines. Saturday's in the fall, free Jazz concerts at a winery (Pontchartrain Vineyards) in Covington. Concerts at the Chenier, concerts at the Mandeville Trailhead, etc. Now, are the they the same as Wenesday's at the Square and such, NO! Absolutely not, but thats what alot of people like about it occasionally.
Very few people on the southshore often experience what the Northshore offers (no interest in a smaller, more fmaily oriented scene) and what the Southshore offers while many, many people on the Northshore experience both pretty frequently.
We can go all day with me naming a nice place and people from the southshore saying it sucks or isn't as good as a place on the southshore, but many of the festivals/concerts/places you guys might go to alot, I wouldn't do very frequently as a mid 30's father with my family. Living on the northshore, I can do both, and it doesn't mean I have bad taste, it actually means I can do more.
There are just not as many affordable areas in NOLA that present more options than what can be found on the NS. And if I have to choose between living in Metairie, Kenner, Belle Chasse, Lakeview, Gretna, River Ridge, Harahan, Destrehan, Luling, etc or the Northshore and I am driving to all those events in NOLA anyway in my opinion, for someone in my demograhic, the NS is the best option.....it doesn't mean I have bad taste. A sell-out yeah, but certainly not bad taste.
ETA - shite...that was LONG. I started writing it before a call for work and finished is when I came back.
This post was edited on 9/11 at 9:35 am