Not haunted haha. Yeah some people believe in that sort of thing. There's a stigma and old haunted feel in the city for sure.
Those shotgun houses like in your picture are really cool. The architecture in the city with all the brick row house style and iron work has a very old world European feel unlike any cites i've been to. Was one of the main things i loved about living there along with friendly people, amazing food, live music. It's a very laid back by day jumping night life with tons of stuff to do and see plus everyone likes to have fun there.
It's not really like other big cities where everyone is just all business no one talking to each other & people hardly even know their neighbors. I also found other cities to be a lot more shall we say segregated by class & race but NOLA is much more of a cultural melting pot of people that generally all get along for the most part probably how 'Mercia should be. That said there are areas you certainly want to stay away from but i haven't been back enough to get a good feel on how much that's changed since Katrina.
Only reason i wouldn't move back is the storms+flooding potential. I lived there most of my life without much issue but after losing everything in Katrina i was like nah son never again. Lafayette is probably our best city to live currently. Minus the cool architecture & cool NOLA culture it's big enough & growing, high enough & inland enough away from storms but the main feature is the hotties per capital is just off the charts there. It's like our Miami i guess. Not even kidding there's smoking hot 10's everywhere.
Glad you enjoyed it m8.