Ed Chervenak

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The annual University of New Orleans quality of life survey has been released. Orleans Parish residents say things are looking up.

The UNO survey finds 47 percent of Orleans Parish respondents say the city has become a better place to live over the past five years.

Jefferson Parish responses were also positive — at 42 percent.

UNO political science professor Ed Chervenak says the poll surveyed registered voters over the phone in October — about 300 in each parish.

Crime remains the major concern in New Orleans. In Jefferson Parish, it rates 26 percent.

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