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  1. I heard that the "Disney" interest is for a movie studio and not a theme park. Anyone have any info on this or know somone in the loop? 2000 acers is one helluva movie studio.
  2. I passed through Shreveport on my way to Little Rock a couple of months ago. Shreveport looks kind of small until you hit downtown with all the riverboats and hotels. Little Rock is something else. I love that town...so much more to do than you'd think. Oklahoma City, Little Rock, Nashville and Baton Rouge might be my favorite cities that I've spent a lot of time in. I never much liked Houston or Atlanta.
  3. Crappy schools has been a major hurdle for WBR, but there are many other reasons. Schools: Baton Rouge has been losing younger families for years. Those families have a choice of moving to West Baton Rouge and still having to pay tuition for a good school, or moving to Livingston and can move into a nice house with a big yard for a good price- and have one of the best public schools to boot. Brusly is improving a lot. West Baton Rouge decided about a decade ago that it wanted good schools. It takes about that long for that struggle to pay off. Brusly is growing pretty quickly, t
  4. I sure hope that Dury inn isn't going up where I think it is... That bayou right there smells really bad all of the time.
  5. That place was full not 5 years ago....then walmart abandoned the place to build a supercenter about 100 yards down the street and now the only tenant is a flea market. I agree. Something needs to be done soon. I think the area could use more business development (non-retail). If they can lease out a space for a call center, or any kind of office I think it would work wonders for that area. It used to house office max, Books a Million, at least a dozen clothing stores, Wal Mart. I suspect that the owner of that strip mall wants too much for for rent, as Bed Bath and Whatnot, Gui
  6. Little Vietnam? Where is that? I had heard about that sort of thing, but could never figure out where it was.
  7. I'd like to see something that catches the eye. The two mid rise towers with a large atrium at the ground level with plenty of lighting would look pretty cool at night.
  8. The more I see of that rendering the less I like the plan. Does anyone think these things through? Not only that, but my biggest concern is that creates a void between the levee and the pier thingy that will get clogged with trees and what not during high water. During the winter, you will be able to walk under the pier....which will be a haven for crime. These boardwalks are nice, but if they take up that much area they become filled with drug activity, crime, and homeless, much like boardwalks and over passes all over the country. You can't have access under the park and a void
  9. They need to widen I-10 to eight lanes between the I-10/I-110 split to College Drive, then again from the I-10/I-12 split out to LA 73. Also, I-12 should be six lanes between O'neal and Walker. The really sad part is that they need to do all of this AND a loop. It seems almost hopeless to me, especially when you consider all of the other state projects needed just as badly, like the I-49 connector through Lafayette, rebuilding the Atchafalya Basin Bridge, and those "rural" timed projects that only urban New Orleans has benefited from. We need to demand transportation dollers ou
  10. Has there been any decision yet as to where the new Charity will be? Howell Place has the room. It's clean, safe, and near the interstate. It's also on an intersection of two big highways that should be easy for emergency access. It's in Northern Baton Rouge. Just a thought. I passed through that area today. I noticed a bit housing development that wasn't there last time I passed. It was on the corner of Airline and Scenic. Is that a housing project? Lots of smaller houses really, really close together. They all looked very similar in design. It was a gated neighborhood.
  11. Good. They can break out the street sweepers more often than once a decade, too.
  12. I'd say that some incidents are more likely to be recorded in south baton rouge than in north baton rouge. Baton Rouge Police Department is known for ignoring calls from student neighborhoods, so I can imagine that they don't show up north of Florida Blvd as often as they are needed.
  13. I agree. It's just nasty. City Plaza is too modern and nice to go with it, and it just doesn't have the classical beauty that the older buildings along North Blvd or 3rd street have. Knock it down and put in a high rise hotel or an office building. You can bet offices will be in high demand across the street from the courthose. Lawyers offices alone would be in huge demand. A hotel would do well near the Shaw center, River Center, 3rd Street, and nearby LSU. Now that I think about it.....if there were any place that I'd want to put a large mixed use tower (mostly offices), it
  14. Anyone have any details on the Advocate site, yet? I think that since Riverplace may actually be a reality at 25+ stories that I'd rather see the two 8-15 story buildings that everyone mentioned. I'd like to see something like a 10 story high end office building and a modern 15 story hotel with riverfront views. It's such a huge block....I'd like to see more shorter structures on it than one massive structure and green space that will take away from the Capitol building.
  15. Oil is about $70 per bbl of crude and looks to stay higher than $60 a bbl for the next ten years at least...of course, now Lafayette starts booming again like it was in the 1970s. I asked a friend of mine who works for Schlumberger in Lafayette when he thinks oil will be affordable again. His response was "Gee, I hope not for a long time." That just goes to show you how Louisiana's economy works. We had major bust in the 1980s when the energy industry busted and oil was $12 a bbl. That whole town is oil and gas, and oil and gas service industries. Everyone eats very well there....l
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