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  1. Baton Rouge Single Family Developments

    Would you invest in property within a subdivision with connections that could be built into a low income apartment complex at any time? The lack of planning destroys confidence that neighboring developments will match the context of the existing community. Atlanta is the same way.
  2. Baton Rouge Growth and Development

    They'll certainly have no shortage of business in that location. Excellent choice. New Orleans is gonna be pissed.
  3. Baton Rouge Coffee House

    Baton Rouge is one of only a handful of areas in the state that has seen consistent growth for the past century - and that is despite the very best efforts of state government to ignore the infrastructure needs.
  4. Baton Rouge Single Family Developments

    Judging by how high the water table gets during spring in Riverbend, I'm kind of surprised they are building things there. It's certainly a good location if you work downtown or at LSU (or south Baton Rouge for that matter). Any idea what the development is called? I'd love to see a site plan.
  5. BREC

    Yeah of the 4 locations you mentioned, O'Neal would have the highest flood concern for me. They might be able to build up the exhibits, but that would add costs. Probably not worth it unless they can obtain the land for free. The other 3 locations are better, but also likely more expensive to obtain. I'd prefer the horse ranch by Cedar Lodge, but the Dixie Landing area is also a pretty good spot depending on what piece of land they are talking about. It would be beneficial to have visibility to I-10 in that case even if the exhibits were set back from the highway. The area near Forrest Park is a pretty decent location (and I did point that out earlier), so I'm glad they are considering it. That's a good spot especially if they can get the plot immediately north of Harrell's Ferry Road. They can get freeway frontage and visibility and have ample space to install new museums and attractions in the future. Harrell's ferry is also a very nice, wide road with sidewalks and street lights. It's also easy to get to from both Sherwood and Millerville off I-12. They could probably even put parking north of the street and build a walk-over bridge if they had the land north of the street. I think that area also would require some prep but it includes a mature tree canopy and plenty of space. My vote would go for Forrest Park of those locations, assuming it were available.
  6. Pointe-Marie TND Development

    RV park. Hard pass. Would be awesome if that wasn't part of this development.
  7. BREC

    I think its important to point out that there is virtually nothing that we can do to prepare for another event like what Baton Rouge saw a year ago. 30 inches of rain inside of a single day is going to devastate any city. That being said, if they can build up the exhibits on the sites to an elevation that would not have flooded in 2016, I don't think it would matter if things like the parking lot or accessory structures flooded. With that in mind, that location is about as good as you can get in Baton Rouge without demolishing something else. IMO it makes up for being farther away from the city center with visibility on I-12 and the overall size of the project. I think it would be smart for Baton Rouge to start locating amenities with regional scope (like zoos or airports) along I-12 and I-10 on the side of town that is growing. We can use their business and admission $$ to create better amenities in Baton Rouge if we do it smartly. In 20 years the metro will grow even more towards the Hammond and New Orleans metro areas. We may need to compete with their local attractions.
  8. BREC

    It sounds like they are eyeing the massive plot of land along O'Neal and I-12. I suppose that would be one of the few decent locations available if they can build up the exhibits to avoid flooding. Certainly a nice tree canopy there, and I'm sure they could build enough retention ponds and obtain enough fill to keep the animal's feet dry in the unlikely event we get another biblical flood like we did last year. Visibility on I-12 and easy access to the growing parts of the metro area would really help draw more visitors. It could produce and help justify a much nicer zoo for Baton Rouge. The current location in Baker was never a great idea. BREC does a good job, but that was a pretty big mistake. The region has grown a lot since then, and so has the zoo's target market. It's time for a major expansion, but there just isn't many plots with good access to the region's limited highway network that can support a zoo without a lot of prep. The I-12 location near O'Neal may be the best available option, although I'd really like to see them seriously consider the old Cortana property.
  9. West Baton Rouge

    I think they are trying to do what Baton Rouge did for the Central Thruway. Local government covers the cost of a two lane road, but hope for federal or state funding to expand the scope to 4 lanes. And I'm not even going to be shy about it. LA1 being a clusterf-ck is entirely on the state's inability to maintain its own infrastructure. This is caused by decades and decades of mismanagement and prioritization of the needs of other regions over Baton Rouge. There is nothing West Baton Rouge could have done to avoid the bottleneck created by the canal and the lock. They built the shipping canal right there, and they need to help provide funding for an alternative route over the darn thing - even if it is just a couple of draw bridges. It's absurd that LA 1 is only 4 lanes over the canal or that there isn't an alternative route, and it is massively offensive to demand increased tax revenue (especially aiming this argument to Baton Rouge taxpayers) to cover state and federal transportation projects in Baton Rouge when the area was completely ignored during the last infrastructure initiative (TIMED). They could have built 4 Audubon Bridges and probably 30 LA415 connectors for what it costs to add a lane to the Huey Long bridge in New Orleans. Baton Rouge got nothing out of that $4.6 billion dollar state initiative.
  10. Baton Rouge Transportation

    The first leg of the transit system is always the most expensive. Those 8 Saturdays a year will help justify the initial leg. I think it's foolish to not try to obtain federal funding, especially at a time when everyone is expecting a major infrastructure plan to be unveiled soon.
  11. Capital Area Pathways Project (CAPP)

    Do they have some kind of master plan? I seriously think Choctaw east to Airline has enough green space adjacent to fit an 8' wide bike/jogging trail. Will this include the half-baked "restripe" nonsense or will it actually include new sidewalks and a fancy bike lane?
  12. Denham Springs & Livingston Parish

    Livingston really needs to start investing in its road network. Another 350 people living off Juban Road, and it is still a narrow two lane road just north of this development, with no connection beyond Florida.
  13. Baton Rouge Coffee House

    I honestly don't have any confidence in current leadership. Even if she wasn't corrupt and incompetent, she seems bent on only being the mayor for some of the parish. That's something Holden avoided not only in appearance but in practice. He is a huge cheer leader for Louisiana, and would have made a great Lt. Governor. Hopefully he considers stepping back in to be mayor. I think he'd have to run as a republican.
  14. Baton Rouge Coffee House

    It was pretty elaborate and costly. Not the building itself, but prepping the land for construction would have costs tens of millions on its own. The bond proposal floated by Holden was bigger than anything the parish had ever seen. ALIVE was attached to a massive list of projects that were actually needed. I believe the entire bond was over $1 billion, with $300 million going to ALIVE. Keep in mind that this was at the height of the recession and a lot of people in Baton Rouge were worried about paying rent. This was a risky way to spend the area out of the recession. About $500 million in total was for major infrastructure overhauls like sidewalks and cross walks in north Baton Rouge, a new (larger) prison, syncing traffic lights all over the parish, widening roads, burying power lines, etc. I think that may have passed had it not been tied to ALIVE. Even the local TEA Party people said that they'd have backed it if the two were split up (ALIVE and the Infrastructure enhancements).
  15. New Hotels

    Haha. Your imagination works like mine. In this hypothetical scenario, Louisiana would be subject to air strikes, not conventional ground forces. I actually don't think Louisiana could be easily invaded by ground forces. It would be too easy for locals and defense forces (even state or local police) to essentially shut down or even dismantle the countless river crossings, and the terrain would make it impossible to move men and equipment across the landscape. The locals are all well armed, they are mostly self sufficient, and so many have access to off road vehicles and boats. It would be extremely hard to invade and maintain a supply chain even under good weather conditions unless you can move things up the river. I don't think a traditional invasion would work in the US at all. But for the sake of argument, I would imagine we are talking about a large country in SE Asia initiating conflict If I were them, I would wait until a particularly weak president was in office or wait until an economic downturn, then I would invade Mexico. America would see this miles and miles away and would station troops along Mexican border and may even move into Mexico or stage an airstrike on ground forces from the US. So prior to invading Mexico (or concurrently), the invading force would have to take out strategic air command in Barksdale, and all major naval and air stations in San Diego, Los Angeles, and Texas. This would be impossible unless the US was also being invaded from the east by an alternate force from, say, the Bareants or Kara Sea region (wink wink). This would consume the nation's attention and likely force the country to move aircraft carriers and most of the naval fleet to the north Atlantic to defend DC and New York, leaving the south western US and the Gulf Coast vulnerable. I think Louisiana would have to be bombed from the air - particularly the airports, pipelines, and major river crossings. I think the dozen or so refineries in Houston, New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Lake Charles, and Beaumont/Port Arthur would be easier targets from carrier-based bombers than the actual oilfields. That would basically shut down the nation's energy production without having to move inland to Oklahoma or the Dakotas. If defenses in Baton Rouge and New Orleans were destroyed, the invading force could move freight and armored divisions up the river to Memphis, St. Louis, and eventually to the big midwest cities. With ground in the center of the US like that, you could essentially cut off Texas and the west from the east and move yourself up the Ohio River into Indiana, Kentuky, Ohio, and even into western Pennsylvania. I don't think it would be even remotely possible to move troops or armored equipment to this hemisphere in significant numbers without the American Navy stalking them from the moment they left their home ports. It would be even more difficult to move aircraft carriers into the gulf or along the Pacific coast. Fun fact: WW2 era German U Boats were sunk by fisherman with depth charges off the coast of Louisiana. They actually just found the wreckage of one of them 5-7 years ago.