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  1. I was just complaining since flood control (or lack thereof) would be a major barrier to development for the Baton Rouge area. The truth is that you can find good public schools in the Baton Rouge area if you wanted to (Zachary, Central, Watson, Ascension, etc.). The costs of living are low. The area is relatively insulated from storm surge and hurricanes. Winters are no big deal at all. It's an easy drive to Texas, Tennessee, or the beaches in Florida. Taxes aren't that high. The area would grow if there was better infrastructure.
  2. Rouses will do well there. I know I'm not supposed to like Rouses because they are technically not the "Baton Rouge" store, but they do a very good job with their new stores that are built from the ground up. That Winn Dixie on Burbank had better start renovating now. If you want to save money, you'll just go to that Wal Mart Neighborhood marketplace on Highland/Lee. If you want a higher quality grocery, Rouses will be there. Winn Dixie is vulnerable with higher prices, poor service, and an aging store with very little prepared food or space devoted to restaurants. Between this and the reduction in TOPS, I suspect that multi family housing development near LSU would not be a great idea for developers. Why spend $1000+/month to share a 4 bedroom apartment 10 minutes from campus when you could get all the same amenities and be within walking distance of class?
  3. ^^ I think most of the corporate Canes jobs are in Dallas unfortunately.
  4. It's January 2017 and the Comite Diversion Canal still hasn't been built. Most of us were still using AOL and laughing at Monica Lewinski jokes when taxpayers started contributing towards this project.
  5. Howell Place development seemed to hit a hard stop with the recession and has not really recovered until recently. I was actually surprised that the Coca Cola bottling plant went around the corner to Plank Rd instead of Howell Place, but I suspect they needed a really large piece of real estate. The Chevrolet dealer makes more sense....they'll value more "visibility" that would come with commuters on Plank. It was weird that Boutin's restaurant opened in there at the time. That puzzled me and I thought it would definitely run into trouble. The particular spot they built behind the Hotels was not visible from Harding. Just seemed weird for a restaurant. IMO since the site is not visible from either Airline, Plank, or I-110 (and the Harding plots have all been developed into an IHOP, Smoothie King, etc.), the rest of the development will be mostly neighborhood services, gyms, apartments, distribution centers, or assisted living. If the ultimate goal was to develop retail, I think it would have been better to connect Howell to Plank and Harding instead of 72nd and Harding. It would have served as a "cut through" and found more traffic. The way it is now, the parts of the development ideal for retail have all been taken - some of them by hotels.
  6. Very convenient for them that they happened to own a useless plot of land that nearly tripled in value overnight because of this project.
  7. Meh. Most of the folks I know that are bickering (regardless of race) about Broome were pretty big Holden supporters. There seems to be unanimous frustration with choices this mayoral election.
  8. Weird.
  9. I'd like to see another big office user moving to Water Campus site. Anyone know how to navigate BR's planning commission website? Can we set layout plans and such on there?
  10. It was a matter of time. Macy's is also announcing store closings as well. The one in Kenner is shutting down.
  11. Seems like they'd open up somewhere downtown if that were the case.
  12. I'm going to ramble on a bit: 142 apartments at this development, about half are 2 bedroom. Maybe a 4th of all 1 bedrooms will be occupied by couples. At 90% occupancy, a conservative estimate would be that 300 people would be occupying this building in about 12 months. 300 additional full time residents that will occasionally patronize local grocery stores, occasionally hail an uber car, occasionally warm a stool on 3rd street, entertain friends/family, and sometimes dine in downtown restaurants. That's a pretty big impact especially for that immediate area. The building's residents will almost create enough demand for the ground level retail it will offer by itself. I believe that will make this particular block the most populated in downtown when it comes to permanent residents. The immediate area already feels much different than it did 15 years ago. If each of the 40 block downtown averaged just 75 residents or hotel guests (much less 300), downtown would have a different character than today. And this particular development only covers a half block. Onyx is 28 units. Courtyard is 135 beds. Watermark is 144 beds. On non-peak nights they are probably contributing 150+ people downtown conservatively including employees. On home games for LSU, they are probably contributing more than double that. You can almost describe downtown as crowded during big home games. Lofts are 142 units by itself. Conclusion: The Lofts project is the biggest game changer downtown since the IBM building and development. It combined with the new hotels we are seeing in 2016 and 2017 will provide a MUCH different feel for downtown moving forward. If the city can keep the area safe and clean, it will be one of the more desirable areas in town for young people. Why is Walk-On's delaying their half court project again?
  13. That means you'll be our nominee for progress updates It's not on Main, but proximity to all those large office buildings nearby seems like a corner retail or restaurant space would be at least somewhat lucrative for the developers if they have space. They may not want to deal with a tenant though.
  14. I'm not a police officer. I'm repeating what I've heard from a friend of my wife's and her family members at EBRSO. She seems to be indicating that it is policy related, not personnel. It's pretty common for new mayors to appoint a different police chief. Also, just because there is concern within the department over specific changes does not mean that said changes will ever actually happen. Politicians say one thing and do something entirely different all the time. That's your opinion. I have mine. What happened in town after the Alton Sterling shooting was a lot bigger than just concerned locals gathering. There was a political and media frenzy in Baton Rouge along with some well organized, well funded protesters from out of state. The entire country was watching us. The freeways stayed open, commerce continued (for the most part), and the place did not break down into riots (which is more than I can say for a lot of other cities) despite a very high profile terrorist shooting targeting law enforcement. I think we all owe a bit gratitude towards city leadership, the department, the local populace, and God himself for keeping things from boiling over. As horrific as things were, they could have been so much worse.
  15. Supposedly she wants to turn back some of the more positive changes made in the police department the past few years. IMO BRPD had a very difficult year, but they handled the protests exceptionally well given the circumstances. I would hate to see punitive action against the department by a politician.