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  1. Right now there's high demand for rental property in the area with the flooding and the proximity to LSU. It won't always be like that. IMO Baton Rouge's lack of planning allows for too many apartment complexes south of LSU. They reduce demand for apartments north of campus (like this one) where the street grid can actually handle the traffic. The area around Lee/Burbank/Ben Hur should have been single family housing and "local scale" retail, library, etc. It should have never been turned into apartment city. Baton Rouge's HORRIBLE track record with planning is going to be a huge threat for this. If we ever want to redevelop the old south section properly, we have to immediately stop approving massive apartment complexes south of LSU.
  2. I honestly love Another Broken Egg. Hope they do well in that location.
  3. Saltgrass is pretty good, but I'm surprised they'd open directly across from another steakhouse. Still a good spot for a restaurant. Lots of local and freeway traffic right there, with a lot of businesses that can keep it busy during lunch hours.
  4. I think it took about 10" in the flood. That's a pretty good location right at I-12 and O'Neal, but it was also an older style Wendy's. The chain seems to be rebuilding and refurbishing a lot of their stores. They may have opted to just build a new location entirely at Millerville. If I had to guess about Millerville, the new intersection makes that spot valuable and the developer is building something with a tenant in mind. Something like a Wendy's, Panda Express, Taco Bell or possibly a small strip building with a Starbucks and/or fast casual chain that doesn't need drive through windows like Moe's or 5 guys would go well there.
  5. Nice building. Would have preferred tort reform.
  6. They have the red Marriott logo that will be installed in front of the font. The newest Marriott brands have white font with the red "M" either stacked or to the side of the font. The older ones had a more scripted font that was generally red in color. The new branding looks much better IMO. I stay at Marriott hotels a lot for business. They are generally very well designed and decorated. The Baton Rouge location was in need of a renovation. It won't be mistaken for a brand new property, but it looks fresh and high quality again. It's easily the most visible, iconic hotel on I-10 for hundreds of miles.
  7. Actually after reading that article, I'm not sure what storm was rated at EF3. The title says that it was the one in Killian. The article says it was the one in Watson.
  8. They already have in some ways. Wal Marks had to close down a lot of their new C-store concepts because of them.
  9. I remember seeing that but could not find a screen grab. The last long track wedge tornado to touch down in Louisiana was near Tallulah in April of 2010. That one stayed on the ground so long that it actually passed through Yazoo City, Mississippi. It was nearly a mile wide when it crossed I-55. According to the Advocate...the tornado in southern Livingston was an EF2 when it passed Killian. It was probably more powerful when it crossed I-55. The one that hit Watson in north/central Livingston was confirmed as an EF3 as well as the one east of New Orleans.
  10. I saw the photos of the transmission line damage. That one looked pretty bad. Not to get semi-political, but we need to do something as a state to address the radar coverage gap between Baton Rouge and Lafayette. Tornadoes generally move from west to east, hurricanes rotate counter clockwise. Lafayette needs the coverage for hurricane prediction. Baton Rouge needs it during tornado outbreaks. This is despite the fact that the basin in between both metros is very remote. Louisiana faces hurricane threats in the summer and tornado threats during the winter and spring. Hurricane Andrew actually shot straight into the gap directly, and that deadly storm had major implications for both Baton Rouge and Lafayette. Over the past year (including the outbreak in Feb of 2016), the communities of Baton Rouge, LaPlace, New Roads, Prarieville, Port Allen, Brusly, Convent, White Castle, and Paincourtville all had tornado warned cells heading straight towards them. These warnings were based off rotations indicated on a high level radar. Storm prediction center could not accurately predict the size, severity, or intensity of the tornados as they moved westward from the flat, level Atchafalaya basin into the population centers along the Mississippi. In fact, about half of the 850,000 people in the Baton Rouge area (including downtown and LSU) are in the dead zone between NEXRAD sites in Slidel, Lake Charles, and Fort Polk. Another site is needed in or around Ramah, Erwinville, Port Allen, or Grosse Tete area to cover the gap. It is by far the largest (and only) gap in coverage on the hurricane-prone gulf coast between Galveston and Gainesville. A NEXRAD site in that area could cover both Lafayette and Baton Rouge as well as coastal communities near Morgan City and as far north as Natchez. They are roughly the size of a small water tower and would be mostly unnoticed especially in more spread out communities. A lot of people talk about how we should do this or that to impact climate change or mitigate flooding. This is a quick, relatively affordable way to make people safer from storms that we know will occur. Tools like this that aid in storm prediction are really not a huge expectation for a populated that is area vulnerable to extreme weather and located well within a developed, industrialized first world country. Then again, neither are roads that don't break axles, schools that don't suck, or simple diversion canals that mitigate flooding.
  11. Interesting day today. There were three tornadoes on the ground simultaneously today in the Baton Rouge viewing area, with 5 warnings. I think the local news was tripping over themselves to cover everything. Baton Rouge itself was very lucky to escape a direct hit today. There were several rotations in the radar dead zone west of the city that seemed to be making a bee line for Southern University and downtown Baton Rouge, but most of them sort of broke down when they crossed the area around LA415. There were two more in the New Orleans area (not counting the Killian tornado that moved into the Madisonville area), including the particularly damaging one that rolled through New Orleans east. That one could eventually be rated as an EF-3. NWS is evaluating damage in Baker and in Watson to determine if there were tornados in those places. Curley Hallman was coaching at LSU the last time I saw an outbreak this bad in south Louisiana. That actually compounded the misery because LSU football sucked so much worse during that last outbreak.
  12. I figured that it would be best if we could separate the street car from the regular traffic, so it wasn't subject to gridlock so much. So, I tried to find routes that could either afford to lose lane capacity (Park, N 22nd, Government, Plank) or could be widened without much effort (Nicholson)...which is why I stayed off Perkins and Stanford, where the street cars would be sitting in traffic. Park Blvd has parallel spaces and travel lanes. A street car could fit easily without changing much of anything if we could eliminate the parking. My logic behind using North Blvd was that the trains could pass over the future AMTRAK station underneath without disruption, and they could easily converge at N22nd, which is a 4 lane road that could become a two lane road with dedicated street car lanes.
  13. I think a Rock n Bowl similar to the New Orleans location was looking at Broadmoor shopping center for a while when it was being renovated. You need a lot of cheap space for a bowling alley. That doesn't exist in downtown Baton Rouge anymore. I'm actually surprised they found a place in downtown Lafayette. I don't think they'll have trouble finding customers.
  14. Louisiana Takes First Step Toward P3 to Enhance I-10 Capital Corridor BATON ROUGE, La.— Delivering on Governor Edwards' commitment to pursue innovative solutions for transportation in Louisiana, DOTD announced the issuance of a Request for Information (RFI) to accelerate major enhancements to the I-10 Capital Corridor through a Public-Private Partnership (P3). In the 2016 Regular Session, the Administration worked with the legislature to change state law through Act 519, allowing DOTD to solicit P3s. Responses to the RFI will be utilized by the State in developing a potential solicitation for the corridor enhancements. In the transportation industry, P3s generally consist of a private investor providing the necessary capital for construction in exchange for long-term financial contributions from a public entity. This is the first time Louisiana has formally considered pursuing alternative financing for transportation, as current funding levels severely limit the State's ability to dedicate revenue to critical capacity projects. "This is a first step in positioning the State to leverage private sector resources in delivering major enhancements to the I-10 Capital Corridor," said Governor Edwards. "We aren't likely to have the revenue needed to make a P3 work for the entire corridor today, but we will be ready to advance such a partnership if the legislature acts in a meaningful way to fund transportation during the upcoming Regular Session. That is my commitment to the people of Louisiana." ---------- I'm not familiar with public financing schemes like this. Maybe someone can provide insight. What is confusing is that the state already issues bonds to finance projects. These government bonds are funded by private investors that want a low risk, tax-free I'm curious as to what the difference is here between this setup and the one proposed by JBE. The state pays the bond holders back with tax revenue over a period of time. This investment vehicle already exists. The Green Light Plan and the Baton Rouge sewer improvement plan was financed this way. The original LA-1 construction was financed this way 100 years ago. Most of our war machines in WW2 were financed this way. In addition to that, we also have private/public partnerships with some infrastructure like toll roads or commuter trains. I-10 is not a tolled highway, so there's not really any way to capture revenue from vehicles passing I don't see why a private investor would want to partner with the state on this. Is JBE trying to finance $300-$400 million of improvements by issuing bonds backed from the state's general fund? I'm not sure how that will work with Louisiana's constitution unless there was a dedicated stream of funding (such as a gas tax). Otherwise, could the legislature potentially just decide to fund something else instead of paying off the debt in the future?
  15. Mississippi River Bridge in Baton Rouge makes another bad traffic list It's news shocking to no one who's ever had the displeasure of crawling across the Interstate 10 Mississippi River Bridge in Baton Rouge: Yet another study has declared this traffic chokepoint one of the worst in the United States. For those familiar with going nowhere fast over the bridge, the good news -- if you will -- is that the American Transportation Research Institute doesn't list the confluence of I-10 and I-110 as the country's worst traffic bottleneck. That honor belongs to the infamous "spaghetti junction" of I-285 and I-85 North in Atlanta. Still, for a second consecutive year, the narrowing of I-10 in Baton Rouge to one lane at the base of the bridge checks in at No. 19 in "Top Truck Bottleneck List." The transportation institute, which released the rankings Thursday (Jan. 26) compiled the list from truck global positioning systems and other analysis data.