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  1. cajun

    Louisiana missed the boat again

    The national economy is booming, recent changes to federal tax law have sparked a flood of CapEx spending, and oil prices have largely recovered. Louisiana is still just surviving. It’s not living. The budget is still a mess, taxes are increasing, and there is still nowhere near enough investment into infrastructure or higher ed. What gives?
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    St. George City Incorporation News

    Meh. JBE wants to win re-election. He's already on thin ice with a lot of suburban voters (particularly in Baton Rouge). He'll probably try to appease the locals as much as he can.
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    Towne Center

    That would be a good spot for a Capital Grille or Seasons 52. That area seems to attract mid-higher end chain retailers and restaurants. Both of those would do very well there.
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    Rouzan TND

    Sprouts is actually a very good store. They go after the younger, more health conscious market similar to Trader Joe's - except they sell fresh food and less prepared food.
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    St. George City Incorporation News

    Corruption, incompetence, and divisiveness have only gotten worse in the past 3-4 years. The schools have not improved. Highly likely that we at least see a vote for a new city in East Baton Rouge next year. IMO anything that slow the flow of suburban tax dollars running to Ascension and Livingston is a good thing for the long term viability of East Baton Rouge parish as a whole - which is good for the city of Baton Rouge and the region.
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    St. George City Incorporation News

    Actually because of a new state law, annexations are much more difficult to undertake while petition for incorporation is underway in that parish.
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    The Health District

    That was fast. Hopefully we can find a good pic soon. I wont' be in town for a while! The preliminary photos didn't really look like the best architecture. Hopefully it looks better IRL. From Sterling Properties: From The Advocate:
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    Northern EBR Parish Development

    How would you go about redeveloping the aging arterial roads in Baton Rouge? The format of both Airline Highway (north of Florida) and Florida Blvd (east of Bonne Marche) are both suburban in format, but aren't doing particularly well. How would you go about redeveloping them? It seems like a good overlay district with some street upgrades would be very helpful to both. Widening the median on Airline and adding more lanes with some improved lighting would be very helpful. Florida blvd is currently in the exact same format as Dublin-Granville Road in Columbus. How could Baton Rouge improve that aging corridor? Both Florida west of Bonne Marchie and Plank Road are little bit different animal. They probably don't need a capacity enhancement like Airline....and there are some good bones there in the sense that the format is appropriate for the street. It does need significant improvement and reinvestment though - with upgraded pedestrian infrastructure, lighting, and bus-pull out lanes. Plank Road especially may benefit from buried utility lines and new signage rules....and possibly grants and TIF to improve the existing properties there. I was thinking that Plank Road could eventually see the road upgrades that Government Road is getting (without the road diet). There are some positive signs. The area around Tony's Seafood/Cane's on Plank seems to be doing very well. The old Broadmoor Shopping Center redevelopment on Florida appears to be a success. I'm not sure I could see either Florida or Airline really improving without redeveloping or re-purposing the Cortana property. It seems like the city could build on the success of those little spots and expand it to other parts of those streets.
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    Baton Rouge Growth and Development

    Top Golf broke ground today off Siegen Lane. It's also listed as "coming soon" on their website.
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    Baton Rouge Growth and Development

    A sports complex would be a nice feature. With lots of soccer fields and baseball fields.
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    New Hotels

    I'm not really as concerned with building height....but I would like to see these plots developed into office, hotel, and residential over the next 10 years: I'd be fine with 6-10 stories. In fact, if I could design a city from the ground up, very few buildings that are not mixed use would be higher than 8 floors. Almost nothing would take up an entire city block. Few roads would be wider than 3 lanes.
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    Baton Rouge Transportation

    The Louisiana Turnpike System - a series of privately funded 4 lane tollways throughout the state with exits no closer than 10 miles apart. The system is designed to ensure the easy movement of freight and passengers for the next 100 years. The distance between the exits (with the exception of exits at major bridge approaches) are to ensure that the system doesn't enable rapid sprawl or require frequent widening. The Pennsylvania and New Jersey turnpikes follow similar setups in many areas. It also links New Orleans and Baton Rouge to northeastern Louisiana and Alexandria directly and provides an alternative route to the highly congested I-10 and I-12 between SW Louisiana and SE Louisiana. Also included is a new bridge in the Carlyss area south of Lake Chuck, the extension of the Westbank Expressway in Jefferson Parish, a new bridge between Chalmette and Aurora Gardens south of New Orleans, a freeway loop partially encircling Lafayette/Broussard/Youngsville, and a new bridge south of Baton Rouge at the Plaquemine Point area immediately south of Dow Chemical. With the exception of the smaller toll projects and the Lafayette bypass, the bulk of the traffic on this system would be vehicles traveling 20+ miles. Not local commuters.
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    New Hotels

    Starwood Hotel Brands are basically absent in the downtown Baton Rouge market. I'd like to see a new 250-300 room Sheraton like this one somewhere near River Road and Florida: And maybe something like this new Element by Westin in either downtown east or (more likely) the Water Campus area: Element may not expand in Baton Rouge for a while since they are opening up in the medical center area.
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    Baton Rouge Growth and Development

    Maybe. I bet the next new building in downtown Baton Rouge over 15 floors is a hotel though.
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    I'm sure they'll modify the site significantly. Every zoo has to have a plan in case of a flood or some kind of storm damage. The one in Memphis has shelters for tornadoes and hail. The national zoo in DC has heated shelters for winter storms. The Baton Rouge zoo will likely include a lot of lakes from where landfill will be borrowed. I wish it were closer to downtown....but even on UP, we had a lot of trouble finding available sites that were large enough to support a zoo and parking. That Fairgrounds location is nothing if it isn't HUGE and highly visible. BREC apparently wants a massive zoo. From what I've read, it will cost $90 million to renovate the existing location. The new location will cost about $150 million to develop, but they will get sponsors and donations to fund half of it.