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  1. I'm on board with an additional eastbound lane, but a westbound lane just moves the bottleneck to the bridge.
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    Mid City

    I really like option 3, although it won't quite look the same on Government (no parked cars). The key for biking along Government Street is making it safe for people who aren't comfortable biking along a busy street. Eliminating as many curb cuts as possible, installing flexible delineators, using green paint and proper signage are all going to be really important. I would also try to plant trees in the suicide lane where possible. They've been shown to slow down traffic. If it's not safe enough you're not going to attract new bikers, which is necessary for the whole thing to work.
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    Mid City

    Jeff Speck recently teamed up with Cupola Media to do some short videos on road diets. It would be nice to see some of these options applied to Mid City given its proximity to downtown.
  4. That's a really interesting housing development for Baton Rouge. Could spur development at the empty lot on the corner of Napoleon and America too.
  5. I'm actually back home in Ocean Springs, MS. I've been here for a year, but I'll be leaving this fall to study urban planning at VCU. Really looking forward to being back on the east coast and getting to study something I've been interested in for awhile now! Found this pdf on LSU's website that explains the current Easy Streets plans a little better. http://sustainability.lsu.edu/files/item29525.pdf The quality isn't great, but you can see that they plan to keep two lanes for vehicles on Tower Drive from S. Campus to Raphael Semmes. So the faculty parking lots won't be cut off. Wonder what they'll do about the loss of employee street parking? I'm kind of surprised they haven't added a parking lot at the vacant corner of Highland and S. Stadium.
  6. I wanted to start a discussion about roundabouts on LSU's campus, but figured it made more sense to post it here than in the roundabouts thread since the link has a lot of LSU-related projects in it. I came across a thread on tigerdroppings.com that discusses current and future construction projects on campus. The second post mentions adding roundabouts at Dalrymple and W Lakeshore, and at S. Stadium and S. Campus. Those seem like great locations. I really hope the university has plans to add a roundabout at S. Campus and Field House Dr. That intersection is way more confusing than it needs to be, for both vehicles and pedestrians. I also think the E. Parker/S. Lakeshore/W. Lakeshore/Stadium intersection could really benefit from a roundabout. The traffic backs up on W. Lakeshore and you get a lot of people cutting out into oncoming traffic. I'm surprised there aren't more accidents there. It would also make it a more attractive entrance to the campus. Anyone have any input on other intersections on LSU's campus that could use a roundabout? I also thought the Tower Drive project was really interesting. The pedestrian traffic in this area is very heavy. Not sure what will become of some of the faculty parking lots that only have access to Tower Drive. Is someone more familiar with this project? http://www.tigerdroppings.com/rant/p/41754248/LSU-Campus-Construction-Update-Updated-with-More-Pics.aspx
  7. Noticed this in the Property of the Week section of Real Estate Weekly today. I had no idea there were plans to replace the Lobdell fire station. Hopefully, after they tear down the fire station at 545 Lobdell, they redesign the Lobdell/Government/Independence intersection so it isn't so confusing. On a side note, does anyone know if they plan on replacing all of the fire stations in Baton Rouge? Sure seems like it. "Progress continues at 150 S. Wooddale Blvd. on the $2.3 million, 8,400-square-foot Wooddale Boulevard Fire Station No. 8. The new station, which broke ground in February, will replace the fire station at 545 Lobdell Ave. The architect for the project is Grace & Hebert Architects, and the general contractor is Stuart and Co." http://www.businessreport.com/section/businessreport0113
  8. I think it would be smart for Taco Cabana to move into the Baton Rouge market
  9. nquint1

    FuturEBR

    I was referring to someone's comment on the Advocate's website. They said a better idea would be turning the two center lanes of Government into turning lanes.
  10. nquint1

    FuturEBR

    The comments from that story are rather telling. This is what we're up against; people who want to turn the middle two lanes of Government into turning lanes.
  11. Just found out that "Sprawling From Grace: The Consequences of Suburbanization" will air on CNBC April 20. I'll definitely be recording this as it's been on my list of films to see for some time. Here's a link to the press release. Anyone seen this already?
  12. This isn't a Baton Rouge pic, but I figured I'd share anyway. It does have a bit of a Baton Rouge flare. I moved to Connecticut last week and took this photo of my girlfriend's car today.
  13. nquint1

    Rouzan TND

    The retail sections are interesting. I guess the city will lease those spaces to coffee shops and cafes. I wonder if Rouzan is making any money off of that?
  14. I thought the rendering for River Road looked much better than previous renderings I've seen. The green space will look great in front of the LASM as opposed to adding a tree-lined median. Repentance Park will be much more connected to City Hall and the new town square. I think that's a big problem with this park. I spend more time looking at it than walking through it. I still have problems with its design, but this is a step in the right direction. The shade structure on the river looks a little funny to me. I think something better could be done with this area, but I don't have any ideas. Overall there's a lot to look forward to. Plus the levee bike path should get extended this year. It's good to see all this work being done during such difficult times elsewhere in the nation. One thing I didn't see mentioned in this PowerPoint is the downtown gateway/underpass beautification that was talked about so much at one point this past year. I thought they approved money for it too. Has this project morphed into the parking they're planning on adding under 110?
  15. Nice slide show by the DDD that shows some of this year's and next year's developments. You can kind of get an idea as to what's happening to repentance park. http://www.passionforprogress.com/assets/2010_DDD_Project_Recap_2.pdf
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