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  1. Good points, cajun. I wonder (as someone else pointed out in a blog comment) if dyed concrete cut into small pieces would still suffer some of the same problems as brick pavers over time, with the expanding and contracting of the pavement. At any rate, I suspect some of the alternatives to brick would be cheaper, and they very well might be safer.
  2. I noticed this too, though only after I had already written the blog. I can only think that the reason they didn't plant oak trees there is because their shallow, broad root systems will soon be too big to fit in a median that narrow. But that shouldn't stop them from using some smaller street trees.
  3. Hmmm, I just posted on the Green Light plan, but it looks like this one is more relevant. It's good to know how much the activity has expanded along Perkins in the past six months or so (quite a bit right before I moved here). What are people's thoughts with the design of the intersection and the brick sidewalks? I'm kind of surprised by some of the design elements they included, particularly in the sidewalks--which seems to use a design scheme that would have been much more popular years ago.
  4. Is anything new percolating at the Acadian Thwy/Perkins Road intersection? I know that the Green Light Plan is a major factor for the construction there, since they're improving the intersection. But the replacement for the old Wal-Mart has not really materialized into anything, has it. And it looks like the repair of the fire-damaged portion of the Acadian-Perkins Plaza will be on hold until something more definitive takes place across the street. I blogged about this recently, particularly in regards to the brick sidewalks being placed there. I think it's interesting that they decided
  5. Speaking of movie theaters, has there been any initiative to try to find a tenant for--or to redevelop--the old Tinseltown? It has always seemed like such an isolated location, as though the builders were anticipating that further development would come out to "meet" it, but it never did.
  6. I'm curious to hear from people who have lived here much longer than I have what the rationale is behind yet another interchange. Pecue Road remains by and large a rural collector street at this point, and though development may eventually stretch so far that it needs to be upgraded, I still question whether another interchange is necessary. Baton Rouge has far more interchanges on I-10 and I-110 than most cities of its size; parts of I-110 almost feels like Chicago, where there's an exit every 1/8th of a mile or so, many of which seem attractive from an accessibility standpoint but do nothi
  7. Probably all the better not to include retail...does the retail in TNDs ever really succeed? Usually the costs are too high for anything but chains, and yet chains also typically want better streetside visibility. The result are storefronts that are stuck between a rock and a hard place. Also, the scale of retail in TNDs never quite becomes a destination for outsiders, and yet the neighborhood itself isn't big enough to support the retail on its own. Perhaps it's just a matter of the right design elements, but I'd say it probably is a wise decision to back off the retail. TOO TOO much i
  8. I can't see the property manager trying to attract too many local tenants to this--they just don't have the drawing power that national chains would, such as Urban Outfitters or Anthropologie. If we start seeing more than, say, one-third of the tenants are local, consider Perkins Rowe to be officially in serious trouble. This Business Report article reveals how many concessions Balow is having to make in order to scramble out of the Bad PR hole. No doubt he is taking a major hit by adding all these incentives to get people to lease there. Now if Perkins Rowe has to start planning spec
  9. Let's not make the perfect the enemy of the good...right? I know much less about this development than most of you, but I'm trying to play catch up and to me it's a marvel that it has made it past the phalanx of NIMBYs this far. When I first heard about Rouzan, I figured it would go at the vast stretch of vacancy at Perkins and Acadian Thruway (what is going there anyway)? The fact is, if Smart Growth were really achieving what it aimed it would probably be anti-democratic, because the means to that end involve so many incursions on the American sacred cow of property rights. Making the cit
  10. Any renderings available of the College Row at Northgate project? From the looks of things right now, it appears to be a pretty conventional CVS, but I could stand corrected.
  11. Thanks for the comments on my Cortana Mall blog post everybody. I agree with you regarding brick pavers--they often prove a tripping hazard when the surface becomes uneven. A brick pattern has a lot more interstices than concrete slabs (the conventional sidewalk paving material), resulting in a lot more opportunities for displacement of bricks and all the nasty problems that result. Also horrible for wheelchairs, and the require a lot more maintenance. If they want an "upscale" look at Perkins and Acadian/Stafford, the best solution would be either dyed concrete as you recommend (perhaps
  12. This may not seem like a significant development, but it has to be great news for the Cortana area. It shows that a potentially large investor hasn't given up in that part of the city. I recently blogged about Cortana and took pictures of the surest signs of "mall rot". I hate to be a cynic, so perhaps Cortana is not past the point of no return, but even if it dies, there are still plenty of viable neighborhoods nearby. It would be a shame to see even more of the retail energy shift ever further to the southeast of Baton Rogue, skewing the growth patterns there. A job growth of 35 ma
  13. Hey folks. I was directed over here from someone at Skyscraperpage. I recently moved to the BR area and was really taken by this project's blend of the ridiculous and sublime. The last time I spent any extensive time in BR (late '05 and early '06) it only existed on paper and most of Baton Rouge was still reeling from the arrival of so many Katrina evacuees. So now the first phase is complete, and many of the existing tenants seem to be doing well. The problem is: there don't seem to be very many existing tenants. Perkins Rowe looks just barely half occupied, and though there are several lu
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