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  1. bluff2085

    New Urbanism

    Since moving to Baton Rouge in '04 I'll say that it's a place that grows on you. But here's my two cents on the new urbanism discussion. 1) the portions of BR bounded roughly by Florida to the north, Nicholson to the south, College/Lee to the East, and the river to the West are the ones that I feel can benefit the most from "smart-growth" improvements...mostly because 99% of my daily activities are confined to these areas (quite a bias lol). Perkins-Rowe is great but we need more "perkins-rowes" in this area than we do by the Dunham school. 2) pedestrian-friendly improvements are a must. I'm somewhat of a runner and I hate having too look over my shoulder while running down a street like Morning Glory, Lakeshore, or Christian street when a sidewalk or some designated pedestrian path would eliminate the whole issue. 3) residential density is there, but retail density isn't. The stretch of Perkins between City Park and the Overpass is a perfect example. There is a very active, community-oriented population in this area, but they have to drive to Government or Acadian just to find a drug store or a Blockbuster, and to Corporate just to see a new movie or run by the bank. The lack of nearby retail options is also apparent in the Brightside/Riverbend areas--though I've noticed some infill popping up next to the Circle K by Alvin Dark. Anyway, the reason I mention neighborhoods like Brightside and Hundred Oaks is because it seems the residential populations in those areas could support a lot more retail development. 4) There are connectivity issues. The section of BR defined in #1 is one of the densest parts of town and does not cover a lot of square mileage, but it feels as though the large sections of this area...LSU, Nicholson/Brightside area, Southdowns, Garden District, Government St. Corridor, are in some way or another "walled-off" from one another. I certainly have no idea how to fix this phenomenon and am not really sure if other people feel as though it's even an issue, but I though I'd mention it. 5) more to come...not trying to dog my experiences in BR because overall I've loved it, these are just a few of my observations which some of you may have already pointed out.
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    River Place Condominiums

    Riverplace and old-advocate site developments should/will help with the height gaps in the northern part of downtown, not to mention the River Park mid-rises slated for the lots north of Hollywood. And, coming east over the Mississippi bridge, the skyline will 'appear' much denser once II CP and the courthouse are done. BTW those are some sharp rendering skills, Dan.
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    River Place Condominiums

    This is great! And this new design is a nice improvement. I loved the height of the 36-story tower but like a previous poster mentioned I was not ecstatic about the quasi-cylindrical beach condo design. This is much better and "hopefully" the River Place delays will come to an end. Richyb downtown is currently experiencing some "legit" infill on the southside with CP II and the Courthouse, and if River Place can break ground this year talk about the Makeover DT BR will get as it sheds more of its 1980s skin and adds some 21st century touches, and not to mention Shaw Center as a good precedent to have for more big-time downtown developments.
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    General Memphis Photos, Past and Present

    ^ could be the ultimate dilemma faced by any rational Memphian considering such a move. Sweet night shot Dave!
  5. I'm still not sure about 52 S. Front. Awhile back CCC listed this as being in the design phase, then upgraded it to being in the 'under construction' phase, and now they have taken it off the CCC's current projects list all together....don't know if the project's still on the boards, but anyone who's driven down Front to take a look recently could tell you it definitely isn't under construction. Rardy, is this building going to front Poplar right up on the street? I'm having trouble putting the building into perspective with familiar streets.
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    River Place Condominiums

    Are Riverview and River Palms currently occupied? It looks like they are renovating over there. I can't tell but either way those two residential buildings are ugly and outdated and hopefully can be replaced by something a little nicer [not necessarily luxury]. It would be cool to see that area around N Third st vacated by all the industrial businesses and made way for affordable [but classy] apartments/townhomes. Throw in a corner grocery, a few small restaurants like Jambalaya Shop or Poor Boy Lloyd's, and few other amenities [think Desoto Park] that could be utilized by residents and nearby state employees, and I think that area north of capitol lake could really meet its potential. As it stands right now the NW corner of DT is useless accept for the land it provides manufacturers/warehousers, who really make no contributions to downtown's urban renassaince.
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    Road Rants!

    The rural life museum is a pretty big obstacle. Would preservation issues get heated if someone were to seriously propose building a bisecting road, which would be such a valuable asset to BR citizens? Could be speaking too soon and maybe it's more valuable than I'm giving it credit for, but who knows how valuable that chunk of land would be in terms of real estate. Road infrastructure could be incorporated into PUD/TND type developments, along with some additional public/recreational space.
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    Road Rants!

    Awesome thread. I agree the Southern loop first makes much more sense. Connectivity in core BR is a major issue especially the lack of N-S connections between the interstates and other E-W arteries like Corporate/Old Hammond and Perkins. Others have pointed it out too many times. No wonder College is such a clusterf*** Who in their right mind would wait 20+ minutes to get from Perkins to the east-bound I-10 on-ramp if another N-S connector was down the street [not Acadian!]. We need a road bisecting Perkins b/t College and Essen with Interstate accessibility and 4 lanes! Until then, barring any advances in hovercraft and teleporting technologies, College will still operate as a parking lot 3-4 hours daily. And the street-side ditches on certain sections of roads like Perkins and Highland add an unnecessary element of vulnerability to nighttime drivers, especially during poor weather conditions. Curbs/sidewalks/buffers of any kind would help. It would also be convenient to have some east-bound on-ramps at I-10 for Dalrymple and Perkins even though I can see how these wouldn't be that feasible from an engineering/aesthetic standpoint.
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    Baton Rouge Growth and Development

    Good news for the Overpass area, which is already a pretty lively urban pocket in BR. I always though the Barber Shop that was just replaced by a golf store [Green Jacket I think] would be a nice spot for another locally-owned casual restaurant/bar. Oh well. Just to the west of this development there's a nice Italian restaurant and a Thai-type restaurant, then on the other side just down the street you've got Parrain's and Zippy's. Now that Books-A-Million has closed the doors on their space next to the old Walmart, hopefully the conversions planned for that huge chunk of property will get moving while the Perkins Hardware building is getting redeveloped too. Thanks for posting dan/richyb!
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    Plan Baton Rouge

    Thanks for starting this thread, richyb. Downtown is really sizzlin. It seems like everytime I go downtown on a Friday evening there are a few more people, with a few more things to do, staying downtown just a little longer than the last time. Last week my girlfriend and I headed downtown after taking some of art tours they had set up in midcity. When we got downtown Live at 5 was awesome, 3rd street was lively in general, and later on that night the rooftop at Tsunami was the most crowded I'd ever seen it. It shows how long-term plans like these can pay off long-term. Shaw Center seems like the real catalyst.
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    Perkins Rowe

    Yes like right around the Burbank/Lee area.
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    Baton Rouge Photo of the Day

    Nice shot, byrde. Man, that was really a storm we got. I had to u-turn at that underpass a couple of times yesterday.
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    Louisiana City Skylines

    Sweet shot. How will Trump look from that angle?
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    Louisiana City Skylines

    I think without Little Rock's 42-story Metropolitan Bldg in there, the 2 skylines would be pretty equal if not Shreveport having the edge. But otherwise LR wins it.