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Some photos for today...

I took these pictures of the Shreveport Convention Center Hilton this afternoon. Sorry for some of these being so crooked... it didn't appear so bad when I checked the camera's display screen. My guess is that the hotel is nearing its topping out point. I'd be surprised to see any more floors added after this one, but who knows.

Well, it's no Tower of Babel, but it's a nice new addition to the northern end of the CBD! Looks like it is topping out and they're already adding that pre-cast curtain wall. It'll be beautiful once it's finished. I remember once reading it's suppose to be a four-star hotel. That's not too shabby - for any city!

So the area immediately north of this area is called Agurs? Which is where that old warehouse is being renovated into the farmers market area, right? Brian, what's your opinion of the development potential of this area? Obviously developers would see the opportunities here with the new influx of conventioneers. Any rumors? What are your thoughts as to what this area could use? Do you think loft style condominiums would have an audience here?

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Well, it's no Tower of Babel, but it's a nice new addition to the northern end of the CBD! Looks like it is topping out and they're already adding that pre-cast curtain wall. It'll be beautiful once it's finished. I remember once reading it's suppose to be a four-star hotel. That's not too shabby - for any city!

So the area immediately north of this area is called Agurs? Which is where that old warehouse is being renovated into the farmers market area, right? Brian, what's your opinion of the development potential of this area? Obviously developers would see the opportunities here with the new influx of conventioneers. Any rumors? What are your thoughts as to what this area could use? Do you think loft style condominiums would have an audience here?

The Agurs district wouldn't be good for much development other than industrial. I say that, because the area is still probably 95% industrial. If you could drive around that area today, you'd see what I'm talking about. The Green Agurs Farmers Market is actually on the far north end of Agurs, near where the industrial businesses start to blend in with gas stations, restaurants, old hotels, and the Louisiana Technical College campus.

I think any new development catering to conventioneers or people interested in living downtown will be centered around the north side of downtown, but not outside of the CBD. That's just my guess anyway, since Agurs is heavily industrialized and a pretty rough place at night.

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Some photos for today...

I took these pictures of the Shreveport Convention Center Hilton this afternoon. Sorry for some of these being so crooked... it didn't appear so bad when I checked the camera's display screen. My guess is that the hotel is nearing its topping out point. I'd be surprised to see any more floors added after this one, but who knows.

What are you trying to say, the Shreveport Convention Center Hilton is lopsided? :lol:

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Okay what's the story on it then?

When it was constructed, the weight of the tower caused it to settle into the river sand more than it was supposed to on one side, so it actually has a bit of a lean to it. Looking at it in person, you can physically see the tilt.

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When it was constructed, the weight of the tower caused it to settle into the river sand more than it was supposed to on one side, so it actually has a bit of a lean to it. Looking at it in person, you can physically see the tilt.

I take it, it's still slight enough to make it safe. I wonder if there's still going to be some more shifting in the future with it.

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I take it, it's still slight enough to make it safe. I wonder if there's still going to be some more shifting in the future with it.

It's been inspected and they said it's done all it will do.

Oh yeah, it's safe. They expected a bit of settling and tried to account for that, but they got a little more than they originally anticipated. This all came about within a short time after it was completed, and it hasn't done anything since. It was big news for a while.

I've stayed in the hotel before, and I actually recommend it. It's VERY nice, and one of the few places you can spend the night here and have a view of the city from 20+ stories up. My view was 22 stories up. :D

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This year's Shreveport cornfield MAiZE theme... Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs Hockey!!!!

Shreveport cornfield MAiZE

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The MAiZE is a national cornfield maze-building company that creates these masterpieces all over the place. They now do over 1,000 mazes each year. The Shreveport cornfield MAiZE is actually located about 10-15 miles north of Shreveport in the small farming community of Dixie, LA.

FYI: Last year's MAiZE in Shreveport read, from the sky, "RITA, Kiss my grits!"

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Great I-20 photo of SBC fridayinla.

Thanks for showing the cool Mudbugs logo.

That's too funny it said from the sky "Rita, kiss my grits".

Those maizes are fun to walk thru.

I really loved that shot of I-20, Richy, because that's my view every single morning as I commute in. It's a beautiful view and I never get tired of it.

And yeah, I love the corn mazes!! I'm ready for ours to start up this year! :) That is, IF it works out... I was out Hwy 71 through Dixie this weekend, on my way to Texarkana, and most of the corn out that way was brown and dying off.

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That's nice. That's how you do a riverfront.

Thanks, man. That didn't happen overnight... it was through trial and error that the city finally came to this. For years our old Riverfront Park would flood every time the Red would rise. The fountain you see in that photo, the bottom part of which 5' or so above the average river level, used to stay mostly under water.

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What's it like in Shreveport?I've never been up there.

Well, if you and your family would DRIVE to Dallas rather than fly, you'd find out!! ;)

Just kidding... sort of!! :D

Much like any other growing city. Shreveport's city population it's just shy of what Baton Rouge was before Katrina, though metro population is only half of metro Baton Rouge. The population of Bossier City, which is Shreveport's sister just across the river, is just under 60,000. Most of the suburban growth these days is in Bossier City and most of the urban growth is in Shreveport. The area has a nice quality of life, relatively low cost of living, lots of chain stores and restaurants much like other cities its size. Three decent shopping malls and one really small, yet fairly decent shopping mall. Six casinos, most of which have hotels at least 12 stories tall... the tallest being Horseshoe at 26 floors and Sam's Town (formerly Harrah's,) at 23 floors.

A little FYI, here's a city profile I put together a few months back for people just like you who may not have ever been here and wouldn't mind familiarizing themselves with my beloved northwest Louisiana metro. :)

Click below for the city profile...

http://www.urbanplanet.org/forums/index.php?showtopic=22745

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