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Old 07-15-2009, 06:30 PM
 
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Why does Baton Rouge need to be like Austin ? I'm sick of this comparison to Austin always coming up . Baton Rouge is a unique city , and does not need to be like any place else . We just need to fix our problems , and maintain our own identity . Move to Austin if it's so much better .


And Kip Holden can stick his loop ...
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Old 07-15-2009, 08:03 PM
 
Location: Baton Rouge
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I thought they had done away with that stupid law where no building could be taller than the capitol. I know originally, the Riverplace Condos was going to be taller. I'm guessing they either decided not to get rid of it, or they did but noone has taken the bait to build something taller yet. Either way, downtown Baton Rouge, and other areas of town as well, could use some highrise condos and apartments. As spread out as this city is, they need to try to maximize some space and increase the density of certain business areas.
Really? I had thought they had planned it to be a couple of feet shorter. Oh well. Either way, I doubt it will get off the ground. They've been saying it's "right around the corner" for a while now.
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Old 07-16-2009, 10:00 AM
 
Location: Louisiana
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And Kip Holden can stick his loop ...
Well, it WOULD be quite an asset... even though this city could never rival Austin for finesse or culture.

Lots of places I'd rather move to instead of Austin, though. Louisville, CO for example, or maybe Casper, WY.

http://apps.money.cnn.com/bestplaces....jsp?x=26&y=11
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Old 07-16-2009, 04:32 PM
 
Location: Baton Rouge
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Really? I had thought they had planned it to be a couple of feet shorter. Oh well. Either way, I doubt it will get off the ground. They've been saying it's "right around the corner" for a while now.
I remember when the original plans had it at 36 stories and the height was taller than the capitol. Then they changed it at least three times after that, to what it is now. But I don't know if they're really planning that now. Chances are it'll turn into a smaller 10 story block compound, but at this rate we could use anything. Both of those blocks down there between Lafayette and River Rd between Laurel and North are eyesores.
I imagine the city/owners want way too much for that property. Granted, it's prime, but perhaps they should get rid of it so that something useful can be constructed on it. Why didn't the mayor offer something for it and make it a riverfront park. But then again, someone couldn't get rich off of that idea. It's that old way of thinking in Baton Rouge/Louisiana.
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Old 07-17-2009, 12:58 AM
 
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I was impressed with BR driving through on I10
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Old 07-24-2009, 03:01 AM
 
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Having lived in both BR and Austin, BR will NEVER become an Austin. First, BR does not attract businesses like Austin does. Austin tried to compete with Silicon Valley and lost, however enough tech companies did remain to make it viable. Texas has in general much much more land to develop than Louisiana does. BR does not have the infastructure Austin has, many people who fly into BR actually fly into N.O. and drive an hour to save $200 a plane ticket. Yes, the roads are improving slowly, but BR just has no more place to expand on I-10/12. There is a ton more poverty and crime in BR and the BR area compared to Austin. Some of the surrounding towns around BR are worse off economically than the city, but in Austin the suburbs are truly suburbs. With multi multi million dollar estates especially on the west end of the city. Louisiana for some reason always seems to shoot itself in the foot, horrible government, companies that use and abuse the state and citizens. Ever wonder why Louisiana is the only state along a coast with NO beaches? THere is soooo much more, but sadly BR is like a lot of crummy inner city state capitals...Phoenix, Atlanta, Trenton, etc. And Austin is more like a Tallahasse, Providence, type city.
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Old 07-24-2009, 07:47 AM
 
Location: Baton Rouge, LA
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Ever wonder why Louisiana is the only state along a coast with NO beaches?
So THIS is why BR isn't a million plus metropolis ? Next time I go to Florida, I'll have to take some sand with me and bring it to Grand isle !
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Old 07-24-2009, 11:01 AM
 
Location: Baton Rouge
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Having lived in both BR and Austin, BR will NEVER become an Austin. First, BR does not attract businesses like Austin does. Austin tried to compete with Silicon Valley and lost, however enough tech companies did remain to make it viable. Texas has in general much much more land to develop than Louisiana does. BR does not have the infastructure Austin has, many people who fly into BR actually fly into N.O. and drive an hour to save $200 a plane ticket. Yes, the roads are improving slowly, but BR just has no more place to expand on I-10/12. There is a ton more poverty and crime in BR and the BR area compared to Austin. Some of the surrounding towns around BR are worse off economically than the city, but in Austin the suburbs are truly suburbs. With multi multi million dollar estates especially on the west end of the city. Louisiana for some reason always seems to shoot itself in the foot, horrible government, companies that use and abuse the state and citizens. Ever wonder why Louisiana is the only state along a coast with NO beaches? THere is soooo much more, but sadly BR is like a lot of crummy inner city state capitals...Phoenix, Atlanta, Trenton, etc. And Austin is more like a Tallahasse, Providence, type city.
Oh really, now?

I-12 is currently being expanded
I-10 is currently being expanded
Perkins road is being expanded
Burbank has been expanded
Staring Lane is being extended
These along with many, many other green light plan construction projects throughout EBR Parish. Numerous problematic intersections are/will also be expanded. They are working on Government at South Foster as we speak. They have completed Coursey at Sherwood Forest.

How exactly does Baton Rouge not have any room to expand?? Look at a satellite image at all the untouched land throughout the metropolitan area.

And what makes our suburbs not truly suburbs? The fact that most have historic walkable downtowns? The fact that most were in existance before the phenomena known as "white flight"?

No beaches? Ahem, there are beaches, just not many of them. And it has nothing to do with the economy or the companies located here. It is because our coast is mostly marshland.
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Old 07-24-2009, 11:05 AM
 
Location: Baton Rouge, LA
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Oh really, now?

I-12 is currently being expanded
I-10 is currently being expanded
Perkins road is being expanded
Burbank has been expanded
Staring Lane is being extended
These along with many, many other green light plan construction projects throughout EBR Parish. Numerous problematic intersections are/will also be expanded. They are working on Government at South Foster as we speak. They have completed Coursey at Sherwood Forest.

How exactly does Baton Rouge not have any room to expand?? Look at a satellite image at all the untouched land throughout the metropolitan area.

And what makes our suburbs not truly suburbs? The fact that most have historic walkable downtowns? The fact that most were in existance before the phenomena known as "white flight"?

No beaches? Ahem, there are beaches, just not many of them. And it has nothing to do with the economy or the companies located here. It is because our coast is mostly marshland.
At least he didn't say BR is a warzone
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Old 07-24-2009, 04:48 PM
 
Location: Baton Rouge
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Almost all of south Louisiana, minus the southwestern part is alluvial delta from the Mississippi. There aren't going to be many beaches. It's a huge delta. It's just been walled up now because of the COE. And now the loose sedimentary soil is sinking without being replenished.
Levees and diversion projects won't help us any longer.
The only way to potentially save such an area is to do what the Dutch did and noone in the US (let alone LA) is willing to do that. There will come a point in time where most of South LA will have to be abandoned. Every few years a small piece of it is.
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