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Old 02-05-2011, 08:43 AM
 
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Very disappointed in Shreveport and Baton Rouge,will those cities ever grow or is ist just stuck in the 80"s. Where are the agressive mayors like they have in Austin and Dallas that really go after business and industries.

NOLA ???? will grow
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Old 02-05-2011, 09:30 AM
 
Location: Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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Very disappointed in Shreveport and Baton Rouge,will those cities ever grow or is ist just stuck in the 80"s. Where are the agressive mayors like they have in Austin and Dallas that really go after business and industries.

NOLA ???? will grow
BR is a petrochemical city who suffered from Houston's boom and yet we still have to live under New Orleans shadow, Mayor Kip Holden, the DDD, Plan BR, Future BR, and the Green Light Plan are just some ways that you can see we are trying. Also alot of investment overall as compared to 2000. We haven't yet attracted a mass of people because we don't have anything to bring them to now.
Edit: our metro just hit 800,000 so we are going to get more funding for infrastructure and planning as well as we are considered a large market my retailers and businesses.
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Old 02-05-2011, 10:42 AM
 
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The New Orleans/Baton Rouge area should have around 3 milliion people by now. Sreveport should have ata leat 400k in the city
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Old 02-05-2011, 10:50 AM
 
Location: New Orleans, United States
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The New Orleans/Baton Rouge area should have around 3 milliion people by now. Sreveport should have ata leat 400k in the city
I'll be glad when you realize that everywhere else is not Texas. Thanks to Houston, no petroleum based city in Louisiana is going to post massive growth unless it diversifies. It's probably hard for Baton Rouge to do much in that sense given that it's in between New Orleans and Houston. In order to squeeze an extra 2 million people in New Orleans you would have to either Manhattanize or build never-ending cookie cutter suburbs on the westbank. Unlike Texas, that suburbia thing won't fly on the Southshore.
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Old 02-05-2011, 11:24 AM
 
Location: Lafayette, La
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Lafayette is really starting to take off. Really nice to see.
Im not at all surprised its grown like it has based on traffic and an influx of stores that havent traditionally been in this area.
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Old 02-05-2011, 11:53 AM
 
Location: Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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The New Orleans/Baton Rouge area should have around 3 milliion people by now. Sreveport should have ata leat 400k in the city
We really should. Asking for 400K in the city of Shreveport is alot. That's almost double the current population.
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I'll be glad when you realize that everywhere else is not Texas. Thanks to Houston, no petroleum based city in Louisiana is going to post massive growth unless it diversifies. It's probably hard for Baton Rouge to do much in that sense given that it's in between New Orleans and Houston. In order to squeeze an extra 2 million people in New Orleans you would have to either Manhattanize or build never-ending cookie cutter suburbs on the westbank. Unlike Texas, that suburbia thing won't fly on the Southshore.
I think he means both cities. I think we should be up to that number, I understand why we aren't but there's no reason why we can't reach that number soon.

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Old 02-05-2011, 01:17 PM
 
Location: Pereira, Colombia
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I hope Lafayette doesn't get too big, or somebody needs to do some SERIOUS improvement to the infrastructure. I mean the roads are smooth and well constructed but the planning just isn't there. If you live on the Southside the traffic is already awful..imagine the city at 300,000 if they don't totally re-think the grid..scary..
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Old 02-05-2011, 04:17 PM
 
Location: Texarkana
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I am expecting Alexandria to grow a little more due to the International Airport (AEX)

As for as the census goes: I wish I could trust the stats. I think it will take another 10 years to get a real clear picture of the demographics. I still believe thousands of people are still traveling around -- an unsettled demographic, in my opinion.

I am located in Alexandria. I can tell that the population grew just by driving in traffic over the years.

Two towns flying under the radar, as for as population and economic growth: Many, LA and Coushatta, LA.
Are they expecting an expansion/more jobs at AEX?
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Old 02-05-2011, 06:37 PM
 
Location: Louisiana
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Are they expecting an expansion/more jobs at AEX?
I do not know, specifically, for AEX (the airport). I do anticipate in migration, in the long run, which should bring monies into the area from outside of the city, region, and state. AEX has expanded several times since its inception, however.

Good question, though. An expansion of AEX may be a leading indicator for things to come.

Edited: I do know AEX is still trying to get settled in, with regard to land control/zoning. I know this, because I worked on Phase 1 and Phase 2 of the relocation of residents and businesses that were grandfathered in when the new zoning took place. I drive pass the area everyday to and from work, and I still see improvements that need to be torn down. I can answer question as far as the above summary: it looks as though AEX will be expanding in the future, due to the fact that AEX has not settled all of the land expansion issues. To what extent with regard to jobs? I am not able to provide that. I recommend Googling AEX and see what you may find.

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Old 02-05-2011, 07:40 PM
 
Location: Katy, TX
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Very disappointed in Shreveport and Baton Rouge,will those cities ever grow or is ist just stuck in the 80"s. Where are the agressive mayors like they have in Austin and Dallas that really go after business and industries.

NOLA ???? will grow
They are growing, just not as much within the city limits. That could be due to many factors, such as far fewer infill development opportunities, or the inability to annex newer areas when other municipalities on the periphery are also looking to annex those areas. But, make no mistake about it, the Baton Rouge area led the state in growth over the last decade.
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