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Old 04-26-2011, 09:26 PM
 
Location: Denver
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I'd say New Orleans is more progressive. But Lafayette is definately 2nd.
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Old 04-26-2011, 10:11 PM
 
Location: Youngsville, LA
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I'd say New Orleans is more progressive. But Lafayette is definately 2nd.
We need to define the definition of "progressive". New Orleans is obviously the most socially progressive city, while it can be argued that Lafayette is the most economically progressive city. I still think that Baton Rouge rules in the latter. Lafayette is doing well, but the numbers don't lie.

Baton Rouge currently rules the roost, with New Orleans to follow. And the SBC area cannot be discounted.

I love Lafayette, but we are number four in this state in terms of size and influence. That will probably continue to be the case for the remainder of my lifetime (and I'm just a young 49). But, it's been a lot of fun watching our progression...
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Old 04-26-2011, 11:18 PM
 
Location: Lafayette, La
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We need to define the definition of "progressive". New Orleans is obviously the most socially progressive city, while it can be argued that Lafayette is the most economically progressive city. I still think that Baton Rouge rules in the latter. Lafayette is doing well, but the numbers don't lie.

Baton Rouge currently rules the roost, with New Orleans to follow. And the SBC area cannot be discounted.

I love Lafayette, but we are number four in this state in terms of size and influence. That will probably continue to be the case for the remainder of my lifetime (and I'm just a young 49). But, it's been a lot of fun watching our progression...
I think Lafayettes position in Louisiana is more important than #4 mainly because of the huge cultural influence moreso than the economic/social. This state hasnt really seemed to place economic development as a huge importance until very recently. Lafayette is a reflection of Acadiana and all of Cajun culture. It is the hub of activity in the south central part of the state and a major tourist attraction. Thats more of why it is such a popular city than its size or economic development. I kind ofl ike it that way though. Once it reaches about 200k it will be an ideal city in terms of size for growth and still hopefully maintain its important cultural links to the surrounding area.
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Old 04-27-2011, 09:45 AM
 
Location: Denver
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We need to define the definition of "progressive". New Orleans is obviously the most socially progressive city, while it can be argued that Lafayette is the most economically progressive city. I still think that Baton Rouge rules in the latter. Lafayette is doing well, but the numbers don't lie.

Baton Rouge currently rules the roost, with New Orleans to follow. And the SBC area cannot be discounted.

I love Lafayette, but we are number four in this state in terms of size and influence. That will probably continue to be the case for the remainder of my lifetime (and I'm just a young 49). But, it's been a lot of fun watching our progression...
Do you mean by attracting new businesses and job fields? I don't really have an opinion on which is more economically progressive since all are attracting many new businesses, many technology based. I would say Lafayette influence is more like #2, people think of New Orleans first, then Cajuns, and maybe LSU next. Lafayette has a huge impact on our culture and cuisine. I don't see too many large changes to Lafayette until they reach 400,000 MSA population.
Baton Rouge is purely economic influence to me. State government, two large schools, and not known for being the birthplace of any cultural references, which is what Louisiana is made of.

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I think Lafayettes position in Louisiana is more important than #4 mainly because of the huge cultural influence moreso than the economic/social. This state hasnt really seemed to place economic development as a huge importance until very recently. Lafayette is a reflection of Acadiana and all of Cajun culture. It is the hub of activity in the south central part of the state and a major tourist attraction. Thats more of why it is such a popular city than its size or economic development. I kind ofl ike it that way though. Once it reaches about 200k it will be an ideal city in terms of size for growth and still hopefully maintain its important cultural links to the surrounding area.
True, we've missed many opportunities.

I don't see the city losing any culture, transplants will probably embrace the culture once the city is a better prospect for jobs and growth like you said.
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Old 04-27-2011, 09:54 PM
 
Location: Youngsville, LA
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I think Lafayettes position in Louisiana is more important than #4 mainly because of the huge cultural influence moreso than the economic/social. This state hasnt really seemed to place economic development as a huge importance until very recently. Lafayette is a reflection of Acadiana and all of Cajun culture. It is the hub of activity in the south central part of the state and a major tourist attraction. Thats more of why it is such a popular city than its size or economic development. I kind ofl ike it that way though. Once it reaches about 200k it will be an ideal city in terms of size for growth and still hopefully maintain its important cultural links to the surrounding area.
Well stated. My mind was strictly focused on city-specific data when I posted, but this general area as a whole is rapidly making significant strides forward, both culturally and economically. I think it was you who earlier made a great point in another thread that Lafayette is seeing retail development on a scale not many other cities our size would see if not for the surrounding areas. Lafayette "city" may remain at the number four slot for a long time, but the Lafayette CSA has already jumped SBC.

Getting an MSA jump to number three will require lot's of help from our surrounding parishes. I DO see that happening within the next decade or two, unless SBC takes off from some major turn of events.

Haynesville Shale? There's major growth potential there. An economic shift, even.
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Old 04-28-2011, 11:47 AM
 
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I currently reside in Shreveport, but grew up in Lafayette. I've also lived in Arabi (suburb of New Orleans) for a few years. In my opinion, Lafayette is the best place to live, if you're raising a family. New Orleans, if you're not. I am very impressed with Shreveport, though. When I first moved here, I had a pretty negative perception of North Louisiana, as do most South Louisianians, but I have been pleasantly surprised. Good Luck!
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Old 05-03-2011, 03:07 AM
 
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I think after NOLA metro area, it got to be Lafayette and probably suburban Shreveport> Bossier
What does NOLA stand for?
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Old 05-03-2011, 07:14 AM
 
Location: Lafayette, Louisiana
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What does NOLA stand for?
I believe it stands for New Orleans, La.
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Old 07-29-2011, 05:32 PM
 
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Default Come on!

To MetroBTR:
Come on! Shreveport is the BEST, BEST, BEST city to live in! It's also nice. Trust me. I've been there MANY times! Kick in out, I LIKE Shreveport.
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Old 07-29-2011, 05:35 PM
 
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Question To MetroBTR. Shreveport is the BEST, not the worst place to live in.

Come on! Shreveport is the best place to live in. It has NO, zero, naught, a naught amount of problems. Trust me. I've been there. It also looks nice.
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