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Old 10-24-2011, 01:04 AM
 
Location: Baton Rouge
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Sorry to be the spelling police, but the word is *Stagnant.
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Old 11-01-2011, 03:33 PM
 
Location: Keller, Tx
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You know, I have fond memories of Shreveport in my early twenties. My wife is originally from Shreveport and there are some great people there. The key word there is some....Shreveport is stagnant because most of the young people are leaving to places that actually have jobs other than casinos. The school system is horrible except for the concentration of good kids at three high schools, mainly the two magnet schools because Captain Shreve just gets decent marks, it's excellent only when compared to Caddo Parish schools.

What I find puzzling is the amount of people in Shreveport trying to deny this. My parents still live near there, they are retired, no need for a job. It's a beautiful area, worthy of retirement. The crime situation isn't that dramatic from day to day I don't believe, only affected me once and that probably could have happened anywhere. The crime statistics are pretty rough, but if you live in Shreveport you know where to go and where not to go. My family has lived in the area almost 20 years, and I'm the only victim of Shreveport crime in the family. Crime isn't the big problem keeping people away, Houston and San Antonio can attest to that. You have to have employment, maintain the city and have a good educational system to attract corporations and the accompanying people.

They've done some positive things in the city, but I don't see any major developments that are going to turn this area around like, Northwest Arkansas for example. All of the new retail that has been built, largely results from years of underbuilding in the 80's and 90's. If you want progress in a similiar area, you have only look west to Tyler, they're experiencing phenomenal growth. The leadership needs to return back to the vision Hightower had for the city, maybe then the entire area could start to attract some large corporations and start to advance.

I can't just bash the city because I have a fondness for the place, but I wouldn't want to move back there. Other people may feel differently, but there's no one in Shreveport that can deny there is an overall image of blight. Even the new retail areas in Southeast Shreveport are served by the same four lane night mare of Youree drive that was there 20 years ago when the area was filled with corn fields. It just doesn't advance, I did notice recently that they widened ellerbe road, so at least some progress exists in the area.

Just to try to be positive there are exceptions, Clyde Fant Parkway and the associated parks are outstanding. The American Rose Garden and the Norton art gallery gardens are fantastic as well. The art scene and the local theatre group are to be applauded as is the Louisiana Boardwalk shopping center. Hopefully they can build on some of these perks and turn things around to reverse this stagnation.

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Old 11-01-2011, 07:45 PM
 
Location: Denver
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Pretty things don't help a city grow and prosper, new industries do. A nice huge company should move in.
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Old 11-01-2011, 09:21 PM
 
Location: USA
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You know, I have fond memories of Shreveport in my early twenties. My wife is originally from Shreveport and there are some great people there. The key word there is some....Shreveport is stagnant because most of the young people are leaving to places that actually have jobs other than casinos. The school system is horrible except for the concentration of good kids at three high schools, mainly the two magnet schools because Captain Shreve just gets decent marks, it's excellent only when compared to Caddo Parish schools.

What I find puzzling is the amount of people in Shreveport trying to deny this. My parents still live near there, they are retired, no need for a job. It's a beautiful area, worthy of retirement. The crime situation isn't that dramatic from day to day I don't believe, only affected me once and that probably could have happened anywhere. The crime statistics are pretty rough, but if you live in Shreveport you know where to go and where not to go. My family has lived in the area almost 20 years, and I'm the only victim of Shreveport crime in the family. Crime isn't the big problem keeping people away, Houston and San Antonio can attest to that. You have to have employment, maintain the city and have a good educational system to attract corporations and the accompanying people.

They've done some positive things in the city, but I don't see any major developments that are going to turn this area around like, Northwest Arkansas for example. All of the new retail that has been built, largely results from years of underbuilding in the 80's and 90's. If you want progress in a similiar area, you have only look west to Tyler, they're experiencing phenomenal growth. The leadership needs to return back to the vision Hightower had for the city, maybe then the entire area could start to attract some large corporations and start to advance.

I can't just bash the city because I have a fondness for the place, but I wouldn't want to move back there. Other people may feel differently, but there's no one in Shreveport that can deny there is an overall image of blight. Even the new retail areas in Southeast Shreveport are served by the same four lane night mare of Youree drive that was there 20 years ago when the area was filled with corn fields. It just doesn't advance, I did notice recently that they widened ellerbe road, so at least some progress exists in the area.

Just to try to be positive there are exceptions, Clyde Fant Parkway and the associated parks are outstanding. The American Rose Garden and the Norton art gallery gardens are fantastic as well. The art scene and the local theatre group are to be applauded as is the Louisiana Boardwalk shopping center. Hopefully they can build on some of these perks and turn things around to reverse this stagnation.
Youree Drive is a nighmare from 70th to Bert Kouns. Most of the improvements have been incremental style patchwork. Takes the local gov't to get involved with the state reps who in turn go to the feds. I don't see any of that going on. The local pols are lazy and worry more about inconsequential matters than on the infrastructure which is literally falling apart from age. All of the water and sewer lines from downtown southward to Southfield and in some cases 70th to past the fairgrounds need replacement. Some of the lines are over 110 years old and most are well passed 50 or 60 yo.

In short the infrastructure is bad and the city is rundown. Only north Bossier north of 220 is really nice and modern.
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Old 11-09-2011, 06:21 AM
 
Location: Kennesaw, GA
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First off, I will say that I am a fan of S'Port. My husband's family has lived there for over 35 years in the same neighborhood. I agree that S'Port needs more industry than just casinos to get its economy up and going. But I am surprised by all the negative comments on this board about the "blight" of S'Port and how everyone moves away because of the drugs and crime, yada, yada....Where are the families and the communities here? Why is everyone sitting around complaining and reminiscing about the good ole days? If you think your local government is going to come up with grand ideas and money and come save your city, you are dreaming! It takes people who have an agenda and who are active to make changes. I have been following the Highland Restoration Assoc for awhile now, and they impress me with their drive to make Highland a strong, thriving community. They are working hard as informed neighbors and friends to take back their neighborhood from crime and drugs. All of these problems are not exclusive to S'Port; they are happening all over America. What baffles me is the complacency that many people have- sitting there in their recliner watching the news and complaining about how "somebody" should clean up this dump and make it great again. Come on, Shreveport! Is Hwell the only one here who has positive things to say about this city? I know that I will be ripped for this post, but before you start slinging rocks, just think about it for a minute...I felt like I could say these things, because I used to be the person sitting in the recliner, but not anymore!!!
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Old 11-09-2011, 08:50 AM
 
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First off, I will say that I am a fan of S'Port. My husband's family has lived there for over 35 years in the same neighborhood. I agree that S'Port needs more industry than just casinos to get its economy up and going. But I am surprised by all the negative comments on this board about the "blight" of S'Port and how everyone moves away because of the drugs and crime, yada, yada....Where are the families and the communities here? Why is everyone sitting around complaining and reminiscing about the good ole days? If you think your local government is going to come up with grand ideas and money and come save your city, you are dreaming! It takes people who have an agenda and who are active to make changes. I have been following the Highland Restoration Assoc for awhile now, and they impress me with their drive to make Highland a strong, thriving community. They are working hard as informed neighbors and friends to take back their neighborhood from crime and drugs. All of these problems are not exclusive to S'Port; they are happening all over America. What baffles me is the complacency that many people have- sitting there in their recliner watching the news and complaining about how "somebody" should clean up this dump and make it great again. Come on, Shreveport! Is Hwell the only one here who has positive things to say about this city? I know that I will be ripped for this post, but before you start slinging rocks, just think about it for a minute...I felt like I could say these things, because I used to be the person sitting in the recliner, but not anymore!!!
Its moving slower than other Louisiana cities as far as reinventing itself. I hear things happening but the proof is here, a dead Shreveport forum.
Don't get me wrong, I wish it the best but it's the truth.
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Old 11-09-2011, 12:12 PM
 
Location: Kennesaw, GA
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Its moving slower than other Louisiana cities as far as reinventing itself. I hear things happening but the proof is here, a dead Shreveport forum.
Don't get me wrong, I wish it the best but it's the truth.
Yes, this forum's activity is the final authority of all happenings in S'Port.
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Old 11-09-2011, 02:50 PM
 
Location: Denver
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Yes, this forum's activity is the final authority of all happenings in S'Port.
It's indicative. I never said it was the be-all, end-all.
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Old 11-10-2011, 05:52 PM
 
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Shreveport was once more prosperous. It could have been the next Austin
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Old 11-10-2011, 10:32 PM
 
Location: Denver
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Shreveport was once more prosperous. It could have been the next Austin
I like to think of Dallas.
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