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Old 11-01-2011, 10:17 PM
 
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A Zoo won't work?! There should be a nice large aquarium downtown (in Baton Rouge too!), a zoo somewhere maybe in Bossier or suburban Shreveport, and maybe an insectarium* downtown. More than just the casino's downtown.
It could create a few hundred jobs that don't revolve around oil.
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Old 12-07-2011, 09:22 AM
 
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A Zoo won't work?! There should be a nice large aquarium downtown (in Baton Rouge too!), a zoo somewhere maybe in Bossier or suburban Shreveport, and maybe an insectarium* downtown. More than just the casino's downtown.
It could create a few hundred jobs that don't revolve around oil.
I was really disappointed in the downtown area when I arrived here. I didn't have really high hopes or anything, but there's just not that much there. There's the Sci-Port and the convention center. Other than that, a few bars here and there, casinos and lots and lots of poverty. It's a real shame. I think it has a lot of potential.
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Old 12-07-2011, 10:19 AM
 
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I was really disappointed in the downtown area when I arrived here. I didn't have really high hopes or anything, but there's just not that much there. There's the Sci-Port and the convention center. Other than that, a few bars here and there, casinos and lots and lots of poverty. It's a real shame. I think it has a lot of potential.
Under the Texas St bridge is nice. I went into a bar there forever ago when my cousin used to live behind Kings Hwy on Columbia Park. I really liked that neighborhood.
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Old 12-08-2011, 12:00 AM
 
Location: Monroe!
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This is pityful.....call me a troll or self centered, but there hasnt been much passion on this Louisiana forum since I've consistently been absent. I am very disappointed in the locals of SBC for their "Saints-like" defense of their area. Its sad, how do a group of people give in so easily when someone downs something thats suppose to be so dear to them. Why? Because Shreveport is commonly known as being uncommonly known, is that why you people roll over and say, "ok your right, shreveport is pretty sucky" C'MON!!

I've been on and off this forum for about 5 years now, and I'm aware of the bad press Louisiana gets, but yet and still, New Orleans fights back and defends, Baton Rouge locals on here are bullys and are very quick to influence people otherwise about alleged facts or opinions, Lafayette has impressed, especially on one particular thread(Lafayette was a dump), Lake Charles has showed up......and last but not least...if you know me and how I am about my sexy sexy buttery Monroe, I will defend & glorify it to the square mile.

Anyway....SBC has been good to me in the past, I have lived there and know good things about the area. Just havent been that way in a good while, but I know it has great things to offer. What happened with the Command center and the thriving downtown of Shreveport? I heard a new casino has just been approved to be built making it the 10th high rise casino? The great art fest?

Toughen up SBC!!!!
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Old 12-08-2011, 12:20 AM
 
Location: Tucson/Nogales
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I was in Shreveport for a couple days in December 2009, never been there before, just curiously exploring cities I've never been to in that area of the world. Unfortunately, they were having a cold snap, and it was mighty chilly those two days. I even took a circle public bus trip around the city.

As for revitalizing the downtown area, I saw a huge potential existing there for a livable, viable downtown district some day, but like so many cities today, there seems to only be a few pioneers paving the way (via loft condo types of places) so far, and hopefully more will follow.

I was doing 2 days each in OKC, Tulsa, Ft. Smith as well, but I can truly say Shreveport was much more interesting/pleasing than downtown Tulsa/Dullsa! At least, unlike Tulsa, there's not a plethora of downtown parking lots!

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Old 12-08-2011, 12:36 AM
 
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This is pityful.....call me a troll or self centered, but there hasnt been much passion on this Louisiana forum since I've consistently been absent. I am very disappointed in the locals of SBC for their "Saints-like" defense of their area. Its sad, how do a group of people give in so easily when someone downs something thats suppose to be so dear to them. Why? Because Shreveport is commonly known as being uncommonly known, is that why you people roll over and say, "ok your right, shreveport is pretty sucky" C'MON!!

I've been on and off this forum for about 5 years now, and I'm aware of the bad press Louisiana gets, but yet and still, New Orleans fights back and defends, Baton Rouge locals on here are bullys and are very quick to influence people otherwise about alleged facts or opinions, Lafayette has impressed, especially on one particular thread(Lafayette was a dump), Lake Charles has showed up......and last but not least...if you know me and how I am about my sexy sexy buttery Monroe, I will defend & glorify it to the square mile.

Anyway....SBC has been good to me in the past, I have lived there and know good things about the area. Just havent been that way in a good while, but I know it has great things to offer. What happened with the Command center and the thriving downtown of Shreveport? I heard a new casino has just been approved to be built making it the 10th high rise casino? The great art fest?

Toughen up SBC!!!!
I really don't know why this forum is so dead. I really wish it was more active, but it will probably change once Shreveport strives to improve. I know things are happening in the area but if it was significant then more people should be here or at least on other forums.
How large is LSUS? It would be a good school if it sucked thousands of kids from Dallas over to Shreveport, preferably downtown. Or is LaTech to blame?
What ever happened to the DART commuter rail proposal?
I don't know much about the ins and outs of the SBC but it's in a perfect locale to grow.
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Old 01-10-2012, 02:11 PM
 
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While some things have improved in SBC, many things that should've improved haven't and will continue to drag on. I'm sure someday the downtown area will revive towards looking like a living downtown and not just because the DDA or DSU, C of C or mayor's office says so. The same batch of bureaucrats & social sycophants move from one group to another...it's as if there's a game of "musical chairs" with each “newer” face focusing on a hybrid of the same ol' messages before. Outside interests are the ones driving things, any redevelopment effort takes place hoping to spur on residual growth and then nothing until the next 3 or 5 years. Remember UNITED JEWLERS / LEE HARDWARE Artists Apts? That was supposed to spur on local amenities and businesses around them... those redevelopment projects were completed back in 1999 AND NOTHING HAS HAPPENED THERE SINCE!

The DDA is hanging it's hat on downtown residential as the catalyst for downtown rebirth. Uh...why would anyone really want to live downtown? Unless you want to risk getting in a fight at one of the Riverfront Bars on Commerce (SEARCH YOUTUBE FOR SHREVEPORT FIGHTS) or being walking distance from Gov't work (City Hall , Courthouse) why would you want to live there? There's nothing else there really. (Ok CoHabitat a workshare place for freelance geeks) The answer to downtown rebirth is get some solid businesses there that will hire people who will drop some money on living in a pricier loft and maybe then some better restaurants will locate there. Remember the UNIVERSITY CLUB? It shut down due to lack of younger people wanting to pay membership to sustain it. The SHREVEPORT CLUB and PETROLEUM CLUB are alive but that's because of the upper crusties keeping it going as tradition goes.

Downtown really sucks. A progressive artsy couple opened a gallery on Texas and renovated a place next door to live in...they moved after a couple years due to the all-night bar activities and traffic on weekends...they hated it and left. And I used to go to Noble Savage until I heard how the owner had a habit of pulling his gun out to scare off people. Just as well, I can't stand the ciggie smoke anyways.

LSUS and other higher ed is cutting back on degree programs thanks to the state budget shortfall AND Caddo School System has 19 schools cited by State BOE as failing and quite a few others with question marks. NW La's. biggest import? YOUNG PEOPLE with DEGREES are MOVING for BETTER JOBS ELSEWHERE. Unless you're in medical field or O&G or Military...you're not keeping NW La. in your top 3 choices to live/work/raise a family.

I don't get why so many people call this a perfect locale to grow. Why? Because it's in the Central South and close to Dallas for weekends? Lower cost of living? No snow? What? If all you're concerned with is lower cost of living, hunting/fishing, SuperWalMart & Target, Arts Festivals and Mardi Gras and Mudbug Festivals and churches; then yeah you're covered. But what else would you tell / show a young person with an attractive degree and a desire to earn really good money? We have Crawfish? Our Strawn's Pie is the Best? We have no traffic jams? Movies are made here? Whaat? Our airport is one of the most expensive to fly out of in the country (DOT Surveys) Let's quit selling sweet tea and crawfish boils and face-painting at the Revel. Let's fix our crappy roads, our crumbling sewer systems, our lousy flooding and stop passing bond issue after bond issue (BTW Shreveport has the highest property taxes for any city it's size in La. according to analyst ELLIOT STONECIPHER. just do the MATH.).

Our area keeps selling sweet tea and arts & crafts, Casinos and warm fuzzies and THIS OTHER SIDE...(whatever the hell that means). That ain't going to get solid businesses relocating here.... we need to admit our problems and fix that first and fast AND while we're at it, let's kick these career bureaucrats who've been working in local gov't., the DDA and other similar organizations out, they're BS'ers doing a BS job BS-ing the media and everybody else.
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Old 01-10-2012, 07:11 PM
 
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While some things have improved in SBC, many things that should've improved haven't and will continue to drag on. I'm sure someday the downtown area will revive towards looking like a living downtown and not just because the DDA or DSU, C of C or mayor's office says so. The same batch of bureaucrats & social sycophants move from one group to another...it's as if there's a game of "musical chairs" with each “newer” face focusing on a hybrid of the same ol' messages before. Outside interests are the ones driving things, any redevelopment effort takes place hoping to spur on residual growth and then nothing until the next 3 or 5 years. Remember UNITED JEWLERS / LEE HARDWARE Artists Apts? That was supposed to spur on local amenities and businesses around them... those redevelopment projects were completed back in 1999 AND NOTHING HAS HAPPENED THERE SINCE!

The DDA is hanging it's hat on downtown residential as the catalyst for downtown rebirth. Uh...why would anyone really want to live downtown? Unless you want to risk getting in a fight at one of the Riverfront Bars on Commerce (SEARCH YOUTUBE FOR SHREVEPORT FIGHTS) or being walking distance from Gov't work (City Hall , Courthouse) why would you want to live there? There's nothing else there really. (Ok CoHabitat a workshare place for freelance geeks) The answer to downtown rebirth is get some solid businesses there that will hire people who will drop some money on living in a pricier loft and maybe then some better restaurants will locate there. Remember the UNIVERSITY CLUB? It shut down due to lack of younger people wanting to pay membership to sustain it. The SHREVEPORT CLUB and PETROLEUM CLUB are alive but that's because of the upper crusties keeping it going as tradition goes.

Downtown really sucks. A progressive artsy couple opened a gallery on Texas and renovated a place next door to live in...they moved after a couple years due to the all-night bar activities and traffic on weekends...they hated it and left. And I used to go to Noble Savage until I heard how the owner had a habit of pulling his gun out to scare off people. Just as well, I can't stand the ciggie smoke anyways.

LSUS and other higher ed is cutting back on degree programs thanks to the state budget shortfall AND Caddo School System has 19 schools cited by State BOE as failing and quite a few others with question marks. NW La's. biggest import? YOUNG PEOPLE with DEGREES are MOVING for BETTER JOBS ELSEWHERE. Unless you're in medical field or O&G or Military...you're not keeping NW La. in your top 3 choices to live/work/raise a family.

I don't get why so many people call this a perfect locale to grow. Why? Because it's in the Central South and close to Dallas for weekends? Lower cost of living? No snow? What? If all you're concerned with is lower cost of living, hunting/fishing, SuperWalMart & Target, Arts Festivals and Mardi Gras and Mudbug Festivals and churches; then yeah you're covered. But what else would you tell / show a young person with an attractive degree and a desire to earn really good money? We have Crawfish? Our Strawn's Pie is the Best? We have no traffic jams? Movies are made here? Whaat? Our airport is one of the most expensive to fly out of in the country (DOT Surveys) Let's quit selling sweet tea and crawfish boils and face-painting at the Revel. Let's fix our crappy roads, our crumbling sewer systems, our lousy flooding and stop passing bond issue after bond issue (BTW Shreveport has the highest property taxes for any city it's size in La. according to analyst ELLIOT STONECIPHER. just do the MATH.).

Our area keeps selling sweet tea and arts & crafts, Casinos and warm fuzzies and THIS OTHER SIDE...(whatever the hell that means). That ain't going to get solid businesses relocating here.... we need to admit our problems and fix that first and fast AND while we're at it, let's kick these career bureaucrats who've been working in local gov't., the DDA and other similar organizations out, they're BS'ers doing a BS job BS-ing the media and everybody else.
Blame state government.
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Old 01-11-2012, 12:14 PM
 
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and local gov't. Seems like every administration adds another layer of bond debt and voters don't do the math, too lazy or indifferent.
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Old 01-14-2012, 06:47 AM
 
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Shreveport/BC is a hidden gem and highly underrated. Shhh, don't tell anyone. :P
I agree 100%.
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