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Old 11-20-2012, 08:13 AM
 
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Could someone tell me about this particular area? It is the neighborhood directly behind Monjuni's. Egan and Nutt neighborhood. Is the area safe for a young family? thanks.
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Old 11-21-2012, 03:24 PM
 
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To be exact, it's old highland. Rather historic area; many homes were built before 1900. It is not a good area, unfortunately, and for years has been decaying. Has been rental multi-unit apts and older homes for a long time and is full of riffraff. Sorry for the bad report but that is what I know about it. Maybe a little further south like around Wichita St. and area (Irving Place) might be a little bit better and the homes are very similar.
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Old 11-21-2012, 09:14 PM
 
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Ditto: If you want to stay in Highland area...you should head further South towards Kings Hwy. Keep in mind though that there are still "iffy" areas in all of Highland but as a rule, it gets better the further south you go. Just stay East of Fairfield (in most cases) and West of Centenary (again ...in most cases).
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Old 11-22-2012, 08:16 AM
 
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Thanks for the information. What about the atkins/gilbert streets area south of kings?
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Old 11-22-2012, 08:04 PM
 
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That area is not so bad. I don't hear anything crimewise about it and the neighborhoods are pretty solid. The houses are mostly 1910-on into the 30's. Much like Broadmoor to the east, it is still very popular for families. Atkins, Forrest, Gladstone and Stephenson should all be pretty solid streets off Gilbert.
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Old 12-27-2012, 12:09 PM
 
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Visit it and get a feel. Highland is very spotty- mansions mixed with run down places. Go check it out, at specific addresses you're interested in to know for sure.
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Old 12-28-2012, 11:43 PM
 
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Highland Neighborhood is a mixed bag. You can find a really great property in need of rehab but it may be on a block that you wouldn't want to walk down to the corner. Not to make it sound awful but it is what it is. Some areas have bright spots but go one block in any direction and it can change fast. You just have to look carefully. The further South from Kings Hwy and things tend to be better. But as stated previously, you just have to visit the areas you're interested in and don't just drive by. Park and look around and listen.
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Old 12-29-2012, 08:23 AM
 
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Why does Shreveport like old historical areas like this to decay and turn it over to riff raffs?
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Old 12-30-2012, 09:10 PM
 
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The area has a "history" of not really doing much to preserve any old bldgs or neighborhoods. Many of the families with
historical equity in the community didn't do much as their counterparts did in other areas of the country (South Carolina, Virginia, Massachusetts, etc.). A lot of the founding families had offspring who didn't stick around; they got their trust funds and went to Texas, Colorado, Florida, California, etc. So there was no legacy effort.

Also Shreveport doesn't have a large middle-class in relation to the population size. Median income levels dropped significantly after the O&G Bust of the mid-1980's and a lot of people packed up and left. Population growth for Caddo Parish has remained essentially "flat" for the last decade. The Highland are was seeing a revival in the late 1970's and early 80's but when inflation rose and the O&G Bust occurred, all that came to a close. Real estate values were hurt and the older properties weren't attractive anymore.

Today, it's a mixed bag. You have a lot of homes converted into rentals which really impacts a neighborhood. I believe the Highland Restoration Assn. had the city pass an ordinance a few years ago restricting the conversion of single-family homes in to rentals. Seems the rentals weren't helping attract would-be home renovators to locate in Highland. Some landlords are doing a good job but some are just slumlords. Some people are investing in rehabbing older properties but there's a long way to go. I know people who have taken chances and some have done okay whereas others have either broken even or lost their money. I do know some people who sold their homes and moved out-of-state, they just had enough and want to live their middle-age lives in an area that already has what Shreveport has been promising for years.

I can't say I blame them.
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