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Old 01-24-2013, 01:20 PM
 
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I would say that sums it up fairly well. What I'm learning from Shreveport is that no matter who they put in office or what pieces to the board-game are moved around, you can't change the fabric of a city. At its core, Shreveport is what Shreveport was when it was founded, a mainstay of bigotry and religious fundamentalism...and it always will be. If you're looking to move here for any reason at all, here me clearly...DON'T DO IT!
Well, the religiosity doesn't bother me, provided there's a strong Catholic element. In fact I regard that as a positive. The racism would be a problem though if it were overt and hostile. Which doesn't seem to be the case in Shreveport if I understand you correctly.
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Old 01-24-2013, 03:26 PM
 
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The biggest form of racism is indeed subtle both from black & white sides of the fence. There are bits of outward racism but the biggest thing killing the area is the lack of upwardly mobile younger professional people who want to work towards improving things. Seriously, Caddo Parish has a big out-migration of smarter, young people...they want a better life NOW and they're moving to other cities that don't have the issues Shreveport has.

Problem is you still have cronyism on a large scale going on in Shreveport that will keep areas from really taking off. The local airport is a good example, very little being done to get airfares lower because of the status quo of how things have always been done around here.

Downtown is a mess and a casino mecca for all the nearby small-town rednecks to come to Shreveport and get drunk and rowdy. And then there's the bottoms thugs who always wind up having a street-fight outside one of the late-night clubs on Commerce St. or the occasional shooting on the riverfront. The Casino / Red River Entertainment District was developed solely by the politicians in power at the time so they could get lucrative contracts for their buddies. If it succeeded as intended, great ....but it failed and no one cares to go after the crooks who still owe the city money, probably because they'd turn evidence that would blow-back on some prominent names.

NW La. has historically been a strong Southern Baptist influence, Catholicism much less so, they've shut down a couple parish churches / schools because of decline if that tells you something. Yep as long as you only have blinders on and drive down Youree or Line Avenue / Pierremont and keep in your cluster/circle of interests, it doesn't matter. But looking at the metro map of Shreveport and ask yourself why these areas are still soooo crappy after all these years, makes you wonder why no one really gives a crap about making it better. But oh lookie... we have Movies, Bill Joyce and Chimp Haven !! Now if we could only get a dog park on the Red River

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Old 04-13-2013, 05:27 PM
 
Location: Northern Louisiana
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Smile We moved to Shreveport 3 yrs. ago

I would definitely look in the southeastern part, and you can easily take Leonard Rd. that is rarely used over directly to the port. We take Norris Ferry Rd., then Overton Brooks Rd., then just a block or so of Ellerbe and then onto Leonard. Sometimes we take that way to shopping too, since the port is on Hwy. 1 which is same as Youree Dr. and north of there is where all the good shopping is.

I would look at all the subdivisions on Norris Ferry Rd. and then you can just take Southern Loop to I-49 and go north right thru the middle of SP. We love it here, no kids in school but there are a lot of Magnet schools and one to open next year called Magnolia taking applications now.

But we might be moving to your Aiken area or such for family reasons back east.
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