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Old 07-26-2013, 12:34 PM
 
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We are moving to the area in a few weeks and glad to read this. My husband works there so we really don't have a choice.
It's sad to hear about the city not having money for repairs. I am glad I picked a home outside of Shreveport.

We considered a few homes in the Broadmore area but even if it had a good elementary the middle school was bad and people are having to send their kids to private schools. If your kid is a straight A student and can get into a magnet school you still have to wait a year to get in. There are some nice houses in a few areas in Shreveport but if you want that decent elementary school the homes are overpriced just from that one feature. The nice reasonable priced homes are only good for people with no kids. The whole housing market seems crazy there.

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Well that's no accident....that's by design ... I'll betcha most of the home-owners in that area are upperscale white families. See these "pocket neighborhoods" are these little clusters ...people in Shreveport have a tendency to live in their own "bubbles" and that's why a lot of stuff never gets accomplished on a broader scale. The real estate in Shreveport has always been higher for a city its size due to design of keeping "the riff-raff" out.
And the sewer infrastructure issue was loong ignored as more folks left the older parts of Shreveport to live in these "cluster communities" afterall...who cares about flooded sewerage in the front yard if it's not in your front yard? A few years ago in the Highland community where there used to be considerably more "better-connected families"...when there was flooding along the relief drainage canals and started seeping into their streets...some people raised hell about it. While some relief was focused on making the drainage better.... the recession happened and honestly a lot of the more vocal folks said: To heck with that...we're moving". So the champions of that issue diminished and with each succession in mayor came a new agenda to shift focus on pet projects like a new convention ctr & city-owned hotel that many experts said was a foolish expense given our other more important & basic needs. And now all the chickens are finally coming home to roost and bite people in the butt with higher taxes, water/sewer rates, etc. And people act surprised?

I recall the Car-Salesman mayor came up with a hair-brained ad campaign called "BRING THE KIDS HOME"...anyone else remember that? We had soooo many young people leaving the area because of poor jobs opportunities and higher-ed costs that the city was trying to convince them that things were better thanks to the casino industry and the potential for high-tech jobs and GM, etc. Well GM is gone, the Cyber Command that they spent $35 Million building didn't get the Air Force Cyber HQ (which went to Texas thanks to Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchinson.... Our then Sen. was so ineffective in D.C., La. lobbyists said he was "...a waste of a suit and good parking space..".) so basically the Cyber Innovation Center is a big, expensive bldg with a few "tech tenants" Anyways... Lots of smoke blowin'... but boy do we have casinos and festivals... and wipe yer feet before you come in for some of this delicious kool-aid and strawberry pie!

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Old 07-26-2013, 02:19 PM
 
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Insightful posts. I lived there for a year+ in the late 90s. Having served my sentence, I was happy to flee. I mean run. Get out. Not until last fall did I venture back, and while sprawl had increased and I think there's another casino and a convention center, little else has changed.

There isn't anything about the city of Shreveport or Bossier to really promote either as a place you'd want to be - no life in either downtown. Shreveport has some semblance of a downtown in older buildings, but few businesses to speak of for an urban core. Which is a shame, clearly there was something there in the past but most development efforts seems to have ended in the 60s and early 70s. Downtown has about thirty blocks that were designed to be higher density, but at least two-thirds of them have high levels of vacancy. I-20 is poorly placed across the center of both towns, but there is more to the lack of development than that. All recent downtown development has been reserved for the casinos and their immediate vicinity, or the new Convention Center. Twenty-five years ago these riverboat casinos were a novelty, but I think the cities followed them with all chips in and little care for urban planning. Now most surrounding states have a variety of gambling, and the appeal of rows of blue-haired relics pushing slot-machine buttons repeatedly, anxiously awaiting a small token jackpot for their patience or wasting away the day doesn't quite grab the public's imagination or desire to re-locate. The Louisiana Boardwalk has simply transferred retail traffic from Pierre-Bossier Mall to a couple blocks of outdoor chains nearer downtown. Sometimes this strategy works (I've seen a few such pseudo outdoor malls in Florida) though I've seen them rather dead as well. Placement here in the heart of downtown Bossier seems unwise, but maybe the city will invest in the surrounding business district. Or not.

Both towns are rather segregated in home ownership, housing varies and the money seems to prefer to stick to the outskirts, where more chain restaurants and box-stores are the norm. I suppose this isn't so different from a lot of other communities, but in most of these other communities you're within some vicinity to a vibrant downtown and there are some mixed income communities that are still pretty lively. Not really the case in Shreveport. Locals travel to Dallas, Baton Rouge or New Orleans for nightlife.

Best of luck in Shreveport while your husband's job has relocated your family there. Natchitoches is a nice enough afternoon trip and Dallas or Houston, or Baton Rouge/New Orleans make for a varied weekend getaway now and again.
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Old 07-26-2013, 03:39 PM
 
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Insightful posts. I lived there for a year+ in the late 90s. Having served my sentence, I was happy to flee. I mean run. Get out. Not until last fall did I venture back, and while sprawl had increased and I think there's another casino and a convention center, little else has changed.

There isn't anything about the city of Shreveport or Bossier to really promote either as a place you'd want to be - no life in either downtown. ....Not really the case in Shreveport. Locals travel to Dallas, Baton Rouge or New Orleans for nightlife.

Best of luck in Shreveport while your husband's job has relocated your family there. Natchitoches is a nice enough afternoon trip and Dallas or Houston, or Baton Rouge/New Orleans make for a varied weekend getaway now and again.
Amen to that... if it weren't for the fact that Dallas is an easy 3 hours drive, I would go absolutely insane!
A local demographer had done some research about his home tax assessment here recently and was shocked at how much more he pays in tax assessments given the size of Shreveport (pop approx 200,000) and compared to Dallas....even with higher property tax in Dallas...with no state income tax...and adding better water/sewer--civic infrastructure....he felt Dallas was a better deal regarding the so-called "Quality of Life" that Shreveporters seem to think they have cornered the mkt on. If you keep telling people something through the tourism propaganda over and over again....they really begin to believe it. Amazing the sheep that live here. Might as well change the city's name to SHEEPORT.
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Old 10-06-2013, 06:00 PM
 
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Run Run Run! Do not come here, you will be so so sorry. It is the most insular bigoted religiously centered place there is. And that is just the white people! Even the black folks can be narrow minded and exclusive. I've never seen anything like it. I have lived here all my life and wished I had left many many times. Sure, you always seem to hear just the bad things with stuff like this, but this is really the truth. I'm not kidding. I even lived in south highlands with all the rich folks and it was surreal at times. Educated people who did not know sh*t but thought they did and all their cliques. The strange things is, I have noticed that when outsiders move here with good ideas they slowly turn into Shreveport people and eventually you can't tell them apart. They must be putting something in the water. The former whites that always ran the city were crooks and scoundrels and now the blacks that run the city are crooks and a scoundrels too! You have been warned.
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