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Old 05-22-2013, 12:01 PM
 
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Hi all-My husband's job may be relocating him/us to the Shreveport area soon, so I'm starting my research early. Random question for anyone on here, I've heard some rumors of the social dynamics there...old money vs new money tension and wondering if any of them were true? And also how easily it is to adapt as a new family/person in the area....are people usually welcoming? Any advice or insight would be appreciated. I've started gathering some information from pervious threads about the neighborhoods and good school districts so that's been quite helpful. Thx!
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Old 05-27-2013, 11:01 AM
 
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Any interests which may involve you with others? We have an active theater community here and symphony and opera which you may like. Just suggestions on ways to get to know other people in the area. Contrary to popular opinion, we do have all kinds of churches and synagogues as well as mosques and Hindu temple. Don't know if that is what you would like or not but you are free to do and be whatever you wish around here. If I think of anything else I will post. One thing lacking around here is sports; unfortunately all our teams have left the area.
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Old 05-27-2013, 11:00 PM
 
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FWIW: Some of your questions might be better served if you scroll through some of the past threads on this (Shreveport,LA) forum. Some people think the area is heaven, others...ehh...not so much. There's some strong opinions either way. Good luck in your search.
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Old 06-12-2013, 06:03 PM
 
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I a native. I own property here and currently live here after working on the West Coast and in the PNW for 10 years. This place is very conservative in some ways and off the charts criminal in others. Some of our city politicians could easily be elected mayor but are barred from running due to felony records. No kidding. Corruption and stagnation are a feature in our community. The city of Shreveport proper has not seen any growth in over 30 years. Our newest high school was built in the 70s. Our downtown is DEAD and is used for a movie set because of tax breaks and the fact that it is one big movie set due to its desolation. We have some "upscale" areas though they are not populated enough to fund city government. Shreveport's only large and middle class neighborhood and taxable base is Broadmoor. It is fighting to stay that way and many are moving across the river to Bossier. Plenty of middle class housing and families fleeing Shreveport.

Flush with a tax base, Bossier faces government accountability issues and a very close runner up to Boss Hogg in the DA office. Open public meetings and accountability are as popular as Charles Manson in both Shreveport and Bossier. Other than that, welcome to the hood.
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Old 06-13-2013, 10:03 AM
 
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Boss Hogg.... yep, that pretty much sums up both sides of the river actually. It's a good ol' boy / good ol' gal kind of vibe.
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Old 06-15-2013, 06:27 AM
 
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When I was a small child in the early sixties the hype and bs about the town and its potential was as vapid and delusional as present promotional formulas. There was an actual downtown then, though obviously fading. There was a constant jingle on commercial breaks: "With so much to live, and so much to give, Shreveport a city on the go and a city on the grow!!!" We all knew it was BS then. Those of us still around continue to recognize bravo sierra. Some of the "movers and shakers" are fifth generation knock offs of the original crooks and laugh at the suckers coming in and are thankful for the apathetic and self satisfied natives. I am at the point in life where I watch in mild amusement and feel for any man, woman, and child placed in this area for any length of time.
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Old 06-17-2013, 12:35 AM
 
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Shreveport is really comprised of fragmented demographics with the exception of Af Americans who make up the majority and come out in force come election time to vote for their candidate. Hopefully some intelligent political leadership will emerge compared to the what has been the case the last few elections. We can hope.
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Old 06-17-2013, 06:10 PM
 
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I whole-heartedly agree with George. Shreveport, on one end is total poverty, bad roads, deplorable schools, and churches. On the other end are bored middle-aged conservatives, OK schools, every cookie-cutter chain store imaginable, and churches...

Listen to the consensus...don't move here!
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Old 06-17-2013, 07:35 PM
 
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But...but... what about all the "fun times" to be had here? Like all the festivals, casinos, Hollywood movies, Chimp-haven, the Haynesville shale, CyberCommand...er...I mean Cyber Innovation (whatever)...and people living in their own bubble of mutual admiration society-social circles? LoL!

I had to chuckle today because there was a story about a major sewer line break in Shreveport that flooded a neighborhood and ruined many folks' homes. They interviewed the person from Shreveport City Water & Sewer who said they have more than $200 Million on the books in sewer / water repairs but they don't have the money to do this so they have to use "band-aid" approaches to fixing things.

HERE'S A NEWS VIDEOLINK ON THE WATER/SEWER BREAK:
Video Landing Page - KTBS.com

The reason there's no money is because the local Shreveport political leadership has spent all their attention on spending money for convention center, a city-owned hotel, riverfront park development BUT hardly anything over the past 30 years or so on much-needed infrastructure like water, sewer. People are outraged over their water bills going up every couple of years and yet improvements are sloooow-going.

I know that many homes in the Highland area are just about less than 2 feet from getting sewer overflows if they get a bad gully-washer rain thanks to crumbling infrastructure. Road repair, water & sewer repair....these things always get pushed to the back of the priority list as the powers-that-be always seem to find money for those sexier building & capital improvement projects that everyone can point to ...and political allies can benefit from. It's a shame, but that's been the Shreveport way for as long as I can remember. Even my folks at their age bring this up from time to time.
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Old 06-17-2013, 07:45 PM
 
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^this "it doesn't have to function at all; just has to look good"
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