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Old 04-27-2016, 09:59 AM
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Catch it before it falls completely apart -

Stoner to Kings Hwy bordered by Fairfield and Youree - (This Square Area)

Its such a shame the areas is being abandoned and with it good places become challenged.
it is close to Downtown, has great infrastructure design, (needs services upgrade) includes many things which once helped the areas be highly prosperous.

Doctors - Lawyers, Service of all types, business of a wide variety, high volumes of Craftsman Era Homes Hospital, Centenary College, and more!!!!! This is the time for what many might not like but its a reality that is the only viable means to save and restore the areas, and that is "Area Gentrification" - history of the area is this was never designed as a "poor person area". It needs to be restored as a working class -stable employment - to semi professional - artistic- craft and skill and professional community. It does not need to pursue the mega right level, just a level that is progressive in performance, maintenance, upkeep and pride in community, home ownership and what it takes to make solid stable and well maintained community.

Very poor people unfortunate as truth is, they cannot afford what it takes to bring this area back to performance levels, it takes facing such truth, in order to fix, repair and rebuild and re-invigorate this areas.
The more the area remains poor, the further it fills with poverty, despair, deterioration and eventually abandonment which is population decline. (we can already find areas which suffer from this cycle of downfall) We must know we can't afford as a city or citizens to allow this cycle of breakdown to continue. it's quite likely many of us, including myself may not be able to afford it once it begin improving and changing, but still we gain benefit, because it makes the city stature improve and that brings many collateral benefits for all citizens in the big picture of thing.

As it changes to rebuild back upwards, then those who want to move and live there, can pursue, gain and develop the skills to allow them to afford this area. But to let it rot as a poor person haven is called what it is, "Urban Decay" which becomes "structured demise" of a city!!!!!! Whether its this city or any city, that is what the result is when it does not come to terms with progressive "urban renewal programming". No business want to come there, no new concepts and idea of industry or business creation and ultimately the impact spreads like a virus.

IF We don't Awaken and Change:

Otherwise it is going to be a waste of even more and more Period Era Homes that will fall to a point of never being able to be restored. Those are simple reality factors. There is no need or reason to avoid engaging community change to save the areas and the community, the history and re-invigorate it with a vibrancy it never should have lost.
We can't afford to waste so much via callousness and failure to consider and seek ways to catch it before it is gone forever.

A few things are trying to hang up, but the people are too lackluster to patronize and help it sustain and prosper to a level of stability.
The Cotton Boll Grill - still makes "real wholesome food"!!!! and they have real biscuits, choices of other bread for breakfast, they use "real eggs" and the good is good.

The building in the area seem to be facing challenges for occupancy.

The hospital closed and moved to South Shreveport following the "money" and the new generation, the State Building either has limited functions or limited tenancy. Even the Circle K, which seems to have struggled is now closed.
The questions is: Does the city have a plan to try and catch and re-populate this area with tenants before it falls further into decay?

AREA Re-Vitalization:

The Old Christus Hospital is an excellent location for the age of "new doctors" to come with new ideas.
They could likely get all sorts of grants to build this into a massive facility with new technology to do all kind of test and treatments, to take advantage of the new Health Care initiative which promote coverage.

The facility could become a leader in low cost screening and testing and other things. Example: Imagine the installation of 10-20 MRI Machines, this would reduce the cost and squash the wait time and more information about patients conditions could be diagnosed more effectively.
Imagine a set up with 10 or more of the newest Radiation Machines, and / or along with 10 or more robotic surgery units. 10-20 x-ray set ups, 10 or more CT Scans, and 10 or more of other cutting edge medical tech units, and all this can be built around coordinating with local business and the medical coverage of its employees, it could coordinate with the VA and absorb the overflow from the entire regions which suffer delays with the limits of VA Scheduling.
Now we are talking about flat rate "MRI", Flat Rate for any of these test, which could easily wipe away that greed add-on that many hospitals change.

They could change the way the medical system functions. They could set up -BETTER Preventative Care- with $35-50 office visits, the insurance companies would gladly pay and save millions in the process of such low cost care.

There's enough room to have Full Dental Services including Labs which can make and provide Crowns and other needed things to bring the cost of these services down.
This works when it is staffed with doctors who are not on some "get rich quick programs", but they'd certainly make a very nice living. There are thousands of Medical people with big school debt, who could have that debt dismissed for a contract to work at facilities as such for 5-10 yrs. They'd gain experience, have access to the best data and a good stable living, and income and be in a position to make good contributions within their work. They would become pioneers as other cities would see the model, understand the benefits and there are many ways to pursue funding, with government assistance to help the companies who make this equipment, provide it to such a facility, and that benefits the company as well as the hospital and all. These are the changes which can help us as a people, rebuild and grow in a new era.
Imagine what a saving to all state and federal medical assist program would gain by and through their support to establish such a facility.
IF we think different and understand different, then as a society we can make these things come to be in making a better system for and within society.

The State Building:

Why not move Section 8 processing, Food Stamps and other such services into this building, which would means, better continuity between programs and simplified data managements. Instead of people being put in a position to provide the same data over and over to each agency they require services with. It means better tracking, less system abuse and more connection to not only the services, but they are in close proximity to the Hospital which can provide all these test at a much reduced cost, than the standard Hospitals in the area.

Last edited by Chance and Change; 04-27-2016 at 10:39 AM..
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Old 04-27-2016, 03:40 PM
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What would this attract to the area, " many people with professional skills of all sorts" and these are the same people would could and would invest to rebuild this area and restore and make use of the many buildings sitting empty, the many home that need to be re-cataloged and land that is acquired by the city through various channels and means could be logged and sold to developers committed to urban renewal and re-development, and not the stuff of trying to build low cost low income mass housing, but housing that fits a mixed model, with focus on the mid semi professional to the professional levels, then it is poised not only to become stable but to grow with a remarkable new energy. This can and would translate into the downtown region, as this area has some of the best design infrastructure leading into downtown which one could not easily create from scratch in the society of today.
We have the prime opportunity, with the mandate for the water and sewer system renewal program. We simply need to make full circle coordination.
We need a fast track method to clear property titles, and not go into playing games of $1 property games, which distributes the property into a stagnated state of non use.

We need to think, plan and get read to take on the responsibilities to make changes.
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