Traffic happens in any city worth living in. It's a growing pain that can never be addressed fast enough. Houston, Atlanta, Austin, DC, and even Lafayette have traffic. Expanding street capacity often leads to more development that brings more traffic.
Memphis, Cleveland, and Detroit can keep up with their traffic problems because they are stagnant or dying areas. Baton Rouge and south Louisiana are far from stagnant outside of the ghetto zip codes.
Traffic is one of the top complaints in every growing mid sized or large metro. $billions are spent widening freeways and streets only to have gridlock again with 5 years. It's a drawback to living in a growing area.
No city is perfect, but citing traffic as the reason a city is bad is kind of foolish considering the correlation between additional traffic and economic growth (which most consider a good thing). Baton Rouge is the only large city in the state that has consistantly gained population in every census taken in the last 50 years....that doesn't even consider the even higher rates of suburban growth in Zachary, Acension, etc.
450,000 people live in EBR now and another 350,000 in the suburban parishes. Those numbers are growing despite the crappy national economy.
South Louisiana is finally in a good position for growth in the future....especially the area between Baton Rouge and New Orleans. I'm afraid traffic and limited resources are going to be a problem there for the next 20 years as more industry moves in.
This post was edited on 12/11 at 9:49 am