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BabyTac
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Shreveport has a lot of potential,

Was in Shreveport the last couple of days. Interesting place with lots of entertainment and potential, but for some reason the state or city is almost trying to force it to decline. I know this board likes to blame everything on ‘culture’ but that shouldn’t affect these things:

My observations:

Louisiana Boardwalk: great layout, vibe, etc. nice way to use the River for something productive. However half the property is for lease or vacant, and the ones that aren’t have to be barely surviving.

Infrastructure: I’m not sure I’ve ever been to a city that has failed to maintain infrastructure quite like Shreveport. Water towers stained and weathered beyond belief, street/interstate signs with paint worn off and weathered beyond repair, potholes in the middle of freeways, etc. That stretch if I-20 has to be one of the worst maintained roadways in the nation.

Closed, empty buildings: in and around downtown there seems to be an unusual amount of empty buildings just rotting away. No maintenance or care. This also includes visuals such as the old minor league ballpark that still just sits there abandoned and decrepit.

Is there a reason it appears politicians, city leaders, investors, etc do not appear to have dumped one dime into maintenance for the city in a couple of decades? There’s a gold mine there with the casinos as long as the Texas money is coming. A River to build things along. The city is also in a great spot for I-20 to provide a central hub for a shipping hub.


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Chad504boy
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Shreveport has a lot of potential,


So does Detroit.


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Hermit Crab
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Infrastructure: I’m not sure I’ve ever been to a city that has failed to maintain infrastructure quite like Shreveport.



You've never been to New Orleans then I guess.


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lsudat10
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Is there a reason it appears politicians, city leaders, investors, etc do not appear to have dumped one dime into maintenance for the city in a couple of decades?


Shreveport was given back to nature.


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Jim Rockford
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It has a Loop, so there's that.


LSBoosie
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Infrastructure: I’m not sure I’ve ever been to a city that has failed to maintain infrastructure quite like Shreveport. Water towers stained and weathered beyond belief, street/interstate signs with paint worn off and weathered beyond repair, potholes in the middle of freeways, etc. That stretch if I-20 has to be one of the worst maintained roadways in the nation.

As someone who is from Shreveport and now lives in New Orleans, I would kill for roads like we have in Shreveport.

The Boardwalk used to be great, Not sure what it's like now, I haven't been in several years.
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charminultra
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born and raised in Shreveport - left in 2019

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Louisiana Boardwalk


thugs and crime filled the boardwalk so the citizens stopped going there, leading to the stores closing down from no $

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Infrastructure


this has always been an issue, and is brought up every year - instead, the mayor felt it would be a better use of funds to build a YMCA gym for the less fortunate

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downtown


google shreveport downtown in the 1950/60's, and you will see it used to be a very popular area - now it's filled with homeless crackheads and the bars downtown consistently have shootings after midnight (thugs)

the mayors have been caught in numerous corruption scandals, and the current mayor is on extremely thin ice


Clyde Tipton
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visuals such as the old minor league ballpark that still just sits there abandoned and decrepit.


It's getting torn down... Kind of.


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CHEDBALLZ
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As long as you have potential you suck.


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Bjorn Cyborg
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Louisiana Boardwalk: great layout, vibe, etc. nice way to use the River for something productive. However half the property is for lease or vacant, and the ones that aren’t have to be barely surviving.


It's just a shopping mall that's outside. So, no different than all the other malls. Same issues.


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Also has absurd amounts of democrats


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upgrade
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That stretch if I-20 has to be one of the worst maintained roadways in the nation.


You must never come down to the southern part of this state.


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TxWadingFool
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It has half a Loop, so there's that.


Fixed


UncleRuckus
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Louisiana is shite. And I’m a lifelong Louisiana native. We’re constantly in the bottom three of every negative statistic possible.


VeniVidiVici
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‘culture’ but that shouldn’t affect these things:

I hope the sand your head is buried in isn’t TOO grainy


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Breauxsif
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Shreveport has a lot of potential,



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SportsGuyNOLA
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Is the Shreveport Chamber of Tourism still using the slogan ‘Shreveport: At Least We’re Not Alexandria’?


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Socrates Johnson
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Covington
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It's main export is depression...and population.

The problem with Shreveport is that it wants to be Dallas, but is light years behind and in a state that itself has a unique identity.

Also contributing is that it shuns its neighbor of Bossier that it also loses population to. Speaking of population, it annexed too much city in the 80s and 90s chasing tax base, and now it has to support a larger footprint with city services all while the children of the annexed areas haven’t returned after leaving, losing a whole/half generation of economic momentum. It additionally has too much generational wealth sitting on the sideline from a civic involvement-standpoint. It has a relatively interesting architectural downtown that is a ghost town because its buildings are holding space on some family trust’s balance sheet.

It needs to understand that its only way to survive is as a region. Turn the Texas street bridge into a pedestrian bridge. Build residential living in the old buildings, commercial space on the Bossier side. Let go of their pearls and allow some semblance of a nightlife downtown. Let go of Texas, embrace its Louisiana. Let Forbing secede, and cut your losses.

Shreveport has an interesting musical history that it has never really leveraged to any great extent, as well. No reason they shouldn't attempt a Hayride Fest or something. Put it in May and call it "May-ride" and let actual musicians help pick bands.

ETA: 20 miles away from a 26% raise in MFI and 3 years additional life expectancy.
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justaniceguy
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You haven’t posted much of this before haven’t you

Meant to say have* posted this
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Socrates Johnson
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Covington
Member since Apr 2012
1556 posts

Ha, yeah, i just copied it from an old post of mine. Added the music stuff.

My wife’s folks live in Chattanooga, and I think that’s a city Shreveport should study.


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