A Louisiana Tech University researcher says 210,988 people live in Lafayette, a difference of 6,145 from the Jan. 15 estimate. LCG officials had appealed the original estimate of 204,843 residents, and information they provided led to the restated figure, according to a letter from Caroline Leung, who calculates Lafayette Parish's figures for the U.S. Census Bureau. Leung's May 29 letter was addressed to the state treasurer and copied to City-Parish President Joey Durel.
Leung says the new figure is in part based on housing unit data parish officials provided her.
Local officials disputed the January figure because the data is important information when applying for grants and related funding and could affect economic development efforts.
The Census Bureau will release its next population report in 2010.
Is it a crime for citizens to photograph, video, or take notes of a police officer in the line of duty, or a right protected by the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution? Locally, such activity, as witnessed recently, will at the very least result in a night spent behind bars.
David Calhoun and Elizabeth “EB” Brooks are the first two employees of Lafayette Central Park Inc., the nonprofit charged with turning Lafayette Consolidated Government’s 100-acre Johnston Street Horse Farm property into a passive public park. Calhoun was named executive director, and Brooks is director of planning and design.
Episcopal School of Acadiana’s Dr. Joshua Caffery, chair of the school’s English Department, is headed to Washington, D.C., and the Library of Congress as the latest winner of the Alan Lomax Fellowship in Folklife Studies.