We think we’ve got a handle on what makes Lafayette such a cool place, and we’ll let you know in our “Cool Town” issue March 24. In the meantime, the obvious: a diverse university with a new leader, a central park planned for a 100-acre tract of land in the heart of the city, Festival International, fiber to the home, a comprehensive plan under way to direct our parish’s growth (not to mention CEOs for Cities’ Carol Coletta speaking about smart growth to what will likely be a sold-out audience April 1).

But we want to know what you, our readers, believe contributes to our cool factor. Tell us what you think makes Lafayette cool, the godfathers and godmothers who laid the foundation for our coolness, and, of course, how we can be even cooler in the years to come.

Help us acknowledge Lafayette’s strengths — and, hopefully, inspire our community to reach its potential — by posting your thoughts in the comments section below or e-mailing your suggestions to Walter Pierce at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ; please put “Cool Town” in the subject line.

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