I live in Lincoln, and there are very few things here I would recommend any city copy. If anything I would highly recommend the 45-minute drive to Omaha.
My property taxes are too high. Driving in Lincoln is an awful experience. I could dedicate a chapter in a book to how bad driving is in Lincoln. City planning is very, very bad. There are not enough four-lane roads here to handle the traffic. We're talking major thoroughfares that are still two-lane roads. Traffic light timing is so bad that it is a 37-minute drive from one end of Lincoln to the other.
Economic development is not in the forefront in local government's eyes. We have lost several large companies to other cities in recent years (Ace Hardware Warehouse, Cushman, National Crane, Gallup, etc.), while not bringing in even one new one (although Verizon is supposed to be coming). Many other smaller companies have left for towns on the outskirts of Lincoln, where they were offered startup concessions and tax breaks.
In Omaha there is an economic boom! Gallup relocated to Omaha to a campus developed solely for them. This is an area along the Missouri River that has transformed old brick buildings into condominiums, with plenty of open space and beautiful views. All of this is private development brought on by tax breaks from the city. Omaha is continuing to grow, with Mutual of Omaha unveiling its new campus recently. Even the "bad" parts of town have seen renovation with more to come.
Omaha is pretty much a 25-minute city, meaning that you can drive from one end to another in 25 minutes or less. Traffic signals are timed accordingly. My wife and I travel to Omaha each week to sample the many fine restaurants throughout the city; in Lincoln, Applebee's is considered fine dining. Home prices are much lower, and taxes are lower in Omaha. Snow removal is much better than in Lincoln. Even the price of gasoline is much lower in Omaha.
So please don't settle for the likes of Lincoln, Nebraska. This is not the city you'd want to follow. If Lincoln takes away the state government, the university and the three prisons, then we'd probably have to pick up and move to Arkansas, though not too close to Wal-Mart.
The fight to clean up Lafayette Parish could get some added ammunition with two ordinances up for votes Tuesday by the City-Parish Council targeting litter-bugs.
By striking a deal to lessen the blow of health insurance changes on state workers, school employees and retirees, Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration lowered the volume of criticism but gave itself and local school boards a new budget headache.
With the airport tax coming up for a parishwide vote in about a week, the Broussard City Council and its mayor have come out in support of the proposal.
Protesters rallied peacefully in several Louisiana cities in the wake of the Missouri grand jury decision not to indict a police officer in the fatal shooting of Michal Brown.
US cities bidding on Olympics; Guard prevents more Ferguson riots; storm threatens travel and more national and international news for Wednesday, November 26, 2014.
Wednesday's Blogs from the Bog!
The U.S. rep billed LSU for work allegedly performed on the same days Congress voted on major legislation and held important committee hearings on energy and the ACA.
Abysmally low participation by the public has prompted the council to scuttle the 2014 survey with plans to simplify it and try again next year.
The village now says the ordinance will likely be overturned and authorities will more vigorously enforce existing leash laws.
Bill Cassidy cast an early ballot Tuesday, seeking to draw renewed attention to a race that has fallen off newspaper front pages and away from people's minds as they plan holiday meals and shopping schedules.
Battered all night by Baltimore's relentless pass rush, Drew Brees could feel his protection collapsing and Terrell Suggs getting ahold of him as he urgently unloaded a pass to the right flat toward tight end Jimmy Graham.
After a convincing defeat at the polls on Nov. 4, Earl “Nickey” Picard has decided to let bygones be bygones with his former right-hand man Brian Pope, announcing his support for his former employee’s runoff bid to become Lafayette’s next city marshal.
Saturday the athletic department did everything possible to ensure the 2014 Ragin’ Cajun seniors remembered fondly their last home game. Rain and lightning never arrived but turbulence did in the form of the Appalachian State Mountaineers.
Even stranger than the Republican Party’s decision to hold a “unity rally” earlier this month for Congressman Bill Cassidy in a Baton Rouge bar, Huey’s Bar, was the fact that the establishment was named after Louisiana’s most famous Democrat.
Bar Code is not a gay bar.
After failing to pass a medical marijuana bill last year, state Sen. Fred Mills, R-Parks, is telling supporters he will return in 2015 with legislation that focuses on different applications like oils and pills.
Voters, obviously, are not yet tuned into the 2015 ballot, despite the intriguing races it will host.
By now, the story of how longtime LSU coach Dale Brown discovered Shaquille O'Neal has been told many times: Brown happened upon a massive 13-year-old at an army base in Germany, stayed in touch with him and eventually became like a second father.
Fate simply wasn't ready to give the New Orleans Saints a break from longtime nemesis Steve Smith.
Lafayette Police have had a busy day.
Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration will use $130 million in patchwork financing from a tax amnesty program, insurance settlement, uninsured motorist penalties and other excess funds to close most of the state's midyear budget deficit.
Democratic U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu said she disagrees with President Barack Obama's actions on immigration, hoping the latest controversy doesn't worsen her campaign difficulties.
Gay-rights advocates challenging Louisiana's same-sex marriage ban announced Thursday that they have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review their case before it is heard by a federal appeals court.
Thinking himself the “son of God,” the man charged with the 2013 killing of an officer of the Chitimacha Tribal Police will not stand trial following a ruling Thursday on his mental competency.
Either Saints coach Sean Payton doesn't want to tip Baltimore off as to who'll start in New Orleans' secondary on Monday night, or he really doesn't know yet.