The Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce will explore the implications of Lafayette adopting a comprehensive master plan at its next “Eggs ‘N’ Issues” breakfast presentation beginning at 7 a.m. Tuesday, April 27 at the Petroleum Club.
Lafayette has flirted with a comprehensive plan for managing parish growth and prosperity for more than a decade and has in place a prototype for such a plan — Lafayette In a Century — that lays out many of the prerogatives for such mundane concerns as roads and drainage as well as critical areas such as funding of the arts and parks-recreation. The LINC plan, generated through the work of city-parish planners as well as dozens of volunteer residents, has been gathering dust for roughly a decade.
City-Parish President Joey Durel last year made adoption of a comprehensive plan a priority, using his veto pen to restore in the budget $400,000 to hire a top planning firm to create a master plan for the parish. That $400,000 is roughly a third of what a nationally recognized firm is expected to fetch for creation of such a plan, and Durel has said he will include a second downpayment in his next executive budget submitted this summer. Durel is expected in the coming weeks to choose a firm or individual who will write the request for proposals that will be issued to planning firms interested in submitting bids to create the master plan.
Renowned architect Steve Oubre, a cornerstone of River Ranch and other New Urban developments locally and nationwide, will be joined by planning expert Charles Landry, an attorney who shepherded Baton Rouge’s Shaw Center for the Arts into reality, for the event. Both men recently participated in the chamber’s Building Community Conference in March at Toledo Bend.
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OCT 31 The National Journal posts another story from its visit to NOLA, this one about the struggling Vietnamese shrimpers in the area. The publication has been looking at how the state is recovering from Katrina, nine years later.
OCT 31 The New York Times posts this look at Louisiana politics, and how national issues are forcing out the old-time local politicking. Of course they mention EWE, aptly described as an old-time politician known for "charming one half of the state and mortifying the other."
OCT 31 Here's an AP story on the ABC site about Louisiana's chicken little response to an international medical conference planned in NOLA this weekend. Organizers (who are actual physicians, as opposed to the hand-wringing state officials who issued the edicts) say the orders are "unfortunate" given that a main focus of the meeting was Ebola.
OCT 31 Given the things Bobby Jindal has said and done since he's been governor, it's a pretty safe bet he thinks we're a bunch of dummies. Apparently, he's sure President Obama is one, too. This story on Huff Post quotes Jindal as saying the president - a graduate of Harvard Law - should sue to get his money back. (What should a Brown biology grad who doesn't believe in evolution do?)
OCT 31 Us old folks are used to a two-party system, although most of us aren't sold on its success. But what if that system wasn't in place; what if politics reflected the true level of diversity among voters? That's what an LSU student is dreaming of in this editorial. He sees the two parties' control of our politics as limiting.
OCT 31 And you thought the Senate race was dirty. This post on the Forward Now blog tells the story of a Shreveport mayoral campaign worker who was paid to "infiltrate" and "sabotage" an opponent's campaign. Karma's a beeotch, though, because turns out the guy really liked the "enemy," and now he's supporting her. For real.
OCT 30 The National Journal offers this analysis of Bobby Jindal's willingness to stump in any Senate campaign that's not in Louisiana. Why is that? The Journal asks some GOPers and finds that the answer is one we already know: he's so unpopular here, because he's been so busy running for President, that his support might be "toxic."
OCT 30 Blogger Tom Aswell is still all over the OGB mess - and all by himself, apparently. In this post, he's revealing orders from the Jindal administration to destroy records from the state employee health insurance plan. Those orders (he's heard) have angered the Secretary of State and caused an administration lawyer to quit her job. Wow!
OCT 30 A NOLA lady has alleged she was drugged and raped at a Bywater club that had a clothing-optional policy until recently, and she's now become the victim of a smear campaign, columnist Jarvis DeBerry writes in this post. She chose to reveal her story and her name, and she's being punished for that now, he says.
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