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Shreveport's Highway Emperors’ New Clothes

Shreveport's Highway Emperors’ New Clothes

Deeply held beliefs, supported by flawed assumptions, blind us to realities and facts. The supposed wealth and prosperity generated by cut-through urban highways was always an illusion—but who will dare to point out the obvious truth?

Something Better than Utopia

Something Better than Utopia

The story of Shreveport is one of small steps leading to big payoffs, especially in building community.

The Zombie Freeway Project in Shreveport That Won't Die

The Zombie Freeway Project in Shreveport That Won't Die

There’s every reason not to build a freeway through a poor, mostly-black neighborhood in Shreveport, Louisiana. So why is the state government taking money away from needed maintenance to push this bad project forward?

When is it okay to annex property?

When is it okay to annex property?

It’s hard to imagine a scenario where Shreveport could do an annexation that benefits the city, its residents and its businesses over the long term.

A Different World

A Different World

When I moved to a new city, the biggest change I experienced was a shift from commuting via car in a suburban metropolis to commuting on foot in a small downtown. That shift helped me see the world differently.

The Economics of the I-49 Connector, Part 3

The Economics of the I-49 Connector, Part 3

Shreveport is overwhelmed -- except for a short period of time in a limited space -- with excess auto capacity, yet the I-49 Connector economic impact report cites a study of French cities to suggest more capacity is needed. C’est pas vrai.

How to Fight a Highway

How to Fight a Highway

Here's a recap of our work on the proposed I-49 inner city connector in Shreveport, LA, plus ways you can help fight this project.

A "Hand Up" Through Housing

A "Hand Up" Through Housing

The Fuller Center for Housing has helped dozens of Allendale families build and own their own homes and they have high hopes for the neighborhood. But until the I-49 connector is put to rest, investment in the area will be stifled.

The Allendale Garden of Hope and Love

The Allendale Garden of Hope and Love

To lose this garden because of an unnecessary inner city highway would not just be a loss of beauty and fresh food, it would also be a loss of neighborhood history, positivity and fellowship. 

History and Momentum in the Allendale Neighborhood

History and Momentum in the Allendale Neighborhood

The Allendale neighborhood of Shreveport, LA has a rich history of both good times and hardship. Today, the area is on the rise with low crime and new investment. But an expensive highway project threatens to shut all that down.

The Economics of the I-49 Connector, Part 2

The Economics of the I-49 Connector, Part 2

The probability of the I-49 Inner City Connector creating 30,600 new jobs that would not have simply occurred somewhere else or are just being shifted from one now blighted place to the study area is precisely zero.