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Shreveport, Bad Roads, Bad Image?

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SHREVEPORT, La. (KTBS) -

Economic development is something our city leaders in Shreveport spend a lot of time on. They also concern themselves with the image of the city and how that affects Shreveport going forward. So what do you think the roads of Shreveport say about us to ourselves and to our visitors?

If you follow politics or watch local news on a regular basis, you probably have heard or read this quote from Shreveport Mayor Cedric Glover before....

"Just continuing to press forward with making Shreveport the next great city of the South."

But, do broken roads and potholes make you or visitors to our area think that Shreveport is the next great city of the South?

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"I think that slogan says a lot when it comes to the priorities, that maybe it'll be great later. But, what about leadership that wants to make it great now," said Ronnie Remedies owner of Shreveport Limousine.

"When you go around town, we quite frankly probably have some of the worst roads in the south, maybe in the country," according to Scott Hughes of the Northwest Louisiana Association of Realtors.

That's not a unique statement, in fact you'll hear things like that from people who live inside the City of Shreveport all the time..... and if that's what people who are kind of used to the way the roads are around here think ... What do visitors, business leaders and people considering moving to the area think about the conditions of the roads?

"When you get off the interstate downtown there are several places that are really embarrassing when you bring somebody into the city for the first time.

Most of our travelers in the sedan service are from outside of Shreveport and we are ambassadors for our city. We love our city, we're proud of our city, but a lot of times we find ourselves making excuses and redirecting their attention to the positive things that Shreveport and Bossier have to offer," said Remedies.

"We're always going to do what we can to get industry here, but at a certain point when they come here they often leave with that sort of superficial impression of that community just wasn't as neat as clean the roads weren't as good, the public spaces weren't as good as some of these other places we're looking at," said Hughes

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There's plenty of reasons and blame to go around take your pick. Some say it's the soil, others say it bad leadership, the climate, too much standing water, bad materials and of course the ever popular... we don't have enough money. Will the city have more money in 10, 20, or 30 years. Or, will we still be talking about the bad roads in Shreveport like we have for the past 10, 20 or 30 years.

"I can't say I'm disappointed in the Council given the budget restrictions that they have. But, it is just something you cannot let go for an extended period of time, and that really is where we are. Local governments cannot print money and sometimes it is difficult to do when budgets are tight. That is something I would hope to find in leadership in the Mayor's office," said President of the Highland Restoration Association Tom Arceneaux.

" It's about them making it a priority, our leaders making this a priority that our roads are a big enough problem that are causing us to lose economic development. I'm not saying I'm in a position to say that the roads are causing that, but its certainly, the aesthetics of the city when you get off the interstate downtown, when you bring people in from the airport, there can be a lot of improvement there," said Remedies.

Of course this isn't just a problem for the city of Shreveport, but for the state of Louisiana as a whole. More bad news for our roads.... Governor Bobby Jindal and Lawmakers have just siphoned off a slice of state gasoline tax revenue away from from road work to instead pay for state troopers. Lawmakers have set aside 60 million dollars from the Transportation Trust Fund to help cover the costs of Louisiana State Police in the fiscal year that begins July 1st.

 

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