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Barksdale Blvd: Full of Historic Eyesores

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A couple of months ago south Bossier residents got their first glimpse at what could be the future of their community during a public meeting.

A redevelopment plan could drastically change the face of Barksdale Boulevard and areas around it.

However several months later Bossier City Council members are saying the plan is going to be a tough task especially when it comes to getting rid of Barksdale's eyesores.

Scott and Meshell Hinton just moved here a few months ago and they were not impressed.

"I was kind of surprised we have a lot of people that access this area.  We have the West Gate (Barksdale Air Force Base) right over there.

I just thought that it could look a little better than it does," said Scott Hinton.

If you look at the history of Barksdale Boulevard its been a gateway to the city and the Air Force base  since the 1930's.

If you look at old historic pictures of Barksdale Boulevard it was apparently the place to be back in the day.

However some of the buildings that are on Barksdale today look like they have been around since the 1930's, old and rundown, but it's not just the buildings.

Bossier City Council member Scott Irwin brought up the issue of Barksdale Blvd. eyesores in a recent council meeting and says it's time for change.

"Constituents often tell me that the telephone poles are to close to the highway and there is a lack of side walks," says Irwin.

He went on to say that there is an architectural standards ordinance now that is being reviewed that will be a perfect tool in the future to not only upgrade Barksdale Boulevard but other areas of the city too.

City Council member Don William's represents the district that includes Barksdale.

He says while it would be nice to see new businesses in new buildings popping up along Barksdale it may be a long time before that happens, because some of the old businesses are grandfathered in. 
When it comes to re-doing roads and empty parking lots William's says it’s just not feasible right now.

There is a plan in the works to install street lights along Barksdale Boulevard, from the west gate at BAFB to the Jimmie Davis Highway.

Dressing up Barksdale Boulevard as the heart of south Bossier is all part of the $50,000 study from settlement of U.L. Coleman's 2012 lawsuit  with the city. Coleman plans a residential-commercial development near Century Link

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