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WHEREAS we ask: Are they for real?

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A recent resolution passed with the Caddo Parish School Board and we wanted to ask “Are they for real?” about every one of the points. Here are the questions we’d ask of them. “WHEREAS, the I-49 Inner City Connector has been contemplated since at least 2010” Has it been that long? Much longer, actually. Dorothy Wiley arrived in Allendale after …

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Maybe you can fight City Hall

In Allendale Strong, Doing by John Perkins

Originally Published October 15, 2021 in The Inquisitor   Wasn’t it Otto von Bismark who said, “laws are like sausages, it is better not to see them being made”?  I’ve learned that if you can’t fight City Hall, you can go down their and “argue to agreement” with them. But like making sausage, it takes time, and you need a …

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In which I agree with Chamber and C100

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Originally published in The Inquisitor The joint statement on the City Bond Proposals issued Monday by the Greater Shreveport Chamber of Commerce (Chamber) and the Committee of 100 (C100) gave me hope that they are beginning to get honest with themselves and us citizens of Shreveport. The statement recognizes the overwhelming amount of deferred maintenance in Shreveport, while also recognizing …

Shreveport I’ve got a soundstage to sell you

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Originally published in The Inquisitor With the hope of Film Production returning to Shreveport now firmly planted in Mississippi where Film Tax Credits are unlimited and there is movement toward elimination of the state income tax, word came that the Shreveport City Council approved Mayor Perkins’ plan to buy the Millennium Studios for $3.8 million dollars.  But it isn’t a …

Louisiana politicians with a blank checkbook

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Originally published in The Inquisitor Yes, the only thing worse than a Louisiana politician with a big blank check is the Louisiana Legislature’s Joint Committee on Transportation with a checkbook full of blanks. The Louisiana Department of Transportation (LaDOT) holds a series of public meetings, called the “Road Show”, around the state every year ahead of the legislative season. The …

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Racial Equity in Infrastructure, a U.S. Goal, Is Left to States

In Allendale Strong, Louisiana State Government, News Articles, Smart cities are reclaiming inner-city interstates by allendalecreative

The decision about how to spend the money falls largely to state governments, raising questions about whether the package can live up to its ambition. Originally published in the New York Times, November 16, 2021 Allendale Strong’s own Dorothy Wiley is interviewed and pictured in this article. A few excerpts… “It’s hard to have a national approach when the decisions …

Go West Young Person

In Allendale Strong, News Articles by John Perkins

Originally published in The Inquisitor A few years ago, I picked up a day job working in East Texas for a medical company that was promoting a new treatment for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). I was in the office of a pulmonologist recording a script for a video explainer for new COPD patients. During a break to work on …

Shreveport: glass half full?

In Learning by John Perkins

Originally published October 22, 2021 in The Inquisitor It’s Breast Cancer Awareness time.  Color this column pink.  When my mom was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 1995, her health was already precarious.  In the hospital with a broken hip caused by cancer in her bones, she suddenly developed a digestive tract issue that required emergency surgery.  I was contacted …

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Highways destroyed Black neighborhoods like mine. Can we undo the damage now?

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Written by Amy Stelly, published August 13, 2021 in The Washington Post   Amy Stelly is a friend of AllendaleStrong and shares her family’s history in the Tremé area of New Orleans, and how the neighborhood was devastated by the Claiborne Expressway in the 1960s. Tremé was a place of massive oaks, thriving shops and joyous community. The Claiborne Expressway erased …

The U.S. road network is already big – and adding to it won’t boost GDP growth in the long term, economists say

In Learning, News Articles, Smart cities are reclaiming inner-city interstates by allendalecreative

Why More Highway Spending Won’t Rev Up the Economy PUBLISHED IN THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, JULY 4, 2021 BY DAVID HARRISON An Allendale Strong member recognized further evidence that smart cities are reclaiming inner-city interstates in this recent WSJ article, notably the two following quotes… Charles Hulten, an economist at the University of Maryland, found that infrastructure investment in developing …

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Can Removing Highways Fix America’s Cities?

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PUBLISHED MAY 27, 2021 in the New York Times By Nadja Popovich, Josh Williams and Denise Lu ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Built in the 1950s to speed suburban commuters to and from downtown, Rochester’s Inner Loop destroyed hundreds of homes and businesses, replacing them with a broad, concrete trench that separated downtown from the rest of the city. Now, the city is looking to repair …

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They Want to Put a Highway in Lead Belly’s Backyard

In Learning, News Articles, Smart cities are reclaiming inner-city interstates by allendalecreative

Published January 29, 2021, in the Wall Street Journal A plan to extend I-49 through a historically black neighborhood has divided Shreveport, La. ARTICLE PREVIEW: Fights over whether to build freeways through city neighborhoods may seem like a thing of the past. It has been 65 years since Jane Jacobs successfully rallied opposition to Robert Moses’s plans for a highway …

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Racial Equity in Infrastructure, a U.S. Goal, Is Left to States

In Allendale Strong, Louisiana State Government, News Articles, Smart cities are reclaiming inner-city interstates by allendalecreative

The decision about how to spend the money falls largely to state governments, raising questions about whether the package can live up to its ambition. Originally published in the New York Times, November 16, 2021 Allendale Strong’s own Dorothy Wiley is interviewed and pictured in this article. A few excerpts… “It’s hard to have a national approach when the decisions …

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Highways destroyed Black neighborhoods like mine. Can we undo the damage now?

In Allendale Strong, Louisiana State Government, News Articles, Smart cities are reclaiming inner-city interstates by allendalecreative

Written by Amy Stelly, published August 13, 2021 in The Washington Post   Amy Stelly is a friend of AllendaleStrong and shares her family’s history in the Tremé area of New Orleans, and how the neighborhood was devastated by the Claiborne Expressway in the 1960s. Tremé was a place of massive oaks, thriving shops and joyous community. The Claiborne Expressway erased …

The U.S. road network is already big – and adding to it won’t boost GDP growth in the long term, economists say

In Learning, News Articles, Smart cities are reclaiming inner-city interstates by allendalecreative

Why More Highway Spending Won’t Rev Up the Economy PUBLISHED IN THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, JULY 4, 2021 BY DAVID HARRISON An Allendale Strong member recognized further evidence that smart cities are reclaiming inner-city interstates in this recent WSJ article, notably the two following quotes… Charles Hulten, an economist at the University of Maryland, found that infrastructure investment in developing …

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Can Removing Highways Fix America’s Cities?

In Learning, News Articles, Smart cities are reclaiming inner-city interstates by allendalecreative

PUBLISHED MAY 27, 2021 in the New York Times By Nadja Popovich, Josh Williams and Denise Lu ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Built in the 1950s to speed suburban commuters to and from downtown, Rochester’s Inner Loop destroyed hundreds of homes and businesses, replacing them with a broad, concrete trench that separated downtown from the rest of the city. Now, the city is looking to repair …

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They Want to Put a Highway in Lead Belly’s Backyard

In Learning, News Articles, Smart cities are reclaiming inner-city interstates by allendalecreative

Published January 29, 2021, in the Wall Street Journal A plan to extend I-49 through a historically black neighborhood has divided Shreveport, La. ARTICLE PREVIEW: Fights over whether to build freeways through city neighborhoods may seem like a thing of the past. It has been 65 years since Jane Jacobs successfully rallied opposition to Robert Moses’s plans for a highway …

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Highways destroyed hundreds of urban neighborhoods. What’s the solution?

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Published Friday, May 28, 2021, in the New York Times daily email newsletter. Good morning. Highways destroyed hundreds of urban neighborhoods. What’s the solution? The Santa Monica Freeway extends west from downtown Los Angeles through West Adams.Google Earth The destruction of Sugar Hill By the 1940s, the Los Angeles neighborhood of West Adams was turning into a thriving, racially integrated …

Inner City Freeways Are Killing Our Communities

In Allendale Strong, Smart cities are reclaiming inner-city interstates by allendalecreative

Dorothy Wiley sat for days in the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans knowing her home and her church were underwater. She was left without a place to live after Hurricane Katrina. But somehow, Dorothy endured the horrors of the hurricane and found herself in a brand new home. By the grace of God and help from the community, she relocated …

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