Shreveport Common and the Revitalization of Shreveport, LA
The headquarters of the Shreveport Regional Arts Council (SRAC) was destroyed by fire in 2009, and the subsequent rebuilding project has set off a flurry of activity in Shreveport, LA. The recipient of a coveted grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, SRAC has commenced a far-reaching planning process for what is being termed “Shreveport Common”, a 9-block historic area adjacent to Shreveport’s Downtown. The planning process has included a thorough neighborhood inventory, outreach to nearly 70 stakeholder groups, countless “listening sessions”, designs for infill buildings, a community-based design charrette, and even a neighborhood cleanup day. A national Artist Call for Public Artwork and Interpretive Signage is to be issued later this year.
Interest in this revitalization project has been robust – from the arts community, local developers, area land-owners, and area businesses considering re-locating to what will likely become a textbook case for urban revitalization. TMG Consulting is working with the SRAC team, performing a “planning audit”, and guiding the team from conceptual planning to actual implementation. Such a project is an exciting one for TMG, bringing together our experience in urban planning and historic preservation, and joining with our strong professional focus on feasibility, sustainability, and the realization of our client’s goals.
To learn more about the Shreveport Common, or to discuss your own planning project, please contact Suzanne Perilloux Leckert at (504)569-9239 Ex. 33 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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