Author: lizdda

Dog Friendly Downtown

You’ve heard it before. Downtown has gone to the dogs, and we’re actually pretty happy about that. One downtown developer has had a really hard time renting his apartments because of his ‘no-pet’ policy. Statistics say that 44% of Americans own dogs, 29% own cats. Because of that policy, he is turning away 60% (total # of pet owners) of the people who might have been interested in his space. That’s a lot of people to tell that you don’t want their money or business. Because of this dog love connection, more and more businesses are becoming pet friendly. (Some...

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Twenty Days of Winning with Parkmobile Parking App!

Starting July 10, Parkmobile, the City of Shreveport and ShrevePark will be hosting Twenty Days of Winning. It’s free to participate and super easy—all you have to do is use your Parkmobile app for a parking session downtown! What? That’s all? Yep, it’s that simple. Four days a week for five weeks, we will be choosing a random lucky winner from the list of people who used the parking app the day before. (On Tuesday, we will choose one who used the app on Monday and so on.) We will call you and let you know that you have...

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May Downtown Artwalk!

April showers bring May flowers (and more showers) and the May Artwalk! Our fun monthly art event takes to the streets in the 200 blocks of Texas, Travis and the Red River District on Wednesday, May 3 Thursday, May 4 (rescheduled due to 100% chance of rain on Wednesday!) from 5-8 with new stops and even more fun. NEW stops will include the fabulous deck at HAZE on Texas (204 Texas St) and the courtyard at Straycat (222 Travis St.). HAZE will have a special food menu and drink specials for all artwalkers. Favorites Norsworthy Gallery, 214 Texas, Bon Temps Coffee...

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Downtown’s Bridge to History

    HGTV fans will remember a show called ‘If Walls Could Talk’ that focused on fun facts buried beneath the sheet rock of homes across the country. It was always interesting to see what weird things homeowners had unearthed and even more entertaining to hear the homeowners’ reactions to these bits of history. As I walk through downtown Shreveport each day, I also wish walls and spaces could talk because, oh, the hair-raising and scandalous tales they could tell!  History, lore and legend is everywhere downtown but a fairly significant number of stories that you might classify as tall tales are true. Take for example the story of J.A.L. Waddell, civil engineer and prolific bridge builder of the late 1800- and early 1900s, owner of a remarkable Walrus mustache and even more remarkable forehead curls. Waddell was born in Canada, traveled extensively, spoke and wrote Latin, and authored the definitive book on bridge building. From his photos, it appears he loved wine, good food and mustache wax, and enough documents remain to prove he may have loved bridges and bridge building more than anything else. Most of his life was spent in Kansas City, Missouri and it is quite likely that he never came through Shreveport, yet we have something that connects us to him in a very personal way. We have a bridge designed by him, a mostly...

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