Is the tide turning for north Lafayette?

When it rains it pours. That’s, of course, literally true in Louisiana but figuratively true over the last month in north Lafayette. Several high profile economic development headlines have come out of the area. The latest: a local e-commerce company is taking over vacant Walmart Supercenter building on the Thruway.

The story for several years now is that the Northside is in distress. Lafayette’s highest rates of poverty are in north Lafayette census tracts, the result of what residents say is decades of disinvestment.

“I do think the tide is turning, yes I do,” City Councilman Glenn Lazard told The Current this week of recent economic news. “I’m very optimistic.”

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