From The Current
The Ongoing Battle for Local Autonomy
Across a raft of hot-button issues, municipalities like Lafayette are fighting for more independence from state oversight. Columnist Christie Maloyed says as city and parish governments struggle with the effects of a lagging economy, the fight to control their taxes and more has become pressing.
‘That’s how we roll here.’
Joel Savoy talks curating Louisiana Crossroads and the trouble with tradition.
Closing out the current Crossroads season at AcA are a pair of showcases, one this week and one in April, brandishing different dimensions of the Acadiana and New Orleans music scenes. Savoy talks his view of crossing culture and his approach to curation. The Deslondes Presents Mashed Potato Records takes it final bow at AcA tonight at 7:30 p.m.
Council bucks the AG, and now we’re all waiting for a lawsuit
The gist: Opinions issued by LCG’s legal team and the attorney general on how to fix the charter errors are irreconcilable. The council sided with city-parish attorneys, raising the specter of litigation, which seemed pre-ordained regardless.
Evangeline corridor redevelopment gets a kickstart with $550K in projects funded
The gist: More than a dozen Evangeline neighborhood revitalization projects, developed in response to construction of the I-49 Connector, were approved for funding, a small but key step in reinvestment efforts.
Mostly Relevant Reads
Flood insurance changes could be a mixed blessing
– The Advocate
Cities ought to focus on revenue per acre, not revenue per structure to stabilize budgets
– Strong Towns
Engineers race to stop Louisiana from sinking into oblivion
– The New Yorker