How will you promote sustainable economic development on Lafayette’s Northside without inviting gentrification?

Sarah Gauthier Roy
Sarah Gauthier Roy
Candidate for City Council District 1

We have to utilize the infrastructure and open space we have to invite higher income earning individuals and families to move here in order to raise the average income level and make it financially beneficial for businesses to open and succeed. We must improve our public schools, enforce blight codes, reduce crime, and rebrand the Northside of Lafayette. We have to empower our community leaders and work with our faith-based community and non-profit agencies to accomplish this holistically. When we do this, demand will rise and supply will come.

Mark Pope
Mark Pope
Candidate for City Council District 1

Gentrification means "the process of renovating and improving a house or district so that it conforms to middle-class taste." The implication of your question is that gentrification is a bad thing. Economic development is possible when an investor sees an area that has pride in its immediate surroundings and environment. Investors want to locate to an area where roadside cleanliness and maintenance of residential yards and businesses are visual pleasing. "Optics," or the visual appeal of an area, speaks volumes in creating a first impression. I will work tirelessly to organize clean-ups of those areas that need to be improved; I did this for 27 years as an LCG employee in the Environmental Division. I will instill pride and ownership in those areas that need economic development, then I will seek out investors and sell them on the merits of that pride and ownership. I will be an ambassador for City District #1. I will be an active, full-time leader, not a passive observer, for Lafayette's north side. Passivity has not improved Lafayette's north side, but passivity and lack of action is what previous council members have provided for Lafayette's north side. Words are cheap. It's time for true leadership and action.

Matthew Sias Jr.
Matthew Sias Jr.
Candidate for City Council District 1

By first empowering the people of north Lafayette and creating higher paying jobs to help them purchase homes inside of our community.

John Ford
John Ford
Candidate for City Council District 1

I believe it is paramount that economic development take place without gentrification, and that happens with transparency and integrity and by including all of our citizens in the process. That's how I plan to promote sustainability.

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