News + Notes

In defense of well-funded libraries

Critics have taken aim at the library's reserves. But, as local governments look to stabilize budgets in times of economic flux, fund balances are key to long-term planning.

April 20, 2018 / 5 min read

Cashing in on blockchain

The mayor's cryptocurrency cash grab took the lead in local day-after headlines, but it may be worth paying more attention to his interest in blockchain

April 18, 2018 / 8 min read

Lafayette’s $10 billion economic problem

Lafayette needs to replace $10 billion in local GDP in the next five years or risk losing an entire generation of thinkers and doers.

April 11, 2018 / 3 min read

Marshal Pope’s defense strategy in jeopardy

A U.S. district court ruling could ultimately hamper a key legal strategy in Marshal Brian Pope's pending criminal trial.

April 11, 2018 / 5 min read

When the storm comes

Another flood is coming. The timing is uncertain, but the trends that produced the 2016 flood continue unabated.

April 11, 2018 / 6 min read

Lafayette has a river. Why no river walk?

Lafayette doesn’t have a riverwalk like San Antonio or Chattanooga, or lots of other cities for that matter. Why, exactly, is that the case?

April 4, 2018 / 7 min read

Shelter from the storm

Councilwoman Liz Webb Hebert is launching a public-private partnership, called "Adopt A Stop" to speed the process of covering the city's bus stops.

April 4, 2018 / 5 min read

Unpacked

What the self-storage boom says about us and the things we won't let go.

July 3, 2017 / 17 min read

Lexington To Lafayette

Lafayette can be the next great American city. But only if we recognize that we can’t build consensus in a vacuum.

June 1, 2017 / 8 min read

Hard Facts, True Stories, Real Talk

The sky settled down into an early May gradient of twilight colors over the statue of Confederate General Alfred Mouton, his arms crossed over his white stone chest. Across the street, crammed standing-room-only inside of The Hive’s black box theatre space, more than 50 people hushed as Dr. Rick Swanson took the stage. Swanson unfurled tables and charts, photos and...

June 1, 2017 / 3 min read

City Smarter, Not Harder

Andrew Rodgers, a Chattanooga-based technologist, smiles as he speaks to an eager Acadiana audience, his hands moving like a Cajun grandmother. A keynote speaker at Lafayette’s inaugural Smart Community Summit, his energetic presentation to a room full of Lafayette notables is fueled by one driving force — belief in the powers of cooperation and technology. “Researchers and academia work in...

June 1, 2017 / 14 min read

Portrait: Scott Feehan

Last November, Festival International’s executive director nervously stood before a crowd of TV cameras and reporters. Unfortunately, the purpose of this press conference wasn’t to announce any big-name musical headliners, or the new theatrical additions to this year’s Festival, or shower praise on community partners for Lafayette’s biggest public event — then just six months away. Rather, Scott Feehan had...

April 3, 2017 / 9 min read