Out of towner question: Why is downtown Shreveport so dead?

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greengrass

Gautier, MS

#1 May 19, 2013
I hadn't really been to Shreveport in about a decade when I passed thru a few months ago on a Greyhound. What I noticed about your city is that it has quite a nice skyline. What I don't really understand though is that I recently looked up the nightlife in downtown Shreveport & other than the casinos there really are no fast food or other chain restaurants downtown besides one Subway restaurant.

Just curious -- why is downtown so dead? Shreveport is the largest city for 100 to 150 miles around & people from Texas & Arkansas & probably even Oklahoma go there to shop. So as an out of towner, just curious -- are all the shopping malls & nice nightlife districts in other suburbs or other parts of Shreveport?

Downtown Dallas or New Orleans for instance are far more "alive" than Shreveport. Is it crime? Taxes too high?
Krieger

Shreveport, LA

#2 Jun 7, 2013
Not enough parking near the attractions, other then the casinos. What few people who are down there are drunk boisterous. Not the kind of place to have a quite safe time. Bossier on the other side of the river has the River Walk. Nice restaurants, fast food, stores, entertainment, plenty of parking in a safe atmosphere.

One of the things that Bossier will not put up with is thugs. I have not been down there for a couple of years, but I remember that they did not allow people with thug attitudes and drooping pants.

Since: Feb 11

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#3 Jun 8, 2013
I love downtown Shreveport but there is no place to shop for people who can't afford the most expensive items. There are bars that are rough and the people are not very welcoming. It is beautiful down there but not a place to take family and friends. It would be wonderful if that could change.
Jim

Shreveport, LA

#4 Jun 12, 2013
They also don't put up with drunk honkeys who get into bar brawls. Thugs are thugs, regardless of skin color or how they wear pants.

We've got a ton of good for nothings in this town, white and black.

Downtown is dead because there aint much to do here in the first place. Our area population has no interest in traditional downtown outlets. If Texas Street had a mud pit and a 4 wheeler track, it'd be lively.

That's why the Revel and similar events draw crowds and Artspace, the symphony, and other outlets are quiet places.

Change the people. Change the city.
Krieger

Shreveport, LA

#5 Jun 12, 2013
Jim wrote:
They also don't put up with drunk honkeys who get into bar brawls. Thugs are thugs, regardless of skin color or how they wear pants.
We've got a ton of good for nothings in this town, white and black.
Downtown is dead because there aint much to do here in the first place. Our area population has no interest in traditional downtown outlets. If Texas Street had a mud pit and a 4 wheeler track, it'd be lively.
That's why the Revel and similar events draw crowds and Artspace, the symphony, and other outlets are quiet places.
Change the people. Change the city.
I did actually go to Artspace Monday. They had about 2 dozen pictures for $150 to $400 dollars each that I could download off the internet for free and have printed up at Sams or Wallmart for $15, and for another $30 frame it.

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