Co Baton Rouge
With approximately 800,000 residents, Baton Rouge -the capital of Louisiana- is a city that is spatially stratified by race and income. Although most white areas benefit from higher quality housing, amenities and transportation facilities, this is much less the case in black areas. One typical example illustrating the social and economic challenges is the Plank Road corridor, a four-mile length commercial road flanked with mainly commercial land uses, and with residential uses in the intersecting side streets and extending for several blocks in either direction. Even if some of the parts of this commercial road are still practicable, most of the sides are a mixture of abandoned businesses, derelict buildings and vacant lots mirroring the impoverishment of the area and that set the scene for an increasing number of violent crimes. However the place is still a reference for the surrounding neighborhoods and was therefore chosen as an experimentation ground for co-revitalization based on the co-city approach.
Along with the East Baton Rouge Redevelopment Authority (EBBRA), LabGov Georgetown and the Marron Institute are starting the revitalization the Plank Road corridor. The project will be approached through transit-oriented projects that will tackle high public transit ridership correlated with the highest concentration of zero car households. The co-city approach, and notably the co-city cycle – cheap talking, mapping, practicing, prototyping, testing, and modeling –, experimented in other cities will be used to progress towards the objectives set in two times: first neighborhood implementation and then a widened scale.
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