To Plan for The Future, Lafayette Does The Math

Oct 30, 2015

Cities all over America are dealing with the unintended effects of "suburban sprawl." That is, development post-World War II that focused on building out , which ultimately resulted in residents abandoning urban cores for the suburbs. Lafayette is working on addressing problems associated with sprawl as part of their comprehensive design plan. They're doing it with the help of Chuck Marohn, president of the nonprofit Strong Towns.  He says cities like Baton Rouge can learn from Lafayette's example. 


Dr. Jessica Kemp is Vice President for Policy and Advocacy at the Center for Planning Excellence. She authored CPEX's report on "disconnected workers," which explores barriers to economic development statewide, and particularly in the nine-parish Capitol region.

WRKF asked people at the Louisiana Smart Growth Summit this question.
Amy Jeffries / WRKF

WRKF set up its Recording Booth at the Louisiana Smart Growth Summit, put on by the Center for Planning Excellence at the Shaw Center back in November.

People at the summit — planners, landscape architects, public officials, environmentalists — were asked a simple question: What does “smart growth” look like in Baton Rouge?

The answers could almost be a set of new year’s resolutions for the city...