Our city is changing so fast, it can be hard to keep up. Every week, we hear of a new restaurant opening, a new mixed-use development in the works, a new office building going up. But we wanted to see the bigger picture—those developments that will bring the biggest impact to Baton Rouge and help us become an innovative hub, that road project that will completely overhaul and help revitalize a struggling neighborhood.
More than that, we wanted to know if these fancy new projects would be sustainable. Looking into the future these days is not all about flying cars and gleaming, shiny skyscrapers. We have to be clear-eyed about our position on the Gulf Coast, and what that means in a future experts say will include stronger storms, rising sea waters and migrating populations. Baton Rouge has the potential to lead in that respect, and we wanted to know how.
As we head into 2020, let this cover story be your roadmap to our city’s greatest expectations. Here’s what local leaders plan to do to improve everything from traffic and infrastructure to parks and recreation. And in the middle of it all, we asked residents to dream big and share their own ideas for our future. What will Baton Rouge think of next?