I’m totally in agreement with K.C. Hutchinson and his letter published Thursday and am also offended by this city’s obsession with downtown development.

Has anyone cared to venture throughout other parts of this city? Take a drive through north Baton Rouge. How about the areas off Gardere Lane? What about the sinking streets in Southdowns and other areas of south Baton Rouge?

Then there’s the horrendous traffic problem throughout the city. We have all encountered it. It’s deplorable. Last, but not least, let’s not forget the crime!

Now that our governing body has bought into downtown development, obviously it is determined to do whatever it takes to pamper the rising star by dressing it up with a $19 million-plus library, a glamorized $900,000 Galvez Plaza and anything else government officials can conjure up, while the rest of the city goes to hell in a handbasket. This rising star is beginning to bear a striking resemblance to the Whore of Babylon, decorated with beautiful adornments.

How quickly we forget Catfish Town. Interestingly, I was reminded by one of the council members that Catfish Town was a private venture. What difference does that make? It was still a losing endeavor with or without taxpayer money!

What’s next on the agenda?

It’s time to move on and remove the Central Treatment Plant and expand the South Treatment Plant, located in a less-desirable area, Gardere Lane, displacing all the families who live off Nicholson Drive so they can expand their rising star. Where will the families go? They certainly won’t be able to remain in the area. It will be far too expensive for them to afford. I know, send them to the Turner Plaza, a burned-out housing project on North Street, that hasn’t been touched since it caught fire in 2007. Why not? People still live there!

This brings to mind a passage in Isaiah 5:8, “Woe to you who add house to house and join field to field till no space is left and you live alone in the land. Surely the great houses will become desolate; the fine mansions left without occupants.”

We are in danger of another recession. People are out of work. In fact, if you look closely, the real estate market is agonizingly slow, and none of the fine mansions are selling in Baton Rouge, or anywhere else, for that matter.

Janice Calvert


Baton Rouge