a VirtualTourist member from Tucson
Hi, I have heard that much of Shreveport is dirty, run down, and poor. is that true? If so, what parts? Thanks,
All of it. Its also in the middle of nowhere. With few exceptions, Louisiana is not the best place to live. It is a very poor state with a nonexistant infrastructure.
Do you live in Louisiana, or have you?
I spent 15 years in Shreveport, unfortunately, growing up. My father got a good job there and I had no choice. I'll put it this way - I'm glad I got out when I did and I have no desire to visit the place again. The economy is very poor, there is alot of backwards thinking there still (racism) and there is not very much to do there.
I lived in Louisiana for a few years. Read my Louisiana page for more information.
Wow, a lot of hatred for Shreveport.
How long has it been since you've lived here? It's very shallow of you to say you never want to even visit. Places change, and it's most likely you lived here during Shreveport's big depression.
Southeast Shreveport is absolutely booming, as is all of Bossier City.
I would recommend you at least visit sometime before you run the city down in front of people who haven't even had a chance to experience this great place for themselves.
To answer the original poster, here goes...
Yes, Shreveport has its problems. Most of the negative image of the city comes from people having lived here during the 80s and very early 90s. By the mid 90s the area finally began to change, and things are doing so great now.
Shreveport does have a crime problem, but you can avoid that as easily as everyone else. Just stay out of the bad areas of the city and you'll be fine.
There really is a lot to do here, and it all depends on what you're into. I'll list a few things below and you can decide whether or not you like Shreveport:
Louisiana Boardwalk - 1/2 mile of outdoor shopping including Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World, many outlet shops, and well-known restaurants like Hooters, Joe's Crab Shack, Buffalo Wild Wigs, Saltgrass Steakhouse, etc. There is also a 14-screen Regal theater in the center area, a carousel and interactive fountains for the kids, decorative dancing fountains, and a trolley that runs from one end of the property to the other. Louisiana Boardwalk is located right on the Red River, directly across from downtown Shreveport.
Shreveport Metropolitan Ballet
Sci-Port Discovery Center - this center features hundreds of scientific exhibits for children, as well as an IMAX theater. Additionally, a space center has been added to the facility and is supposed to open this month.
Louisiana State Fair - this is actually going on right now. Every year the OFFICIAL State Fair of Louisiana is held in Shreveport. This year is actually the State Fair's 100th anniversary
WaterTown USA - Water park featuring water slides, wave pool, lazy river, and tons of other things to enjoy during the summer
Riverview Park - Located on the Shreveport side of the Red River, this park includes interactive, lighted fountains for children to play in and enjoy. It also includes multiple, larger than life lighted rose sculptures along the river's edge. These rose sculptures have LED lights in them and they change colors and look amazing at night.
Barnwell Center - this is a museum located just north of Riverview Park. It includes an indoor art gallery and conservatory. This facility is very old but is set to undergo a complete renovation and expansion this Fall.
Strand Theatre - A theater which was built in 1925 that brings to Shreveport many national touring Broadwal acts such as Cats, Hairspray, Jesus Christ Superstar, etc.
CenturyTel Center - a 15,000-seat arena which hosts Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs hockey, Bossier-Shreveport Battlewings arena football, major touring concerts, basketball events, and other convention-type events. Rascal Flatts and Gary Allan just had a concert there, and many more concerts are coming up over the next few months. This includes Pink and Justin Timberlake, The Cheetah Girls, George Strait and Ronnie Milsap, Def Leppard and Journey, Blue Man Group, and Trans-Siberian Orchestra, among other acts. All of these acts are scheduled to occur between now and March '07, which is a span of only 4 months.
Independence Stadium - The site of the annual Independence Bowl, part of the college football BCS series. This game is aired on ESPN every year. Other football events are played in this stadium throughout the year.
Casinos - Five riverboat casinos and one land-based casino. Horseshoe Casino has a 26-story hotel tower, El Dorado Casino has a 17-story hotel, Sam's Town has a 23-story hotel, Siamond Jack's has a 12-story hotel, and Boomtown Casino is the smaller of the bunch and has a 6-story hotel. Harrah's Louisiana Downs is the latest addition, and it's located about 6 miles outside of the casino district at the Louisiana Downs horse racing track. A hotel is also planned for this property.
Shopping center construction and new subdivision construction is going STRONG in Shreveport-Bossier, and this hasn't slowed at all for the past 5 years.
I think Shreveport-Bossier would be an excellent choice for you, but ultimately you have to decide for yourself.