Old South Baton Rouge Community Dreaming

Old South Baton Rouge Community Dreaming

Old South Baton Rouge Community Dreaming

Arts & Culture planning for the OSBR Community
 

Attendees commented on Post-It notes at the OSBR kickoff meeting.Franklin Associates is serving on a team led by Lord Cultural Resources of New York to provide examples of how both physical and performing arts can be harnessed to encourage redevelopment in a blighted neighborhood. In December the team completed and submitted their draft “Cultural Placemaking & Economic Development Strategy” report to the clients: The Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge and the Center for Planning Excellence. This report was well received, and as improvements are made the team will also be planning a community implementation charrette to occur in early 2014.

Franklin set up an exhibit featuring OSBR project information at the "A Taste of Old South Baton Rouge" event.In preparing the report, Franklin staff assisted by collecting and analyzing property data from the City Planning Department. Using GIS software, a series of property ownership, assessed value, and condition maps were prepared which were then used by other planners on the team (Mosaic Urban Partners and James Lima Planning + Development.) to draw conclusions and recommend improvements for a targeted area of reinvestment, centered around the historic Lincoln Theater. The theater is presently undergoing remediation and restoration through an effort of the East Baton Rouge Redevelopment Authority.