Viewpoint: November 30, 2011

Baton Rouge was recently named one of the top five cities in the US for young adults by Other cities in the top five were Chicago, Colorado Springs, New York and Seattle. That's some impressive company for a city of our size.

The primary factors in attaining a top five ranking were job opportunities, social activities and affordability. The authors gave us credit for great food and fun at LSU. However, they said we can't quite compete with the cultural offerings of larger cities.

While that may be somewhat true, we have made huge strides in the right direction in the last 10 years or so. Live After Five has become a signature event downtown. The opening of the Shaw Center has provided tremendous cultural additions. There's Bayou Country Superfest, which we hope will be a long-standing Labor Day weekend tradition. And, we now look forward to the opening of a town square next year on North Boulevard.

So, let's keep it up Baton Rouge. It's quite an achievement to be mentioned alongside the likes of New York and Seattle as desirable places to live. But, the work must continue if we are to remain on the forefront.