Six mayors visit Baton Rouge

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Mayors from six cities around the South are in Baton Rouge for a three day scouting session. It's part of the Mayors' Institute on City Design - a National Endowment for the Arts Leadership Initiative in partnership with the American Architectural Foundation and the United States Conference of Mayors.

The mayors represent cities that range in size from 100,000 to 30,000 residents:

  • Covington, KY
  • Hinesville, GA
  • Jupiter, FL
  • Portsmouth, VA
  • San Marcos, TX
  • Wheeling, WV

Thursday afternoon Davis Rhorer, Executive Director of the Downtown Development District, led the group on a walking tour of Town Square, Galvez Plaza and Repentance Park.

Jeffrey Carney of LSU's Coastal Sustainability Studio serves on a Resource Team for the group. He said each mayor came armed with a case study on a design issue affecting his or her city. The Resource Team of nationally renowned experts in architecture, landscape architecture, urban planning, transportation planning, and real estate development then poses possible solutions.

"It's a sign that Baton Rouge has really turned itself around and done some impressive things in the last couple years," Carney said. "Baton Rouge is the place hosting a conference bringing mayors in from a lot of different places. We've got something to show for a lot of the hard work we've done over the last decade."

Carney said so far the guests have had a great time and have enjoyed plenty of good Louisiana food.

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