They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. If that's true there are some business and government leaders in Baton Rouge who must be feeling very flattered right now. That's because the Clarion-Ledger newspaper in Jackson, Mississippi recently published an article calling downtown Baton Rouge the "gold standard" in terms of a city that revitalized it's downtown area.
The newspaper headlined the article "Baton Rouge: From vacant to vibrant." The article highlighted many of the significant improvements to our downtown area over the last 20 years, and gave a look ahead to some new projects that aren't yet finished. The point of it was to show the residents of Jackson that it is possible to take a dying downtown and bring it back alive. It certainly must have been a rewarding article for the architects of our downtown renovation to read, and the story cited many of them by name. It just goes to show how much can be accomplished with the right group of people and a good plan.