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Organizers expect up to 5,000 people to attend a march protesting the death of an unarmed black man who died after being placed in a chokehold by a white New York police officer.More >>
Thousands of people expressing grief, anger and hope for a better future marched peacefully through Staten Island on Saturday to protest the chokehold death of an unarmed black man by a white police officer.More >>
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After starting in Kentucky earlier in the month of August, post about "Purge" events have quickly spread across the country. It all started in Louisville, when a picture popped up on social media statingMore >>
The Montgomery Police Department say they have been made aware of the picture that is circulating social media, and are taking the matter very seriously.More >>
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Ferguson's streets were peaceful for a third night as tensions between police and protesters continued to subside after nights of violence and unrest erupted when a white police officer fatally shot an unarmed...More >>
Ferguson's streets remained peaceful as tensions between police and protesters continued to subside after nights of violence and unrest that erupted when a white police officer fatally shot an unarmed black 18-year-old.More >>
BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -
More exciting news for Louisiana's two biggest cities. A national report finds New Orleans and Baton Rouge have more people working in or around the cities' downtown areas---than most cities across the country.
Solid Ground Innovations and the Downtown Grocery Store are two new businesses in downtown Baton Rouge---businesses the owners could have opened in any part of the city. But Solid Ground Innovations owner Sevetri Wilson says she wanted to be based in one of the most productive areas of town.
"Honestly I think downtown is really becoming a place where new companies, where old companies can come together and work collaboratively in an open space," said Wilson.
Wilson's company and dozens of others that now call downtown home, or plan to in the near future, have helped Baton Rouge buck a national trend. The Brookings Institute's Metropolitan Policy Program reports between 2000 and 2010 in the nation's 100 largest cities, 34 percent of people work in a 3 to 10 mile range of downtown. Baton Rouge's numbers are closer to 54 percent.
"It's all about collaboration and partnerships and then having a great plan," Downtown Development director Davis Rhorer said. "Then work those plans and constantly update those plans to make them relevant to opportunities here."
Rhorer says national recognition like this only proves how much work has gone on the past few years to revitalize this area---hard work that's lured companies both big and small to a once quiet part of town.
"Now with downtown development district, what they're doing, with these movements of festivals down here," Wilson said. "I can definitely tell that the city is coming to life with downtown being a very focal point of that."
"I'm looking forward to downtown Baton Rouge to develop as much as possible" Michael Matroonejad said, co-owner of the Downtown Grocery Store. "A grocery store is needed for other things to come....apartments things like that."
Matroonejad says the store should be open for business later this month. The downtown tower that will house IBM is set to be complete in 2015.