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Future of Downtowns (1996)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1996-03-01

Duration: 00:11:07

Subjects: Downtown Development District (Baton Rouge, La.) | Abandoned buildings


  • Collins, Robert Host
  • Duhe, Jeff Reporter
  • Rhorer, Davis Interviewee
  • Gissel, Darryl Interviewee
  • Shaw, Jean Interviewee
  • Shaw, Clyde Interviewee


This segment from the March 1, 1996, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features Jeff Duhe’s report on the future of downtowns in cities across Louisiana. He highlights the urban blight in downtown Baton Rouge near the State Capitol, including the historic Spanish Town neighborhood. His report also touches on the upcoming election to renew the millage that funds the Downtown Development District in Baton Rouge. Duhe interviews: Davis Rhorer, director of the Downtown Development District; Darryl Gissel, Spanish Town resident and landlord; and Jean Shaw and Clyde Shaw, Spanish Town landlords. Host: Robert Collins