‘Business Report’ Publisher: Take a single step forward on Florida Boulevard

    It was sad reading our recent cover story (“No man’s land,” May 21) on the demise of Florida Boulevard, writes Business Report Publisher Rolfe McCollister in his latest column.

    McCollister participated with the Regional/Urban Design Assistance Team (R/UDAT) of architects and planners back in the 1980s, sharing ideas with others and creating yet another plan that sat on a city shelf.

    “We all know, like a football game plan, it can look good on paper,” he writes. “But ultimately it comes down to execution on the field at kick-off. And while bold change doesn’t happen overnight, it has to start somewhere. A first step.”

    But that step never happened, McCollister says. As for Florida Boulevard, a good place to start could be a few simple laws and policies requiring landowners to be responsible for their property—and hold them accountable. It is long overdue.

    One beginning step is to address ugly, abandoned signage—or visual pollution, McCollister suggests.

    Also in his column, McCollister writes about immigration, asking, “those who oppose any type of border policy or enforcement” to answer some questions on how to deal with the situation.

    U.S. News reports: “The flow of migrants at the southern border surged in May as authorities last month took into custody, more than 144,000 migrants, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection. The tally is a 32 percent jump from April and includes the highest number of apprehensions in a month on the southern border in 13 years. More than 55,000 migrant children were among those taken into custody while the number of families and unaccompanied migrant children encountered at the border skyrockets, officials told reporters.”

    McCollister later addresses Louisiana’s need for constitutional reform and one group’s effort to bring change, writing: “When you evaluate the candidates for office this fall. You should ask each where they stand on calling for a constitutional convention as well as the need for a RESET.”

    Read McCollister’s full column for more of how he feels Baton Rouge can begin to address Florida Boulevard, his questions for those against immigration reform and why he believes Louisiana needs to hold a constitutional convention. Send comments to editor@businessreport.com

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