Shreveport City Councilman James Flurry talks with 101.7 / 710 KEEL's Robert J Wright and Erin McCarty about the city's relationship with the Metropolitan Planning Commission, saying it's time for Shreveport to cut ties with the organization.

Flurry contends that if Shreveport wants new businesses to come to town, it needs to make a complete break with the MPC, and he reiterates that this growing rift is not a personality conflict between him and director Mark Sweeney.

Flurry proposes a new and separate city department that can approve its own businesses and end the city's relationship with the commission, which Flurry says oft times does more harm than good. He adds that because of the MPC, Shreveport has a reputation as "not business friendly" and many commercial enterprises of all sizes are choosing to start up in, or move to Bossier City.

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