Cross Bayou Bombs: Here’s the Latest on What’s Next [VIDEO]
101.7 / 710 KEEL's Robert J Wright and Erin McCarty bring listeners up to date on Tuesday's City Council vote on the proposed Cross Bayou development plan, which went down to defeat by a 4 - 3 vote.
The Cross Bayou plan, estimated by developers to cost between $1 billion and $1.5 billion over ten years, was a heated subject at the Tuesday session, including a bevy of insults by backers of the proposal aimed at LeVette Fuller. Fuller, who voted no, was considered to be the swing vote in the council decision.
Downtown Development Authority Director Liz Swaine was also a prominent player at the session, voicing public objection to Councilman Willie Bradford's racially charged comments. During Monday's planning session, Bradford said that those who opposed the billion-dollar-plus plan had the same attitudes as Shreveport's Jim Crow era racists from the 1960s.
KEEL's Greg Atoms expresses the emotions of many people in our community in saying this has gone way beyond where it should have gone.
Gatelway Louisiana, LLC attorney Larry English said that, despite the vote, he doesn't think the plan is dead and said he will try to get the proposal re-introduced at an upcoming council meeting.