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It's hard to be proud of something when it's dirty or covered in trash and the City of Shreveport is ready to take its trash and blight issue seriously.

It's true! Shreveport is cleaning up its act and yesterday, Thursday, June 6, 2024, will go down in history as the first day that the Shreveport Police Department made their first arrest concerning littering and they did this using newly placed cameras at known dumping sites, areas for litter, etc... This makes me a very happy girl. However, Shreveport isn't alone when it comes to blight which seems to go hand in hand with poverty.

It's no secret that Louisiana has issues when it comes to poverty, education, blight, and crime, the Louisiana towns listed below just seem to have more than others. This list and the rankings listed below came from After reading through their info, I found updated statistics thanks to the U.S. Census Bureau and

I hate calling out specific communities, especially ones in our area. But here's the thing, without support via education, funding, and opportunities, these areas will never be able to pull themselves out of poverty, no matter who lives there. It's shocking to me that in today's day and age, 19% of families in Louisiana are trying to survive on an income below the poverty level. Louisiana has the second-highest poverty rate in the country. And if you're wondering what's considered living in poverty, it's an income of $27,750 for a family of four as set forth by the federal government. 

We have socio-economic issues to resolve here in the Bayou State. However, without change, these problems won't only persist, they'll get worse. Coasting is akin to death.

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