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INNER CITY CONNECTOR. The Inner City Connector references an approximately 3.5 mile unconstructed segment of Interstate 49 between its current terminus at Interstate 20 near Downtown Shreveport, and Interstate 220 in north Shreveport near North Market Street (Louisiana 1). Although still in the economic feasibility and environmental impact phases of development, proponents of the project believe that if this segment of the interstate is actually funded and constructed, various Shreveport inner city communities directly within the path of the proposed thoroughfare would experience a renaissance of revitalization via the potential for economic development and stimulus throughout the corridor of the proposed roadway. Opponents, argue, however, that both the natural beauty of the environment; and, that the effective cohesiveness of the communities impacted is severely threatened by the construction of the proposed expressway in a manner that the potential for economic revitalization is most unlikely to either materialize; or, to even remotely mitigate. Proponents in turn counter that the potential for comprehensive urban renewal of the communities in question is predicated upon the successful implementation of bold initiatives such as constructing the Inner City Connector (ICC). Nevertheless, both proponents and opponents of the project view it as a means to galvanize support for each of their opposing viewpoints.

Fermand Garlington

Bibliography: I-49 Inner City Connector—Shreveport. "Home". I-49 Inner City Connector—Shreveport. Accessed on February 21. 2013. http://www.i49shreveport.com/Site/; Machi, Sara (KTBS). "Public Meetings on Potential I-49 Connector: Shortest Paths" KTBS video, 4:45, December 11, 2012; Providence Engineering and Environmental Group, LLC. "Caddo Parish: I-49 Inner City Connector—State Project Number 700-09-0171—Stage 0 Environmental Inventory". Providence Engineering and Environmental Group, LLC. Accessed on February 22, 2013. http://www.i49shreveport.com/Site/Assets/56/83/AppendixB-EnvironmentalInventory%20Part1.pdf; White, Rod (KTBS). "I-49 Connector Community Meeting: Residents Now Have a Voice and a Choice." KTBS video, 2:16, December 13, 2012.


The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.

Fermand Garlington, "INNER CITY CONNECTOR" Handbook of North Louisiana Online (http://www…….), accessed …………. Published by LSU-Shreveport.

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