Allendale neighborhood residents are organizing to redirect efforts of local transportation planners and political interests to destroy their neighborhood with a proposed inner city limited access expressway named I-49 Inner-City Connector. The LOOP IT proposal that is shown on maps in the attached documents is:
- Trough Traffic – Loop through traffic using existing Highway 3132 and I-220 at no cost.
- Local Traffic – Invest in a ground level business boulevard by upgrading exisitng Market Street (US Highway 71) and connecting to I-49 South.
Allendale residents are growing their capacity as community leaders to engage in civil disobedience against injustices being directed at them by local elected leaders and transportation planning bureaucracies that are stuck in thinking about transportation in outdated ways. These expensive and destructive roads to nowhere have proved to destroy neighborhoods and expand the footprint of metro areas in ways that are ecologically and economically unsustainable. The posts on this “agile planning” web site that are tagged I-49 connectortell the story of a trend that Allendale residents have joined to make Shreveport better. This trend represents a national challenge for the 21st century – undoing the damage of inner city expressways and redirecting attempts at new city killer road projects. The following documents are updates on petitions for the LOOP IT Group alternative to the NLCOG neighborhood killer expressway proposals and letters to our senators and congressman asking for their help.
The following petition includes 165 signatures. LOOPIT petitions
The following are letters written to the Washington Senators and Congressman that represent Allendale residents. These letters were written during a letter writing meeting at Our Lady of Blessed Sacrament Church during an evening LOOP IT meeting on January 10, 2013 meeting.