The Daily Advertiser hosting event to spur conversation on downtown Lafayette

Unfiltered Downtown will be Nov. 16 at Jefferson Street Pub.
(Photo: Yvette Creel/The Advertiser)
Unfiltered Downtown will be Nov. 16 at Jefferson Street Pub. (Photo: Yvette Creel/The Advertiser)

(The Daily Advertiser) – Do you think downtown Lafayette should be the next Charleston?

That we should build more residential housing? Cater to more bars and clubs? Sport better streetscapes or improve access to nearby neighborhoods?

Got an opinion? Read on.

Downtowns increasingly are centerpiece districts where continued transformation can attract investors, tourists, residents and young professionals.

That’s why The Daily Advertiser and Jefferson Street Pub have partnered to present Unfiltered Downtown, a free event that will promote positive dialogue on the future of downtown Lafayette — told by those living, working and playing in one of the city’s most popular districts.

The goal is to offer changemakers an opportunity to hear the issues, ideas, complaints and demands of the district’s residents, business owners, neighbors and visitors.

At the event, young leaders will have a few minutes on stage to share their ideas on how downtown and the surrounding neighborhoods can evolve.

Others in attendance can offer their unfiltered views through our My Downtown Is… campaign before and during the event.

Government officials, downtown property owners and developers are encouraged to attend but won’t be allowed to address the crowd on stage.

Instead, they’ll be invited to come listen and interact with the audience.

And because, after all, this is Acadiana, the Nov. 16 event will be anchored by live music from Julie Williams, good food and cold beer. RSVP on Facebook here.

Speakers include:

  • Mark Alleman, Filling Station and Hook ‘n Boil
  • Tina Shelvin Bingham, McComb/Veazey Coterie
  • EB Brooks, Freetown Coterie
  • Jacob Broussard, Basin Arts
  • Eric Bue, Freetown business owner
  • April Courville, Festival International, Freetown resident
  • Zach Doise, downtown resident, The Wurst Biergarten,
  • Ski Witkovski, TownFolk/LaPlace
  • Ross Fontenot, Genterie Supply Co.
  • John Petersen, downtown resident
  • Gus Rezende, Downtown Bar and Restaurant Association, Social Entertainment
  • Anne Swanson and Andrew Dye, CGI

Share your idea

Ahead of the event, we’re asking the community to tell us what they love about or what to see more of downtown through our My Downtown Is… campaign.

Share your vision for downtown by editing this image to download and share on social media. You can also print this PDF, fill in your idea and send us your photo. 

We’ll share the community’s ideas online and during the event.

Unfiltered Downtown was inspired by last year’s Unfiltered Lafayette event, which brought together more than 200 Millennial voices, civic leaders and soon-to-be elected officials for a frank conversation on community ahead of local elections.

If you want more info or would like to participate, send a note to Casey Ardoin at cardoin@gannett.com or call 337-289-6419.

If you go

What: Unfiltered Downtown

When: 7 p.m. Nov. 16

Where: Jefferson Street Pub, 500 Jefferson St., Lafayette

Featuring: Downtown business owners, residents, neighbors and stakeholders speaking on how they want to see downtown Lafayette evolve

Info: 337-289-6419 or cardoin@gannett.com

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