Lafayette

Jul 10, 2014 6:59 PM by Akeam Ashford

'Better Block' initiative coming to Cameron St.

A once bustling center of Lafayette, Cameron Street residents hope to see the four corners at University Avenue and Cameron come back to life.

"I remember how it was with businesses being there and people being able to work," said Neluis Griffin, long time Cameron Street resident. "If there are more people, there would be less crime, I know that."

Griffin is working with the "Better Block Cameron" initiative to show the rest of Lafayette what Cameron Street could be with a little work.

"We're a whole community. We're not just south Lafayette or upper Lafayette," said Jennifer Reynaud, Better Block Cameron organizer. "We all just need to come together to support each other in what we're trying to do."

The one day resident-led initiative will reduce the street from three lanes to two, expand the sidewalks and line the street with vendors.

"We hope to have a renewed interest for residents, and businesses," said Gisele Menard of Townfolk, Inc. "We want people to come to our area and see what it's about. We want them to see the rich history."

With remnants from a booming past, Menard hopes the event will encourage more business owners like Joshua Williams to take a second look at the area.

"It is great what they're trying to do," said Williams. "They're trying to bring the community together to upgrade this area for businesses and companies in the neighborhood."

The event on July 19th will focus on the 1100 block of Cameron Street, between the intersections at Poydras and Martha Street.

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