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Window Wonderland kicks off effort to revitalize Four Corners in Lafayette

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LAFAYETTE, La. -

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Acadiana, but neighbors in Lafayette's Four Corners area worry spirits aren't so bright in their neck of the woods.

"We have a perception of Four Corners being a crime-ridden area," says nearby business owner Greg Dugan

He says this wasn't always the case, and the neighborhood once was a sort of hot spot in Lafayette.

"It's important for us to revitalize this once dynamic area because it's the hub of the original 'hub city.' It's the first thing people see when they drive through the city," says Dugan.     
     
In an effort to improve the general attitude about the once-bustling area, a local group of creative women has paired up with nearby businesses to deck the halls, or rather, the windows, to bring visitors and holiday cheer to the part of town near the intersection of University and Cameron.

"We're kicking it off with the first annual window wonderland. I've got five different local artists," says Maureen Dugas Foster, from Designing Women of Acadiana. Her group will design the window displays for the event. 

"We're going to be working with as many merchants as possible trying to get them to dress up the area for Christmas," says Dugan.

The unveiling of the display will be Saturday, December 2 at 4 p.m. with gumbo and hot cocoa. The window displays will be up through the start of the new year. 

With plans to continue bringing local artists, holiday celebrations and possibly new development to the area, neighbors say this is only the beginning of a promising future for the gateway to the city.

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