A community is enriched in four respects: community-led design, identity, social capital, productivity. Social capital is the social ties that serve as the catalyst that leads the community development process. Therefore, enriching the lives of its consumers. These social ties are the small businesses that make the heartbeat of the community tangible.
In the past, industrialization led to the design of public space. Making automobiles, not people, the focal point of open space planning. Unfortunately, eliminating the voice of the community and fracturing the bond between public places and the community that inhabits them. This bond is imperative because it knits together individuals, couples, and families into society. The environments that we share and how we choose to use them reflect our mutual values and make social bonds stronger.
It can go without saying that Louisianans are amazingly resilient. From Hurricane Katrina, the 2016 Floods, to Hurricane Laura, we continuously bounce back with a new spirit and song. The resilience of our state is remarkable. In each one of the disasters listed, families lost homes and communities were wiped out. Displacement due to natural disasters can be detrimental physically and financially. According to the DOA of Louisiana there have been a devasting reduction in our housing stock over the years.
The mission of Mid City Redevelopment Alliance is to develop and promote the growth and renewal of Mid City Baton Rouge by attracting new and retaining current residents and businesses.