Millenium Bridge. The southern end of the bridge is near Globe Theatre and the Tate Modern art museum, the north end below St Paul's Cathedral. Recently, we strolled across it alongside thousands of walkers and bicyclists.
Having ridden the London Eye, the largest observation wheel in the world, prior to the walk, the Millenium Bridge was anitclimactic. Nor did the foot bridge wobble, as it famously did before modifications. But it reminded us of what it would be like to saunter across the Red River.
The idea of a foot bridge across the Red has been offered for consideration by Shreveporters. Did the concept produce a yawn in the body politic? Ha.
Maybe that's because the people of Shreveport-Bossier are too busy making the rent to think about such options.
The tourism bureau has not, as far as I know, offered a significant push to the idea. Yet it seems to me that such a bridge would make a terrific anchor for touristic activity.
The Louisiana Boardwalk would benefit from this bridge, which would a dd a lilt to a shopping trip. So would Red River Entertainment District. The casinos, too. A group called Friends of the Barnwell is at work to upgrade the aging facility on the edge of the Red. All these groups could gain, I think, goodly benefit from this plan.
Imagine jogging across it in the morning. Think of biking across in the afternoon. Families would stroll from the Red River Entertainment District to the Boardwalk. Nightlife is always a bit sweeter when you have a bridge to vary the terrain.
If you go to the river for fireworks on July 4, cock an eye toward the design of a foot bridge, will you?
Tourists would put it over the top. And if there were proper signage, the facility would be an educational spot, an instructive adjunct to SciPort.
Is Shreveport-Bossier like a student who has not experienced enough success to get fully engaged with his work? One who has not been fired up by a passionate instructor?
Let's find a way to research and discuss this audacious foot bridge.